Hilary Bradt MBE is a travel writer, broadcaster, publisher and tour guide who has travelled widely and adventurously during the last 50 years. She is the cofounder of Bradt Travel Guides which specialises in guidebooks to unusual destinations and in new ways of enjoying the less-known parts of Britain..

Her talks are entertaining and informative on a wide range of subjects, generally using powerpoint. Her work as a tour leader brings her back to the world’s most beautiful places year after year, allowing her to select from a wide range of excellent photographs.

Hilary has lectured in the USA (Smithsonian Institution), Canada, Australia and throughout the British Isles including the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (four tours), as well as on expedition ships. She broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4 on travel-related issues.

Adventure Travel Lectures

Tales of a Tour Leader
Anecdotes covering over 30 years of leading adventure travel trips.

1000 Miles on Horseback
Through the west and south of Ireland.

40 years of travel in Madagascar
Having made her final trip (about the 35th) to Madagascar in 2018, Hilary looks back on the changes she has seen and the encounters with the people and wildlife.

A Holiday in North Korea 

What’s it really like in the ‘world’s most secretive nation?’

Lecture Fees

The fee is £250 plus expenses at 30p per mile or economy rail fare.


Your talk [Madagascar] was the most interesting and delightful we have had for some time.

Gloucestershire Ladies’ Luncheon Club

Your extensive travels in Madagascar were fascinating and you produced some beautiful photographs. We enjoyed everything about your talk and the time flew…

Guildford Travel Club

I have received so many appreciative comments from our members who thoroughly enjoyed your talk on Madagascar.  I suspect that your stunning photographs and extensive knowledge of the region has inspired many of our members to travel there and see the island for themselves.

Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director, Royal Geographical Society

You told a humane story [Ireland] full of interest and charming humour … it is not only the theme but also the manner of the telling which, as one member said later, always includes the audience. You build an immediate empathy with the listeners.

International Travel and Holiday Association

Bookings and More Information

Contact Hilary on 01297 625117 or via the contact form.