ABOUT US &
THE BLUE BADGE PROFESSION

WHO WE ARE

North East England Tourist Guides

North East England Tourist Guides are a team of professionally trained guides who have a great passion and in-depth knowledge of North East England as well as excellent general knowledge of the British Isles.

All of our members are Blue Badge tourist guides, and we offer tailored tours of the major attractions in the region, from the Durham Dales to Newcastle, the stunning cathedral and castle in Durham City to the rolling hills of Northumberland and the cradle of English Christianity on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. 

PROFESSION

THE BLUE BADGE & INSTITUTE OF TOURIST GUIDING

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.

OUR SERVICES

Discover how we can enhance your visit to North East England. We offer a wide range of services such as professional tour planning, guided walks, coach tours, multi-lingual tourist guide services and more…