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About Us

From individuals to small family groups, to large associations or corporate groups, our knowledgeable and entertaining guides will take you on a guided walk around the most historic and beautiful parts of Royal Windsor.
 
All our expert guides are qualified for the Thames Valley and surrounding areas and we can provide tours for groups in these areas. So from London to Bath, from Salisbury and Stonehenge, to Oxford or Winchester, we can help with all your sightseeing needs. A Windsor Welcome tour can be your opportunity to visit delightful places and explore our rich and colourful local history with a friendly tourist guide.
 

  • Windsor Welcome has 25 years’ experience as a guide booking agency
  • Windsor Welcome is the only association of Blue Badge Guides in Windsor
  • Windsor Welcome provides guides for the prestigious Windsor Festival
  • Windsor Welcome guides are all highly qualified and between them have many years’ experience guiding in the Royal Borough
  • Windsor Welcome guides all have further professional qualifications to make your tour more enjoyable

Our Guides

Barbara

Barbara has an honours degree in History, a diploma in education and is a lecturer for NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies). She is an acknowledged expert on Windsor and since 1990, in her role as Site Representative for the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, has developed close links with those who live and work at Windsor Castle, where she is responsible for training Blue Badge Guides.

Charles

Charles is a former guardsman, who enjoyed 12 years undistinguished service in the Household Division. He has mounted guard at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and in consequence has a good knowledge of military history and ceremonial.
 
He has nearly 30 years experience of guiding in Windsor and Eton, and is a member of the Guild of Stewards at St. George’s Chapel, within Windsor Castle.

Hilary

Hilary Thompson managed the Modern Language Centre at Reading University and whilst there she studied Art and Architecture. She founded the local Blue Badge Guides association ‘Windsor Welcome’ and worked extensively for the Southern Tourist Board (now SEETB) as a writer, tutor and examiner. Hilary is a tutor on Local History for the WEA and has created and led walks for the prestigious Windsor Festival on several occasions.
 
Hilary offers walks and talks on Windsor Castle, Reading, Henley, Marlow, Wallingford/Dorchester the History of the Mid Thames and Hampton Court. In Windsor she offers a popular ghost walk, a Local Heroes tour and a ‘Young Detective’ tour for children.

Leslie

Leslie has been a Blue Badge Guide since 1981 and was Mastermind Champion in 1981 (subjects; St. George's Chapel and Burial Grounds of London). He was International Mastermind in 1982 (subject; Windsor Castle) and lecturer on these and other subjects and is a retired teacher.
 
He was born and brought up in Windsor and is very familiar with the town and surrounding area, especially the Great Park, where he lived for many years. Leslie has done specialist tours for the Windsor Festival.

Richard

Richard worked as a qualified architect and town planner, before becoming a tour manager working for two international companies operating guided tours in the UK and Ireland. He qualified as a tourist Blue Badge guide for Southern England in 2001, with special endorsements for Windsor and Eton.
 
Locally Richard is particularly experienced in guiding in the Thames Valley and Chilterns, including walks in Oxford, and the towns of Eton, Windsor, Abingdon, Wallingford, Reading, Henley and Marlow.
 
Richard also gives Adult Education lectures for Oxford University and for the WEA and U3A on architecture , history, travel and related topics.

Rudolph

Rudolph has been a Windsor and Eton Blue Badge Guide since 1979. He has been a Continental Tour Manager for 10 years and is a Member of the GB Golden Keys. He leads walking tours and also offers horse-racing day trips and pub tours.
 
In addition, he speaks Catalan, French and Spanish.

Silla

Silla is a guide for both London and Windsor and has been for a number of years, so is able to adapt any walking or sightseeing tour to your particular needs. She particularly specialises in Windsor Castle and town and is happy to do walking tours and coach tours of Windsor and Eton and the surrounding area including Maidenhead and Henley. She is also experienced in touring to Oxford and Stratford, Bath and Stonehenge and Canterbury.
 
She speaks fluent French and Italian and is very happy to do day trips with Europeans and Americans all over England.

Graham

Graham is a geographer, explorer and walk leader. He knows some wonderful out of the way places as well as the more famous towns and buildings. He has specialist knowledge of the countryside, its rivers and its heritage.
 
These make Graham an ideal companion for your own discoveries, in Windsor, the Thames Valley, the Chiltern Hills, and further afield.
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