Stephanne ByrdUnited States
Barry is a wonderful guide and worked so well with us to see and do what interested us. He enabled us to get a flavor for the central part of london over 1.5 days and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephanne and Ted. It was a rather wet day but we somehow managed to “dodge” the initial downpour in The V&A, National Gallery, and Borough Market. I am pleased that you liked the introduction to London.
Jay LiebersonUnited States
Barry was very knowledgeable, personable, and professional. We were particularly impressed that he ran over on time, without any real concern.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jay I am so pleased that you all enjoyed yourselves. St Pauls for me is a special place. Look out for TV reporting of the 100 year anniversary of the November 1918 ending of WW1 at The Tower of London. There are thousands of torches in the Moat lit every night up to 11th November
Dan AganUnited States
He was extremely knowledgeable and personable. It didn't take very long to feel like a friend was giving us our tour. He had great suggestions for us, but was also willing to go wherever we wanted to go. Barry was very accommodating and helpful with stops we needed to make at local grocery stores for things we needed. He was with us until 7:00 pm or later both nights. He went above and beyond. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dan for your warm words. I so enjoyed our time together. The Wimbledon Tennis tour was a real highlight for me and seeing the”back stage area” What a place! Hope you made it home in good shape!
Bruce WeberUnited States
Barry was excellent. The weather was cool and raining, but he was constantly of good cheer. He has exceptional knowledge of not only Windsor Castle but of greater London itself. He's relaxed, let us go at our own pace, and explained everything with patience and humor. He is absolutely thorough, leaving no detail unattended, including sharing his umbrella and watching out for traffic on the crowded sidewalks. An outstanding tour with an extraordinary guide. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce and Sandy Your comments are wonderful. Despite the rain we managed well did we not! Windsor Castle is somewhere I never tire of. Such a beautiful structure. I do hope you got back to your hotel efficiently after I escorted you back to the local train station. Very best wishes Barry
Daniel SilverbergUnited States
Barry possesses encyclopedic knowledge of London and the surrounding favorite tourist sites (Hampton Court, Windsor, Bath, , restaurants, etc). He was also able to advise us on places to see which were not in our original plans. He obtained tickets for us in advance so we could bypass the queues. If we were not separated from Barry by the Atlantic Ocean, I truly believe we would be friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Daniel You and your wife were delightful company and I am so glad you enjoyed the tour. We did get on well together ... I agree it would be easy to be friends if your location was this side of the Atlantic! Very best wishes, Barry
David BranchUnited States
Barry is engaging, very knowledgeable, and very professional. He also showed us great patience in his guiding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David. It was totally enjoyable day today with you, your wife and friends. Appreciate you very much using me as a guide
Pamela HertzogUnited States
Barry was knowledgeable about Windsor Castle and provided delightful commentary during our visit. He was punctual meeting us at our hotel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pamela for your review. It is appreciated
Laura VarnerUnited States
Barry was a fabulous guide, extremely flexible with our group of 6. He was historically knowledgeable and gave great information and answered lots of questions for us. He also helped us with local information regarding the tube, places to dine, etc... Next time I am in London, he will definitely be our go to for a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Laura for your review of the tour. The comments are most kind and it is nice to hear you really enjoyed it. See you again perhaps
Lisa PodolskyUnited States
We had a fabulous day with Barry in London. He is knowledgeable and patient with a great sense of humor. We learned so much from him and truly enjoyed his company from start to finish. We can't compliment him enough and would gladly tour with him again on another visit. Our one day tour just barely scratched the surface of his knowledge about London and the UK. We encourage you to book with him and enhance your stay. Cheers, Barry, thanks for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Lisa for your marvellous comments. Say hi to Dan and Molly for me. It was a great day with your family and I hope that you all enjoyed the evening show at the Theatre Royal! See you in Edinburgh perhaps. I will bet now that the “ jet lag” is fast disappearing?
Gina O'ConnellUnited States
Make no hesitation to book one of Barry's tours. He is the ultimate professional and an extremely personable guide! Barry knew the facts to every question I had and made sure to personalize our tour based on what I had mentioned I would like to see. This tour was truly the highlight of my first visit to London and I will make sure to connect with Barry on my next trip so he can show me more of the wonders of the UK!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gina. What a kind review. Very best wishes to you and for your new business venture too, and I do hope we meet up again next time you return to the UK.
Sheryl A.ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States
Barry was an exceptional guide for Heart of London tour. A congenial, dedicated host, he is very knowledgeable on history, architecture, local points of interest, and hidden travel gems. Modified the itinerary to our specific interests, including Churchill War Rooms. Was attentive to our preferences, including walking a significant portion of the tour vs. taking public transportation. (Note: This was OUR choice - he was well prepared w/other transportation options.) Barry earns our highest recommendation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Sheryl for your tour remarks. It is pleasing and helpful for me and thoughtful of you to take the time and trouble to do so!
Jon TiefenthalerUnited States
Barry was a fantastic, charming, and friendly guide. He was flexible with our wishes and full of knowledge. He was especially good with our teenagers and was a great addition to our family vacation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jon Your comments are so really kind. I enjoyed the company of you and your family a great deal. You all were so appeciative and friendly!
