Home

 

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

tpm-post109_374

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 –  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 — 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 —  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


MEET THE GUIDES

Henry Moore sculpture at Kings Cross

This FREE walk is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning about becoming a qualified Camden Tour Guide offering an opportunity to meet qualified Camden Guides, go with them on a tour around the Kings Cross area and have a chance to talk to them about the course and what it’s like to be a tour guide in Camden today.

The next course starts in September 2019 and this is an opportunity to come and find out more. If you are unable to come on this date but are interested in the course then please email course@camdenguides.com 
or visit our website for information at https://camdenguides.com/camden-tour-guide-course/  
 

Wednesday 24 July: 6:00pm Guided by CTGA


 

HAMPSTEAD: FOR RICHER FOR POORER

https---cdn-1.evbuc.com-images-58263753-198169499692-1-original.20190311-173144

“Camden Saturday”

Hampstead, home of the rich and famous. Or is it? Join us on a journey around hilly Hampstead, where we tell you about the rich and famous, but also about the poor and little-known who have made this village home. Hear about the spa that brought in the masses, see the quirky houses that the rich built, visit the most beautiful street in Hampstead and learn about the former workhouse.

 

 
 
 

Saturday 3 August: 11:00am Guided by Daniel Hausherr


KENTISH TOWN A TO BE (ASYLUM TO BREWERY)

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-45964136-198169499692-1-original

“Camden Saturday”

Explore with Camden Guides the industrial past of Kentish Town and, specifically, the area known as the Crimea. Discover how local industries contributed to London’s economy. See where paint was produced for Pissarro, a piano was made for the Pope, and how a home of gentle Victorian retirement was itself retired.
 
 
 

 

 

Saturday 24 August: 11:00am Guided by Daniel Hausherr


FITZROVIA CHAPEL – BOHEMIAN WALK OF FITZROVIA

 
Fitzrovia ChapelStarting at Goodge Street Underground Station, we explore the lives of actors, musicians, artists and literary figures who made their home in the pubs and cafes of Fitzrovia.  Come and meet the people like George Orwell, Dylan Thomas and Augustus John who shaped the Bohemian nature of this fascinating area.  Finally, we end our walk with a short tour inside the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel, once part of the famous Middlesex Hospital, which continues to support artists and musicians by hosting exhibitions and concerts.
 

Sunday 25 August: 12:30pm Guided by Tony Hale


RADICAL WOMEN OF THE WEST END

 
 
CAA50AD2-7771-4C66-ACF7-73311BA4DF66
 
Discover the radical women of Fitzrovia from Mary Wollstonecraft, author of “A Vindication of the Rights of woman’ to activist and writer Una Marson, the first Black broadcaster at the BBC. French. Along the way we meet anarchists, suffragists and some teenage publishers
 

 

 

Monday 26 August: 2:00pm Guided by Sue McCarthy


FITZROVIA CHAPEL – MEDICAL FITZROVIA WALK

 
Fitzrovia ChapelThis walk starts outside Warren Street Underground Station.  It explores the medical associations of the Fitzrovia area, including the first private hospital in London, a number of smaller hospitals that occupied grand houses in Fitzroy Square, the story of the birth of family planning, a major nurses’ home established by the famous Astor family, a Georgian workhouse known by Charles Dickens and ending with a short tour inside the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel which was part of the famous Middlesex Hospital.
 

Saturday 21 September: 14:00pm Guided by Tony Hale


FITZROVIA CHAPEL – BOHEMIAN WALK OF FITZROVIA

 
Fitzrovia ChapelStarting at Goodge Street Underground Station, we explore the lives of actors, musicians, artists and literary figures who made their home in the pubs and cafes of Fitzrovia.  Come and meet the people like George Orwell, Dylan Thomas and Augustus John who shaped the Bohemian nature of this fascinating area.  Finally, we end our walk with a short tour inside the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel, once part of the famous Middlesex Hospital, which continues to support artists and musicians by hosting exhibitions and concerts.
 

Saturday 26 October: 11:30am Guided by Elaine Wein


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.

Advertisements