MOLA Ambassadors foreshore walk (c) MOLA

Totally Thames guided walks

02.09.2019 to 19.09.2019

Various locations around London

Time: Various, check individual events below for details
Price: £11.37, free for over 75s 

As part of Totally Thames, an annual celebration of the River Thames, the Thames Discovery Programme team will be leading 8 guided walks at locations around London to explore the fascinating archaeology to be found on the foreshore. 

Locations and dates will be as follows, check individual events below for further details:

  • Greenwich: Monday 2nd September, 10:45. Book 
    The Greenwich foreshore is one of the most exciting and dynamic sites on the Thames. Of particular interest are the remains of Tudor and Stuart jetties, associated with the royal Greenwich Palace.

  • Putney: Tuesday 3rd September, 12:45. Book
    Learn about how this short stretch of foreshore has been used since the Prehistoric period and how an angry Prime Minister gave Putney it’s bridge.

  • Wapping: Wednesday 4th September, 12:00. Book
    The Wapping foreshore has a long history of key events from the arrest of Hanging Judge Jeffiies, to the formation of the River Police and the execution of pirates and smugglers at Execution Dock.

  • Trig Lane, City of London: Thursday 5th September, 11:30. Book
    Discover the archaeology of the historic waterfront from its Roman origins to the Victorian period as you explore the foreshore at the heart of the City of London!

  • Isleworth: Monday 16th September, 12:30. Book
    Find out more about previous investigations on the site and hear all about the most exciting discoveries to date including a WWI submarine chaser. If the tide is low enough we might even be lucky enough to see a 1000 year old fish trap!

  • Custom House, City of London: Tuesday 17th September, 10:30. Book
    Discover the archaeology of the City of London waterfront from its Roman origins to the Victorian period as you explore the eastern foreshore of the City, not far from the Tower of London – we’ll be looking at the remains of the Pool of London’s wharves and trades, all guided by one of our experienced archaeologists.

  • Rotherhithe-Bermondsey: Wednesday 18th September, 10:30. Book
    Join us for a guided walk to discover the rich maritime heritage of the south bank of the Thames, and find out about forgotten post-medieval ship breaking industry in Rotherhithe. This walk will also give you a chance to explore the wider history of the area, all closely linked with shipping and trading.

  • Deptford: Thursday 19th September, 11:00. Book
    Discover more about the history of the “Cardle of the Navy”, Deptford Dockyard through the archaeology on the Thames Foreshore. Led by one of our experienced archaeologists, this walk will look at how the structures on the foreshore are linked to the dockyard above.

Spaces are limited, and tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite. Tickets are free for over 75s thanks to support from the City Bridge Trust

This year's Totally Thames celebration will champion the heritage of the river as the vital centre of London's history, its diverse culture and its connection to the rest of the world in an abundance of free events. You can find a full programme on the Totally Thames website.

Further information

The foreshore surface can be uneven and muddy – so please wear sturdy footwear; boots or wellies are recommended! In case of inclement weather, the walks may be postponed or cancelled.

The details of the meeting place for each walk is on the booking link; we usually meet at the top of the nearest river stairs, unless otherwise stated. The tickets have the nearest postcode, but be warned, Google maps and other online maps, don’t include the names of the river stairs or foreshore features, so relying on them can be confusing. Find the river, and you should find us nearby!

The TDP leads regular guided walks on the foreshore for adults, and families with older children and teenagers. These walks focus on the history and heritage of the river including those structures and features exposed by the movement of sediment in this dynamic environment, which are monitored and archaeologically recorded by the FROG. Some surface-only artefact handling may be permitted when attending a TDP foreshore walk, but all finds must be examined by the archaeologist on site, and significant artefacts must be recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Please be aware that if you wish to regularly search the foreshore for artefacts at other times you must be in possession of a Permit to Search the Foreshore, issued by the Port of London Authority.