About Your Guide

Despite his Welsh name, Glyn Jones was born and brought up in Portsmouth on the south coast of England. In 1982, he moved to London where he joined the Metropolitan Police.

In his youth, Glyn travelled widely in Europe, Russia, China and India, mainly by train, which remains his preferred means of transport.

Following marriage to Julia (who is also involved in the tourism industry through her company Iceland Traveller), and the arrival of his two daughters, Glyn discarded his rucksack, although his police work was to take him to South Africa and South America.

Glyn is an experienced fully-qualified Blue Badge Guide (the British national standard guiding qualification and internationally-recognised benchmark of excellence) and enjoys sharing his love of London with visitors from home and abroad.

The Blue Badge is recognised by quality tour operators and travel companies, its professional status being acknowledged and respected by official bodies and throughout the industry.

Blue Badge Guides are selected, trained and examined under the control of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. The training is detailed and comprehensive and the examinations are rigorous.

As well as acquiring knowledge, Blue Badge Guides are trained in the selection and presentation of material.

Jolly Good Tours is affiliated to several tourism organisations so you can be assured of a high level of expertise, legal safeguards and liability insurance.

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Glyn Jones, the owner and founder of Jolly Good Tours, is a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, Guild of Tourist Guides, Association of Professional Tourist Guides, and the Driver Guides Association which enables him to offer tours by private car.

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Institute of Tourist Guiding

In the most important development since the introduction of the Blue Badge qualification 50 years ago, the Institute of Tourist Guiding was launched in 2002 as the standard-setting body not only for Blue Badge tourist guides but for the whole tourist guiding sector.

It offers tourist guiding the greatest-ever recognition of its contribution to the tourism industry and acknowledges the importance of a national Institute that has a distinct role in ensuring excellence.

The Institute was created following widespread nationwide consultation, the involvement of both the English Tourism Council and the Tourist Guiding Foundation and the approval of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Trade and Industry.

At the official reception in Parliament to mark its launch, both the Minister for Tourism and the Chairman of the English Tourism Council spoke of the Institute’s role in encouraging greater professionalism and of raising the status of the guiding sector.

Its Strategic Objectives are:

• To develop, maintain and promote standards of the highest quality in tourist guiding
• To serve as the professional body for qualified tourist guides
• To hold the national register of qualified tourist guides
• To put in place uniform standards for qualifications at all levels.
• To provide for examinations at all levels.
• To promote Institute qualifications and awards within the tourism industry and others.
• To influence government and tourism bodies to adopt the qualifications as the symbol of quality in tourist guiding.
• To encourage the tourism industry and individual travellers to use Institute qualified tourist guides.
• To put in place and enforce a Professional Code of Conduct for all those who join the Institute.

The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides

The Guild is the national professional association for Blue Badge Tourist Guides working in London and throughout the British Isles, including the Isle of Man and Jersey.

With over 800 full members and a network of regional and local associations with nearly 1,000 members holding group membership, the Guild represents around 1,800 guides. Its members offer guiding in 34 languages. They are listed in the Guide Search facility.

Guide London

Guide London is an Association of London’s professionally-qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guides.

Driver Guides’ Association

All DGA members hold a Blue Badge.

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