Tour Guiding Course – Clerkenwell and Islington

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

Develop the skills you need to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours during this tour guiding course focused on Clerkenwell and Islington – an area that contains some of London’s most historic and culturally rich districts.

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

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.

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

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
5 January 2017 January – July 2017 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm, plus practical lessons on Saturday mornings £995 Book now

Course content

The course will involve a mixture of classroom-based sessions and practice walks in Clerkenwell and Islington.

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.

Successful applicants will attend an informal interview and do a short talk on a select area or point of interest.

Contact us

Philip Gill
Short Course Administrator

+44 (0)20 3506 6490