Awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the Blue Badge is the highest level of professional guiding qualification that can be attained in Britain. The training is detailed and comprehensive, the examinations rigorous covering practical and written tests. All Blue Badge Guides are trained not only in customer care and regional history and their environs but in a national syllabus enabling them to put things into context for their visitors. The qualification is equivalent to a foundation degree and guides registered with the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides have full public liability insurance cover of up to 5 million pounds.
Blue Badge Guides are often the ONLY external guides permitted to conduct tours at many attractions, including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
Blue Badge Guides are qualified to guide in a particular region and are trained to conduct site tours, walking tours and coach tours. A guide will use their guiding eye and wider knowledge to put things into context, draw things out and bring things to life. So whether you have a short visit and want to get the most out of a place or you know somewhere well and want to dig further into an area or subject, a Blue Badge Guide can greatly enhance your experience.
It’s not just about history! Blue Badge Guides pride themselves on being up to date and have a comprehensive programme of continual professional development. We love showing what a fascinating and vibrant place contemporary Britain is.
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If you would like to know more about Blue Badge Guides or the Institute of Tourist Guiding please see the website for the Institute of Tourist Guiding: