TGTG News 

Anglo-Saxon Tour on 14th July.


The 3rd public Anglo-Saxon Tour by TGTG was held on 14th July 2018, during Tamworth's AethelFest, and was led by Guide David.

A group of 25 thoroughly enjoyed the tour which started by the Band Stand in the Castle Grounds. We had a great view of the amazing Mercian Mosaic community artwork on the Lower Lawn, which commemorated Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, for the 1100th anniversary of her death in Tamworth on 12th June, 918 AD.

At the end, the group were very complimentary about their tour and guide, for which David says: "Thank you very much!" One even wished to buy David an Aethelflaed Ale, which was very kind, but unfortunately he had to get to another appointment!

(Photograph copyright: Drew Jackson).

David is offering the 5th public Anglo-Saxon tour on Saturday 1st September at 10.30 a.m.. Book at Tamworth Tourist Information Centre at Marmion House, Lichfield Street. Telephone (01827) 709581 / 709618


Anglo-Saxon tour of Tamworth for AethelFest

Saturday 14th July at 10:30 am

Of Tamworth's five main memorials to Aethelflaed (Ethelfleda) Lady of the Mercians, this one is perhaps the least well-known. But your town's Tourist Guides can tell you where it is! The mosaic is in the entrance to the former outdoor swimming baths in the Castle Pleasure Grounds. (Photograph copyright: Susan Biggs).

The Tourist Guides will be offering a special Anglo-Saxon tour of Tamworth during the AethelFest on Saturday, 14th July at 10.30 a.m. starting from the Band Stand in the Castle Grounds.

This walk will take at least one and a half hours and will involve walking much of the line of the burh of our ancient capital of Mercia - please wear suitable footwear!

Tickets cost £6.00 pp and must be purchased in advance from:

Tamworth Tourist Information Centre (TIC), Marmion House, Lichfield Street. Telephone 01827 709581/618


 A superb, sunny July tour with Caroline


Caroline, Green Badge Guide for Tamworth led a group of eleven  (plus one very well behaved Wheaton Terrier!) on the first of her Anglo-Saxon Town Walks. Caroline was absolutely delighted with the turn-out and said the enthusiastic group really enjoyed the tour and had a lovely time finding out about Tamworth in its heyday - when it was the Capital of the Kingdom of Mercia. They were blessed with fabulous sunshine, although that did mean she had to find them shade at some of the stops! Despite the heat, everyone completed the walk which included part of the Burh; Tamworth's Ancient fortifications. This year is the 1100th Anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed who fortified the town against Viking invaders. 

You can find more information about Caroline's tours on her Facebook page "Tamworth tours with Caroline" and the Guild website


Mayor's Sunday 2018  

TGTG was pleased to support our Patron, the Mayor of Tamworth, at Mayor's Sunday 2018. Guide David represented us. (Photograph copyright: Michael Wagstaffe)



2018 Town Tours begin 


Brilliant sunshine for our brilliant first 2018 season TGTG tour of Tamworth, on 6th May. Our guests clearly enjoyed themselves with Guide David. At the Colin Grazier Memorial they joined in enthusiastically with the #DoTheAethel pose to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed (Ethelfleda) at Tamworth, and the forthcoming arrrival on 20th May of the new sculpture of our town's warrior queen. (Photograph copyright: Susan Biggs). #DoTheAethel @VisitTamworth www.visittamworth

The Tamworth Guild of Town Guides' 2018 season of walking tours of our historic town centre Continues on Sunday, 3rd June at 11 a.m. .  Join a qualified & professional Green Badge & Blue Badge Tourist Guide, who, on a gentle stroll, lasting about 1.5 hours, will reveal sites, sights & facts that you probably never noticed or knew about this amazing place called Tamworth.  Don't miss this great opportunity.  Treat your visitors.

Tickets cost £6 each (no concessions) & can be pre-booked until mid-day on Saturday 5th May at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Marmion House council offices, Lichfield Street, B79 7BZ (ground floor far end where Corvettes Wine Bar used to be) in person or telephone (01827) 709581 or 709618. 


Tours to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Aethelflaed (posted 02/02/2017)

12th June 2018 will be the 1100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, the "Lady of the Mercians". She was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, and the widow of Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians.Her fighting spirit (after the death of Aethelred) drove the Danes from Tamworth, and provided an early major event in the history of the town.

The guides are currently planning tours of Tamworth's historic sites, to celebrate the Anglo-Saxon and Mediaeval  development of the town since her day.

Details to be posted soon.


"Living in Tamworth" (posted 27/09/2017)

We are delighted to be featured on page 3 of the October 2017 edition of the new "Living In Tamworth" magazine that is distributed free to many local homes and businesses.  Read it online at:


For more information about this new publication, visit its website and Facebook page.


Tamworth wins Heart of England in Bloom. (posted 23/09/2017)

Congratulations to all who contributed to Tamworth winning gold - yet again - in the Heart of England In Bloom "small city" category, & picking up other awards as well. The town has looked magnificent this Summer with formal displays, hanging baskets, wild flowers on the verges, boxes on the bridges. It deserved to win! Is it a waste of money? No! It lifts the spirits of most locals & visitors, & makes the borough look beautiful & invitingl That has knock-on social, economic & reputational effects & so has to be money well spent. (Photograph copyright Laura Heggie). 


July Public Tour.

A happy group enjoy the flowers around the Ethelfleda & Athelstan statue during our public walking tour on Sunday 2nd July. Guide David said "They were a lovely group to guide aroun the historic town centre (Photo by D. Biggs). There are tow more public tours this season, during August and September.




Tamworth Town Guides Patron 2017.


We are delighted that new Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr. John Chesworth has become our Patron, like all his predecessors since TGTG was founded in 2013.
We wish him & the Mayoress a successful year in office. (Photo by Susan Biggs) 


Mayor Sunday 2017.

Tamworth Guild of Town Guides was pleased to support Mayor's Sunday, and welcome the new Mayor and Mayoress of Tamworth for 2017-18. 
(Photo by D. Biggs) Three of our Tamworth Green Badge Tourist Guides, Victoria, David and Lilian, look happy to be there!



Heritage Open Day Sunday 11th September 2016.

Four of our Guides - Lilian, Vicky, Robin and David - had a lovely time in Tamworth town centre on Heritage Open Day, 2016. They gave short tours to those who wished to learn a bit more about our heritage, and were around the town encouraging people to enter the visitor attractions that were open for free. At Guy's Almshouses Tamworth's great benefactor Thomas Guy even seemed put in an appearance! - Heritage Open Day 2017 will be on Sunday 10th September. Details to follow. 


A word from Councillor Eric Drinkwater of Lichfield District Council:-

Having lived in Staffordshire for over 50 years I was truly
amazed at the Historical value of Tamworth and would like to thank
Tamworth Guides for such an illuminating experience. All of my young
group which had students from Staffordshire and Ghana (West
Africa) thoroughly enjoyed the experience especially the castle with
it's opportunities to step back in time. Dressing up in period costume
really resonated with the young people and I can recommend a guided tour through Tamworth Guides.

Bespoke tour bookings

We are always open to receive bookings for private tours. You can leave us a message on our contact page, find us on Facebook, or feel free to telephone us on the numbers given on our home page. Private tours for up to 20 people for up to two hours start from just £80. Call us and we will tailor a tour to suit your group's particular needs.

For the latest news, visit our Facebook page or see what other visitors think about us on TripAdvisor.

We look forward to meeting you.