1 – 19 September 2019


Join archaeologists at the Thames Discovery Programme for guided foreshore walks at sites across London for Totally Thames 2019. Visit some iconic beaches with our archaeologists and learn more about the fascinating and unique archaeology and history of the River Thames.

Our guided walks support our work to record the vulnerable archaeology of the Thames foreshore and increase awareness of the history of the Thames with communities across London. Please read the Further information below before booking.

2 September 2019, 10:45am

Totally Thames Greenwich Foreshore Walk

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.

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Greenwich guided walk

3 September 2019, 12:45pm

Totally Thames Putney Foreshore Walk

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.

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Putney guided walk

4 September 2019, 12 noon

Totally Thames Wapping Foreshore Walk

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.

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Wapping guided walk

5 September 2019, 11:30am

Totally Thames Trig Lane Foreshore Walk

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!

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: City guided walk

16 September 2019, 12:30pm

Totally Thames Isleworth Foreshore Walk

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!

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Isleworth guided walk

17 September 2019, 10:30am

Totally Thames Custom House Foreshore Walk

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.

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Custom House guided walk

18 September 2019, 10:30am

Totally Thames Rotherhithe-Bermondsey Foreshore Walk

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.

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Rotherhithe-Bermondsey guided walk

19 September 2019, 11am

Totally Thames Deptford Foreshore Walk

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.

Eventbrite - Totally Thames: Deptford guided walk

Further information

Places are limited so booking is essential! 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.