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SANDRA BINGHAM Cert Ed, ATCL, MBA, AITG

OXFORD TOUR GUIDES DIRECTOR

 

I'm an experienced and qualified tour guide, knowledgeable about Oxford. I hold the Green Badge accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guides and I am also a member of the professional association, the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides.

 

I have lived in Oxford for many years and have studied at the University of Oxford as well as Oxford Brookes University. I trained as a tour guide because I love the City and its history and traditions and really enjoy showing people round and sharing stories with you.

 

I trained as a guide following a successful career as a senior manager and consultant in education. I have lived in Switzerland, Germany and the United States and I also speak French.I have access to a number of other guides to help me and all are fully insured and qualified so you can be sure of a high quality visit.

 

You will leave Oxford with good memories and hopefully you will want to come back and see more- or even come back and study here!

ALASTAIR LACK

ALASTAIR LACK

I studied at Oxford University before working for the BBC for almost thirty years. I then worked for Oxford University before training as a Green Badge Guide for the city of Oxford. As well as leading general tours of the university and city, I enjoy the variety of several specialised tours. These tours include Inspector Morse and Lewis, Film Oxford, Oxford in the Civil War, Literary Oxford and the Oxford of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.

ALEXANDRA JACKSON

ALEXANDRA JACKSON

Let me guide you around the bustling City of Oxford, uncovering its fascinating historical past, whilst you imagine yourself walking in the footsteps of scholars, scientists, politicians and writers. I hold a Oxford History Degree so have personal first hand experience of studying here and of Oxford’s customs and traditions. I am a Green Badge Oxford City Guide as well as a Blue Badge Guide for surrounding areas such as Blenheim Palace, Woodstock and the Cotswolds. I am also a London Blue Badge Guide so can combine touring Oxford with trips to Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock, Highclere, Bath, Windsor Castle, Salisbury and Winchester.

ANNETTA HARVIE

ANNETTA HARVIE

I am an Green Badge Oxford tour guide and a graduate of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. I have lived in and near Oxford for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed guiding professionally for the last 15 years. Please join me for a general tour of the City and University or for one of my specialist tours. These include: Literary Oxford, Medical and Scientific Oxford, Oxford’s Architecture, Civil War Oxford and Oxford’s Jewish Heritage. I am accredited by the ITG to give tours in French. I also have degrees in Russian and Spanish and speak some German and Hebrew.

BELLA HENMAN

BELLA HENMAN

I am a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides. I graduated in History and History of Art and have family links to the City and University of Oxford. My particular interests are Art, Architecture and Literature but I also offer General tours or Children’s Tours with an emphasis on Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.

BRIAN LOWE

BRIAN LOWE

I am a Green Badge Guide in Oxford, now in my fifteenth year. Living just outside Oxford all my life, I pursued a career in photography in the Royal Navy, and then in industry; at retirement I took up guiding through my love of the city, and enjoy showing people the beauty of this place. Apart from City & University tours, I also lead walks on Stained Glass, Religion in Oxford, St. John Henry Newman, John Wesley, C S Lewis & JRR Tolkien, and Oxford in the Civil War. Beyond guiding my interests extend to local history, photography, walking and bellringing.

BRIGITTE WHITEHEAD

BRIGITTE WHITEHEAD

I am a Green Badge guide (Oxford), a place I have called home since 1987. I have first degrees in History, French and Spanish, a Master’s degree in Theology and a postgraduate teaching qualification from the University of Oxford. Before becoming a teacher I was a police interpreter and worked in PR for Raymond Blanc and at St Anne’s College (Oxford). I enjoy guiding - Oxford is similar to where I grew up (Salzburg). I am well informed on what is going on in the city. I like nothing more than spending time in the Bodleian Library and so create bespoke tours. Currently an MSC student studying local history at Oxford University.

CHRISTINE BAINBRIDGE

CHRISTINE BAINBRIDGE

I am a holder of the coveted ITG Green Badge for this City and a keen historian. Oxford is a magical place to tour around. Magnificent buildings, the majesty of colleges spanning 800 years, glimpses through doorways. Follow in the footsteps of the real and imaginary characters who make up the history of this place. Einstein to Harry Potter, Elizabeth 1 to Morse and Endeavour. I also offer two specialist tours - Lyra’s Oxford: Which includes all the books which make up Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust. And the Story of Religion in Oxford: From Martydom to Methodism

DAVID CROSBY

DAVID CROSBY

Let me take you on a fun and informative walking tour in the historic heart of Oxford. As a qualified Green Badge guide with a passion for storytelling, I will give you the inside story on the university’s traditions and most colourful characters. You will go inside one of University’s famous colleges. Experience the wonderful atmosphere, learn how the students live and hear humorous stories along the way. See the most iconic buildings – the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre. And all the time you will be walking in the footsteps of famous authors, film stars, scientists and politicians.

