With ancestors from all over this fine county of Norfolk, I have long realized how lucky I am to be able to wander the lanes of Norfolk, where my ancestors walked, see their cottages and visit the Norfolk Churches where they were baptised, married and are laid to rest.
I am extremely fortunate, as many of you may be too, to know exactly where some of them lived and worked, what they did for a living and, in some cases, what they looked like and the thrill of walking across the same field tracks, down the same country lanes is indescribable. I can even have lunch in their local pub.
To stand beside the font where my ancestor was christened in 1623, to kneel at the altar where my ancestors were married in 1620, to visit the grave and read the loving memorial to a forebear from his children in 1788, to visit the Norfolk country cottage where my ancestors raised a family of ten in the late C19th, all give me such a buzz and I would like to share that type of experience by enabling others to feel that buzz too.
As I was born in Norfolk in 1959, have been learning about history for as long as I can remember and researching local and family history seriously since 1977, you can be sure that you will hear lots of information about our beautiful country and, in a Norfolk accent too!
“More than a tour guide, Glynn donned his wellingtons and may have experienced mild hyperthermia while navigating a small boat on the broads just to ensure that I saw and experienced everything I needed for my research trip! He did all this with a grin and I am sure he loved every moment of it!
He is enthusiastic, a wealth of knowledge, including which towns offer the best cheese scones (his penchant if you need to humour him at any stage). I loved my time with Glynn and consider him less as a guide but my friend from Norfolk. Thanks Glynn, for an amazing couple of days.
“As an Aussie tracking down family from the past (1790- 1980) in Norfolk….it was made exceptionally easy and totally enjoyable because I had the expert and superb services of Mr Glynn Burrows who is just the best guide to show you the sites and beauty of Norfolk – a county steeped in history and of course famous for its churches and cathedrals.
I can thoroughly recommend Glynn as a person who knows his history and is also very passionate about Genealogy.
Glynn helped me enormously throughout 2008 to get started with my family search – via online support and it was so apt that four years later he could guide me through Dilham, Sloley, Worstead, the Broads, Norwich and other villages where my family lived in the 19th century.
Glynn made my visit to Norfolk extra special because he did door to door pick ups-drop offs and all the planning was negotiated so you had input into how you filled your days. My two days were packed with enjoyable visits to churches, grave sites, shops, info centres, pubs and meeting up with some locals. I even had a lunch in the same pub that one of my forbears was licensee of in the early 1800s. That was just amazing. On the wall there I could view a historical map of the landholders of that era. My family’s name was there.
So thank you Glynn for making my visit to Norfolk truly memorable and fitting in my requests to see so much in just 2 days.
August 1st 2012″
To: Whomever it may concern:
During the past 12 months my company has worked with Glynn on 3 separate occasions – each one with VIP American clients. Each time the feedback was nothing short of “amazing”; and I twice personally witnessed why… His knowledge of the region is second only to his love of it and how he presents both to the guests. And how the guests interact with him… I have been in this business for 41 years now and have met more driver/guides all over the world than I can even remember. I can honestly say that Glynn is right up there with the very best of them. And he’s the only person I want handling our American clients in East Anglia.
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Glynn is a great tour guide! He is even more than that. He is your “friend in England”! We booked our tour with IQOTC and Glynn was one of several guides provided to us.
Our first guide was a walking encyclopedia and very accommodating, but he was, what I call, a typical Englishman. He came dressed in a suit and trench coat and did not have the same sense of humor that we did.
Then Glynn picked us up for transfer to another hotel and guide for a few days. He was dressed casually and was very down to earth and we were comfortable from the start. He carried our “surplus” of luggage to our rooms when there was no one else to do it, he packed up our souvenirs and mailed them to us in the states and when I left my cell phone at the hotel, he retrieved it and mailed it to our next hotel in Ireland. He also provided a service I did not think of… photographing us as we toured.
When I go back to England I will definitely contact Glynn for another great tour. And I will try not be too much trouble.
My father and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in East Anglia with Glynn Burrows and Norfolk Tours. I would recommend Glynn highly to anyone who wants to see this area. My father was a bomber pilot in WWII and Glynn arranged for us to meet with people who are researching and preserving information concerning Shipdham Air Base, where my dad was stationed. They showed us around what is left of the base and we never could have found the buildings which remain without them. Some buildings are now houses or are in the process of renovation and they arranged with the owners for us to go inside. Glynn also found information regarding my father’s cousin who did not survive the war, including pictures we had never seen.
We spent three additional days with Glynn touring East Anglia. As we were not familiar with the area, we relied heavily on him to arrange an itinerary. He organized everything and we saw historic towns, castles, cathedrals, gardens, the seaside, and the enormous air museum at Duxford. Our days were full, but we never felt rushed. Glynn found us a beautiful B&B and took us to local places for meals. He was very flexible and adjusted the itinerary, adding additional sites as we wished. When he found out how much I like tea, he took us to a great tea shop. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and we saw many things we never would have found on our own.
Glynn quoted a reasonable, all-inclusive price and – true to his word – we did not pay for anything additional except souvenirs. He took care of everything from the time he picked us up in London until he dropped us off at the airport. We had a very personalized tour and could not have asked for a better vacation.
Glynn was a most enthusiastic and knowledgable guide for my all too brief stay in beautiful East Anglia. I shall be recommending him to any friends planning to visit this area. His love of the area’s history was very evident and most informative. Thank you so much, Glynn, for showing me such a great time.