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Local history routes to enjoy

You can see many historical and architectural highlights of Islington on a self-guided walking or cycle tour of the borough.


Distance:  2 miles
Highlights: Jewish Burial Ground, Unitarian Chapel, Newington Green

Download map and guide: Mildmay local history trail (PDF)


Distance: 2 miles
Highlights: West Library Reading Room, Richmond Avenue Sphinxes, Islington Workhouse, The Gardens (Barnsbury Square)

Download map and guide: Barnsbury local history trail (PDF)


Distance: 2.5 miles
Highlights: St John's Gateway, The Clerks Well, Finsbury Health Centre, Metropolitan Waterboard, Sadler's Wells Theatre

Download map and guide: EC1 local history trail (PDF)


Distance: 2 miles
Highlights: the medieval priory of St John and its northern neighbour, the nunnery of St Mary; Farringdon Road; St John Street, which was once the ancient drovers' route down to Smithfield Market

Download map and guide: Clerkenwell historic trail map (PDF)

Cycle tour of Islington

Distance: 7 miles
Highlights: Freightliners Farm, Pentonville Prison, the New River, Esoterick Collection museum

Download map and guide: Tour of Islington (PDF) 

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