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Discover 10,000 years of history beneath your feet!

The lives of Londoners and the Thames have been inextricably entwined for thousands of years. Join a Totally Thames archaeological walk and see the remains of Tudor jetties, a Bronze Age bridge, an Iron Age fish trap and prehistoric landscapes, as well as mesolithic trees and more.

Totally Thames' archaeological walks are ticketed events. Booking is essential and unless otherwise stated, the walks are not suitable for young children. Ticket charges and booking fees apply. The Thames foreshore can be muddy and rocky. Please wear sturdy footwear.

Custom House
7.30am - 9am, Saturday 12 September. Ages, adults

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. Walk leader: Nathalie Cohen of Thames Discovery.

Meeting Point: Custom House stairs, Sugar Quay Wharf, Water Lane, Off Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6EE

8am - 9.30am, Sunday 13 September. Ages, adults

The Greenwich foreshore is one of the most exciting and dynamic sites on the Thames. Of particular interest are the remains of the Tudor jetties associated with the Palace of Placentia. Walk leader: Helen Johnston of Thames Discovery.

Meeting Point: Queen's Stairs, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN

9am - 11am, Sunday 13 September. Ages, late-teens - adults

In Battersea you can discover evidence of the lost islands of the Thames. This area was also the location of many Victorian industries and evidence of these can still be found on the foreshore including the manufacture of cupels used in gold refining. Walk leader: Mike Webber.

Meeting Point: Battersea Bridge (Southern End), Battersea Foreshore, SW11

8.30am - 10am, Monday 14 September. Ages, adults

Discover the maritime heritage of the south bank of the Thames, and find out about post-medieval ship breaking in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. If the tide allows, you may also get a glimpse of prehistory on the foreshore! Walk leaders: Eliott Wragg & the Bermondsey Foreshore Recording and Observation Group.

Meeting Point: Rotherhithe Overground Station, Brunel Road, Southwark, SE16 4LF

9.30am - 11am, Tuesday 15 September. Ages, adults

A morning foreshore walk for adults at Deptford where you'll discover more about the fascinating history of shipbuilding at the Royal Dockyard. Walk leader: Eliott Wragg of Thames Discovery.

Meeting Point: River stairs, Watergate Street, SE8

10am - 11.30am, Wednesday 16 September. Ages, adults

Find out more about the fascinating foreshore at Wapping - near the headquarters of the River Police. Walk leader: Eliott Wragg of Thames Discovery.

Meeting Point: River stairs, Town of Ramsgate Pub, 62 Wapping High Street, E1W 2PN

10.30am - 12pm, Friday 18 September. Ages, adults

Find out more about the foreshore at Charlton - the site of the Victorian Castles shipbreaking yard. Walk leaders: Eliott Wragg and Nathalie Cohen of Thames Discovery.

Meeting Point: River stairs, next to the Anchor and Hope Pub, Anchor Hope Lane, SE7 7EG

Gabriel's Wharf (South Bank)
11.30am - 1.30pm, Sunday 20 September. Ages, late-teens - to adults

Follow in the footsteps of the boat builders and river men who made London the world's busiest port in the 1800s and a great maritime city. Find evidence of what they shipped in their vessels and take home a piece of history in your pocket. Walk leader: Dr Fiona Haughey.

Meeting Point: Founders Arms, 52 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH

5pm - 7pm, Saturday 26 September. Ages, late-teens - adults

Bankside’s history is more intense than that of the City of London, the other side of the river. A heavy prehistoric presence is followed by the Romans and all periods through to today. It was the red-light district in the Tudor period and on the foreshore, evidence can be discovered of the money pots used in the many theatres found in the area. Come for an evening stroll and explore the varied life on the southern bank of the Thames through the age. Walk leaders: Dr Fiona Haughey & Mike Webber.

Meeting Point: Founders Arms, 52 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH