Meet our tour guides
Our fully trained Visit Lichfield tour guides are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and here to tell you all about the history of Lichfield on a public tour or a private group booking. Here's a bit about our guides so you can get to know them better.
Green Badge Guide trained
Qualified in 1990 as a Lichfield Green Badge Guide, Julie has many years of experience enjoying guiding both locals and visitors around our wonderful city. She’s turned her hand to many tour requests, but her favourites are the History and Heritage Tours (which she always aims to 'personalise' for the occasion or group) and the Gruesome and Ghostly Tours, which show a darker side of Lichfield. When Julie has not got her head in a history book, she enjoys music and exploring!
Ian came to Lichfield from Edinburgh 32 years ago and started tour guiding on retiral from the Birmingham insurance market. Staffordshire provided ample opportunities to indulge his interest in castles, cathedrals and Charles 1st civil wars. He also likes to discover quirky history facts and share them in his tours.
When time allows Ian enjoys gardening and crown green bowling.
Gill is a former teacher of French and German and a long-time member of the Lichfield Twinning Association, where she was chairman for 19 years.
After training to be a Green Badge city guide in autumn of 1997, she also trained to become a Lichfield Cathedral Guide.
Gill takes tours speaking in French and German, which can be booked in group packages.
David went to the grammar school in Lichfield and has lived here for 30 years. He is active in local drama as performer, director and writer with special interests in local figures – Garrick, Seward, Darwin, Johnson, Ashmole.
David has been a guide at Lichfield Cathedral for 15 years.
Peter lives in Lichfield and appreciates the vibrant cultural life the city has to offer. Amongst many interests, he is a member of Lichfield Players and has performed at Lichfield Garrick theatre, as well as performing in costumed narrative dramatizations of classic tales. He volunteers at the Shugborough Estate and at Aston Hall for Birmingham Museums Trust. Peter also volunteers for 'Bridge Builders', enjoys cycling, walking and visiting family in Yorkshire. He loves to learns new things about Lichfield and looks forward to communicating his enthusiasm to visitors.
A proud Lichfeldian with an interest in history, Julie is happy to have been born and raised in the beautiful and historic city of Lichfield. For many years Julie has been fully involved in promoting the local Roman site of Letocetum in the near-by village of Wall. Julie is pleased to have the opportunity to guide visitors through the streets of Lichfield, in order to discover its diverse architecture and learn about the city’s many celebrated characters.
Les is a retired headteacher who has had an association with Lichfield on a social basis for over forty years and now lives in the city. Les regularly attended history talks and lectures about Lichfield before training to be an official guide. He is pleased to welcome both locals and tourists to this fascinating city and share the aspects of it's historic heritage, in an interesting and engaging tour.
Robin has a professional background in engineering, human resources, learning, economic development/area regeneration working in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He founded two social enterprises and two sustainable energy co-operatives after retirement and volunteers for projects including Fusion Credit Union, the Trishaw Project and is a Trustee of the Darwin Walk Lichfield. Robin is passionate about the arts especially music and plays trombone in a community jazz group - Blast Off, is an active walker and cyclist and campaigns for access to the countryside.
Steve was born and raised in Wolverhampton and remembers Lichfield as the first place he visited without his family; a Sunday school outing to the Cathedral. He now lives locally and is an active member of Lichfield Arts. Steve is interested in the viewpoint of the 'ordinary person' over the centuries and his tours look at how they lived their lives, the famous philosophers and Enlightenment thinkers they shared the city with, and the huge projects they took on such as building Lichfield's famous Cathedral.
Sarah has lived in Lichfield with her family since 1992 and is originally from London. She now works at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and is a volunteer Erasmus Darwin House Museum. Sarah is also secretary of the Lichfield Twinning Association and belongs to the Lichfield Singers and the Lichfield Poets. Her hobbies include making and adapting costumes and swimming.
Teresa may be a relative newcomer to Lichfield, having moved here in 2013. Since then, she has enjoyed discovering the heritage of her adopted city and doing research to discover more exciting facts.
When not working as a city guide or taking care of small children, Teresa works for Birmingham Museums Trust and the British Museum as their Portable Antiquity Scheme Finds Liaison Officer for the area. This role involves meeting with members of the public to record archaeological finds and she is also Author of ‘50 Finds From Staffordshire’. Teresa looks forward to showing you around Lichfield, pointing out small details you may have missed.
Suzanne is a retired Deputy Head teacher who has lived in Lichfield for many years. After 28 years in education, she worked for The National Trust until recently becoming a City Guide. Having always had a passion for history, especially local history, she is now looking forward to sharing her passion and knowledge with visitors to the beautiful city of Lichfield.
Nigel has enjoyed living in Lichfield for 15 years. With a love of history he has built up his local knowledge progressively over the years. It gives him great satisfaction to walk around the city and pass on details of the history to visitors.
Nigel also works with local primary schools in a voluntary role and loves to dance and listen to the music of 1930's and 1940's swing era.
For public tours go to visitlichfield.co.uk/tours
To book a group tour go to visitlichfield.co.uk/groups