Best of Blackfriars walking tour in the City of London
Best of Blackfriars walking tour in the City of London
Best of Blackfriars walking tour in the City of London

Best of Blackfriars Private Tour

Explore the area once dominated by the Blackfriars

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  • Discover Roman London to present day
  • Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, Pepys and Dickens
  • Qualified guide

Suitable for all age groups.

Price £115 includes up to and including 10 people. Additional people £10. 

In the early part of the 13th century a group of black-robed friars attached to the Order of St Dominic settled in London. By 1276 they had become so prosperous they moved to the edge of the City of London, an area now known as Blackfriars. The thriving community built a church, cloisters and other priory buildings including their own quay.

Step back in time to Roman, Medieval, Tudor and Victorian London, discover the best of Blackfriars on this circular tour of a much forgotten world. 

Follow in the footsteps of literary greats such as Victorian author Charles Dickens, famous diarist Samuel Pepys and actor and playwright William Shakespeare.

Marvel at modern innovations, award-winning architecture and medieval priory remains. Stand on the site once belonging to Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. Learn about the lost palace once given to Katharine of Aragon as a wedding present by her new husband Henry VIII. 

Walk where luxurious Roman villas and temple to Mithras once stood. Learn how Victorian engineering connected Blackfriars to the continent and how their efforts are still of use today.

Start: Blackfriars Station | End: Blackfriars Station

Duration: 90 mins | Step-free access: no

Max group size: 25

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Blackfriars tour reviews:

"Good history, good company, good fun. Thank you!" Michelle, USA

"Great! My first ever guided walk and I really enjoyed it rain an' all! Hazel is an excellent guide and it was marvellous" Dharshani, Harrow

"This guided walk was fun, informative and very interesting. The timing of this walk was perfect, a very quick 90 minutes but time flies when you are having fun." Karen, Greater London

"What a great thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. I found the walk to be the right amount of time - I have been on two hour London walks and I have to say that they felt too long. Hazel is enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, has a great personality and presents the information with humour. She encouraged questions and enjoyed interacting with the group which made the whole thing seem more personal. I only wish I had had time to join her and others for a drink at the end. I will certainly look out for future walks led by Hazel!" Anonymous 

"Lovely walk around parts of Blackfriars you would most probably be unaware of plus loads of informative knowledge finished off with a G+T in lovely pub. Hazel enthusiastic as always. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon." Anonymous

"What a great thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. I found the walk to be the right amount of time - I have been on two hour London walks and I have to say that they felt too long. Hazel is enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, has a great personality and presents the information with humour. She encouraged questions and enjoyed interacting with the group which made the whole thing seem more personal. I only wish I had had time to join her and others for a drink at the end. I will certainly look out for future walks led by Hazel!" Anonymous 

"Hazel has wonderful knowledge and a real passion for history. The 90 minute tour was very informative, nicely explained and illustrated. During the walk the group came across a man who was minding his own business cleaning up a stash of clay pipes and broken bits of pottery which he had discovered. Added to the history. Blackfriars is one area that has greatly changed. It would be lovely to go back in time to see the old beauty as it was described by Hazel." Anonymous 

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