Fran Pride

Fran Pride

Mobile: 07506 886690

Home/Office Phone: 01423 325569



Languages Spoken: English

Special Qualifications: York Minster Guide, Chartered Surveyor (specialising in historic buildings and estate management)


  • Countryside and villages of North Yorkshire
  • Gardens
  • City of York & York Minster

  • Country Houses & Stately Homes
  • Harrogate
  • Ripon

Brought up in rural North Yorkshire at the heart of a large Yorkshire farming family, I spent the first 20 years of my career managing property across the county. In 2011, I joined my father-in-law in running Sisley Garden Tours, an established tour operator that specialises in organising small group tours of English Gardens for mainly overseas visitors.

The qualification to become a Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide offered an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of “all things Yorkshire” and a route through which I could share my love and interest in this fascinating and diverse county with others. I now split my time between Sisley Garden Tours where I lead small groups on garden holidays in all areas of the U.K. with my role as a specialist blue badge guide for Yorkshire.

My particular interest in Yorkshire includes a love of our two National Parks; the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and the rural towns and villages that make up this beautiful county. My degree in Estate Management with a specialism in building conservation and historic buildings helps me interpret the wonderful built heritage that surrounds us including fabulous stately homes and historic cities and towns such as York, Ripon and Harrogate.

Yorkshire is also home to some wonderful gardens – from 18th Century grand landscapes around impressive Country Houses to private gems created by passionate gardeners in their own homes – there is so much to enjoy.

As well as the wonderful countryside, historic towns & cities and charming villages much of what makes Yorkshire so special is its people – Yorkshire men and women are well renowned for their down to earth nature, plain speaking and fascinating stories. No visit to Yorkshire would be complete without these stories of Yorkshire people past and present.

I am very happy to offer itinerary planning and guiding to fit your needs and interests so please get in touch and let me share the best of Yorkshire with you.