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.

The course will teach you how to become a tour guide. 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?

This tourism course is suitable both for people who are new to tour guiding and for experienced tour 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.

Courses no longer available
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
28 September 2017 1 year Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings £995 Applications have closed

The application deadline is Monday 31 July 2017 and interviews will take place over the weekend of 2–3 September 2017.

Course content

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

We will assess your performance by means of two pieces of written work and two practical exams. The first piece of written work and the first practical exam are on gallery guiding, the second piece of written work and the second practical exam are on outdoor guiding.

In your application you will need to demonstrate that you have the writing, speaking and research skills needed to complete the course successfully. Your application should include a cover letter of no more than one side of A4 paper explaining why you have chosen to apply for the course.

You will be invited to attend an interview, which will involve giving a three-minute talk on an assigned topic. Interviews will take place over the weekend of 2–3 September 2017.

The course is delivered by lecturers who are qualified guides with extensive experience of guiding and of teaching guiding skills 

Dr Caroline Dunmore, Course Director, is a qualified Westminster guide and City of London guide. Caroline’s academic qualifications include an MA in the history of art (Courtauld Institute of Art), an MA in museum and gallery management (City University) and a PhD in the history and philosophy of mathematics (King’s College London). She was a Research Fellow for three years at the University of Oxford, where she taught an undergraduate course in mathematical logic. Read more about Caroline Dunmore.

Course tutors Catherine Cartwright and Fiona Lukas are both qualified as Westminster guides, City of London guides and Blue Badge guides, and they have extensive experience of tutoring and examining student guides.

Contact us

Short Courses Support Team

E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)20 3506 6490