Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11:25am

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Foreshore archaeology guided walk: Bankside

Discover the archaeology of this fascinating area of Thames foreshore. See archaeology of the Southwark foreshore from its Roman origins to the 20th Century. Explore the development of this area from a tidal marshes and islands to an entertainment zone, to an industrial area and back to a place of leisure. You’ll discover the hidden history of this extraordinary part of London.

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 11:25 am, meet at at the top of the river stairs near the Founders Arms Pub.  (Find the location on What3Words or Google Maps)

Tickets are £12 and £6 concessionary tickets are available for over 65s, under 25s, disabled people or living with long-term health conditions, or people claiming means-tested benefits.


Our walks are extremely popular and usually sell out, please let us know 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! In case of inclement 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. 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