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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Types of guided tours

Ensure you have a wonderful day out with our organised tours

Why you and your group will love a tour

Group (noun): “a number of people located or gathered together for a joint experience”.

  • A group of fifty? Involving everyone, sharing knowledge widely with a common interest.
  • A group of two? Personal attention, focussed information and a quality experience.

Our lead tour guide, Graham Horn, is a nationally recognised and highly qualified tour guide who specialises in tours in Southern England.

It is this experience and knowledge that gives groups the ability to uncover the history, hear the stories behind locations and to find hidden gems that would otherwise go undiscovered.

There is so much to explore, discover and appreciate within Southern England, and we will do everything we can to make sure you and your group have a truly special day.

Mix and match your perfect tour:

We offer many tours; countryside walks, town walks, coach tours, guided visits to attractions.  See some options below or contact us to help you plan a personal guided itinerary. You can pick and choose any type, length or ability of tour from the table below.

Type of tourType of activityHow LongAbility
Walking tours
Explore beautiful countryside on rural walks
From 90 minutes to a full day
Gentle (for all abilities and ages), Medium (average levels of fitness), Advanced (good level of fitness)
Town tours
Historical and architectural tours in selected towns
From 75 minutes to a full day
Gentle (for all abilities and ages), Medium (average levels of fitness), Advanced (good level of fitness)
Coach tours
Guided coach tours, possibly with a visit to a tourist attraction or town tour added on
Half day or full day
Gentle (for all abilities and ages)
Specialist talks
Hear a themed talk or tour, or watch it from your own home
Typically 45 to 60 minutes
Gentle (for all abilities and ages)
Featured tours
Some of our favourite tours and special areas
Gentle (for all abilities and ages), Medium (average levels of fitness), Advanced (good level of fitness)

Learn more about each type of tour:

Guided walking tours:

There are few better ways to experience and enjoy some of the finest countryside in Southern England than on a rural walk.

The themes might include a country estate, a Roman town, an artery of the industrial revolution, medieval churches or many other options.

Walking tours

Guided tours of towns:

Every town or city has a story to tell. A deep history, hidden gems and amazing attractions.

The town tours range from 75 minutes to half a day, or even a full day to include any of the tourist attractions that you would like to visit. Alternatively, we can plan the route and show you some wonderful areas, culture and history of your town of choice.

The tours can include breaks at wonderful restaurants, pubs or cafes and there is something to suit all ages, interests and levels of fitness.

Town tours

Coach tours:

Themed coach or mini-coach tours are an amazing way to fully explore England’s countryside. Perfect if you are organising a group day out by coach; why not book us as your guide? We could be with you right from the start, or meet you for the key part of your tour.

Learn more about the history, discover amazing stories and uncover lesser-known gems by having a highly-respected and accredited tour guide on your journey.

Coach tours

Featured tours:

We offer a range of specialist featured tours that enable you to discover truly special parts of the country. These featured tours are host to a wide range of activities including beautiful sights, incredible history, wonderful stories and some fantastic food.

Two of our featured tours at present include the fabulous Great West Way tour (a new touring route running from London to Bristol), and the story-rich Midsomer Tours which explore the filming locations of the hit TV series.

Featured tours

Specialist talks:

Are you the person tasked with producing your group’s annual programme of speakers and events? Are you on the lookout for interesting topics that will stimulate your members and give them an informative and enjoyable meeting?

We have some engaging, interesting and different talks. One of those may be just the thing you are looking for. Or if not, new ones are being written from time to time, so give us a call anyway and see what else we might be able to offer you.

If you are organising virtual meetings for your members, we’re also able to give most of these talks online, using Zoom.

Specialist talks

Groups we've run tours for:

We’re proud to have provided amazing tours, days out and events for a wide range of organised groups (from two people to 50 or more) including:

Couples, family groups and small groups of friends
Office team-building and social groups
Women's Institutes and Townswomen's Guilds
Probus and Rotary Clubs
Many U3A groups
Historical associations
Boating clubs and societies
Seniors' groups and retirement associations
Walking and rambling clubs
Camera and photography clubs
Angela Shanley Associates
Arvonia Coaches
Ashley and Newey
Belmond British Pullman
Brit Movie Tours
Business Services International
CHR Travel
City and Village Tours
Excursions Ltd
Global Events
HF Holidays
Hobbs of Henley
Humphreys of Henley
JAC Travel
Jim Godsell and Friends
Middletons Coaches
Miki Travel
Roberts Travel Group
Solent Tours
Steam Dreams
Trafalgar Travel
Transcendent Travel
Veenus Travel
Yorkshire Rose Travel

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Accredited Tourist Guide Examiner

Sam Evans

Humphreys of Henley

Graham is one of our clients’ favourite guides! They tell us that he is not only informative, but fun and entertaining, bringing the stunning destinations across southern England to life. We love to introduce Graham to our clients because he finds out about them and makes the whole experience truly personal.

HF Holidays guest

Don’t think he could improve! Excellent in all respects.

Michelle Patrick

Hobbs of Henley

Graham has been a Blue Badge guide on quite a few of our specialist river trips on the Thames. He is a very informative guide and professional and it is a pleasure to work with him.

British visitor


You cannot imagine what a wonderful time I had on Monday on the canal walk which you recommended! Thank you so much.

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If you would like to discuss a tour or have any questions about arranging a trip then don't hesitate to get in touch. It would be my pleasure to listen to your requirements and help create the perfect day for you and your group.