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Your pathway to becoming a Hillsborough Tour Guide

With exciting new tourism opportunities in Hillsborough village there has never been a better time for a new or enriched career as a Tour Guide.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is hosting a discounted Tour Guide training course, starting in September, open to anyone in the Hillsborough area wanting to obtain a recognised qualification in Tour Guiding.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee said: “As Hillsborough village prepares for the increase in tourist numbers due to the redevelopment work at Hillsborough Castle, and significant investment in the village by the Council, it is essential that the industry is ready to provide the best possible service to all visitors.  The Tour Guide training course will provide the opportunity to gain the invaluable skills and techniques that form the fundamentals of Tour Guiding professionalism.  There will be a definite need for Tour Guides in the village and surrounding area, so why not take this opportunity to see if it could be the career for you?”

He continued: “Due to the investment in the area from the Council and Historic Royal Palaces the village could see up to 200,000 visitors each year.  This represents many opportunities for the tourism market and for the economy in general.  We are actively encouraging as many people as possible to prepare themselves and their businesses for this exciting period in the Council area.”

The Tour Guide course will be delivered over six days in September and October 2018 and will equip participants with the skills to enable them to develop tour commentary and lead groups on an informative and entertaining guided tour of Hillsborough.

As the Council is keen to offer this fantastic opportunity to interested parties the course is available at the discounted cost of £120 per candidate.  This nominal charge will cover the six-day training course on the Open College Network Northern Ireland Tour Guiding Award Level 2.  Refreshments will be provided on each day and a certificate provided upon completion of the course.

This Tour Guide course is open to all businesses and individuals within Hillsborough village. Training will take place in The Barry Gallery, Downshire Centre, Hillsborough Parish Church, each Thursday from 13th September to 18th October 2018 inclusive from 9.30am to 4pm.   

If you are interested in attending or would like a booking form please contact Margaret McAvoy on 028 9244 7630 or email

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