about us

Felicity Whittle, founder of Gold Star Guides, is an award winning Blue Badge Tourist Guide.  The Blue Badge is the highest guiding qualification offered by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and is a symbol of excellence in tourist guiding. Felicity holds guiding qualifications for both the Heart of England and for London (and won awards during her training courses for both areas!).


Having spent several years working in the House of Commons Library, part of the UK Parliament, Felicity moved to California during the 1990s where she started guiding at Filoli, a beautiful house and gardens (much filmed) owned by the American National Trust... and knew she'd found her perfect career!


Now living in Nottingham Felicity is delighted to be expanding her knowledge about the city, past and present, literary and otherwise, and looks forward to consolidating this with an East Midlands Blue Badge qualification as soon as it is available (hopefully 2019).



Endlessly curious about the lives people have lived, with an interest in places where history has happened, and a passion for helping visitors to appreciate the city and the country she calls home, Felicity's knowledge and sense of fun ensure her guided tours are engaging, entertaining and informative.


Nice things people have said about Gold Star Guides...


Felicity was our guide for four days. She was by far the best guide we have ever had. Carolyn, Texas, USA


Thank you so much for our tour. The tour was engaging, educational, and entertaining. Thank you for being one of our highlights.


Just wanted to say, thank you very much for your time yesterday. I had a great time, and the others also really enjoyed learning more about the area. Tess, Deloittes  And thank you from me as well. Very much enjoyed it. Keith Blair, Deloittes


Thanks for an incredible tour. We all enjoyed ourselves and, as usual, you did a superb job. We will certainly be in touch when we return! Jim, Lancaster, USA


Thank you for a wonderful educational inspirational literary tour. You have inspired me to want to increase my reading. I loved it!


All of the Sensei team said how much they enjoyed the walk and were very impressed by your knowledge of the route and the way your very professional and excellent delivery helped them enjoy the 2 hours. If you require any testimonials from us please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks for a great walk. Malcolm Follos, Managing Director, Sensei UKE


Thank you very much for being a very gracious and well-informed guide; Thank you Felicity for sharing so much with us. Ann, Canada


We were all very impressed by your deep knowledge and obvious pleasure in sharing your wealth of stories about those historic spaces.  Thank you very much for your courtesy, answering so many questions, and making us feel very welcome. Aileen, Canada


Thank you so much for yesterday, in every respect: the quality of presentation, the generosity of spirit and the invaluable reminder that there’s more to life than the exam curriculum. School of Education, University of Nottingham


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