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Explore the eccentric and eclectic Borough of Camden by joining a walking tour. Below you will find a list of our current tours available. Some you can book in advance, others you can just turn up on the day. Variety is the spice of life — Camden offers this to no end!

“Camden Saturday” – Are you looking for something to do on a Saturday morning? Join us for a variety of scheduled walks – from well-known topics to the quirky and unusual. There is something for everyone. 


2019

LONDON POSTAL MUSEUM WALKING TOURS

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London Postmen – leaving King Edward Building on delivery. A group of postmen, carrying bags over their shoulders, leave King Edward Building to begin their deliveries.

Join an accredited guide for walking tours through 350 years of London Postal History. Tours take place in the City of London, Islington and Camden and trace the major developments in Post Office history – from transport innovations like the Mail Coach, the Railway, and the Mail Rail service; to key reformers such as John Palmer, Sir Rowland Hill, and Anthony Trollope. Discover why pillar boxes are coloured red, why the post is called the ‘post’ and the mail is called the ‘mail’, and why the floors of all telephone boxes slope.

All walking tours are led by trained and accredited guides for Camden, Clerkenwell and Islington, and the City of London.

There are three tours, each running once a month / 11.00am – 13.00pm £10.00 per person, £8.00 for concessions (60+), £6.00 for The Postal Museum Members, Free for accompanied children under age 12. No need to book — simply arrive at the meeting point a few minutes before 11am and pay your guide.

Tour 1: From Pillar to Post –   24 November

An extraordinary look at the history of the mail, in conjunction with the busy financial history of the City of London.

MEETING POINT: On the steps of the Royal Exchange at Bank Junction – near to Bank Underground Station


Tour 2: From Mail to Rail — 9 November

This walk looks at the major changes in the Post Office history – from transport innovations like the Mail Coach, the Railway, and the Mail Rail service; and key reformers such as John Palmer, Sir Rowland Hill, and Anthony Trollope.

MEETING POINT: Next to the Robert Stephenson statue in front of Euston Station


Tour 3: From Tudors to Telegraphy —  14 December

Take a walk through 350 years of London postal history. Meet key reformers, discover why pillar  boxes are red, why the post is called the post and the mail is called the mail… and why Charles Dickens had his own post box. 

MEETING POINT: By Exit 1 of Chancery Lane Underground Station, on the North side of High Holborn


LIFE AND TIMES OF JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA

IMG_0494Explore the Regency and discover the best seller of 1815!

Emma was Jane Austen’s last book published during her lifetime, in December 1815. Some say it was her best. This walk is a celebration of that book.

We discuss real-life events that happened during the time that Jane Austen wrote the book, and how people lived during the time known as Regency England. Join your Regency-dressed tour guide as we “take the air in Brunswick Square”, a favourable past-time for ladies of the day.

Discover for the first time, or recall with delight, the story of Emma and the characters that make up this fantastic novel.

Is Emma loveable?

Is Frank Churchill a gentleman?

Can we be friends with Jane Fairfax?

Learn about why it’s called the Regency, who was the Prince Regent, and how did he shape and influence London and the country. Enjoy gossip of the day, as we discuss the details of Princess Caroline’s personal hygiene. Take instruction from a Lady of Distinction in order to make sure your etiquette is on par with other ladies of your stature.

An enjoyable tour that combines literature, London and life!

VARIOUS DATES:

  • Thursday 14 November 13:00
  • Thursday 5 December 13:00

2020 

  • Thursday 16 January 13:00
  • Thursday 6 February 13:00
  • Thursday 27 February 13:00
  • Thursday 12 March 13:00

Guided by: Amber the American Tour Guide


FORGOTTEN FITZROVIA

 

IMG_0493Enjoy a lunchtime walk around this eclectic area, rich with history and forgotten heroes of their time.

Take time out of your busy day to stop and explore this wonderful area of London. Fitzrovia has been home to creative bohemians, courageous pioneers, and crowd-pleasing influencers. Discover their forgotten stories as we stroll and retrace their footsteps. Match a famous quote to the famous person, and gain an insight to their world.

 

VARIOUS DATES:

2019

  • Friday 15 November 13:00
  • Wednesday 4 December 13:00

2020 

  • Thursday 23 January 13:00
  • Thursday 13 February 13:00

Guided by: Amber the American Tour Guide

 


WOMEN AND MEDICINE IN FITZROVIA

IMG_0495-2Come on a walk with us and hear about the women who helped shape British medicine

Spanning 150 years, learn about the pioneers who became England’s first female doctor, surgeon, neuro-surgeon and medical school dean.

Our 1.5 hour walk starts on the steps of St Pancras New church (by statues with ‘tummy tucks’!) and explores Fitzrovia, an area with stunning Victorian and modern buildings dedicated to medical practice. We’ll also take in Fitzroy square – before ending at Goodge Street Station.

Along the way we’ll share the stories of women who with fortitude, determination and compassion overcame countless hurdles to become ground-breaking medical professionals.

What better way to spend a lunch hour!!

VARIOUS DATES:

2019

  • Friday 20 December 13:00

2020 

  • Friday 17 January 13:00
  • Friday 21 February 13:00
  • Friday 20 March 1:00

Guided by Sylvia McNamara


Booking your place on a walk: *Click on the title of the walk to go to the booking link. If there is no booking link, and instructions are to “turn up & pay”, please follow instructions for that walk.