Rediscover the City of London with Treasure Trails
Whilst researching things to do in London we came across this family-friendly activity. The City of London Treasure Trails is the perfect solution to safe, socially distanced outdoor entertainment. There are also Treasure Trails throughout the country from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall.
Treasure Trails are themed self-guided booklets costing £9.99 (plus P&P if required) which take explorers on a circular outdoor walking route of approximately two miles. Discover London’s secrets as you solve clues to crack a Detective Mystery, Treasure Hunt, or Spy Mission.
Each Treasure Trail incorporates clues to be found on local landmarks, signs, statues, monuments, images, engravings, and other eye-catching features, including some of the most recognisable buildings in the world – from the historic St Paul’s Cathedral to the cutting-edge architecture of The Gherkin.
There are 8 Treasure Trails to choose from in the City of London, and 41 more Trails to choose from in Greater London:
· City of London – The Gherkin (Spy Mission) – 1.5 hours, 2 miles
This circular Trail begins and ends at Liverpool Street station, taking in ancient city streets and churches, tiny alleyways and skyscraper landscapes along its winding route.
· City of London – Pudding Lane (Detective Mystery) – 2 hours, 1.5 miles
Starting close to The Monument, Sir Christopher Wren’s commemoration of the Great Fire of London, this circular route explores London’s infamous Square Mile via quaint city streets.
· City of London – St Paul’s (Treasure Hunt) – 1.5 hours, 2 miles
Discover lost Victorian memorials and graves, a Roman amphitheatre, an ancient road, and a variety of fascinating objects and inscriptions around Paternoster Square and St Paul’s Churchyard itself.
· The Ghost of Dick Whittington (Spy Mission) – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles
Following the Trail from Dick Whittington’s resting place at Mansion House, this route leads adventurers around a picturesque and historically interesting path through the City.
· The Clerkenwell Clown Caper (Detective Mystery) – 2 hours, 2.2 miles
This Trail begins outside Farringdon, London’s very first underground station, and explores the winding streets, alleys and interesting buildings of historic Clerkenwell.
· Temples and Fleet Street (Detective Mystery) – 2 hours, 2 miles
From Temple Station, visit Fleet Street and explore the alleyways and courtyards of this fascinating yet lesser-known part of London.
· Spitalfields and Brick Lane (Detective Mystery) – 2 hours, 2 miles
This special ‘tough’ Trail will lead you from Liverpool Street Station through the maze of streets between Bishopsgate and Brick Lane, working its way around fascinating Spitalfields with its eclectic cultural history.
· Shoreditch and Columbia Road (Spy Mission) – 2 hours, 2 miles
This Spy Mission starts at Shoreditch High Street Station, exploring Shoreditch’s colourful streets, then ventures out along charming Columbia Road, the site of the famous Sunday flower market.
As Mrs Foodie is a bit of a crime fan and sees herself as a bit of a Detective, we have picked the City of London – Pudding Lane (Detective Mystery). This treasure trail will let us explore The Monument and London’s infamous Square Mile.
This isn’t just for kids, we enjoyed using the trail to explore the nooks and crannies of the area, often bits that are missed. As well as taking a closer look at famous bits to gain clues.
Treasure Trails are suitable for up to five people and designed to appeal to all ages. Available to buy online at treasuretrails.co.uk, they can be downloaded as a printable PDF or posted as a printed booklet.
Order your Treasure Trail here
Treasure Trail Website
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