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Mayor's Honorary Guides

Main Entrance to the Pump Room, Bath BA1 1LY, England
+44 1225 477411
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Ranked #1 of 72 Activities in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: A genuinely free service (tips are NOT accepted) providing daily walking tours in Bath. Received Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2014, the highest UK award for voluntary groups. Tours take place daily including public holidays except Christmas Day: Sunday -Friday 10.30 & 14.00, Saturday 10.30 only. May to September additional tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 19.00 (not Friday or Saturday). These tours include the main sights in the city centre - Abbey Church Yard, Queen Square, Royal Crescent Circus etc. New for 2014, from May to September, additional free tours from the Pump Room entrance on Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 to Great Pulteney Street, the canal, Sydney Gardens, the Holburne Museum and back to city centre. Visitors are welcome to leave tour at Holburne if they wish to visit it. All these walking tours leave from outside the main entrance of the Pump Room in Abbey Church Yard and last approximately 2 hours. No booking necessary or possible for individuals, but must be made 4 weeks in advance for group of 12 or more. Other walking tours are arranged from time to time and are shown on our website.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Had best morning walking round val was so informative and friendly I'll never forget all interesting things it's a must 😀😀😀😀 thanks again val

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

A must-do for anyone stopping over in Bath. Tour is a little upwards of two hours and takes you around the city centre, with a lot of historical tidbits for your pleasure. Guide was very engaged and seemed to relish her role. No cost for the tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Wonderful trip that is a must do for every visitor to Bath. Guide (Joy) gave a very interesting tour. Cannot believe it is entirely free of charge!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This free guided tour is a great introduction to Bath and its fascinating 2,000+ year history, focusing especially of course on the Georgian period. Our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. The tour is much better than trying to do a walk on your own because you learn about the people who contributed to Bath’s prominence. You also get many... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

David our knowledgable and entertaining guide made this a very enjoyable experience even though it rained all morning ! He had just the right information with Roman , medieval as well as modern context I highly recommend this tour ...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Mayors Honarary guides offer a free walking tour twice a day every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day whatever the weather. The guides are all local people who take you around all the major sites of the city centre with informative and interesting commentary? The tour takes 2 hours but is well worth and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It probably helped that it was a bright, warm day but even if it had not have been, then I still feel the guided walk would have been a worthwhile experience. Our group consisted of approx 10 people, the tour guide was knowledgeable about Bath and its history and there was plenty of opportunities on the walk to stop and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Had been slightly apprehensive about this - worried about potential numbers at half term and a two hour tour that might drag - but need not have worried. They'd clearly anticipated the numbers and three guides were on duty on Thursday 30th and split the large waiting group up into three more comfortably sized walking groups. What a treat the... More

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Roland, our voluntary tour guide, took us throughout the city of Bath and did a thorough job explaining key points of interest and fielding all sorts of questions. It was the kind of tour that you leave truly feeling like you have been fed on the facts of history in a way that connects place together in a whole. Be... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This tour was supposed to be a two hour tour but our volunteer guide Bob was so enthusiastic and proud of his city that it became 2 1/2 ... And not a single person dropped out because he was so phenomenally informative and entertaining. I am so glad I went on this tour because otherwise I would have wandered around... More

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