About

img_2699Cotswold and Oxford Tours

was founded by Tabby Lucas, a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Heart of England and a specialist Green Badge Guide for the city of Oxford.

Tabby was born in Oxford and has family roots in the city, dating back over 100 years.

For the past 20 years, Tabby has lived with her family in a village on the edge of the Cotswold hills.

Her background is in wildlife conservation and education.

Some comments about her tours:

We had an amazing afternoon with Tabby. An overview of some best bits including some museums that I had been to before but missed key bits of, and some I never knew existed. I particularly enjoyed the history and architecture of the Oxford colleges which I had never been into before. Tabby led us at a nice pace, kept us engaged and dealt ably with the interests of the whole group. Naturally it was good to discover new spots for tea and cake too. Thanks very much” (Paul from Devon)

 

Tabby really took our (varied) interests into account and came up with a tailored visit that kept us all happy. As an Oxford graduate, it was great to be reminded of places I knew and also to realise how much I’d missed. I went away awe-inspired by the beauty of Oxford all over again and determined to go back soon to find out more from Tabby’s wealth of knowledge.” (Sarah from London)

 

A very enjoyable tour of the Oxford colleges. Although naturally very historical in content, Tabby gave this information in a manner which was very entertaining and engrossing. She is a lady who is very knowledgeable about her home city and she provided many anecdotes throughout the tour. I would highly recommend this guided excursion to anyone who is interested in discovering more about Oxford and its colleges.”  (Alice and Helen from Hamilton, Scotland)

 

told us lots of local stories as well as the history of the region

 

excellent: informative and amusing guided  tour of Oxford … I really enjoyed your carefully researched facts, and stories about the old town”  (Jo from Warwickshire)

 

For those of you wanting a first-rate tour around Oxford, whether you are visiting for the first time or revisiting, this should be your first port of call. Tabby Lucas, our friendly walking tour guide, was so knowledgeable and helped to bring alive the amazing history of Oxford, whether it related to the wizarding world of Harry Potter or the academic world of the University.  As a long-term resident of Oxfordshire (30+ years) I cannot rate this tour highly enough! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and learnt many new things.”  (Gina from Oxfordshire)

 

Why choose a Blue Badge Guide?

The prestigious Blue Badge is the highest professional guiding qualification awarded by The Institute of Tourist Guiding.  A guide must undertake at least a year’s training, followed by rigorous examinations, before they can receive their badge.

Tabby is a member of:

 

191011_143432The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides

is the national professional association for Blue Badge Tourist Guides working throughout the British Isles. Since its foundation in 1950, the Guild has been dedicated to raising and maintaining the highest professional standards of its membership. Guild members are covered under public liability insurance.

 

A short film showing the work of Blue Badge Tourist Guides in London

 

The Institute of Tourist Guiding

is the national standard setting body for Professional tourist guides. Its role is to maintain high professional guiding standards through accrediting, examining and awarding guiding qualifications. .

 

 

 

The Cotswold and Gloucestershire Tourist Guides Association

Provides a guiding service for groups looking  for walking or coach tours of the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire.

 

The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides

The professional association of freelance guides who provide tours of Oxford and beyond