Londinium's Footprint: Roman Wall Walk

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    11 Sep 2019
    Clock 60min      Length1mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Roam in the footsteps of the ancients...and the medievals, and the Victorians, and pretty much all of London’s inhabitants through history. Become a part of this city’s tradition.

    This tour has you walking the literal path where the Romans established London’s boundary two thousand years ago. The wall that surrounded the ancient city then stood for millennium, affecting decisions and development right up to today.

    You don’t have to be a history geek to get excited about the lives of people in the past. It’s so easy to get pulled into the adventures of soldiers, kings and commoners alike. During this walk you will view the fortifications that the Romans first built, and that the Normans used as their foundations. You’ll step right up to the walls that English royalty relied on for centuries to protect and defend their power base. You’ll touch the very stones that fortified the city of London throughout time. And your adventure will add you to the list of characters in the wall’s long history.

    So step right up....to the wall, and to your place in the story!

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Tower of London, All Hallows-on-the-Wall, Museum of London

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    Beginning in the courtyard by the Tower of London's ticket office. Public transportation is the most convenient way to arrive. The Tube station 'Tower Hill' is about a 4 min walk to the ticket office. Carparks are available nearby (50 Lower Thames being the closest) but tend to fill up quickly.

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    Places to stop along the way:

    In addition to the sites mentioned within the tour, the pathway runs quite near to the following famous sites: church of St. Dunstan in the East, Tower Hill Memorial, the Tower Hill Sundial, St. James Passage, Bevis Marks Synagog. From the final stop at the Museum of London it is about an 8 min walk to the Guildhall which contains remnants of the Roman amphitheater within its lower levels. One could also attempt to view a not-so-secret but very-well-hidden Roman wall segment that is exposed within a parking garage which can be accessed underneath the Museum of London.

    Best time of day:

    Take daylight hours into account, as some of the areas we will be viewing do not have formal lighting. Salter's Garden does get locked at dusk. Otherwise, this walk could be taken at any time during the day.

    Precautions:

    While walking time is listed as 60 minutes, there are a few locations where spending some time to observe is recommended. This could add more minutes to the total time. If you are interested in exploring either the Tower of London or the Museum of London, I would recommend a minimum of one hour for each. Please confirm opening hours for sites as they can be seasonal.

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    I’m in London regularly but rarely as a tourist. I had an opportunity yesterday to explore the city and decided to treat myself with something different. This tour turned out to be just that: a treat! I couldn’t have picked a better way to travel back in time to when London wasn’t London yet and to discover how much of that time is still present now. Thoroughly enjoyed the commentary and the whole story. I’ve no doubt you would too. Thank you!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 2 months ago
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    I'd like to recommend Amy's tour! I learned so many new facts while I was walking through the City of London and followed traces of London's Roman history. Amy is very enthusiastic about history and a great storyteller, so I'm happy I went with this tour!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 months ago
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    What an amazing audio tour! I am planning a trip to London next spring and had no idea that this wall even existed. Amy has done an incredible job of making this important historical site come to life. Her passion for history really shows, and she is full of interesting tidbits, such as how the statue of Emperor Trajan was originally found in a garbage dump. I can't wait to listen to this again as I actually walk the wall when I'm there. Highly recommended!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago
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    I’m excited to go on this tour when I travel to London soon. I’m fascinated by places and structures that still exist from Roman times. One can imagine being there when it was first built and the culture that surrounded it. It will be Awesome, actually, to stand on the same ground and walk the ancient city perimeter.

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago

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