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Languages Spoken: English
Special Qualifications: York Minster accredited Guide, Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide, BA (Hons) History, PGCE (specialising 16+ age range).
- York walking tours
- York Minster tours
- Yorkshire town tours
- Stately Homes
- Yorkshire’s literary heritage
- Yorkshire’s religious heritage
York walking tours of about two hours: you can see all the main highlights of York or focus on an era of your own choice (e.g. Roman, Medieval or Georgian times) or a special theme of interest (e.g. mystery plays, stained glass, railways or chocolate). I have been guiding successful walks in York since 2011 for individuals and groups of all ages so I know the sights you want to see and the stories you like to hear.
York Minster tours of about an hour: in my lifetime the stone and glass of this beautiful cathedral has been restored to its awe inspiring gothic splendour so you would be visiting a medieval masterpiece at the best possible time. I am an experienced accredited Minster guide.
Walking tours of Yorkshire towns: these last about an hour and can be combined with a coach day to one part of Yorkshire as I am also a qualified coach guide. There are plenty of good choices. Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon are on the way to the Yorkshire Dales; Bridlington, Beverley and Hull are near the Yorkshire Wolds; Thirsk, Helmsley and Whitby are approached from the North York Moors; Bradford, Saltaire and Halifax are in industrial West Yorkshire.
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Yorkshire’s literary and artistic heritage: this is an area of special interest for me so I welcome leading visits to the locations that have inspired poets e.g. Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Simon Armitage; writers e.g. the Bronte sisters, James Heriot, Winifred Holtby; artists e.g. JMW Turner, David Hockney, Barbara Hepworth. The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Heriot’s World, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and all the Art Galleries have wonderful collections to see.
Yorkshire’s Stately Homes and gardens: a half day would be needed to view the treasures of magnificent Castle Howard, Harewood House or Newby Hall but there are plenty of other interesting mansions throughout Yorkshire with fascinating family triumphs and scandals that I can relate. They have beautiful gardens, gift shops and cafes too!
Yorkshire’s religious heritage: Henry V111 was eager to plunder the wealth of the many religious orders that settled in Yorkshire but we are left with some of the most enchanting ruins at Cistercian sites like Fountain’s, Byland and Rievaulx Abbeys or Benedictine Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s in York. Interesting Medieval or Victorian cathedrals and churches can be found in most towns.
Yorkshire’s industrial heritage: the industrial revolution here helped to make Britain a wealthy industrial power. Many worked in the woollen mills, coal mines, iron and steel foundries and railways that may have disappeared now but are still celebrated at award winning museums like the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield, Kelham Island in Sheffield or the National Railway Museum in York. ‘Brassed Off,’ ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘The Railway Children’ were all filmed in Yorkshire.