Knights, Crusaders, Templars & Freemasons!

Knights, Crusaders, Templars & Freemasons!

During its 2,000 year history London has been shaped by all manner of religious and military groups associated with the Holy Land and we will visit both some of the most famous.

The first place we will visit is the old gatehouse of the Knights of St John and learn about their role in the Crusades.

A short walk away takes us to Charterhouse, an island of antiquity that started off as a Priory, became a school and then a hospital. We may also visit the remains of victim of the Black Death from their plague pit.

At Smithfields we will see William Wallace of Braveheart died & learn the story behind St. Barts.

Then to Temple Church, set in a beautiful, quiet courtyard just off Fleet Street made famous by the DaVinci Code films with Tom Hanks.

Passing through beautiful Middle Temple, often used for filming to Lincolns Inn Fields (the largest square in London) to finish at the Freemasons Hall. Here we will get to learn a little about this often little-known but historic group.
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Greater London, United Kingdom
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




During its 2,000 year history London has been shaped by all manner of religious and military groups associated with the Holy Land and we will visit both some of the most famous.

The first place we will visit is the old gatehouse of the Knights of St John and learn about their role in the Crusades.

A short walk away takes us to Charterhouse, an island of antiquity that started off as a Priory, became a school and then a hospital. We may also visit the remains of victim of the Black Death from their plague pit.

At Smithfields we will see William Wallace of Braveheart died & learn the story behind St. Barts.

Then to Temple Church, set in a beautiful, quiet courtyard just off Fleet Street made famous by the DaVinci Code films with Tom Hanks.

Passing through beautiful Middle Temple, often used for filming to Lincolns Inn Fields (the largest square in London) to finish at the Freemasons Hall. Here we will get to learn a little about this often little-known but historic group.

Itinerary
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Stop At: The Museum of the Order of St John, St John_s Gate, St John_s Lane Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DA England

We will see the gatehouse belonging to the Knights of St John Crusaders and have a quick look inside at their collection of weapons and armour.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN England

Charterhouse Square, one of the largest plague pits before entering Charterhouse chapel and amongst other things seeing a recently discovered skeleton of a victim of the Black Death (Plague).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS England

One of the oldest churches in London and built by a Crusader.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: WIlliam Wallace Memorial, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital W Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS England

We will see the spot where Braveheart died as well as learn of some of the other notable events that took place in this historic location.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fleet Street, Fleet St, London EC4A England

We will walk along one of the most famous streets in London, once the home to the infamous British newspaper trade.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HL England

Learn about this beautiful and tranquil refuge in London

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Temple Church, The Temple King’s Bench Walk, London EC4Y 7BB England

Inspired by what the Templars saw in the Holy Land, they built this ancient church which for a time was incredibly popular due to the DaVinci Code films but is now once again a peaceful sanctuary.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Middle Temple Lane, Middle Temple Ln, Temple, London, UK

Explore Middle Temple, a beautiful area often used in television and films such as Downton Abbey or Charles Dickens.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Seven Stars, 53 Carey Street, London WC2A 2JB England

This tiny old pub was once an early meeting place of the Freemasons

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Old Curiosity Shop, 13-14 Portsmouth Street, London WC2A 2ES England

We will pass by the oldest shop in London, immortalised in the writings of Charles Dickens.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3TL England

We will pass through the largest square in London, though one rarely visited by tourists. Learn the story of the Great Fire of London here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Freemasons’ Hall, Freemasons Hall 60 Great Queen Street Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AZ England

Freemasons’ Hall in London is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England, as well as being a meeting place for many Masonic Lodges in the London area.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU England

The communist heritage of Clerkenwell continues with this working institute.

Duration: 5 minutes