I can’t recommend Johnnie enough. I had been put in contact with Johnnie to give my family of four (myself, husband, and two adult daughters) a full day, private tour of Yorkshire. He was extremely accommodating to our wishes for the day. Johnnie met us at our B&B in the morning to pick us up. We started with a magnificent tour of Rievaulx Abbey. Johnnie kept us engaged in conversation and explained the different aspects of the Abbey so it could be brought to life for us. The Abbey itself was incredibly beautiful. We then proceeded to Haworth, where the Bronte sisters lived
Johnnie is an expert on the Bronte sisters. He was very engaging, and an incredible story teller that brought the sisters’ lives and their family to life for us! We learned so much. He was very accommodating to us with whatever we wished. We had a wonderful day and tour with him, and we highly recommend Johnnie for a tour of Yorkshire.
What a fabulous Guided tour we had on Saturday. At one point I noticed that you could have heard a pin drop as everyone hung on Johnnie’s words. Johnnie is a winning combination of being a great communicator, an interesting story teller and passionate about his subject. The teachers in the group were impressed by his ability to hold an audience. There was much discussion throughout the rest of the weekend, and members of the group went on to buy Bronte books and visit The Parsonage. One member relayed later that if she’d had a history and English teacher like Johnnie, she would have enjoyed those subjects at school.
I think the biggest indicator of his affect, however, was that, at the end, several members of the group had tears in their eyes (and they weren’t just women)!
I would recommend this Tour without hesitation.
My sister and I spent a lovely afternoon in Haworth with Johnnie. We met with him at noon and as it started raining too heavily to walk in the moors, he took us first around the town telling us about the Bronte family history in detail. He is such a great story teller that my sister started crying at one point and I was very moved as well. We afterwards took a cup a tea/coffee and went on into the moors. The walk to Top Withens was not hard at all and the landscape was breathtaking, you really taste the feeling of wondering in the moors that you read in Wuthering Heights. We spent there around 3 hours. Above all Johnnie was incredibly kind, eager to listen to us and he even gave us a lift to Keighley station and gave us chocolates for the journey back to York.
In all my travels I have never had the good fortune to meet a guide as likable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject as Johnnie Briggs. Johnny does not talk AT you, he has a conversation with you, at the end of which you realize you’ve learned a lot.
We engaged his services for 3 days. The first day he enthralled us with ‘The Passionate Brontes’ guiding us around Haworth and making the Brontes come to life for us. He seems to know everyone in the village and gave us great tips on where to eat and who we should talk to re: the Brontes.
The second day he took us out on the moors. He went to the trouble of borrowing a pair of Wellies for my friend who didn’t have the right footwear. We hiked to Top Withens (probable site of Wuthering Heights) and he seemed to enjoy it every bit as much as we did. One thing you have to understand about Johnnie is that he’s a poet and a romantic at heart.
The third day he drove us all over Yorkshire, showing us more Bronte sites, historic buildings, stopping at a local Church sale and a pub that had excellent food (where he knew the Chef!) and then he drove us through a part of James Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales.
Johnnie is the complete package, he gives great value for your money and it’s hard not to love him. Don’t fight it, we didn’t!