About the Guild
Founded in 1980 the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides is the professional association of qualified Blue and Green Badge tour guides of Oxford. Our qualified guides are ready to show you the sights, tell you the stories and share the secrets of the city, its thousand-year-old university, and the characters - real and imaginary.
We will help you to plan your visit, offer you a unique insight into the architecture, traditions and of course the best places to eat, drink and stay.
The general University and City tour is the most popular for first time visitors. Giving a unique insight into the University and even older historic city. But for some a specialist tour might appeal, following in the footsteps of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland; or Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.
Oxford is also an opportunity to discover the haunts of the literary giants CS Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien or learn about Oxford’s incredible scientific legacy and architecture.
The Guild provides support to its members to ensure high quality professional standards in tour guiding in Oxford City and the wider Oxfordshire area. Guild membership is your guarantee of a high-quality tour.
The Guild provides training for new guides and ongoing development for existing members. The Guild promotes and develops good relationships with a range of key partners including Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, the University of Oxford and the Colleges of the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.
To become a full member of the guild a new guide must have successfully completed the course and practical and written examinations of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG) Green* Badge for Oxford.
There are currently 71 Full Members and 2 Associate Member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides and they include both the Blue and Green Badge Guides.
*Initially all Institute Guides qualified with a Blue Badge for a region and in older reference books you will see Oxford Guides referred to as Blue Badge Guides. However, more recently the Institute has recognised that demand in some regions was centred on cities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
To accommodate this demand for a city only guide the Institute introduced a new category of accreditation called a Green Badge. Since 2012 all new Oxford Guild members have been Green Badge Guides.
Current Guild Members
Juan Pablo Ramos Martinez
Heidi Boon Rickard
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