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Do you aspire to become an expert on history, art and architecture? If so a career as a tour guide could be perfect for you.  Tour guides work in the travel industry, providing guided tours to groups of visitors. As a tour guide you are an expert on local history with the ability to introduce tourists to unique and popular attractions, such as historical monuments, parks, museums, art galleries and other areas of cultural interest.

City tour guides are said to have multiple skills and responsibilities. The role involves orientation, customer service and leadership skills, while ensuring tourist expectations are met and that every tour runs smoothly.

Fundamental responsibilities are to:

Lead groups of people through the city’s most famous sights

Confidently provide in-depth knowledge of all areas of keen interest

Manage the safety of all the customers

Some qualities of a good tour guide are:

An excellent communicator

Fantastic customer service

Leadership and public speaking skills

Friendly and enthusiastic manner

Problem solving everyday hitches

Multiple language skills

No two tour groups are ever the same so a day in the life of a tour guide can be extremely varied and rewarding. Constantly meeting new people is exciting and an important part of the role also includes listening to travellers stories from around the world. Every day can be challenging working with different people and situations, but it is exhilarating showing tourists what wonderful cities and surroundings. 


Portobello Institute offer a relevant course which is aimed at those who have a passion for working with people and who wish to train as a Tourist guide.

For full details please contact 01 892 0000 or email info@portobelloinstitute.ie for full course details. 

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