Monday, 18 September 2023, 10:15am


Celebrate Totally Thames 2023 #ThamesFestivalTrust

Join the Thames Discovery Programme on a guided walk on the Bankside foreshore.
Guided by one of our expert archaeologists, discover the archaeology of this fascinating area of Thames foreshore. Learn about how an area of marshes and islands became the entertainment centre of Tudor London. Seek out evidence of 19th Century industry. Find out about public transport on the Thames in days gone by.

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 10:15am, meet by the top of the River stairs next to 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.

Further Information

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! Waterproof gloves and hand sanitiser are also advisable. 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. 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