About Cambridge Tour Guides
Cambridge Tour Guides is run by Chris Skilton and Tony Rodgers, respectively representing town and gown. The company has been operating since 2011. We are Registered Cambridge Green Badge Guides, as are all the guides we work with. Our key aim is to make our tours fun as well as informative.
Green Badge Guides undergo an intensive one-year training course and pass written and practical exams accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Only Cambridge guides are allowed to take groups inside the Cambridge colleges. All of our guides have third-party liability insurance.
While we are all well versed in the fascinating history of Cambridge, some of our guides have particular expertise in certain areas. For example, science, ghosts, the Reformation, literature and sport. We are also Fitzwilliam Museum guides.
We will always match a guide to the specific needs and interests of the client.
We can also offer tours in a range of languages, including Spanish, German, Dutch, French, Danish, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
More about Chris and Tony:
Chris joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the tender age of 17. His 34-year career took him to Germany, Chile, Argentina (as a Swiss diplomat after the Falklands War) and Spain (twice). His final posting was as Deputy High Commissioner in Kampala, Uganda. Along the way he took two years out to run a hotel/marina by a lake in Chile. After very early retirement in 2005 he worked for Great Rail Journeys as a Tour Manager. He is a Spanish speaker. Chris has lived in Cambridge since 1994. When not guiding: bad golf, dodgy guitar and books on Cambridge.
Tony followed up a degree in chemistry from Surrey University with a degree in Land Economy from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of Hughes Hall. He has lived in Cambridge for 48 years and is steeped in the life of the city and University. As a chartered surveyor, he worked for the University’s Estates Management Department for 30 years. Tony played rugby for Eastern Counties, Rosslyn Park and Bedford and was capped by England Under 25s and The Barbarians. He obtained three rugby Blues at Cambridge and was head coach of the Cambridge University Rugby XV for 32 years. When not guiding: rugby, appalling Scrabble and books on Cambridge.