Travel back in medical history on the Call the Midwife Tour. Take a look behind the scenes of the hit TV show on a walking tour overseen by the actual production team.
Since first arriving on television screens in 2012, the popularity of Call the Midwife has skyrocketed. It has now produced nine seasons, Christmas specials and even a hit album, and attracts huge international audiences. On this tour, you will get to see where the show comes to life.
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In brief, we are making sure that all vehicles are cleaned to the highest standards, that all staff are trained (and re-trained when emerging or evolving information determines) and are provided with the right knowledge and equipment to carry out their duties effectively. Our new protocols to keep you healthy during our tours include:
- Flexible booking options
- Full internal sanitation/cleaning of all coach and taxi vehicles used on our tours
- Social distancing rules & guidelines for walking tours
- Complete staff & guide training to implement new protocols
- Guides will ensure they are familiar with the most up-to-date public health guidelines and will adhere to these for the duration of the tour.
- Guides will maintain government-recommended social distancing between themselves and clients at all times. On tours where the group includes different households, guides will encourage and help clients to adopt appropriate social distancing between each other too.
- When guiding groups from different households, guides will follow government guidance to determine the maximum possible group size.
- Guides will avoid shaking hands or any other physical contact with clients.
- Guides will apply rigorous hygiene practices, including thoroughly cleaning and waiting for hands to dry before guiding, and use a personal hand sanitiser when this is not possible.
- If requested, guides will consider wearing a mask or visor.
- Guides will know where public toilets/hand-washing facilities/hand sanitiser points are available.
- Guides will ensure they are fully aware of sites’ visited on tour and any specific Covid-19 requirements and comply with them.
- Guides will be familiar with more crowded areas and will make best efforts to negotiate them, or if appropriate, avoid them.
- Where appropriate, guides will liaise with coach companies and private vehicle companies and drivers to ensure vehicles have been thoroughly sanitised.
The result is a sanitised attraction but certainly not a sanitised experience! You are here to enjoy our fabulous tours, discover new places & experience an authentic destination. We believe that our new introductions to hygiene/cleaning will allow you to enjoy your visit to the full.
We feel it vitally important to have a strict cleaning protocol in place and that this is transparent.
- Experience the official Call the Midwife Tour brought to you by the makers of the show and explore the filming locations.
- See behind the scenes photos and stories and original props and costumes
- Walk along the roads, pass slums and warehouses, where the midwives cycle to help the many mothers-to-be give birth
- Hear anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories of the filming of the hit show
- Get a chance to explore the historic dockyard by yourself either before or after the tour at no extra cost
Explore the filming locations that will transport you back to 1950s England.
While Call the Midwife is set in London, Chatham Dockyard in Kent is its main filming location. The site spans over 30 hectares, and comprises of over 100 buildings and structures dating back to Georgian and Victorian eras. These features make it the perfect home for the popular period drama. From cobbled streets to leafy parks to the interior shots of characters’ houses, all can be found on this location.
On this tour, you will get the chance to see all the sites from Poplar Dock, the East End area where the TV show is set. One of these is the exterior of the hospital where countless births have taken place. There’s also the waterside areas that stand in for the Thames dockside, and even Dr Turner’s office.
Some parts of Chatham Dockyard are even named after the Call the Midwife characters that passed through it. As you stroll through the lanes and streets you’ll be sure to walk out onto ‘Chummy’s Hill’. Staff at the dockyard named it this in honour of Miranda Hart’s much-loved character Camilla “Chummy” Browne. In a memorable scene from the show, Chummy loses control of her bicycle on this hill. As a result, she crashes into PC Noakes.
While traversing the world of pregnancy and childbirth, you will be in the safe hands of one of the site’s expert ‘midwife’ tour guides.
Along with guiding you through the streets of Poplar, they will also fill you in on some insider stories from behind the scenes. Like how minced beef was a vital part of one of the more memorable birthing scenes.
They’ll also show you some authentic props used for filming. Like the prosthetic babies that stand in for real-life newborns. And even the production’s collection of prop umbilical cords. They come in all shapes and sizes to suit every different baby.
Because so much of the TV show is filmed Chatham Dockyard, the Call the Midwife Tour gives fans a complete picture of their favourite TV show. With friendly, informative staff, and so many recognisable locations, it is a truly unique experience.