Tourist guides show visitors around places of interest - historic buildings, art galleries, cities etc.
They learn about and research a given area or about an exhibition as a whole and then use their knowledge to prepare and conduct an inspiring and educational tour for members of the public.
A real passion for the subject in question, though no specific requirements. A degree or formal recognition in history or tourist guiding may help for higher profile or particularly historical locations.
Experience of delivering presentations and dealing with the public may be useful, and additional languages may also help.
You might need a Blue Badge in Tourist Guiding to work in places such as Westminster Abbey and York Minster.
You will need:
- a strong interest in history, architecture or the specialism you are in
- good interpersonal skills
- the ability to communicate effectively
- to be able to present information in an interesting way
- a good memory for facts and figures
- good organisational skills
- an awareness of health and safety procedures
£18,000 to £30,000