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“Mayor's Honorary Guides”

Mayor's Honorary Guides
Ranked #1 of 58 Tours in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A genuinely free service (tips are NOT accepted) providing daily walking tours in Bath. Received Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2014. Tours take place daily including public holidays except Christmas Day: Sunday - Friday 10.30 & 14.00, Saturday 10.30 only. May to September additional tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 19.00 (not Friday or Saturday). These tours include the main sights in the city centre - Abbey Church Yard, Queen Square, Royal Crescent, Circus etc. From May to September 2015, additional free tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 to Great Pulteney Street, the Kennet and Avon canal, the 18th century Sydney Gardens, the Holburne Museum (exterior but you can leave here) and back to city centre. All these walking tours leave from outside the entrance to Roman Baths and Pump Room in Abbey Church Yard and last approximately 2 hours. No booking necessary or possible for individuals, but must be made 4 weeks in advance for group of 12 or more. Other walking tours are arranged from time to time and are shown on our website.
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“Mayor's Honorary Guides”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This is the first thing we did as soon as we arrived in Bath - and I can unequivocally say also the BEST thing we did in Bath. This two-hour walking tour given by one of the city's volunteer guides, Peter, introduced us to Bath - its history, architecture, people, culture, etc. It was a fascinating way to know the city in a short amount of time - and it's free!! Peter, our guide, was very knowledgeable and tried his best to keep everybody together as we made our way around the older, historic part of the city. That was no easy feat since we had a large group of 35+. I have to commend Peter for his patience, his humor, and especially his exceptional knowledge of this beautiful city which he willingly shares with visitors from far and wide. I am very thankful we had a chance to take this tour and thankful to all who made it and continue to make it possible. I recommend it highly to anyone contemplating a visit to Bath.

Visited May 2014
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“Highpoint of visit to Bath”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

I couldn't agree more with all of the wonderful things that have been said about these wonderful individuals who clearly love their city and are committed to sharing its proud history with visitors from all over the world. I had one day on my own in Bath and our tour with Bob was not only informative, but immensely entertaining. Thank you to the Mayor and all the Honorary Guides for sharing your beautiful city with us. I hope to return again aoon.

Visited June 2014
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“I dislike and avoid guided tours...except this one”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

If we could have paid for this tour retroactively, we would have. Richard was our guide (there are evidently two Richards; you want the one who takes you to the Assembly Rooms), and he was fantastic. There was a little kid in our group, and he went out of his way to include the child, as well as anyone who contributed. He was very funny, he was knowledgable, an excellent storyteller, and did not get annoyed by people asking questions if he didn't happen to know the answer. He went out of his way to show us interesting places the other guides don't always take you to, and he gave us opportunities to stop and look at things and explore them. He told anecdotes and explained things in such a way that even if you don't like history, you'll find it very interesting. I liked Bath twice as much after the tour. It ran long, but I would have listened for an extra couple hours if he'd wanted to go on. I wish every city did something like this and had tour guides as knowledgable and lovely as Bath's guides.

Visited June 2014
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“Amazing! ”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Richard was our guide & he was absolutely brilliant, going out of his way to tell us more and go in places I have never seen or heard! I lives in Bath for over 2 years and only now I really appreciate it's true beauty & culture!

I would defiantly recommend this your as a must when visiting Bath for the first time! If I could have paid for this I would!

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“Excellent walking Tour”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

These tours are conducted by volunteers and really are a great initiative by the city. Our guide was Collin and he was a mine of information. In the approx. two hour walking tour he gave a superb history of the city and showed us a great cross section of its sights and attractions .I cannot recommend it too highly. One must commend both the initiative and the willing volunteers who give so generously of their time. A great introduction to Bath

Visited May 2014
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