United Kingdom

London, England, Wales,
What are the basic qualifications for a guide?: 

The Blue Badge is awarded after extensive study and thorough examination. 

How to hire a guide?: 
Is licensing for Guides required? How is it obtained? How often must it be renewed?: 

There are no licensing requirements in the UK, but the Blue Badge is recognised by official tourism agencies and tour operators as the gold standard in tourist guiding.

Who is responsible for certification?: 

Institute of Tourist Guides

Approximate fees in Euro or local currency: Full Day: 
Approximate fees in Euro or local currency: Half Day: 
More Information: 

Blue Badge Guides are the only external guides permitted to conduct tours at many attractions, including Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, plus many more.

Entry prepared by: 
Guild of Registered Tourist Guides
Disclaimer: This entry is not intended to be a comprehensive guide. Neither the WFTGA nor the Member Association is responsible for any errors, omissions or opinions expressed by the contributing author.
Updated on: 02/28/18

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