Kingston Tour Guides
Illustrated Talks and Walking Tours around the ancient town of Kingston upon Thames.
We're coming back! Kingston Tour Guides will be resuming our walking tours of historic Kingston upon Thames after further Covid-19 restrictions are lifted on 17th May 2021. Our first Sunday walk in over a year will therefore be on Sunday, 23rd May at 11:00 a.m. To reserve a place on a walk, Click Here.
We hope to be adding our two new routes; a walk along Old London Road and Clarence Street and a "Pubs of Old Kingston" walk later in the year.
Announcing the Kingston Schools Postcard Competition. Kingston Tour Guides and Kingston Heritage Service have launched a competition for all primary school pupils in the borough to design a postcard inspired by Kingston's Heritage.
Winning entries will be printed and preserved in the archives at Kingston Heritage Centre.
For more information, Click Here.
The first recorded mention of Kingston in history was in 838 A.D. when King Egbert called a Great Council to take place in what he called "That Famous Place". That probably makes Kingston over 1,200 years old!
Unfortunately, we don't have a photograph of Kingston from that time. However, All Saints Church, the oldest building in Kingston (and Grade I listed), dates from around 1130 A.D.
Walks & Talks
The church is much modified since it was originally built in Norman times. Join our Sunday morning tour and we'll tell you more of All Saints' history, talk about some of the people who are buried there and much more.
We'll describe the coaching inns that lined the Ancient Market Place and the football match that was held there every Shrove Tuesday. Learn about the Market House and the Golden Queen who presides over the Market Place.
Let us tell you why the river Thames was important in Kingston's development, learn about the barge trade and the old and new bridges across the river.
Or join one of our new walks and let us tell you about 28 Kingston Pubs, some long gone, some thankfully still with us. Or our walk down Old London Road and Clarence Street and learn about the manufacture of bricks in earlier times or the bridge that once stood on Clarence Street.
Whichever walk you come on with us, we can almost guarantee you'll learn a lot more about Kingston than you ever thought possible!
Take a brief tour of Kingston's History.