Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 09:45am


Join the Thames Discovery Programme for a guided walk on the City of London foreshore.
Guided by one of our expert archaeologists, discover the archaeology of this fascinating area of Thames foreshore. Learn about the Hanseatic merchants based here who controlled trade across the North Sea and the Baltic. Seek out Roman tiles and Tudor pottery on the foreshore. Find out about the lives of London bridge was built here and what the first bridge was like. Find out about Mudlarks, City livery companies and learn what a house of easement was.

This event involves walking over an uneven surface and is therefore not suitable for young children or people with mobility issues.

The walk will begin at 09:45am, meet by the top of the River stairs at the bottom of Cousin Lane next to the Banker Pub.  (Find the location on What3Words or Google Maps

Tickets are £20 with concessionary tickets available for over 65s, under 18s, disabled people, or people claiming means-tested benefits at £10.

Further Information

Our walks are extremely popular and usually sell out, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible if you’re not able to attend. We’ll refund anyone who cancels their place up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

The foreshore surface can be uneven and muddy – please wear sturdy footwear, boots or wellies are recommended! Waterproof gloves and hand sanitiser are also advisable. In case of bad weather, the walks may be postponed or cancelled.

Read more about what you need to know before you come and foreshore walk accessibility

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. Thanks to the kind permission of the Port of London Authority, 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