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Tim Goddard

Tim Goddard

Background

Born in London, I am a Blue Badge Tourist Guide with 23 years' experience helping visitors get more out of their stay in Britain. “Friendly, knowledgeable, fun and flexible” - is what I’ve heard most over the years.

  • The Blue Badge is the UK’s highest guiding qualification, rigorously examined by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the industry’s standard-setting body
  • Mother-tongue English and native-standard German and am licensed to guide in these languages.
  • Proud recipient of more than 80 five-star reviews at TripAdvisor
  • Experienced Tour Manager: competent in handling ontour challenges
  • Former lecturer in higher education: a confident and engaging public speaker
  • Member of the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the Institute of Tourist Guiding

Areas

I have accreditation (including internal visits) in:

  • Coach Panoramic sightseeing and walking tours in London
  • Churches: Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Sites: Tower of London, British Museum and National Gallery
  • Palaces: Windsor Castle and Hampton Court
  • Areas: Stonehenge/Bath, Oxford/Stratford, The Cotswolds

My expertise is Castles and Gardens, especially in South England

  • Kent, Sussex and Surrey
  • Cornwall, Devon and the West Country

I have many years’ experience working in:

  • Liverpool and the North West
  • York and the North East
  • Scotland: Edinburgh and the Highlands

Latest TV appearence

Key previous work Experience

Guide for Trafalgar Tours

2012 - 2015


  • Tour Manager in Germany, Switzerland, Austria
  • Connecting with travellers to maximise their experience ontrip
  • Liasing with suppliers to ensure smooth running of the tour
  • Providing relevant and engaging coach commentaries and walking tours
  • Responsible for delivering onbrand experiences

Tour Manager for Car Rouge Premium Tours, Switzerland

2012 - 2016


  • Kent Gardens and Castles: 4-day Tour
  • Cornwall: 6-day Tour

Education Lecturer for The National Gallery in London

2012 - 2015


  • 60-minute highlight tours in German

Tour Manager for EF Educational and GoAhead Tours

1998 - 2012


  • Overall excellent rating
  • Training new Tour Managers
  • Attending school pre-tour briefing meetings giving talks/presentations

Qualifications

MA (Theoretical Linguistics)

University College London, 1995

Dissertation: The phenomenon of asymmetrical verb second movement in German

PGCE (Further Education)

University of Greenwich, 1993

Specialising in Language and Information Technology teaching

BA (German; Ancient Greek Subsid)

University of Bristol, 1989

Class: 2i

School exams

Colfe's School, London, 1985

French, German, Russian A levels; 10 O levels

Last Updated Feb 2020