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Heritage & Education

Heritage Training

Iles Tours has several packages for heritage sites and institutions to enhance your offer to the public. We provide workshops and projects covering history, heritage, archaeology and tourism skills. We can work with your team to develop skills that will amplify the visitor experience and develop your staff and volunteers’ abilities. These workshops come highly recommended:

From January-April 2024, Alex Iles of Iles Tours delivered a 10-week training programme for living history tour guides at Jarrow Hall, an Anglo-Saxon museum, farm and village in South Tyneside.

Throughout the programme, the service offered was simply outstanding and Alex was a pleasure to work with. Alex went above and beyond to prepare each session and teach the tour guides about Anglo-Saxon history and culture; both his passion for teaching people the history of the North East of England, and his friendly, approachable personality shone through across the training period. We cannot recommend Iles Tours enough!

Alice Patchett
Cultural Activity and Engagement Officer,
​Groundwork South & North Tyneside

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the needs of your organisation and team.

Tour Guide Training

We provide a range of options for guide training for museums, tour guides and heritage sites. Please get in touch to discuss your needs and the best package we can provide for you. 

Alex Iles of lles Tours delivered guide training for several of my instructors, me included, in 2021. The training was exceptional in its scope and was delivered in a very dynamic and exciting way. We spent the early part of the day outdoors, listening to Alex’s own style via one of his itineraries at Newcastle Quayside. His attention to detail and the breadth and depth of content was excellent. He engaged the team and we all left energised and with a much-enhanced knowledge of the city.

For the second part of the training, we went to the classroom where Alex helped us find our own style and voice by speaking about something we are passionate about. He provided excellent feedback on our delivery styles. He then spent some time helping us develop our tour scripts, suggesting books, websites and other online resources where reliable information can be found. He stressed that tour content needs to be fun and engaging, but also historically accurate. At the end of the session, he invited us all to stay in touch and offered to look over anything we develop. His organisation and communication both prior to and after the session were always professional and courteous. I have no hesitations in recommending him as a trainer.

Simon Laing Director CBK Adventures

School Trips

Sometimes, the best learning happens outside the classroom. Our educational tours are designed for history and geography school trips that meet learning goals while also being a lot of fun. From guided tours and history experiences to physical geography tours of urban areas, we can provide experiences that enhance your student’s learning. Contact us to discuss your trip today.

Need help with transport? No problem. We partner with trusted coach companies to make sure your students travel from school and back again in safety and comfort.

Alexander, from Iles Tours, did a workshop with my year 5 class. From the moment he walked into the classroom, I knew the full day workshop was going to be a great success. He walked in fully
dressed as a Norman solider and was in full character.

The children absolutely loved it! They were engaged throughout the day and particularly enjoyed the Q & A as they had prepared questionsbefore hand. Alexander’s enthusiasm for History was infectious and his knowledge was excellent. If you are looking for a practitioner who is incredibly knowledgeable, engaging with children and has a passion for History Alexander from Iles Tour is your man!

Mrs MacCabe Year 5 teacher St Aidan’s Primary School

Bring history to life

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