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Secret Smithfield: Executions, Plague and Fire

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    London, England, United Kingdom

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $15 USD per person
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 mins

  • Avg Distance

    1/2 Mile

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Saturdays 1pm

  • Starting Location

    Barbican Underground Station (Circle, Metropolitan & Hammersmith & City Lines)

  • Price Includes

    1.5 hour walk with tour guide


  • Hear about the plague victims buried here in 12th century who have just been re-discovered here today
  • See the last surviving medieval priory gateway in London. Hear about the Knights Hospitaller who built this priory and how they are associated with St John Ambulance
  • See St Batholomew the Great; a 12th century church. See if you can remember where you have seen it before (hint, it has starred in many movies)
  • Hear about the many unfortunate people who were executed here at ''Smoothfield'
  • See the Golden Boy and find out how the Great Fire of London finally stopped right here, and why the statue was erected


Trip Info

Originally an execution ground due to its proximity to the City of London, Smithfield  is an area dating back to the 1300′s. Here, many were executed including William Wallace, the Scots Patriot. Smithfield is also home to Charterhouse, once a Carthusian Monastery, St Bartholomew (one of London’s oldest haunted churches), and the site where the Great Fire of London eventually blew itself out. Learn more on this guided tour!

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