Jeff K.United States
A great afternoon with Barry in the British Museum. Quite an overwhelming place, but he really put the museum's mission in context, gave us an understanding of how the exhibits are organized, and got us around to the essential highlights. All in an afternoon. Highly recommend Barry as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jeff and your comments are really appreciated. The BM is really something else, and it has a wonderful overview of world civilisation stretching back 8 - 9 thousands years. I am glad that you felt you got a sense of its message.
Jeff K.United States
Outstnding tour with Barry. Filled the day visiting various colleges, the Bodleian library, Blenheim palace. Very informative. Engaging with his knowledge and insight into the city
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeff thank you for your kind comments. I enjoyed your company and had a great day out too! We managed to get around all of the places in Oxford and beyond that I hoped for. We ran out of time to get to The Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford but Blenheim Palace was worth it?
Roberto W.United States
Barry is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and flexible, very kind and attentive. I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Roberto. I do appreciate you taking the time and trouble to make comments!
Saba AwanUnited States
We had the most spectacular day in London with Barry! We covered a lot of sights in just one day. The Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park. We also walked through Piccadilly Circus and saw the Christmas lights all throughout the shopping district. We had a lovely fish and chips lunch. Throughout the day together, Barry provided excellent historical commentary and educational tidbits. He is very friendly and has a great personality. Best guide ever!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Saba You and your family are delightful. It was a privilege to guide you around. London is a special city but even more so at Christmas time. I look forward to our meeting up again! Thanks for such a spectacular review!
Jeanne PaschalUnited States
Barry was such a kind and caring guide helping us navigate the trip to Windsor and showing us the castle. His knowledge of royal history was very good. Jeanne P
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jeanne It was nice to meet you and your family and I am glad that you enjoyed the day. Hope your daughter in law is now feeling fine. It rained but we managed!
Charlie SmithUnited States
Barry was fantastic! Hit all the obvious spots in London the first part of the day so that our new people to London in the group could get a feel for the big stuff. Then we got into the alleyways, parks, and nooks that really took us deeper into London. The stories and the adventure were top notch. We will use Barry again, and I can't recommend him more highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your great comments Charlie. It was fun to meet your group and see some London major highlights. Quite dark when we finished at Charterhouse ( once occupied by Carthusian monks!) in Clerkenwell. We were only just beginning on “ the nooks and crannies”! However November is late Autumn and darkness closes in early! This area is really off the “ beaten” track but the history around there stretches back 1000 years. Do come back and I can show you so much more. Thanks for using me!
Andrew FineUnited States
Fantastic guide, very accommodating, informative, and patient. Barry took 3 of us, ages 20-80, on a private day to Oxford and Cotswolds and we could not have asked for a better tour or guide. He is worth the upgrade.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comments Andrew. It was nice to meet you and your family. Your Mom was good company and handled everything so well.
Barry is extremely knowledgeable about London Tower and the the bridge and are there. Enjoyed our time him and learning about the history of the tower. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eleanor Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write this review. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the tour. Best wishes Barry
Nydia CasasDallas, TEXAS, United States
We were disappointed that no one pointed out that St. Paul's Cathedral wasn't open for a tour on Sunday because of services. Tower of London tour was good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry that you felt let down on this Nydia. I offered to explain in detail about the Church in detail from the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and suggested you attend the free evensong service enabling an internal visit. If you come back to London in the future I will do the St Pauls Tour for no charge.
Thomas HardinUnited States
Simply the best !
Joy FernandezUnited States
Barry is more than a 5. We give him a 10. We toured with Barry over two days and he brought the history to life. The days were well thought out and he knew when we needed to stop for a spot of tea. Many thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joy and John! The weather was good and it seems that you got some insights into London as I had hoped. Enjoy the remainder of your vacation and if you do return at some future point in time do look me up. There is so much more both inside and outside of London to explore. Best wishes Barry
Dennis DotsonUnited States
Barry was great. VERY helpful, knowledgable, and energetic. Highly recommend. Thank you Barry! He went beyond....
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dennis for your appreciation! Have a great tour around the remainder of Europe and enjoy the train ride to Brussels! You have now seen some of the highlights of London, and I hope are inspired to come back to our little country of 65 million people!
Roz BrilliantUnited States
Stephen W.United States
Barry was awesome! Very knowledgeable and informative. It was a great way to spend the day and we enjoyed getting a chance to know Barry and learn about London. Highly recommend Barry to anyone looking for a nice tour of London
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stephen Thanks for the review. I seem to recall we “packed” in as much as possible! I have the abiding memory of hurriedly putting you and your wife on the “ rather crowded “Tube” to Heathrow and saying goodbye as the doors quickly closed. I hope you had an equally good time on your boat cruise. All the best Barry
Stanley M.United States
Barry did a great job with our tour of Windsor Castle, very knowledgable and informative. He was most kind in dealing with our two grandchildren, which they did not always make easy. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review Stanley. Caleb and Casey Mae are delightful children. I wish I had that much personality at 7 years old! By the way .,,.we saw “ The Jurors” sculpture at Runnymede. The chairs celebrate 800 years of justice and freedom ( 2015) inspired by Magna Carta sealed in 1215 somewhere close by. The chairs invite you to sit and think. Best wishes to you and your wife!
Anida W.United States
Barry did a wonderful job of taking our family of five around London and beyond for three days. He is incredibly knowledgeable of English history in general and local attractions in particular. We had fun talking about everything British including history, local celebrities, and TV shows. He was prepared to show us anything we were interested in and we all learned a bunch while having lots of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You chose the hottest day of the year for London (around 96F) and the Buckingham Palace Guards still marched! Thanks so much for your many interesting questions and interest in Hampton Court, Hever Castle,Oxford and Cotswolds. It is good to know that you enjoyed the itinerary. Best wishes and I hope your journey home was smooth from London to the U.S.
