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Job Description

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. 

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but it may help if you have some GCSEs or equivalent including English and maths.

Experience of dealing with the public and giving presentations could be useful, and additional languages may also help.

You may need a Blue Badge in Tourist Guiding to work in places like Westminster Abbey and York Minster.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you could work for a tour operator as a regional tour supervisor or manager.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Tour manager
  • Visitor attraction general manager
  • Resort representative
  • EFL teacher
  • Tourist information centre assistant

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

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

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £30,000

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