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Chimneys & Tunnels Along the Thames: Greenwich & Isle of Dogs guided walk

Rosie Oliver, Dotmaker Tours

Saturday, 10 October 2020 from 14:00 to 16:45 (BST)

Chimneys & Tunnels Along the Thames: Greenwich & Isle...
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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee
Adult (full price) 10 Oct 2020 £15.00 £1.52
Over 65s, under 18s and full-time students with proof of status. Not suitable for under 14s.
10 Oct 2020 £12.00 £1.33
Gift Voucher Holders   more info 10 Oct 2020 Free £0.00

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This occasional guided walk explores the tubular infrastructure and industrial history of Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs. We start by speeding across the Thames by Clipper from Greenwich Pier to Masthouse Terrace Quay. From there it's a 3 and a half mile 'dot-to-dot' walk as we link together the chimneys above our heads, sometimes tracing the routes of tunnels. We seek out their stories of power, pollution and danger. 

The walk gives an insight into the many layers of history that make up Greenwich, through stories about past and present chimneys and tunnels. Tour goers will:

  • cross the Thames by Clipper boat and return beneath it through the atmospheric Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
  • explore riverside Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs with its spectacular views of the Royal Naval College, and pass through Greenwich Park and the Queen’s House.
  • learn about the area’s industrial history, the largest ship on earth, the early railways, London’s smoky smelly past and its tubular infrastructure.
  • find out about hidden tunnels, unmarked chimneys, eighteenth century mass-hysteria and other seldom-told stories.
  • hear how the powerful – from pier owners to the Astronomers Royal – have influenced the area’s development.

Note to budding steeplejacks and subterranean explorers:
 leave your harnesses, torches and hard hats at home! Apart from the descent into one tunnel, we'll keep our feet firmly on ground level as we let our minds wander above and below.

The walk starts promptly from Greenwich Pier ticket office. You will need to arrive a few minutes early to buy a Thames Clipper single ticket to Masthouse Terrace. The ticket office queue can move slowly. Alternatively, you can pay for the river crossing with an Oyster card or contactles payment card.

The tour price includes a smoky snack. It does not include the cost of the Thames Clipper river crossing. 

The walk is suitable for adults and over 16s. It involves going up and down stairs and crossing roads.

Read tour-goers' review on TripAdvisor and on our website.

Cancellation: Our usual cancellation policy is that we can't offer refunds but given enough notice we may be able to offer a place on another walk. But for cancellations due to Coronavirus movement restrictions we will of course offer full refunds.

Do you have questions about Chimneys & Tunnels Along the Thames: Greenwich & Isle of Dogs guided walk? Contact Rosie Oliver, Dotmaker Tours

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Greenwich Pier ticket office

United Kingdom

Saturday, 10 October 2020 from 14:00 to 16:45 (BST)

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Rosie Oliver, Dotmaker Tours

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