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Smithfield Market Tours: Monthly

This early morning tour of the City's Historic Smithfield Market usually takes place monthly on a Wednesday at 6:45am. Extra early tours are sometimes offered on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 6am in order to view the market whilst trading is still very busy. The January tour is at 6.30am.

The tour is a great opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of central London’s last surviving market first hand. It focuses on the workings of the famous Central Market but will also cover:

  • The fabric of the market which has evolved over a thousand years
  • The long and turbulent history of Smithfield
  • The growth of the notorious cattle market
  • The gaiety of Bartholomew Fair

The tour last an hour and a half and costs £12.50 per person, £10 for concessions. For safety reasons people attending this walk must be at least sixteen years and each tour is usually limited to twelve people.

Places on the tour must be booked. You can book a place by visiting the Smithfield Market Walks bookings page which lists the walks that currently have spaces available.  Please note that because of the restriction on numbers your booking will only be valid when it is confirmed. This tour is very popular & books up quickly.

Note that it is possible for group bookings to be made for specially arranged groups on other days & dates. Please contact to discuss your requirements.

And if you want to learn more about Smithfield's bloody past, why not go on one of our Friday afternoon tours?

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only two tours that need to be booked in advance (Smithfield Market walks and Guildhall tours) because of restricted numbers.

If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.