I look forward to introducing you to my beautiful city and giving you a wonderful tour. I have lived here for over 20 years and have no intention of leaving! My aim is to bring the fascinating history of Bath to life and I am particularly interested in how its residents lived. Much of the tour will focus on the Georgian period and Jane Austen is likely to be mentioned!
Your tour is with a local so I can also tell you what life in Bath is like now. If you wish, I can give you ideas of activities and events which may interest you for the rest of your visit in Bath, however much time you have.
I started Bath Tours about 10 years ago after doing a lot of research, reading and pacing the city on foot. My interest in history has grown over the years and I have been amazed at the success of Bath Tours, which is due largely to recommendations. I am lucky to be able to do something which is for me more like an enjoyable hobby than a job. I am happy guiding groups of all ages including children and for most of my career have taught a variety of subjects at Primary, Secondary level and adults. Most of my career was teaching Modern Languages and I can guide fluently in German, competently in French and also do a tour in imperfect but understandable Spanish. When guiding groups from other countries, I aim to explain in very clear English and have been told that I articulate very clearly and am very easy to understand.
Most of my visitors want a tour that ensures they will see all the main attractions and learn about Bath in a couple of hours, so my 2 hour City Highlights tour is the most requested private tour.
My prices for private tours are around £85. The price is for the tour, not per person. Most people choose the City Highlights, but I offer a variety of themes and the length of tour is up to you. You could also easily spend 4 hours seeing the city in detail and include a break.
I work with a number of excellent guides so that organising large groups requiring several guides is no problem. You will always have a named, local guide.
We all guide because we really want to do it. We do not work from scripts and will adapt our knowledge to your group's needs and interests.
I am equally at home with groups of academics, corporate groups, hen parties, politicians and ambassadors' partners, families, student groups, rugby tours etc and have enjoyed guiding all of the above.
I am lucky enough to have travelled very widely, participated in many guided walks and spent time with people from all over the world. I aim to give you the sort of tour I enjoy myself ie. interesting, informative with a good balance of facts and some stories.
So what are my tours like? The best way to find out is to read my reviews on Tripadvisor or to take a tour yourself. I promise to refund your money if you are not satisfied!
Sue Swainbank. B.A. German with French. University of Birmingham.
P.G.C.E Modern Languages. University of London Institute of Education.
Member of Bath Tourism Plus.