Art & Culture
Explore the Royal Docks with these terrific trails
Striking architecture, natural landscapes, history, innovation, community, creativity: the Royal Docks has it all. And one of the best ways to immerse yourself in it is by exploring the area.
We’ve got trails and routes to suit all kinds of interests, from history to art, buildings to music. Some are one-offs, others you can pick up any time. So what are you waiting for? Check out the list below, and then head off on your own Royal Docks adventure.
Walking Tour: Spaces of Silvertown
Take in some of the iconic architecture of the Royal Docks with journalist and writer Owen Hatherley. He’ll show you how social and economic changes are reflected in the buildings on this free, three-hour walk.
Walking Tour: Play & Place
Get creative with playwright and poet Inua Ellams as he leads a fun three-hour tour filled with activities. He’ll be exploring themes of play and place through ice-breakers, mini workshops and games.
Walking Tour: One of the most planned for spaces in the world
New rail lines, roads, sewer systems and the airport have had massive impacts on the Royal Docks, as artist Eloise Hawser reveals on this fascinating look at the history of the infrastructure here. She’ll also be looking to the future and the plans for Albert Island.
Explore the Royal Docks with these self-guided family activity trails for ramblers and cyclists that you can do any time. Download a map and set off on an adventure through stories and history.
Discover incredible art on this walking route through the Royal Docks and further afield that takes in The Line, London’s first outdoor art trail. Learn about the artists as you spot the installations, and take in some beautiful nature as you go.
Custom House Community Walks
Find out about the history and heritage of this fascinating part of east London on these community walks from women-led, BAME-majority organisation Custom House Bookshop.
If you love music and architecture, this is for you. Musicity commissioned local musicians and sound artists to write tracks inspired by different spaces around the Royal Docks. Grab your headphones and seek them all out on this walk-with-a-difference.
This is Who We Are
Bring your phone and get ready for an audio adventure as you explore the Royal Docks and hunt for five QR codes that each link to a short audio drama written by people with connections to the area. Will you find them all?
Grab your phone and go on this augmented reality-led, interactive trail around the Royal Docks, where you’ll come across stories written by young people hidden in digital portholes.
Stories from around the docks
The Royal Docks is Rising
This brand-new publication, which not only serves as a review of the activities that have lit up the docks recently, also looks ahead to the summer programme and further into the future.
Heritage and history
Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Docks
On 8th July, it will be 100 years since the Royal Docks were completed – so much has happened, and yet we’ve barely begun.