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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 or Thursday at 6:45am. Extra early tours are occasionally offered on certain alternative days at 6am in order to view the market whilst trading is still very busy. There is a special 0630 additional tour on Wednesday 15th April 2020, which will enable a little more of the Market to be seen whilst it is still trading. All of our tours are well worth the early start.

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, why not go on our popular St Bartholomew's Hospital Friday afternoon tour?

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 or free. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only a few tours that need to be booked in advance (Illuminated River, Smithfield Market, Leadenhall Market walks and Guildhall and the Roman Bath House tours) because of restricted numbers.

Note: tours run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In exceptional circumstances we may not have a guide available and we'll let the City Information Centre know.

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