WHO ARE WE?

Chichester Tourist Guides (ChTG) represents a group of Institute of Tourist Guiding highly qualified and prize-winning Blue Badge (region-wide) and Green Badge (city specialist) guides. We love to show off the wonderful city of Chichester and the surrounding countryside of the South Downs and coastal villages, but also offer tours covering the whole of the South East of England and beyond.  All walking, mini-bus and coach tours can be tailored to meet your specific requirements and we pride ourselves in being able to offer a wide range of European languages.

We are:

I  have lived in Chichester for nine years and currently combine guiding with teaching languages in a local independent school. As well as working in education, I have spent 10 happy years working as a ‘Blue Badge Guide’ in London, guiding in French, German and English. Prior to that, I worked as an incoming tour operator looking after visiting groups of all nationalities and with wide ranging interests.
My own interests are also varied, from local history, travel and the theatre to sports, particularly skiing, sailing, golf and walking on the glorious South Downs. Nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing with others what Chichester and the area has to offer.

My love of history, art and culture was first sparked when I was a European tour guide a long time ago. I then became a Blue Badge guide of London, Windsor and Eton, before moving down to Chichester and the magnificent South Downs.  As a history graduate, I am passionate about bringing the past alive and love using the context of major historical events to describe what was happening on a local scale. I work as a guide at Goodwood House, conduct a wide variety of walking tours and also entertain groups with specialist talks on many aspects of local history. A heavenly day for me is to stride out on the South Downs with my dogs, imagining as I look down towards Chichester, how life would have been in centuries gone by.

An Agronomist by profession, I spent much of my career in the Middle East and South America but moved to live in the Chichester area about 25 years ago.  Now semi-retired, I have a small horticultural business and lecture extensively on various plant groups and the history of Agriculture/Horticulture.
A qualified ITG Green Badge for the Chichester area, I can take city tours in both English and Spanish. A wide range of guiding interests include Architecture, Military History, Churches of Chichester, and Gardens and Garden Design. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Britain’s Industrial heritage on my narrowboat; hill walking, the theatre and wine appreciation.

I’ve worked in local tourism for nearly 25 years, sharing information on West Sussex and the South East of England with visitors to the Tourist Information Centres, and currently, through specialist websites and tourism brochures. My interests are many and varied, and include genealogy and social history, needlework and textile art, design of all sorts, horticulture and English garden history.
I’m a Sussex girl born and bred and you’ll find “I wun’t be druv” – you’ll need to book a tour to find out what that means!
A qualified Green Badge Tourist Guide in the wonderful city of “Chiddester” I look forward to sharing my passion for all things Sussex with you.

Born in Virginia USA but I speak perfect ‘BBC’ English! Professionally I was a research scientist and university lecturer in biotechnology. First qualified as a Cambridge City guide, and subsequently became a prize-winning South East England Blue Badge Guide. As well as Chichester I also guide in Oxford and many other major cities and sites. I provide bespoke tours (including in German) covering a wide range of topics and venues. I frequently deliver lectures of specialist and general interest and as a tutor provide courses to The Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, on the History of Science, The Edwardians, The Victorians and Leonardo da Vinci etc.

After a career in science, travel and international business I have returned to my roots in West Sussex. No doubt I am biased, but after travelling extensively around the world, living at various times in Germany, the USA and India and managing tour groups throughout the UK and Western Europe, I couldn’t help but fall back in love with the area where I grew up when I returned here 10 years ago. As a misguided youth, I qualified in Chemistry and took many years to realise I should have studied History of Art! Now, as well as lecturing, I thoroughly enjoy introducing visitors to the history, art and hidden treasures of our region. My particular interests are in art, gardens and the rural traditions.