Guides

Educating and Entertaining

Support

We offer public tunnel boat trips and scheduled towpath walks for which guides are provided and we need to recruit more of these to ease the demand on our existing team. In addition, we provide guided towpath walks for pre-booked adult groups, and we provide guides for groups visiting the museum, where the group has a special interest. If you are interested in volunteering, contact volunteering@canalmuseum.org.uk except where otherwise stated.

Tour Guides

We provide guided towpath walks, tunnel boat trips, and talks to visiting groups in the museum. We are looking for more people who could undertake such guide work. A general knowledge of canals is needed, or a willingness to read up on the subject, as well as to learn the specific information that needs to be imparted to visitors at these events. You also need a confident personality, to enjoy working with people and to have the ability to put across historical information in an entertaining way. These events are a mix of entertainment and adult education and the guide has to balance those things. We can provide some training on the specifics.

Narrowboat Tarporley, blue and red, with brick building behind, in canal basin

About the role

We provide guided towpath walks, tunnel boat trips, and talks to visiting groups in the museum. We are looking for more people who could undertake such guide work. These events are a mix of entertainment and adult education and the guide has to balance those things.

Who we need

We need people who:

Our tunnel trips last all day, and each trip is about 50 minutes long. They take place on Sundays during the summer months. Our towpath walks usually take place at weekends as well but we provide special walks for pre-booked groups on any day.

Leading a walk takes from 2 hours to 4 hours, depending on the audience and the destination. We don't expect you to always be available for every towpath walk or tunnel trip we offer but you will be someone the Volunteering Manager can call upon from time to time.

Training will be provided in following areas:

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