Who we are?
I set up Real Yorkshire Tours to help visitors to the region make the most of their stay, whilst taking the hassle out of their planning.
The idea for the company came about because I’d run a marketing agency for 20 years and recently sold my shares. Having studied Geography & Geology at University, I have always had a love of travel and the outdoors. This, combined with an interest in nature, the landscape, history, fossils and walking, got me thinking about whether there may be a way of combining my passions into a job?
I spent 18 months training to be a Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide, passed my taxi driving test and proceeded to get my Volvo 4x4 private hire licensed. I then set about designing and planning a broad range of “Real” Yorkshire tours. Since 2015, I have been offering Driver Guided Tours of Yorkshire which are designed to be fun days out, where my guests see some fantastic sights, learn about the area's history and culture, whilst being chauffeured in luxury!
I’ve personally put together a range of tours, which I have tried to split into 4 different groups of activities:
Driver Guided Yorkshire Days Out – Just want to get a flavor for the region and see some interesting sites & beautiful countryside, then we have a comprehensive schedule of days out to satisfy all interests and levels of energy. From drives & walks in the Yorkshire Dales, tours of the North York Moors and Coast or Bronte Country, visits to Stately Homes, Abbeys, Castles or Gardens
Guided Tours & Yorkshire Experiences – These trips are really for people who want an in depth, educational, informative tour in a specific area or subject. Or our unique "Yorkshire experiences" where we offer you the chance to learn a new skill or expand on a particular interest.
Family Tours of Yorkshire – These trips tend to be more fun and concentrate on seeing or doing things that will keep children amused and entertained. There’s a range of trips for children of all ages including our popular fossil hunting trips.
Bespoke Tours of Yorkshire – this is where you tell us what sort of things you are interested in and we will plan and co-ordinate an itinerary to suit your needs. We’ll help you plan a really personal Yorkshire tour.
I have a hands-on approach with the business and have hand vetted and trust all the people who help me run Tim Barber’s Real Yorkshire Tours. Our aim is to give you a really personal experience, so you get a real flavor of the Yorkshire we know and love.
I live in Burley in Wharfedale, near Ilkley on the doorstep of the Dales with my wife Liz, two teenage children and a black labrador called Bronte!.
Hope to meet you soon.