Informative and entertaining, guided tours can introduce your visitors to stories and details of your church in a very personal and engaging way. They give you chance to interact with visitors, and share much more than can be covered in a guidebook or display panel. They also give your volunteers chance to research and share the stories they love about your building, its people and its place in history.
Top tips for tour guides
- When you are planning guided tours, consider who will be in the group ~ general visitors, children, special interest groups?
- Use your experiences and think about tours you have been on. Did you enjoy them or not? Why? Learn from other peoples mistakes and try to avoid making the same errors.
- Plan a route that shows off your church and its treasures, or even hides the bits you don’t want people to see!
- Memorise your talk or use notes or an information file but try and save some information for questions. You can even mix it up, pointing out different things on different tours. You don’t have to be an expert, but you should know the basic facts/dates.
- Try practising on a group of friends but have confidence in yourself, you will know more about your site than the average visitor. Do ask for feedback, and use it to hone your skills.
- If there are any good stories linked with the site about somebody who lived in the past, or about something that happened in the past... tell them!
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Nicole Deufel: what makes a good guided tour
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