Training for tour guiding

In light of the restrictions placed on all of us due to the Covid-19 virus, the Camden Tour Guides Association has been considering the options for the training course starting in September 2020. Given the current uncertainty about what the position will be in September, and the fact that guide training does require some elements of face to face and group training, it has been decided, after much thought, and with much regret, that the start date for next Camden Tour Guiding Course will be September 2021, with no course being offered in September 2020. Whilst we were very much looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of students this September, this decision reflects Camden Tour Guides’ Association concern to be mindful of the health, safety and wellbeing of students, association members and our guests; the general public.  

If you are interested in applying for the September 2021 course, then please contact the course team at

The Camden Tour Guide Course

Graduating Class of 2019. Badges were presented by Deputy Mayor Sabrina Francis


The course will enable you to develop the skills required to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours, focusing on the London Borough of Camden. Tuition on guiding skills is complemented with learning about the history, architecture, tourist attractions and facilities of the Borough of Camden. The borough has a particularly rich history in terms of buildings, institutions and residents which can be used by guides to interpret the area for diverse audiences.


During this course you will learn the general principles of tour guiding and how to guide walking tours in the Borough of Camden.  You will be taught about the diverse geographical areas within the borough and their history, architecture, culture and other features.  You will learn how to undertake your own research and how to design a guided walk and you will be instructed in the necessary skills to present information in an informative and entertaining manner to different audiences.

Course details

There will also be approximately 15 Saturday half day sessions, scheduled on alternate weeks. We will be out and about in the Borough of Camden and will focus on practical guiding skills and the delivery of entertaining and informative walking tours. Locations will vary according to the syllabus, but will be scheduled in advance.
You will be required to submit a satisfactory written project, pass a written exam and pass two practical exams. One practical exam takes place at an internal site (this year we were hosted by The Foundling Museum) and one on the streets of Camden. The two examinations will take place between January and late May/early June.
External examiners will be used to assist with the assessment of the practical guiding examinations and a moderator has been appointed to review the marking of the written examination and the project. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a badge from the Camden Tour Guides Association. This will recognise your achievement as a qualified guide in the Borough of Camden. Graduates are normally presented with their badges by the Mayor of Camden in the Mayor’s parlour at the Town Hall.

If you are interested in applying for the 2021/22 course

please contact the Course Team