Robert PennybakerUnited States
Barry H is like having your own personal grandfather like Londoner businessman & historian turned guide. Walks perfect speed not too fast nor too slow. Knows when to suggest short breaks and helps extract most efficient use of time. Local Knowledge base is deep as well. Highly recommended with no hesitation. Will use again. Really enriched our day trip to Oxford without question.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a very interesting day for me too Robert. I learnt so much more about C S Lewis, his career, and life at Magdelen in Oxford. You have a lovely family and I enjoyed talking to your children. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and I wish you all well for the future. I am sure your daughter will have a great medical career
Linda ByromUnited States
We had a most enjoyable day with Barry. He was most accommodating. None of our request seemed to be the least bit of a problem for him. We remarked to each other how personable he is. We felt almost like family by the end of the day. Highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda for the very kind comments. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the day. You and your family were great company!
Kimberly FletcherUnited States
Barry is a wonderful storyteller, a wealth of fun facts, and the consummate English gentleman. He even met us at our London hotel to guide us to Windsor Castle by rail. We enjoyed every minute of our fantastic tour and recommend him wholeheartedly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kimberley and Keith ... great company and two very nice people indeed!
Ken HarrisUnited States
Barry was awesome as our guide at Windsor. He is extremely knowledgeable and we enjoyed our day with him. He was easy to talk to and very informative. Highly recommend Barry for your guide.
David BielawskiUnited States
Barry was very well versed on almost every question we asked, and was very accommodating to our needs. We had a small group ranging from 14 to late 70's - He was very accomodating in terms of both personal needs and tastes for food and physical capabilities, as well as personal interests in what we wanted to see and do. Barry not only provided a great tour for the multiple days we had him, but provided information and insight into things we could do when we were on our own. Berry is TERRIFIC!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dave and Jane It was a privilege to be your tour guide. You have a wonderful family and were great company. Thanks again for the job and I am so glad that you all enjoyed yourselves. All the best and hope to see you again sometime. Barry
Pat McVickerUnited States
In life, reality rarely meets expectations but our tour with Barry certainly did. Based on our requests, he developed a high level plan prior to our arrival, and then was able to fine tune each day. He proved himself to not only be a very knowledgeable guide, but also a true English gentleman and a delightful travel companion. We highly recommend Barry for an enjoyable and worthwhile visit to the UK.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat It was a real pleasure to take you and your wife around some of London and then the English Countryside. There are ways to get to know how amazing, beautiful and varied it is! It seems I succeeded! There really are surprises around every corner. I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday and investigating the Norwegian Fjords. Barry
Barry gave a very informative and fun tour to an international group who were visiting London as part of a conference I organised. He was punctual and helped me with the practical arrangements. I can highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Annie! It was nice to meet you and the Kew Gardens tour was such a lot of fun. Thanks so much for the job. The cream tea was marvellous. Barry
Luke BrownUnited States
Jean BowlingUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jean for your lovely private comments. I am glad to hear that you had a great time!
Wendy UptonUnited States
Barry was an excellent guide. My friend & I asked so many questions & he was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. He gave us the freedom to tailor make the tour to what we wanted to see and was very personable. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with him and feel like we have a new friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wendy Thank you for your oh so very kind words. I enjoyed our discussions and hope you and “the other Wendy” found what you were looking for in “ Winston Churchill’s” cigar shop in St James. I do think it has a very fine display of pipes for smoking!
Deborah FinnUnited States
Barry is a very kind, knowledgeable guide. He customized our tour to be exactly what we had in mind, and went out of his way to be personable, answer questions, and make our tour fun. I highly recommend him and I have had many private tours over my world travels.
Reese HamnUnited States
Barry was an excellent guide! My husband and I traveled with our two daughters ages 13 and 18. We spent most of our time with Barry traveling outside of the city and exploring the beautiful countryside. Barry is so knowledgeable and offered wonderful suggestions and options to tailor the days to be just what we wanted. He was always ready for more or ready to let us have a little rest if we wanted that! While we love travel and have spent time with tour guides in many places, we found Barry to be ab
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Reese and family it was a great pleasure to guide you to so many great places. Good luck to Ellie in her new planned career and know that Lizzie can make a “ tip top” professional photographer! I hope you come back to the UK sometime soon and that dear Alton makes it to Nashville!
Jeffrey ErukhimovUnited States
This tour was improvised by us, so Barry did an excellent job showing us what we asked. Strongly recommend. We really enjoyed it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeffrey It was a real pleasure to meet you and your wife. I hope you made it to a decent evening theatre show in the West End and enjoyed The National Portrait Gallery! Very best wishes Barry
Joan SchulzUnited States
Barry was a wonderful and entertaining guide. Arrived on time and had contracted a wonderful,, safe and friendly driver. He as very knowledgeable and spoke clearly and loud enough that even our hard of hearing group could understand him. He went out of his way to facilitate our connecting for lunch with our friend in Oxford. I believe anyone would enjoy a tour with Barry.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joan Thanks so much for taking time to review the day. I had a great day with you, your husband and friends. You were all clearly very knowledgeable yourselves which made for great conversation! I loved the proposed childrens book about “ Angel” the horse. The illustrations were delightful. When it is published I wish to buy one! Hope the rest of your vacation was really good too. Do let me know about the book!