Tour Guiding Course – City of Westminster

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

Develop the skills you need to plan, prepare and deliver engaging walking tours during this tour guiding course focused on the City of Westminster – the royal, political and cultural heart of London.

You will learn about the various areas of Westminster, which contain a multitude of world-famous buildings and monuments, and about many of the individuals, institutions and events related to Westminster’s heritage. You will also develop the research skills, the interpretation skills and the public-speaking and logistical skills necessary to become an effective walking tour guide.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable both for people who are new to guiding and for experienced guides who want to develop their knowledge and skills further.

You will qualify for membership of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association once you have completed the course.

Course content

The course involves a mixture of classroom-based sessions and practice walks in the City of Westminster.

Performance will be assessed through walks and related materials prepared by students, as well as through a piece of coursework and a written exam.

The staff involved are lecturers and qualified guides with lots of experience of guiding and teaching guiding skills. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in London’s architectural history and in city tourism.

In your application you will need to demonstrate your commitment and the potential to become a professional guide, and that you have basic writing and research skills that will allow you to complete the course. As part of the application process, you are required to submit a cover letter of no more than one A4 side of paper, explaining why you have chosen to apply for this course.

You will also need to attend an informal interview and do a short talk on a select area or point of interest.