How to be a Tour Guide in your Hometown Overnight
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How to be a Tour Guide in your Hometown Overnight

Deliver an engaging 1 hour walking tour around a local town or city and become a trusted tour guide for visitors
4.5 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
815 students enrolled
Created by Lita Doolan
Last updated 5/2017
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Give a one hour walking tour to a small group around their home town.
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  • The Background history of their home town.
  • 2 or 3 unusual stories about the local attractions like churches, monuments or castles.
  • In addition visitor information about museums and galleries will help.
  • How to speak to a crowd.

Ever wondered how you can turn a city or town you love into an exciting experience for others?

As tourism increases with low cost travel deals you can turn your love of history, architecture or nature into a unique guided tour.

We’ll learn about how to find interesting stories and research local history fast.

I designed 5 modules plus resource sheets to be easily understood by absolute beginners.

We’ll learn about how stories about old buildings and famous visitors can be made into a great tour.

At the end of the course, you will be able to welcome visitors to your hometown with a one hour walking tour.

Who is the target audience?
  • Local History Enthusiasts
  • Adventure Travellers
  • Local Group Leaders
  • Drama students.
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Curriculum For This Course
Research tour information that matches your voice
4 Lectures 12:14

All you need is a voice and an interest in your home town to get started on putting together an interesting tour for visitors to enjoy.


Discover your storytelling style to give yourself a structure to write your tour around.

Tips on how to present yourself along with your content so visitors regard you as a tour leader while you welcome them to your home town

Pick a speaking style that suits you

Pinpoint who you are writing for when scripting your tour and gather ideas of where your customers will come from.

Improve your own commitment to your goal by getting a big enough crowd for your first tour.  Reach out to friends, co workers and families so you can get support for your project and make it a viable lifestyle small business or hobby.  Be ready to set a date for your first tour.

Deciding on your perfect audience

How to gather the information you need to write a tour

How to look in familiar and unfamiliar places to find great stories and historical facts. Capture your unique 'take' on your hometown fast with ideas that match your voice.  Get tested on where to look using this quiz.

How to gather everything you need and start writing your tour
3 questions
Section 2 Finding the Title of your Tour
2 Lectures 06:51

Look for common dates - or periods like Victorian, Georgian, Saxon, Celtic to tell the story of each location.  Find out any famous visits from monarchs or presidents in the past.

Research who marched through each location was it Romans,  Saxons.  Pioneers, Royalty or Soldiers.   

Use the layers of social history from your research to tell the story.

Describe the passage of history through what you can see.  Tell stories through the existence of who has walked through the key buildings at each locations.

Brainstorm what you know already and gather facts about the locations

Do a brainstorm of what you love for added ideas to nail what you are uniquely offering on your tour.

Set your stories around a particular Monarch, President or a historical period to give a bold clear theme.

Use the worksheet to look at other theme like battles, ghosts, or gardens.

Find a title that matches your content

Use this quiz to check through your name of the tour

How to put together the title of your tour
3 questions
Section 3 Map out the route of your tour
2 Lectures 07:30

Break down the whole tour into manageable chunks.

Map out the route, walk it and design it to 1 hour

Use this guide to go through each location and build your description of a similar length and structure so visitors get into a rhythm with the tour.

Honour your skill in taking people to somewhere new.

Discover how the beginning and end there are exceptions to using a continuous style.

At the beginning of the tour let the visitors know what they are in for.

End the tour with your best lines and resources for onwards research.

Look for consistency at each location and through your tour

Being creative in how you put together your dream locations helps you wow your visitors.  Try these tips to pin point your great location.

How to increase your creativity
2 questions
Section 4 Object story telling - one stop one story
2 Lectures 08:29

Script each location to keep your visitors engaged.  Plot your tour so you give clear directions and provide an enjoyable experience along your route.

Tips on scripting each location

Story telling engages your visitors and helps you plot your content for the tour.  Use this quiz as ideas to formulate your best process.

How to put together a story that works for you
3 questions

Know how to keep a group connected to your topic during your tour.

Sometimes there is a need to fill in time as the timing of each location can depend on traffic and speed at which the group walks.  Research and identify extra information that is not essential to tell the story of your tour and will improve your visitors experience of the destination.

Plan ahead for unexpected events on the tour

Test your skills on how to control your visitors so everyone enjoys and gets Get the most out of your information and story telling during the tour

How to cope with hecklers and critics on your Fine Local Walking Tour
2 questions
Section 5 Performance skills to deliver and engage your visitors
2 Lectures 09:05

Use the layers of social history to tell the story and find the heart of your tour so you can find your theme.

Go live and give a test tour

Communicate in a style that is of help to the visitors.  Be honest, listen to them, be open to their needs, empathise and validate their dreams

Don't be attached to them liking your course.  Be transparent about your own needs too as they will spot if you need a sip of water, need to put on an extra layer or move the group to a quiet spot.

Tweaking your tour

Story telling on an hour long tour can be dull if you do not bring the story to life.  Test your ideas on how to bring the most out in your performance skill using this quiz.

How to Use your natural skills and personality to perform to a group in public
2 questions

Ideas on how you can keep your tour fresh to new visitors

How to continually improve your tour
2 questions
Bonus section - boost your tour writing skills
1 Lecture 06:14
More ideas on how to write your tour

Use these tips to boost your productivity so you produce the best tour possible in the shortest time

How to increase your productivity
1 question
About the Instructor
Lita Doolan
4.6 Average rating
61 Reviews
3,481 Students
3 Courses

Theatre critic and writer with over 200 reviews published. I have had 2 reviews published with The Guardian, 3 Art reviews on the Saatchi Gallery website and blogged about the Edinburgh Fringe for Whatsonstage. I have won two writing awards from Oxfordshire Theatre Company and the Oxford Playhouse. I review regularly for Daily Information.