ELIZABETH HUDSON-EVANS

ELIZABETH HUDSON-EVANS

I have been a guide and a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides for 11 years. I have guided hundreds of visitors around our wonderful city and the University. I specialise in Morse and Lewis and Literary tours. Also Stained glass, and Tudor Oxford, and of course Children's Literature in Oxford. I also enjoy giving tours for school children.

FELICITY LEWINGTON

FELICITY LEWINGTON

Hello, my name is Felicity! I am a professionally accredited UK Institute of Tour Guides, Green Badge Guide. A member and trainer of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides taking tours for 11 years. My tours aim to provide “light bulb” moments of “I didn’t know that”! They are a mixture of fun, contemporary facts, plus the fascinating history of the ancient city of Oxford. I am flexible and can tailor make my tours to suit visitors from the UK and all over the world. I want to ensure Oxford is a memorable visit. I specialise in the following tours: General city and university tours. Harry Potter location tours with insights into the filming and JK Rowling’s books. Alice in Wonderland a glimpse into the world created by Lewis Carol. Get to know the real Alice and her family and their life in 19th century Oxford. Pre Raphaelites in Oxford including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Literary tours exploring the world of Tolkien, CS Lewis and Philip Pullman. English as a Foreign Language city tours. My background in teaching and TEFL Qualifications allows me to provide clear, concise, correct vocabulary for all English levels.

HEIDI BOON RICKARD

HEIDI BOON RICKARD

I have been in the travel industry for over 20 years and have been fortunate to travel all over the world. I've been a tour guide in the Netherlands and a holiday representative in Turkey. My work has taken me to America, Canada and Australia. I trained as a Green badge guide in Oxford and I love discovering its secrets and sharing them with the groups I guide. As well as the general tour I offer specialist tours including Inspector Morse, Film sites, Harry Potter, Gargoyles and Grotesques, Literary Oxford, Downton Abbey and Bampton, and of course Alice in Wonderland.

IAN MITCHELL

IAN MITCHELL

I arrived in Oxford over 40 years ago when I became a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. On retirement I took history courses at Oxford University, qualified as a Bodleian and Green Badge Guide and became a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides. I love the fascinating history and glorious beauty of Oxford. I provide general tours where we walk in the footsteps of .....authors and their fictional characters, scientists, politicians, world leaders, and stars of film and TV.....through college quads and gardens. I also have a particular interest in architecture, science and medicine and provide tours focusing on these areas. I aim to inform and entertain and be adaptable. Tours should be fun and I love questions as we go. My experience in university education and my family links with Cambridge and Oxford helps me explain the particular nature of Oxford University to those considering studying here.

JANE CURRAN

JANE CURRAN

I am Irish, but have spent all my life in Oxford. I love the city, its beauty and history, so introducing it to visitors and helping them to get the most out of their time here is a pleasure. My tours are more suited to adults than to children, but I can weave into the picture many different aspects of the University, its colleges and alumni. Most important is what you hope for from a tour, and I am happy to create one around your own interests. I am an Oxford graduate, a Blue Badge Guide, and also qualified to guide in French and German.

JANE MEAD

JANE MEAD

I’m a qualified Green Badge guide for this wonderful city and I love showing visitors around the stunning architecture and bringing Oxford alive with stories of the fascinating individuals past & present, real and fictional, who have known these streets and strolled around the colleges and quads. In addition to giving you a general introduction to the city and university I can take you on tours focusing on C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien, on the Oxford of Morse and Lewis (and Endeavour), on Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland, or on Oxford’s religious or scientific history.

JEAN WARR

JEAN WARR

I am an experienced multilingual Blue Badge Guide and the author of the Oxford Plaques Guide, a book that highlights the stories behind the city’s myriad plaques. I delight in showing visitors round Oxford and in helping them discover intriguing details about the city and the University. Oxford never ceases to enchant and surprise me and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this beautiful place with the many people who visit it.

