Charmian Griffiths

Charmian Griffiths

Regional Qualification(s):

London, Cumbria

Language(s):

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Phone Number(s):

+44 (0) 7710102632

Email:

charmian@fastmail.fm

Introduction:

I have travelled widely, working in ski resorts, on sailing ships, as summer and winter resort rep, Olympic Games, Winter Olympics, Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race, America's Cup and Rugby World Cup, in Press Offices, Media Centre, Hospitality, Accreditation. I have worked as a tour guide and a private driver-guide with a people-carrier, for many happy years in UK and occasionally overseas I set up a familiarisation tour for my colleagues for D-Day 60 and am preparing tours for D-Day 70, as well as the Somme and Ypres

I have lived and worked in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, USA & S Africa and have led tours to such countries as Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa, including on a dozen local cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Nile, the Galapagos, QM2 to the Mediterranean and South Africa, a great way to travel!

I am happy to plan off-beat tours to unusual and somewhat secret places at home or abroad, and to spend time planning with my clients in advance.

Personal Interests:

Christian Heritage
Archaeology & Abbeys
Garden Lovers
Military/battlefield tours
Jack the Ripper Walks
Country Car Tours
Business/Theatre Visits
Churches & Cathedrals
Outer London Suburbs

Special Interests:

Castles & Palaces

Share the thrill of our Ancient and Modern military architecture, modern developments and often with their excellent historical presentation!

Gardens

Rejoice in the beauty of England's gardens at any season and see the subtle changes occurring with the gradual effect of global warming!

Industrial Heritage

Experience the thrills & dangers of tin mining, slate quarrying, iron foundering, ship-building, bridge construction, steam engines of our illustrious past!

London Areas in Depth

Driving or walking tours in Belgravia, Chelsea, Chiswick, Covent Garden, Greenwich, Hampstead, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Richmond or any of our beautiful Royal Parks

Maritime Britain

Explore Britain's sea-going heritage dating back to the Bronze Age, which led to Britain's domination of one third of the Earth's surface! Visit the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, or even in Falmouth, with an extended tour of Cornwall!

Military

'D-Day 50' reminded us of the immense debt we owe to our superb Armed Forces in WWII. "D-Day 60" brought it all back to mind again, with George W. Bush participating. Now we have "D-Day 70" looming, along with a hundred years since the beginning of World War One. View the remains of enemy damage in London or cross the Channel to visit the battlefields and cemeteries of WWI & WWII

Regional Tours

Thirty-five years of touring by car and by coach have accentuated my appreciation of the immense beauty of these ancient and noble islands!

Religion

One of the great privileges of being a guide is the opportunity to lead and inspire pilgrimages to our ancient sites, cathedrals and abbeys and country churches of special mystic interest in London, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland

Agriculture

As an active volunteer in disabled and visually impaired tall ship sailing, I have worked, often aloft, with many kinds of disability and it is a wonderful thing to share these thrills with these courageous people

Stately Homes & Country Houses

The choice is endless! We are blessed with such great and noble buildings, in spite of historical and economic exigencies. Many are within an easy day's drive of London or you might fancy a longer trip, to allow you to stay in pubs or country hotels

Endorsements:

British Museum, York Minster, Wells Cathedral, Docklands, 2012 Venues

Additional Qualifications:

Member of Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, Institute of Tourist Guiding, Guild of Battlefield Guides, Battlefield Trust, National Trust

Driver Guide:

No