About Me

Who is the face behind Tourist 2 Local and Hideous History?

My name is Jo a 45-year-old married mum of 2.

In 2004 I took a holiday to visit family – 17 years later I am still here. 

My passion for Coventry and its history is huge and after delivering a ghost walk for 8 plus years I started to offer small history tours for friends and family and from there it has grown.

I have had nearly 40 people on one tour at any one time and come rain and shine I love nothing better than delivering useful nonsense to those who will listen. 

I spend hours and hours researching, documenting and delivering my tours. At this point in time, there is only me but with time I would like this to grow. 

I look forward to seeing you soon.



Our Professional Tour Guides bring you the best in Hideous History Tours including all the popular history spots and those “off-the-beaten” path.

Whether you’re on a date with hubby/wife/partner or looking for an impromptu afternoon or evening outing with your friends, we’ll guarantee to deliver a fun tour.

Don’t take my word on how great my tours are – the quote below was written by Coventry university Future Lets team & students – you can find more on my FaceBook page.

Thank you so much for delivering such an amazing ghost tour to our students, it was great and me and Lauren loved it. – Coventry university Future Lets team & students

If you have never been on one of Jo’s tours, I can only say you are missing something if you are interested in the history of Coventry.

Even though Jo is not from Coventry herself, she knows more about our city than most of us who were born here, she brings our history to life in a fun way making it interesting to all ages, I have been on quite a few of her tours & can highly recommend them. 

Sylvia – Coventry

Offering Memorable Walking Tours by Local Professional Guides.


Local & knowledgeable


Friendly & fun


Informal & relaxed walks


Tailored to the group


Professional & reliable


I have been working closely with Coventry Watch Museum since 2010.  The site is the remaining part of a Coventry “court” and is probably the last example of what was a common dwelling situation in the 18th and 19th century, Coventry and is also home to Coventry Watch Museum.  Open Tuesday and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm 

Fantasy and Reality offer tarot and oracle readings, pagan meets, reiki, crystal healing, past life regressions and more.  They also have an amazing shop full of goodies.  Click their logo to see their FaceBook page. 


Book through the calendar or Book Now buttons.
In line with Government guidelines the number of people will vary at this time – max 15 people
Due to the length of our tours the advised age is ten years plus. Parental discretion is asked for. 
The Ghost Walk and the After Dark Tours are not suitable for under 10’s. Hideous History tours are for over 16’s only.
The walking tours are approx 2 to 2.5 hours long and the on-site tours are an hour and a half max.
24 hours notice is required for a refund. An alternative date may be proposed. Please get in touch as early as possible.
The tour will go ahead unless contact by the tour guide has been made directly with you. Please dress accordingly.
HIDEOUS HISTORY is a trading name of Tourist 2 Local and holds public liability insurance, however, please note that by attending a tour you are responsible for your own health and safety. 
Jo is also registered with the ICO for Data Protection. 
Absolutely, just drop me a line with your dates and times and let’s see what we can do!


This includes walking tours and on-site talks for care homes, groups etc.