Barry is outstanding. So helpful and informative. Couldn't have asked for a better guide. Highly recommend him. He made our holiday go from good to great!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jo You and Paul were lovely clients. It was such fun hearing about your unusual hobby. Very best wishes Barry
Thomas BotsfordUnited States
Barry was excellent. Knowledgeable and timely. I would book again!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your great response Tom and Karen!
Gail KnightUnited States
Barry was so knowlegable, entertaining and accommodating. His help and insight in managing public transport was extremely helpful. Likewise is advice and direction on further points of interest we would enjoy with our children was priceless. Visiting St. Paul's and the Tower of London with Barry was so informative and he was prepared to answer virtually any question we put to him. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to make the most of their precious time on holiday in London!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gail You and your family were great fun and company. It was a priviledge to guide you all around London and I hope you made it to Camden and you and your girls enjoyed that too. It sounds like you all did. Very best wishes and thank you so much for your much appreciated comments and I very much hope the rest of your holiday is going well
Colleen RothLong Branch, NEW JERSEY, United States
Barry was an EXCELLENT tour guide!We spent 2 wonderful days w/him in London & Windsor & found him to be extremely knowledgeable, courteous & personable. We felt we were in good hands w/Barry.He graciously answered every question,shared valuable insights & showed us the ins & outs of the city & its vast,awe-inspiring history.Without a doubt he is an asset to ToursByLocals & comes w/our highest regards.It is a memory that we will never forget!Thanks so much,Barry!It was a true pleasure!Colleen&Mark
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Colleen and Mark Your comments are so much appreciated and kind. I enjoyed your company and navigating you around London and pleased that you got a good insight into London and what it has to offer. The summer weather has been very good and sunny here!
Best tour ever, anywhere. Barry is an absolutely phenomenal guide — knowledgeable, fascinating, witty, charming. We have used ToursByLocals in at least half a dozen countries or more, have never had a bad experience. But even measured against ToursByLocals' very high standards, Barry was head and shoulders above any other. Knows London and history thoroughly, and can relate it to travellers easily. We were with him 9 hrs and never a dull moment.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lorne It was a great day and a privilege to guide such a lovely group. Despite it being rather chilly we all managed to keep our sprits up! You are too kind with your wonderful comments. You, your wife, and friends were brilliant company and I really hope the weather improves and the remainder of your holiday goes well! All the very best Barry
Karla HiltUnited States
Barry A wonderful tour guide. Our walking tour the first day was a perfect introduction to London. We saw many famous sites, got our bearings in the city, learned how to use public transportation in addition to learning so much history. The next time Barry Took us with a driver to see various places outside of London, even though the weather was uncooperative the day was fabulous. He is a wonderful guide, and was able to find things of interest to tell my nieces ages 12 and 15. Thank you Barry!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Karla The weather was a challenge but I enjoyed your company enormously. Leeds Castle ... the ducks loved the rain and your nieces loved the ducks! Dover Castle and the White Cliffs... I still see these through the prism of low cloud and rain! Thanks for the country pub lunch... much appreciated. Today it is so sunny here in London you cannot believe the contrast! Give my best wishes to Connie, and of course Avery and Laken.
Barry was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about historical details. We had a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sigrid. I am so glad that you enjoyed the day
Julie AustinUnited States
If I could give Barry H. 10 stars, I definitely would. My mother and me retained Barry for a 7-day tour of London & surrounding areas in February. We were both disabled and Barry arranged the entire tour around our accessibility requirements. In addition, he was incredibly knowledgeable about London and it's history, art and architecture. He was remarkably attentive to both of us which ended up being essential for us. Well worth the money.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie Thank you so much for the kindest comments and I am glad that we were able to see most of the London highlights together despite a few unforseen circumstances that came our way. I will always remember you and your dear mother and I wish you and her good luck and fortune.
Brian OlsonUnited States
Barry was a fantastic guide! From the moment we met up with him at the airport until he dropped us off back at the airport, it was a fantastic experience! He is so knowledgeable about every aspect of London. I hope to return to London to learn more about the city when we have more time. I will only book with Barry. He gets an A++!! Thanks so much to Barry and Toursbylocals!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What can I say Brian but thank you for such a brilliant review. No question that the your tour was a really great and enjoyable day for me too. Between you changing planes we managed to see central London and Windsor Castle covering 2000 years of history did we not!? When you and Nancy have time to return I can’t wait to show you so much more about this endlessly fascinating and varied country. It is so full of things to see. You were delightful company too. Very best wishes Barry
We had a great trip out to visit Bath and Stonehenge. Barry was terrific, very knowledgable about the history of both Bath and Stonehenge and also added a lot of history of the surrounding area as we drove through. He also gave us an added extra of a visit to Salisbury and the cathedral, which was amazing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your terrific feedback. I am very pleased you enjoyed yourselves. I crammed in as much sightseeing as time allowed. You were all great company for me. Good luck to Ellie and I hope she finds the right school to go to.
