Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

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Contact: 07583 000 223



Tales of Plague and Fire boast heart-stopping tales, the surprise appearance of humorous historical characters, and views of some of London’s most famous landmarks relevant to the Black Death, the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
Tales of Plague and Fire enjoys bringing history alive for students and delivers a number of historical, guided tours in London. We conduct specially prepared one-hour guided tours for primary age schoolchildren (suitable for ages five – 11) and we’ll always send the school a risk assessment in advance, along with a stop-by-stop breakdown. We are a two-person group comprising: Marianne (who delivers the narrative) and Jonathan (playing many parts!)

For primary schools our ‘experiences’ include:

1) The Black Death and the Medieval Experience
2) The Great Fire of London Experience (For more details go to: or email:

3) The Great Plague Experience.

Schools can enjoy any of these experiences in a tour around the Tower Hill/Monument area led by our experienced professionals. Along the way children will meet a number of humorous, historical characters such as Samuel Pepys, a cowardly monk, the unfortunate baker Thomas Farriner and the infamous Plague Doctor. The walk can take place at most times of the week and day and include famous landmarks relevant to that particular ‘experience’ including: plague pits, the Tower of London, Monument, St Paul’s Cathedral and ancient churches.

Why are you a great place for educational visits?
As far as we know we are the only living history company in the country that runs guided tours for students relating specifically to: the Great Plague of London (1665), the Great Fire of London (1666) and the Black Death (1348 – 1351).

We have an expert knowledge of these periods and have been interviewed about them on national radio and TV.
Besides taking students to the actual plague pits, streets, and ancient churches made famous in these monumental events in London’s history, we aim to make the tours as entertaining as possible with an actor playing famous historical figures to ensure the students leave with not just heads full of facts and stories but vivid memories of their ‘experience’.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We both have enhanced DBS certificates and public liability insurance

What does a typical educational visit include?
We tailor each visit to the specific needs of the group. So, for example, a primary school requesting a ‘Black Death and the Medieval Experience’ would enjoy a vivid introduction to the period with Alfie (our resident peasant) and his pet rat; a visit to the site of a plague pit; a surprising meeting with a weirdly wonderful Plague Doctor; a story about the Peasants’ Revolt overlooking the Tower of London; an encounter with a cowardly monk; a visit to an ancient church; and a grand finale next to the River Thames.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Anything up to 30 students and as many adults as you like

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
We only allow photos to be taken and would request the teachers take photos rather than the children.

What is your process for booking pre-arranged risk assessments?
These walks have been designed with children’s safety in mind and a risk assessment and a stop-by-stop breakdown will be sent to teachers in advance of the tour.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Ask for Jonathan Lovett (Email): or  (Tel): 07583 000 223.

What is the cost of the visit?
We would like the school to contact us to discuss the cost of the tour. Each school can bring as many supervising adults as they like for the set fee.

Please list facilities available.
The area in which we conduct our guided tours has plenty of cafes/restaurants/dining areas and toilet facilities. We normally finish close to a large green space – ideal for eating packed lunches.

What are your disabled facilities?
There are a number of steps so the tour might not be suitable for any children in wheelchairs.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are available to conduct tours for primary schools on most days of the week at a time which is convenient for the school.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“This was a fantastic experience for the children which put what they had learnt in the classroom into context and brought their learning to life.” Teacher Julia West from Sacred Heart, Barnet

“When I asked both year six classes it was unanimous that they had the most fantastic time on the plague tour!” Pastoral leader Daniel Tonkin from Harris Academy, Tottenham

“The kids and adults loved your tour! They loved the different characters and element of surprise and the adults appreciated how child friendly each character was. We would definitely like to book the tour again next year.” Teacher Safa Moosa from Henry Cavendish Primary School, London

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Storytelling Walking Tours

Curriculum Topics Covered: History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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