I am a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide for London and the South East of England. I show groups from all over the world around the very best of London and the beautiful counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
My particular interests include gardens, history, art and architecture. I specialise in creating memorable tailor-made trips to reflect individual clients' interests and time available, working with all age groups from families and students to Seniors and VIPs.
Families: "All my family say hi to you and thanks you for everything u do with us!" MA (age 18) Saudi Arabia October 2013 (via What's App)
Specialist: "My head is stuffed-to-bursting with all I’ve seen during this trip; I’ll certainly be kept busy for the entire winter, writing new travel articles. Again, Great Thanks for devising a Perfect Week for me." NQ USA August 2013 (Tour of 20 Kent gardens in a week)
Highlights: "Thank you so much for the best day!!! It was so fantastic!!!! Come to Dallas so I can reciprocate!!!" NN, Texas July 2013 (via Text after 1 day London tour)
Extended Tours: "We have returned home now from our marvellous month long trip to England and Scotland. We had a terrific time and the British Open golf tournament was a great finale. We wanted you to know that our five days with you was one of the true highlights of our trip. We greatly appreciated your knowledge and familiarity with London and the surrounding area. We also appreciated the wonderful, caring way in which you guide. Thank you for the many special moments that you provided for us." WN, Ohio July 2013
Art: "Just to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of The National Gallery yesterday - I thought our guide Amanda was superb and pitched it perfectly. I also enjoyed standing in Trafalgar Square in the snow – very picturesque! Thank you for co-ordinating this excellent event." Julia R, Kent March 2013
Sites: "Thank you for helping to make our day at Titsey Place one to remember. Everybody enjoyed the guided talks around the house and found it very interesting. It does make our job as organisers much easier when the guides are so good and so organised." JH, Reading June 2012
Travel Trade: "I would like to thank you for the key role that you played in making our recent familiarisation trip to Kent such an enormous success. We have received only the highest praise for you from the participants and I hope that this will translate into us giving you groups business over the next 24 months as these GTOs return with members from their own societies." PSJ, Commercial Manager March 2012
Groups: "Thank you so much for organising such an interesting trip to Cranbrook today. I very much enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Perhaps further ones could be organised for the surrounding villages!" PL, Kent
Local: "We’ve lived in the area for nearly 20 years but we had no idea there was so much history here." CJ, Kent
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
If you need a guide to London monuments, to English history, to British governance, to English literature, to the people of London then Dawn Blee is your ticket. Especially, if you want a blend of a quick wit and charm to boot. Her flexibility and sense of timing were added features to make the tour a meaningful experience. So what will we tell all our friends back home? Not so much what we saw and experienced rather the almost haunting sense that someday we must return...we must return.
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
I am qualified to guide throughout London and the South East (Kent, Sussex and Surrey)
I can also take you on day trips out of London to Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, the Cathedral Cities of Canterbury and Salisbury, and the University Cities of Oxford and Cambridge.
In developing itineraries for your visit I am guided by your interests, mobility and energy levels, and how much time you have available. Some people like to follow a theme such as Literature, Art, Royalty, Military History. Others want to see all the main sights and some hidden gems on a 'My Favourite Things' tour. With my own kids I understand what will appeal to and entertain them! I am happy to walk, take trains, buses and boats or arrange a private car and driver.
At the end of the day it is your visit and my aim is to make it both interesting and enjoyable!
Transportation by tour guide:
I am happy to walk, take trains, buses and boats or arrange a private chauffeured car.
Tour guide interests:
London: Historic, Royal, Military, Literary, Creative and Contemporary
History, Art and Architecture
Palaces, Cathedrals, Castles and Stately Homes
Villages, Gardens, Coast and Countryside Tours
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!