Tour Guiding Course – Clerkenwell and Islington

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

Are you looking to gain a formal tour guiding qualification, while boosting your skills and confidence to deliver engaging walking tours?

Our Clerkenwell and Islington tour guiding course will enable you to plan and give professional walking tours in the area.

Significant buildings, literary connections and sites of key events will give you an opportunity to bring the area’s history to life for visitors.

You will also qualify for the badge and membership of the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association once you have completed the course.

Who is this course for?

The course is for you if you want to learn how to design and deliver walking tours, or if you are already guiding and want to gain a formal qualification to guide in Clerkenwell and Islington.

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Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
12 January 2017 January – July 2017 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm, plus practical lessons on Saturday mornings £995 Already started

Course content

The course mixes learning about Clerkenwell and Islington and its history with sessions devoted to the skills you need to interpret the area to diverse audiences.

From Shakespeare, Hogarth, Dickens, Orwell, Sickert, Lenin and Morris, to sites like the Clerk's Well, medieval Charterhouse and St John's Gate, the 17th-century New River, handsome Georgian squares and Sadler's Wells – Islington contains some of London’s most historic and culturally rich districts.

Significant buildings, literary connections and sites of key events will give you an opportunity to bring the area’s history to life for visitors. 

In your application you will need to demonstrate:

  • your commitment and the potential to become a professional guide
  • 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.

If your application is successful, we will invite you for an informal interview, where you will do a short talk on a select area or point of interest.

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.