JESSICA BAUDET

JESSICA BAUDET

I am Jessica, French woman in my 30s, I have been living in Oxford for the last 6 years. I qualified as a professional guide in 2018, I am very passionate of Oxford. It has a lot to offer and I am always very happy to share my love for this beautiful city. I guide essentially in French language. I have also started to entertain a theatre group in French language. Don’t hesitate to book your tour with me, you won’t regret it

JOANNA HAMILTON

JOANNA HAMILTON

Oxford is my home and I am one of the city’s newest qualified guides and a member of the Institute of Tour Guides (ITG). The accredited guiding community in Oxford is very professional and mutually supportive so we can give all visitors a ‘tailored’ experience. My particular interests might be the history, literature and horticulture of Oxford, but Morse, Harry Potter and punting feature too. ​ It’s wonderful work to be able to tour the streets of Oxford and share its’ stories, old and new, with interested and interesting visitors from overseas and the UK. It’s our job to inform, entertain and make sure you want to return.

KATE BILLIMORE

KATE BILLIMORE

I'm a qualified Oxford Green Badge Guide and enjoy leading general public and private tours around the city, as well as offering specialist tours in science, Film Sites, Benefactors, the Downton Abbey Era, Basic English and Harry Potter. I also lead tours around the village of Bampton, the location used for filming the village scenes in TV’s Downton Abbey. ​ A Linguistics graduate and musician, when I'm not leading walking tours, I’m to be found playing viola in various orchestras and conducting a number of local choirs.

LUCY GASSON

LUCY GASSON

Lucy studied Classics at Jesus College, Oxford and went on to complete a Masters at Wolfson College, Oxford in Medieval Literature and History. When not giving tours of the city she works as a guide in three of Oxford’s museums - the Ashmolean, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of the History of Science.

NAOMI HILLMAN

NAOMI HILLMAN

Hello and welcome to my city! Let me show you iconic buildings and colleges at the world’s best university, Film locations, from Harry Potter to The Crown, fascinating stories about our people, and Shakespeare’s favourite places, world-class choirs, chapels and the legacy of the English Reformation, and sneaky peeks into hidden courtyards, private gardens, working buildings and secret places I’m a current member of University staff and an official Oxford Green Badge guide. I sing in a University choir, and I’ve been a historic re-enactor for twenty happy years. I enjoy meeting independent travellers, families and children. I look forward to meeting you!

STEPHEN BASKERVILLE

STEPHEN BASKERVILLE

Following a career in Commercial insurance I trained as a tour guide and now hold the Green Badge qualification for both the City of Oxford and the City of Westminster. In addition to walking tours in the cities I also give tours of the Cotswold towns of Burford and Bampton; the outside filming location of Downton Abbey and the fictional home of Mel Starr’s medieval surgeon Hugh de Singleton. I regularly speak and give presentations to clubs and societies on topics including: Oxford and its Colleges, Theatreland, Mayfair ,The Royal Hunting Grounds.

SUSANNAH SALLÉ

SUSANNAH SALLÉ

I grew up in a village near Oxford, spent all my school years here, and after university studies in Leeds, London, Florence and Montpellier, I returned to my roots! After ten years in the publishing industry, I now dovetail freelance editing work with tours of Oxford. With my ITG Oxford City Green Badge, I give tours in English and French, and also speak some Italian. I get a buzz from sharing ‘my’ city with people from all over the world and of all ages, giving them an insight into its workings and learning new things myself all the time.

TABBY LUCAS

TABBY LUCAS

I was born in Oxford and have family roots in the city dating back over 100 years. I am a specialist Green Badge Guide for Oxford and it would give me great pleasure to be your guide you around this beautiful city. I offer general tours and specialist tours on Morse, science, film locations, Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland As a Blue Badge Guide for the Heart of England I can take you beyond the city. Why not also explore the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor Castle or maybe see places where Downton Abbey was filmed?

TONY GULLIVER

TONY GULLIVER

Oxford-based Tony Gulliver is a Blue Badge Guide who runs tours into the Heart of England and beyond in his private-hire minibus, a luxury Ford Tourneo. Tony has a background in the travel industry, loves the great outdoors, is passionate about history, and just as at home with industrial heritage as great cathedrals. He is also a descendant of the Banbury Gullivers, whose graves inspired Jonathan Swift to a name for his protagonist. So why not embark on your own journey of discovery? Whether for Windsor or the Wye Valley, Stratford or Stonehenge, the Cotswolds or Bath, book your tour with Tony Gulliver.

VICTORIA BENTATA

VICTORIA BENTATA

I am an ITG Green Badge accredited tour guide and a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides. I am also a graduate of both the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University and have lived in Oxford for many years, guiding professionally for the last 10 years. I give general tours of the City and University of Oxford and also the following specialist tours: Literary Oxford, Oxford’s place in the history of Science and Medicine, Harry Potter film locations, Gargoyles and Grotesques and Jewish Heritage. I am accredited by the ITG to give tours in French. I also have degrees in Russian and Spanish and speak some German and Hebrew.

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