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!
Tower of London, All Hallows-on-the-Wall, Museum of London
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.
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.
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.
Plunge yourself into the surprisingly dynamic world of the British Public Toilet. This tour takes you past some of London's most iconic views with a new twist.
Performed by Rachel Erickson (The Loo Lady), Music by Paul Freeman, Guest voices:... More»
We take toilets (and most other sanitary fixtures) for granted... but there is nothing pre-ordained or natural about them. They reflect deeply ingrained cultural norms.
This walk through Bloomsbury dives into the history of toilets and how we... More»
On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Chaucer and Shakespeare across London Bridge to the south bank of the Thames. Here is the district of Southwark, which used to have a murky reputation, as it provided the entertainment, manufacture and... More»