City of London MP3 Audio Walking Tours
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Our London MP3 walking tour for the City of London takes around 90 minutes to complete, passing by some of the ancient city’s most historical monuments:
The Tower of London; Tower Bridge; London Bridge; Monument; Leadenhall Market; Lloyds Building; Swiss Re Building; Threadneedle Street; The Bank of England; Mansion House; Royal Exchange; The Guildhall; The Museum of London; St Paul’s Cathedral; The Millennium Bridge; The Tate Modern; and The Globe Theatre.
Tourist Tracks also offers three other London tours: South Bank, City of Westminster, and London Bridge.
You can buy this tour individually for £5, or as part of or London Multipack, containing all four of our London tours (including this tour plus City of Westminster, London Bridge, and South Bank), for just £12.
Zip file (includes PDF map): 27Mb
Audio length: 40:06 mins
Walking time: Min 90 mins
City of London highlights
On our City of London walk, you will hear about many of the city’s major historical highlights, including:
The Tower of London
Founded as a royal palace shortly after the 1066 Norman invasion, the Tower of London continued to grow until the 15th Century, when King Henry 3rd and King Edward 1st completed the last series of enhancements. Its gruesome past includes the deaths of Henry 6th and the ‘Princes in the Tower’ in the 15th Century, and two of Henry 8th’s wives were beheaded here in the 16th Century. The last person to be executed here was Lord Lovat in 1747, who had been convicted of being part of the Jacobean uprising.
Built in 1894 under the supervision of architect Horace Jones, Tower Bridge used to open as many as 50 times a day, but is now just lifted a few times a week. The high-level walkway between the towers used to serve as the main walkway when the bridge was ‘up’, and is now a popular spot with tourists seeking spectacular views across the city.
The current version dates back to the 1970s, with the original having been dismantled brick by brick and reassembled in Arizona. The original featured houses and shops, which can be seen clearly in the many historic paintings of the bridge.
Built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the lives lost in the Great Fire, this 202-ft high tower can be climbed via its 311 steps (entrance fee applies).
The Bank of England
The ‘Old Lady of Threadneedle Street’, which is said by some to be a reference to a ghost that haunts the bank’s garden, is central to Britain’s economy and represents the heart of the city’s financial district.
One of the city’s ‘undiscovered secrets’, this magnificent building dates back to the 1400s and often houses many important state events.
The Museum of London
Dedicated to the history of the capital, this impressive museum represents ‘a quarter of a million years of history’ and is home to Europe’s largest archaeological archive.
St Paul’s Cathedral
The current building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was constructed between 1675 and 1710 and is 365 feet tall. As well as being a spectacular architectural masterpiece, it has also been home to many historic events, including the funerals of Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill, the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations, and peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars.
The Millennium Bridge
Opened by the Queen in June 2000, this was the first Thames crossing to be opened for more than 100 years. It was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster – although its opening was delayed as it originally wobbled by up to 70 centimetres!