There are more beautiful old grade listed buildings packed into the Woolwich Arsenal site than any correspondingly sized area anywhere in Britain. We tell you of its history from Henry V111 thru Samuel Pepys to its importance in the Napoleonic, Crimean and Great Wars. We walk around a succession of magnificent 18th century red brick buildings, and see where women who became known as ‘canaries’ worked. We walk by gatehouses, guard houses, a brass foundry, steam housings, a military academy, a great warehouse, shell foundry gates and lots of huge guns and cannons. Our walk also takes us along the river for a great view of London from the Thames Barrier to the Shard via Canary Wharf, and in the other direction we see where a terrible disaster took place.
This walk is a good option in the winter because we have the option to walk round the excellent indoor Heritage Centre which adds further to the story of 500 years of the Arsenal. There’s also a cafe and pub on the Arsenal site, the latter built into one of the Arsenal’s most famous buildings, the Dial Arch, so it’s easy to stop for a break at any time.
Start & Finish Walk: Woolwich Arsenal Station or Pier