Guides are trained under the auspices of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, which accredits training courses throughout England. Most training courses for guides last for at least two academic terms and some, e.g. London, last for nearly two years.

A wide spectrum of academic, specialist and practical training is provided, as well as a core curriculum of the history, architecture and social development of the country.


Originating in London, the Blue Badge guiding qualification was first awarded by regional Tourist Boards so that every guide would have the same high level of background national core knowledge combined with in-depth local knowledge. The Blue Badge is now the responsibility of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

As well as acquiring knowledge, Blue Badge Guides are trained in the selection and presentation of their material. This process has been so successful that English trainers have trained guides all over the world, and the Blue Badge is recognised internationally as a benchmark of excellence.

Please read these FAQs for more information.

Available courses

London Blue Badge Tourist Guide Training Course

Applications for the 2023-2025 London Blue Badge Tourist Guide (BBTG) training course are now closed. If you would like to be kept updated on any future London BBTG training courses please sign up to our mailing list HERE and visit our webpage London Training

Regional Blue Badge Tourist Guide Training Courses

For more information on training courses outside London, please see below and contact the local association for that area who may be able to advise.

Details of other courses for which the British Guild of Tourist Guides is not the training provider can be found on the training pages of the Institute of Tourist Guiding

We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of professional tourist guides to the #britainsbestguides community!