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Karen W
Cobourg, Canada4 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Solo
Boyle Tours, a historical walk around St. John's, is a great way for visitors to see the beautiful city. Jed was a wonderful guide with lots of wonderful stories mixed with historical information. The walk was well paced, lots of time for questions and discussion. I would highly recommend this to new visitors to the beautiful old city.
Written August 14, 2022
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Canada LSL
9 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
Jed was an excellent story teller. As a local he had all the good stories with some he was present for due to his age as a retiree. The history is astounding and at time unbelievable! We had a little one in a stroller, and the tour was suitable for this situation. The tour was informative, and an appropriate pace for walking.
Written June 24, 2022
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Sandbanks52
Kingston, Canada23 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
A great way to start your trip in St. John's. The guide, Michael Boyle, is filled with stories and historical anecdotes. From the Government Building to the Jelly Bean Row Houses, he leads the group up and down the narrow, hilly streets of St. John's.
Written July 3, 2019
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First of all many thanks for taking time to review our historical walking tour. Our walking tour is a fantastic way to get to know the history and culture of this place we all call home. Thanks for coming on out tour. Michael Boyle Boyletours.com
Written July 4, 2019
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Pat S
Cork Ireland28 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
My wife and I booked a walking tour with Michael Boyle. We chose it because he was highly rated on many websites including Tripadvisor.
Whenever we visit a city for the first time, we always try to go on a walking tour. It gives us a feel for the city and its way of life. We found that it is very difficult for a tour guide to pitch his/her talk at the right level. Everyone in attendance want something different from the tour. Some tour guides go deeply into the history of the city, citing many battles and baffling us with dates, great for historians, but not for us as a first introduction to the city. Others move along at a frantic pace, briefly pointing out various landmarks Of course many pitch it at the right level for us. Michael Doyle falls into this category and he does it in a very entertaining way. I could go on to describe the way in which he makes it entertaining but that would spoil the show for you.

Pros
Right amount of detail (for us)
Great knowledge of his city
Highly entertaining with a quirky sense of humor
Perfect timing
Looks the part with his top hat etc

Cons
Wished the tour went on for longer.
Written October 8, 2018
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First of all PAT S. Thanks for taking time to make such insightful comments on the immense value of all historical walking tours and of course- on my own tour of St Johns.Indeed you hit the nail on the head and it is a balancing act in that today many people on the tour are looking for a unique interesting and enjoyable experiences. Recorded history is in the archives - our tours are not your old boring history classes at High school or University.In a way we are seminar on the street. Thanks for your great observations and readers will see that personal service is something we aim at For example -we are really keen to keep all tours to a maximum of twenty five people and that means booking ahead is really very important. And you are correct the tour could be a bit longer. Indeed we are looking at adding one more stop for next year.For example it will be the 100th anniversary of the first Trans Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in June 1919.We will cover that on the tour. Thanks again so much for your comments. Michael B
Written October 9, 2018
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jay y
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Jul. 2018 • Couples
We started off by showing up a few minutes late and instead of taking off he added a little historical story for the group and waited for us,,such a gentlemen. Couldn’t get enough we could have listened to him for hours, he provides historical facts with colourful deleivery and little known insights.
Written August 31, 2018
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YES I am a little late with my response Jayy. I do remember this tour very well because you joined us at the first official stop.History must be exiting and come alive and all our guides are keen to show this to our guests.We aim at service for all our guests and because of parking issue we understand and if we get a heads up then we can be on the look out for you.You called the hotline and i knew you would catch up with us at the first stop. THANKS for your comments .
Written October 9, 2018
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coco057toronto
Toronto, Canada118 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed Boyle’s walking tour of St John’s. Michael is as colourful as the houses of St Johns. He is charming and knowledgeable about the stories and history of St John’s. He reenacts historical moments with great flare leaving us with lasting memories. The tour group was small and the whole experience was wonderful. We highly recommend this tour
Written July 1, 2018
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Our July 1 Memorial Day/Canada Day evening walk is a always special one. Many thanks coco57 for taking the time to provide such positive feed back. We had a small group but a very interactive and super interested group. I really enjoyed your observations and questions. A new feature of the tour was the special statute in Bannerman Park to remember the soldiers coming home from the war. I appreciate your amazing comments but I am merely the guide and as you say our historic city is the main character with the colourful houses.I am happy to help provide enjoyable cultural and historical experiences.. THANKS BOYLE HISTORIC WALKING TOUR St.Johns NL
Written July 2, 2018
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Shannon C
9 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Family
We booked a tour with Michael somewhat last minute near the end of our two week trip around Newfoundland, and we are so happy we did! It was a drizzly day but our entire group had an excellent time and didn’t even notice the weather. Michael knows a ton about the city, and can deliver an excellent dramatic re-enactment. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the history of St John’s and see some of its most colourful side streets!
Written June 17, 2018
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YES First of all thanks Cammy137 for taking time to provide such insightful comments on our tour last week.My tours are small,customized and interactive.This means -of of course history must "come alive ' on my tour. And as you say it was a drizzly day but folks like you come to Newfoundland for cultural and historical experiences. Thank you again. Michael B
Written June 18, 2018
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Mary Jane N
Auxvasse, Missouri12 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
What a fine start to our vacation on the Avalon Peninsula! When Michael Boyle met us for the start of the tour wearing his bowler hat, I knew this was going to be fun. The tour was not only fun, but so chock full of Newfoundland history. Walking the unique and historic streets of St. John's on a lovely, sunny, summer's day was a step back in time. Michael's very knowledgeable and informative narrative was beyond awesome---a terrific orientation to what turned out to be a top highlight of our Newfoundland trip. One tip: Wear comfy walking shoes. Thank you, Michael, for your lovely tour. Highly recommend!
Written February 27, 2018
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First of all Mary Jane -thanks for taking time to reflect on your enjoyable experience with Boyle tours. Our tours are about presenting history in a dramatic way..No stodgy university history lecture here - because it vital to have an interactive tour. Questions and observations from the group add life and excitement to our tour.Now I must say I cant always provide a sunny day but we do provide an educational and memorable experience of this place we call home. THANKS
Written March 1, 2018
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Emma D
Belfast, UK222 contributions
Jun. 2017 • Couples
Me and my boyfriend did this tour with Michael and it was just the three of us, we learned a lot. Michael is a fantastic guide, he was very knowledgeable and took us to some interesting sights and we met some friendly people along the way.
I would definitely recommend this tour if you are in st johns.
Michael, go raibh maith agat!
Emma
Belfast
Written September 5, 2017
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THANKS Emma for taking time to make your review. Each tour is an amazing cultural experience of our great city.Emma -You and your boyfriend asked me some great questions and this provides an interactive aspect to our historical tours. Thanks again. Michael B
Written September 7, 2017
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keith p
Columbus, OH39 contributions
Aug. 2017 • Friends
Michael is engaging and entertaining. Enjoyed the tour very much.

Lasts a nice amount of time not too long or too short
Written August 12, 2017
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Thanks Keith for taking time rom your busy Newfoundland tour -to write your kind comments.Your group had some amazing questions and I really enjoyed meeting you all.Good luck Keith -with your travels in the Port Union area. Michael B
Written August 14, 2017
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