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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 – 23 February, 24 March, 27 April, 19 May, 22 June, 21 July, 24 August, 22 September, 26 October, 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 March, 11 May, 13 July, 14 September, 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 —  13 April, 8 June, 10 August, 12 October, 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

 
 

WALK, TALK & CHALK (No advanced booking)

“Camden Saturday”

A walk in Chalk Farm and Kentish Town where buildings of all kinds illustrate the history and development of school-age educators in London.  We will look at two of E.R? Robson’s wonderful Board schools, of the many once throughout London.  The route embraces a ragged school, Eleanor Marx’s school, a ‘Nat school’ and an orphanage site that became a boarding school which is still operating today. Meet at Chalk Farm tube station, Adelaide Road, NW3 2BP.  Cost £10, free to under 18s. Pay on the day, no need to book.

Saturday 16 February – 10:30am Guided by Denise Arnold

 


A TURN-AROUND KINGS CROSS (No advanced booking)

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“Camden Saturday”

Kings Cross area is in a constant state of change; this 90 minute walk starts at the John Betjeman statue in St Pancras station and takes us round Kings Cross, with titbits of information and stories from what it was like before, now and perhaps to come!

Meet at the John Betjeman statue in St Pancras station at 11am. The 90 minute walk will take us round Kings Cross, highlighting some of the fascinating aspects of the area, what it was like before, some of the characters who lived here, what happened, and what is happening now. It ends at the German Gymnasium. Cost £10/£8 concession – pay guide on arrival.

Saturday 16 February – 11:00am Guided by Cathy Chivers & Judy Dixey

 


 

FINDING FITROVIA

 

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“Camden Saturday”

FItzrovia has only been appearing as a named area on Ordnance Survey maps since 1994 but it has been firmly on the map for artists, writers, showmen and innovators since the 18th century. Join Jo to meet the stellar cast of characters who have lived, worked and drunk here, including Charles Dickens, Bob Dylan, Virginia Woolf and Marie Stopes. With its fascinating past and ever changing present, enjoy stories of bad behaviour, inspiring developments in medicine and science, and maybe even find a pub or two!
 
Saturday 16 March – 11:00am Guided by Jo Wilkinson
 
 
 
 

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.

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