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Key stages: Key stage 2
For: Primary
Smithfield General Market

Smithfield General Market

A walk around London can offer a vivid window on to the city's past.

Session description

This guided walk, aimed at years 5 and 6, takes in 2,000 years of London’s history including the Roman wall, medieval Cloth Fair, Newgate Prison and Smithfields Victorian meat market, through to today's modern skyscrapers.

Pupils will be gripped by gruesome tales of crime, wealth, poverty, sewage and executions!

The walk is complemented by exploration of related displays and artefacts within the museum such as our Victorian Walk and Booth’s Poverty Map, enhancing pupils’ chronological understanding and historical interpretation skills.


 £165 for one class

Group size:


Session duration:

 75 minute walk plus 75 minute self-directed gallery visit

How to book this session

To request to book these sessions, please use the online booking request form. A guide will contact you to confirm details.

For further information about Blue Badge Guides, visit the British Guild of Tourist Guides website (opens in a new tab).

Help with visit costs

Are you a London school? You might be eligible for money to cover transport and visit costs! Find out more on the Culture Mile School Visits Fund website (external link, opens in a new tab).

Additional handy information

Curriculum links

  • KS2 History: Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history

Useful resources

For visiting the museum:
Download Timeline London gallery trail (PDF 641kb)

This session is run in partnership with:

Blue Badge Guides