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Volunteer Tour Guide

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Stowe was once described as "one of the most majestic English Houses of the eighteenth century" and tour guides help to bring historic properties to life again.

As a guide you will help our visitors to understand and learn more about our State Rooms, telling them the intriguing (and sometimes scandalous) stories of Stowe and painting a picture of how the House would have looked and felt in years gone by.

What will you be doing?

  • Conducting 15 & 45 minute tours and maintaining a consistent standard of tour delivery.
  • Providing an engaging and entertaining tour for all our visitors of all ages.
  • Being informative and knowledgeable when answering visitors’ questions about the State Rooms, Discovery Centre and Stowe House in general. 
  • Being the ‘tail end’ of other guides’ tours, making sure visitors keep up with the tour.
  • Providing a brilliant visitor experience; being proactive and approachable with the visitors’ experience in mind. 
  • Monitoring the State rooms throughout the day to ensure that all visitors view the property at its best and proactively providing low level security to Stowe House during opening hours. Welcoming visitors into the welcome centre
  • Working within Stowe House Preservation Trust’s procedures and Health and Safety Policy at all times. 
  • Undertaking training as and when required.  


What Volunteers can expect;

  • A welcoming and enjoyable volunteering experience.
  • A full induction and training programme with on-going support. In addition to general training, you will also receive specific tour guide training and have the chance to shadow current tour guides before undertaking your first tour.
  • Regular Volunteer Coffee Mornings, bi-annual Volunteer trips to other historic properties and museums as well as other Volunteer social events such as the annual Summer Picnic and Christmas Lunch. 
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering location. 


You will need lots of enthusiasm and initiative. Although no previous experience in public speaking is required, the role would suit someone who has an outgoing personality and who enjoys talking and interacting with the public.

You will need to be able to work as part of a team, as well as able to work alone.

Volunteering is flexible and you will need to be adaptable due to our relationship with Stowe School and the National Trust.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

End Date: 31/01/2023

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

One day a week or a fortnight (season dependent).


Stowe House
MK18 5EH

Register your Interest


  • Arts, Heritage and Entertainment
  • Environment
  • No specific interest


  • Advice and Information
  • General Helping
  • Marketing and Media
  • Supporting People and Befriending

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