Every year, the Tower of London invites budding archaeologists to assemble on the fortress's riverside foreshore, where they can spend two days getting intimate with history in the company of professional conservators and curators.
This is the Tower's annual Archaeology Weekend, which comes around again on July 27th through 28th. Comprising an open-access dig supervised by the City of London Archaeological Society and the Thames Discovery Programme, it should prove a highlight of the destination's events calendar for anyone with a passion for hands-on historical study.
Between 11am and 4pm each day, Tower of London visitors will be able to descend to the wharf overlooking the Thames and indulge in a vast array of family-friendly activities. They'll have the opportunity to check out interactive displays, participate in games and listen to educational talks from the Tower's expert staff.
Meanwhile, those itching to have a go at being archaeologists themselves can continue down to the riverside – depending on the tides, of course. Organisers estimate that the foreshore will be open from 12:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday and 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.
Those with keen eyes and fingers should find plenty of fascinating historical artefacts waiting to be discovered in the Thames mud. The dig will be attended by professional archaeologists, who'll help visitors identify their finds and record the details thereof for future posterity.
A team of safety experts from the Port of London Authority and Thames 21 will also be present to ensure treasure hunters don't get overexcited and put themselves in danger.
The Tower of London is one of the capital's oldest and most famous tourist destinations. It enjoys a prominent location in the city centre, so those staying at luxury hotels in London should find it easy to reach.
To get to the Tower on the London Underground, visitors should head to the Tower Hill tube stop. This is accessible via the District and Circle lines.