PLEASE DO NOT phone or email the British Guild of Tourist Guides with training related questions.

Blue Badge 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 background of 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 FAQ’s for more information.

London Training Course

In London the programme lasts for approximately two years. Applications for the 2020-2022 London Course are now closed (no more applications/enquiries for this course will be considered)

News about the following course (probably 2021-2023) will become available in October 2020.

For more information about the next course, please visit our London Training page.

Training information is provided on these web pages, but if you require more information, please do not phone the Guild. Enquiries can be emailed to:

Regional Training Courses

For more information on training courses outside London, please 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 website for the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG)


The British Guild of Tourist Guides – Project 2020 – is inviting applications for a bursary from those who have been accepted on tourist guide training courses accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

For details of the bursary application process and criteria, please see the following:

PROJECT 2020 guidance notes for bursary applications

PROJECT 2020 guidance notes for bursary applications for London Training only 

Application for Bursary