Tour Guides South East England

Bespoke guided tours around some of England's most iconic locations

Maxine Ford - Canterbury Tours 2021

Blue Badge Tour Guide Maxine Ford

Maxine Ford - Tour Guide

Entertaining and informative, reliable and professional with local and up to date knowledge, our wealth of experience is respected by discriminating tour operators and travel agents throughout the world.

Whether it is for an individual or a group, business or pleasure, a Blue Badge Guide makes a good experience great! The Blue Badge is a symbol of excellence in tourist guiding.

We are practical, punctual, reliable and thrive on the unexpected, welcoming individuals or groups, here on business or for pleasure.

Famous Sites

Blue Badge Guides are often the ONLY external guides permitted to conduct tours at many attractions, including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. We bring the sites to life, often telling the stories that are not in the guide books or audio tours. With your own knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you can ask questions and find out more about what interests you.

Museums and Galleries

For those with limited time, a highlight tour will ensure you don’t miss anything important and will put your visit in context. Alternatively you may prefer an in-depth tour of a particular aspect of a collection. Many of our guides have particular specialities.

Walking Tours

One of the best ways to explore is on foot. A Blue Badge Guide will give you an entertaining and informative walking tour and help you discover things you would not have found on your own.

Themed Tours

If you have a particular interest, ask us about themed tours to ensure you get to see more of what really interests you. From literature to the Beatles, film locations and ghost tours, we can create a tour that is right for you.

Contemporary Britain

It’s not just about history! Blue Badge Guides pride themselves on being up to date and have a comprehensive programme of continual professional development. We love showing what a fascinating and vibrant place contemporary Britain is. Discover music, architecture, fashion and multi-cultural Britain with us.

Canterbury Tours 2020 Maxine Ford - Official Tour Guide

Hello, I’m Maxine Ford, accredited Blue Badge Tour Guide and member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.  I can provide a wide range of tours in and around London and South East England from short, single location tours to multi-day bespoke tours covering a wide range of interests including homes & gardens, military, historical and ecclesiastical tours or if you just have a few hours to spare, let me know your general interests and I’ll be happy to create a bespoke tour just for you.

My specialisations include Canterbury Cathedral (where I am an endorsed guide), Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle, and Hever Castle, the gardens of South East England and also walking tours of Rye, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Cranbrook.

Steve C
Steve CLas Vegas
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Linda and I could not have had a more wonderful day with you. Thank you very much for making it all happen. The events of the day will be a treasured memory for the rest of our lives – definitely a most spectacular highlight of all our travels. I had high expectations based on your website and your Blue Badge designation. You more than exceeded those expectations. We will be sure to contact you on any future travels to Kent.
Regan Family
Regan FamilyYork
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So loved the tour of Canterbury and the Cathedral. Maxine was an excellent, informative, friendly and considerate guide who made sure we made the most of the short time we had available. We were a little concerned that one of our party was less able and therefore may not have been able to get the most from the tour - we need not have worried! We mentioned our worries to Maxine before the tour and she went to great lengths to ensure we were all included and able to access all of the areas together and at our own pace. Excellent!

Blue Badge Tour Guide

Canterbury Tours 1 Maxine Ford qualified as an award-winning Blue Badge Guide in 2011 and enjoys working with family groups, societies, students, tour companies as well as businesses looking for ideas for client entertaining and employee recognition events. Although qualified to operate at interesting and historic sites all over the South East of England, Maxine specialises in Canterbury guided tours including guiding Canterbury Cathedral where she has undertaken additional training to become a Cathedral endorsed guide meaning that she is qualified to escort parties of guests without the requirement to book a separate guide for the cathedral. Born and educated in London, Maxine has lived in the South East of England all of her life and, prior to taking-up tour-guiding professionally, worked in the media organising and delivering educational meetings. Maxine says “I have lived in the Canterbury area for the last 20 years, but, as I was born within the sound of Bow Bells some people would still consider me to be a cockney from London!”.

Professional Accreditations

Tour Guide Services

Maxine is able to provide a wide range of tours which are bespoke and personal to you and adapted to your needs, including:-
  • Coach commentary
  • Guided Walks
  • Tours of historic sites and buildings
  • Themed tours
  • Shore excursions from Dover
  • Down from London tours
  • Conference excursions
  • Student Groups
  • Illustrated talks
  • Churchill Tours using a professional TV and Film actor who offers a unique, fun and informative additional commentary to the tours.

Every effort is made to customize tours to individual client requirements.  For example, chauffeur driven vehicles can be arranged to meet you from Dover cruise terminal, your hotel or railway station.  The high speed train from London takes just over an hour which means that clients are increasingly coming from to Kent from London by train and can be met at either Ashford International or Canterbury West station and enjoy a day in Canterbury with your own personal guide or to be met by a chauffeur driven car and taken on your own bespoke tour . You will have a truly memorable day. Maxine is also able to offer the option of providing a commentary on your own coach and a guided tour or walk at your chosen destination.

Maxine Ford MITG

Telephone +44 (0)1227 749513

Mobile +44 (0)757 0042247


Contact Maxine Ford

Maxine Ford MITG

+44 (0)1227 749513