The Blue Badge
All Guild of Registered Tourist Guides members hold the coveted Blue Badge, the British national standard guiding qualification and internationally recognised bench mark of excellence.
Blue Badge Guides are selected, trained and examined by the by the training provider and examined by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. The training is detailed and comprehensive, the examinations rigorous and registration an achievement.
Originating in London, this was awarded by regional Tourist Boards from 1969, so that every guide would have the same background of national core knowledge combined with in-depth local knowledge. This is now the responsibility of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
As well as acquiring knowledge, Blue Badge Guides are trained in the selection and presentation of material. This has been so successful that English trainers have trained guides all over the world, and the Blue Badge is recognised internationally.
Blue Badge Guides have a wide range of languages (40!), specialities and interests, and can guide on foot, in cars, on coaches, on trains and on boats.
They have a wealth of experience which is respected by discriminating tour operators and travel agents throughout the world.
They take pride in constantly updating their knowledge to enable their visitors to enjoy Britain’s immense, unique and varied heritage.
They are practical, punctual, reliable and thrive on the unexpected, welcoming individuals or groups, here on business or for pleasure.
Blue Badge Guides received an award from the Tourism Society in November 1999.