Reviews

I am honoured to be included in Rick Steves Travel Guide to England (Lake District Travel Guide Resources & Trip Planning Info by Rick Steves) and have undertaken numerous tours of the Lake District by clients who use his guide.   I am also listed on the Tours by Locals website as one of their experienced local guides.

Here are a selection of the latest reviews from 2023:

Anna arranged an exceptional private tour of what is “Beatrix Potter” country for me.  Anna’s knowledge and detail of Beatrix Potter’s Life was ‘to leave no stone unturned’.  It was remarkable.  I had an unforgettable day of beauty, history and being with a affable guide.  Thank you so much Anna.  Chrissie  Devonport – Beatrix Potter tour

You couldn’t ask for a better guide than Anna Gray.  I wish we had an entire week to have her guide us around all of Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District.  I highly recommend her to anyone interested in history.  Elizabeth Crosswhite – Hadrian’s Wall

This tour was fantastic!  Anna is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, resourceful, curious, and was very flexible to updating the itinerary as the day unfolded.  This was easily the best tour that I have ever had in my life.  Anna helped me tie everything together: the literature, history, architecture, and what it all means.  Most importantly, it was so much fun!  I would give this tour ten stars if I could!   Mary Panetta – Literary Lakeland

Great guide!  If you’re not sure exactly what you want out of your tour she works to get a sense of what you would like and then gives you several options.  If you know exactly what you want she delivers.  Either way she is very accommodating and does her best to deliver a wonderful day.  Definitely five stars.  Steve Kolb – Hadrian’s Wall

Other reviews

I took my husband and 13 year old twins to see Hadrian’s Wall. Thank goodness we booked a guide – without her we would have missed so much. We found Anna Gray who brought it all to life.

My son, who allegedly hates history and was not at all looking forward to the trip, absolutely loved it and now wants to go on an archaeological dig! My daughter, who is studying classical civilisations and so came with a fair amount of knowledge already, found it hugely interesting and helpful for her studies.

Anna was fun (we laughed a lot!) and informal, with tons of historical facts at her fingertips about the wall and the area and Roman Britain in general. Critically, she knew how much information to give and when to stop, so we remained fascinated rather than switching off.

The Vindolanda Museum is a must, but Anna put together a tailored tour with lots of other highlights too. We spent a whole day with her, starting near Carlisle and heading east, finishing with Vindolanda, where we chatted with the archaeologists about what they’d found that day.

Review by Eileen Gardner

My husband and I hired Anna Gray as our Blue Badge tour guide for Hadrian’s Wall and we could not recommend her more highly. She was very responsive to my initial inquiry and proposed several tour options. She was highly professional and friendly, and extremely well versed on the area and history of the Wall.

Anna and her driver picked us up from our hotel and from the moment we met her, we knew we had made the right choice. She tailored our visit based on our particular interests, which included hiking the Wall.

Using her expertise and knowledge, she guided us along 4 miles of the most dramatic and scenic sections, and also took us to one of the museums for a short visit.  Anna really made the most of our day  visit to the area – and if we ever return to the area, we will certainly hire her again.

Review by Kathleen & Randall Jones

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