Dawn Blee

Dawn Blee

Regional Qualification(s):

South East England, London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+44 (0) 77905 97020

Email:

dawnblee@southeasttourguides.co.uk

Introduction:

I provide customised tours in London & South East England exploring the highlights & the hidden gems to give you a real feel for England past & present. From the Tower of London to London's newest icon The Shard, there is so much history about kings, queens & ordinary people who shaped the country & the world condensed into such a small area.

It's the social history that is so exciting; how others lived, historical gossip & the contrast with today’s lifestyle-all delivered in an entertaining & informative style.

My favourites are English Royalty - especially the lives & times of King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn; the wonderful castles, palaces & iconic sights of London that provide the background to make the capital what it is today.

There are good transport links out of London, Kent has many more castles & cathedrals (some are UNESCO World Heritage Sites) to explore, plus as a keen gardener, I love to guide the glorious gardens of the South East.

Personal Interests:

Great Garden tours
London highlights
Tudor monarchs
Social history of England
English Landscape Gardens
The Pilgrims route to Canterbury
Personal Heritage - tracing family tree locations
Literary tours
UNESCO World Heritage sites
Hastings, Battle & Rye

Special Interests:

Food & Drink

The Garden of England's food & culture are interwoven, absorb one whist sampling the other! We tour the award winning vineyards & breweries; meet regional artisans & their foods - perhaps have a go at making some yourself!

Walking Tours

The best way to discover any town or city. Walk a Talk with me through London, viewing the iconic sights and following literary & historical tracks on & off the main tourist trail. Walks also offered in Canterbury, Rye, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Windsor & many others.

Churches & Cathedrals

From ancient Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey & St Paul's Cathedral all UNESCO world heritage sites through to modern Guildford Cathedral & tiny parish churches; all with their own stories to tell; all are inspiring in very different ways.

Gardens

As a keen gardener I love to guide England's glorious gardens, from small cottage gardens to grandiose formal gardens designed to impress. Many world famous gardeners have honed their skills in the Garden of England; their legacy is for all to enjoy. Your green fingers will be itching to try out new ideas inspired by these beautiful displays.

Royalty

I specialise in the lives of King Henry VIII & his wives, particularly his intriguing relationship with Anne Boleyn. It goes without saying that the lives & homes of the current Royal family are of great interest.

Castles & Palaces

From Windsor Castle in the west to Dover Castle in the east; trace the path of royalty through the centuries. Hampton Court Palace, Hever Castle & Penshurst Place are all easily accessible from London

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Every aristocrat had their town house in London & their country seat in the Shires. Kent has more stately homes & castles than any other county,all within easy reach of London; come & live the Grand Life for a day! Contrast these with the characterful cottages of Kent or the Cotswolds

Regional Tours

Private touring is ideal way to explore the countryside and see the region's culture; cathedrals, castles, coastline & countryside; so many contrasts in just one region; from the White Cliffs of Dover to exciting and historic London.

Literature

From Charles Dickens & Ian Fleming via HG Wells & Virginia Woolf to Winnie the Pooh and many others, the region has a vivid literary heritage just waiting to be explored.
Charles Dickens famously used many of his personal experiences in Kent in his books. Jane Austen used to visit relatives in Kent, combine a love of literature with a love of flowers & stroll through gardens she would have known in Kent.

Endorsements:

2012 Venues, Canterbury Cathedral

Additional Qualifications:

ITG Tourist Guide of the Year

BSc Hospitality Mana

Driver Guide:

No