Janice VannattaUnited States
If you want to see London at its best, see it with Barry! My family of 8 adults spent 3 days touring London with Barry. He shared his love of history, architecture, local culture and arts, restaurants and pubs. He even indulged our love of Harry Potter and Charles Dickens. You can't go wrong touring with this British expert. Thanks Barry for an incredible adventure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janice What a wonderful, kind and generous family you all are. It was a privilege being your guide. I hope to see all of you again if you return to the UK. There is an unblievable amount to see! Best wishes to you all Barry
Stephen CheninHenderson, NEVADA, United States
Barry and my son and I had a great time today seeing several high points around London. Barry is extremely knowledgeable about the history behind the sites. I would recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephen and Dylan Thanks for your great company and you both did so well travelling and walking around London after such a long flight to the UK today!
Dale PatriasNew York, NY, United States
Barry is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and personable -- fun to be with. I wanted a tour of London's West End theater district with a guide who is familiar with theater, theater history, and knew about the history of the specific theaters we saw. Barry was perfect. A really memorable tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a memorable "Theatre" walk with you Dale. I remember standing in Carnaby Street in Soho taking a picture of us! Thank you for asking me to do this specialist walk. The London West End is so interesting, and it was a delight to show you around. Very best wishes to you.
Susan P.United States
Everything about this tour was very nice! Highly recommend Barry...he set up a tour to meet our needs, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, flexible, and easy to communicate with. We enjoyed our day very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for the great review. I enjoyed myself too especially interesting was hearing about the large ships which your husband and his friend "pilots" back home. We had a little "London" rain in the afternoon but it did not seem to matter inside Westminster Abbey and St Pauls! I hope you managed to decide on your final itinerary destinations in the UK
Barry was very adaptable to our needs and yet showed us a London that we would never have seen on our own. He made sure that we got great value and as a family we had a wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the feedback. It was such good fun showing you and your family around London Kevin. What a hot and lovely sunny day it was. I hope you also enjoyed the Paris trip too and the rest of the tour around the UK. I certainly learned quite a lot about your locality in Canada! Very best wishes Barry
Philip BrownUnited Kingdom
Barry was a very customer friendly guide. He was efficient in his communications leading up to the tour and built a degree of confidence with the group before we actually met him. He quickly assessed the needs of our group of 8 and adapted his approach accordingly. He was very knowledgeable about Windsor Castle and said enough to stimulate our interest but not too much so as to turn us off. We as a group would not hesitate to recommend Barry as a guide on any of his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am grateful for your comments and very pleased that you enjoyed the tour. It was so nice to be with such a fun group of people learn something about how you all met.
David BiggsUnited States
I chose Barry for my clients and he earned 5 stars and wonderful praise from my clients. Before the tour, I realized that I had made an error on the dates. Barry was able to adjust that for me. My clients said he arrived early, took them to areas before the crowds came, made transportation a breeze but most importantly he knew the history and information about sites they visited. He made the tours fun, informative and easy to see. My clients couldn't say enough about how much they enjoyed the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Diane What an amazing comment Diane. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to offer some feedback. Your clients were a really delightful couple and it was such a pleasure to take them around London. They enjoyed using the public transport system which was not something familiar to them in London and was a great way to get about. It was a memorable tour.
Rene C.United States
Barry was absolutely terrific, well-deserving of a true 5-star rating! He was superbly knowledgeable in the deep history of the Tower of London and St. Paul's, especially the hidden gems of information that a tourist couldn't get from reading materials. He had the savvy to know which specific items to point out in our tour for 2 adults + 13 & 9 year old kids to make a rich experience for all. Above all, Barry is very likable and relatable. We highly recommend Barry to others for tours around London.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rene you are so very kind with your feedback. It means a lot to me. I really enjoyed meeting you and your family. Nathan and Caroline were delightful children and impressive with their thoughtful replies and attention. Say hi to Chris and hope to see you all back in London again.
Anita AbbottUnited States
Wow! Barry is a wealth of knowledge. There is NO way we could have maneuvered the tube, and train all the way to Windsor castle without a high level of stress. He made The travel effortless. Then he was a passionate expert on Windsor castle. What a special day! Would recommend (without reservation) booking Barry!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Anita. What a wonderful recomendation! Hope that you enjoyed the Lion King. I enjoyed your company immensely and good luck to Warren for his upcoming operation. Very best wishes. Barry
Diane DrewUnited States
Barry was an outstanding. He was a pleasure to be with and could answer any questions we had on various subjects. We had a wonderful day with him and would book him again if the opportunity presents itself.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Diane You and your family were great company and I am delighted that you all enjoyed your day. Thank you very much for the lovely comments.
Cedric WilsonUnited States
The Hampton Court Palace tour was one of the highlights of my trip to England. I had a very positive experience. The local guide was knowledgeable, and interested in providing me with an understanding of medieval history and its impact upon the history of the country. Bravo, Barry !!!!
Frederick SilfenUnited States
Excellent, knowledgeable, very likable gentleman. Showed us everything and more, with full explanation and history. Wonderful day, highest recommendation
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your very kind words. They are really very much appreciated.