Archaeology of London
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Discover a wealth of intriguing history on this unique city tour of England's vibrant capital. The city of London has a history that extends back over 2,000 years. Starting with its earliest beginnings, this walking tour focuses on London's Roman and medieval past, but moves right up into the modern age. In addition to artefacts from the city's rich past, which were recovered during excavations and are now on display in the Museum of London, we trace back the city’s history from the foundation of Londinium in AD 43 up to the beginning of the 20th century at Whitechapel, and discover the secrets of this global metropolis as we go.
Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £660
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Day 1 - Museum of London
Arrive independently in London and meet at our hotel. This afternoon, we visit the Roman Gallery of the Museum of London for a tour that is followed by an introductory lecture and then dinner.
|Hotel||Grange Beauchamp Hotel|
Day 2 - London Mithraeum
Today we explore Roman London. We start with a walk along parts of the London Wall. Arriving at All Hallows by the Tower, we view the Saxon and Roman finds on display in the Crypt Museum, as well as part of a Roman pavement that once formed part of a domestic house. Next, we visit Billingsgate Roman House and Baths, discovered in 1848. This afternoon, we see the London Mithraeum, one of London’s most significant archaeological sites. We end our day at the Guildhall, where we view the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre.
Day 3 - Dennis Severs' House
Focusing mainly on medieval London today, we will return to the Museum of London to visit the Medieval Gallery. A stroll along Smithfield Meat Market brings us to the Charterhouse. Founded as a Carthusian monastery, it became a Tudor mansion and later a boys’ school and almshouse. Next, it’s on to the Museum of the Order of St. John. The exhibition tells the story of this religious military order. We visit the Church of St. John and end the day at Dennis Severs’ House in Spitalfields, the residence of a Huguenot silk-weaver family from 1724 until the beginning of the 20th century.
Day 4 - Whitechapel - Southwark
On our last full day, we continue our exploration of industrial to modern day London. A walk through Whitechapel and its troubled past leads us back to Spitalfields. From London Monument, a reminder of the Great Fire of 1666, we cross the Thames to Southwark. A visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse based on archaeological and historical sources, will bring to life the theatre’s history, the reconstruction process and its modern use.
Day 5 - London
Our tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. It's time to either travel home or continue on with independent exploration of this vibrant capital city.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes