Destination DLR: sightseeing

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the DLR, we’ve created a list of amazing things you can do via the DLR.


1. Drive the DLR

DLR station: any

Be a train driver for the day on the driverless Docklands Light Railway. Grab the front seat and enjoy the view. While you’re at it, email us your photos at

2. Discover Canary Wharf

DLR station: Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf isn’t just offices and shops. Discover music, film, theatre, dance and more, alongside one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.

3. Explore Crossrail Place

DLR station: Canary Wharf

Visit the amazing roof garden and sample the restaurants, shops and cinema at Crossrail Place ahead of the start of Elizabeth line services in December 2018.

4. Visit amazing Greenwich

DLR station: Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich)

Check out the National Maritime Museum, The Queen’s House, and Greenwich Park. Get on board one of the world’s biggest and best museums on seagoing life, marvel at great art from 400 years ago, and enjoy some of the best views in London. All for free!

5. Trinity Buoy Wharf

DLR station: East India

It’s a hidden gem with a fascinating history and unique riverside location. Visit London’s only lighthouse – it’s now a centre for the arts and creative industries.

6. Historic Shadwell and Limehouse

DLR stations: Tower Gateway, Shadwell, Limehouse

Discover London’s original docks: fabulous river views and streets packed with history.

7. Museum of London Docklands

DLR station: West India Quay

Uncover the history of London’s River Thames and the growth of Docklands through fantastic exhibitions and summer events at the museum.

8. Thames Barrier Park

DLR station: Pontoon Dock

With stunning views of the river and Thames Barrier, this landscaped park is perfect for relaxing, and there’s a cafe for refreshments.

9. Jubilee Greenway

DLR stations: Woolwich Arsenal, Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich)

Take the Woolwich Foot Tunnel to the Greenwich route as part of the 60km walk commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 year reign.

10. Lee Valley Regional Park

DLR station: Limehouse

Explore the Lee Valley Park from the DLR – try Limehouse Cut canal towpath and discover Limehouse Basin, Bow Creek Ecology Park and Three Mills Island.

11. The Thames Path

DLR stations: Island Gardens, Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich), Tower Gateway

Discover the Thames Path, a National Trail footpath along 180 miles of the river. Explore the North and South Bank walks, easy to reach from DLR stations.

12. Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

DLR station: Tower Gateway

Step inside Tower Bridge and see it lift, or explore The Tower of London – the royal castle steeped in history. And maybe catch a River Boat from Tower Pier too.

13. Fly a kite on Blackheath

DLR station: Lewisham

(then bus route 380 or a 20 minute walk via Lewisham Hill)

Enjoy the spectacle of kites, or better still, join in. Watch from the local cafes and pubs or just take a picnic. Look out for summer festivals, funfairs and the November fireworks display.

14. The Crystal

DLR station: Royal Victoria

Experience one of the most sustainable buildings in the world and the largest Future of Cities exhibition. Free for under 18s and students or if you live in Newham Borough.

15. Mudchute Park and Farm

DLR station: Crossharbour

Enjoy this community charity with a working farm, stables and lots of activities set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London.

16. Newham City Farm

DLR stations: Prince Regent or Royal Albert

Discover one of London’s largest and longest established city farms, home to a large collection of farmyard favourites alongside some less familiar animals and birds.

17. A day at the Urban Beach

DLR station: Royal Victoria

This summer, sit back and relax on London’s Urban Beach and watch the wakeboarders or join in. Beach open July-August; watersports April-November.

18. ExCeL London

DLR stations: Prince Regent or Royal Victoria

ExCeL hosts great events including Comic Con, Grand Designs, the Boat Show and Brick Live. Check out the events calendar to find the one for you.

19. Cutty Sark & the Royal Observatory

DLR station: Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich)

Discover the Cutty Sark, the fastest and greatest ship of her time. And visit the Royal Observatory, where East meets West on the Prime Meridian.

20. Emirates Air Line and North Greenwich Peninsula

DLR station: Royal Victoria

Take the Emirates Air Line from Royal Victoria and explore the Peninsula – including the O2, Emirates Aviation Experience and Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.

21. MBNA Thames Clippers

DLR stations: Tower Gateway, Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich), Woolwich Arsenal or Canary Wharf

See Docklands from the river on an exhilarating high-speed catamaran ride. Hop on and off at piers near these stations.

22. Billingsgate Fish Market

DLR stations: Poplar, Canary Wharf or Blackwall

Start your day in Docklands with an early visit to Billingsgate Market. Grab your breakfast at the market cafes and be finished by 8am. Age 12+ in the market.

23. Meantime Brewery Tours

DLR stations: Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich)

(then walk along the Thames Path or take bus 188 to Tunnel Avenue)

Take a tour of this award winning craft brewery. It’s a 25 minute walk along the Thames Path passing the historic Old Royal Naval College and Riverside pubs.

24. Street Food Markets

DLR stations: West India Quay, Lewisham or Tower Gateway

Delicious street food! Check out St. Katharine Dock World Food Market; Lewisham Model Market; or Canary Wharf’s Giant Robot and Kerb on the Quay.

25. Theatre Royal Stratford East

DLR station: Stratford

‘A People’s Theatre’ at the heart of the community in East London with more than 130 years’ history. Music, comedy, drama – Theatre Royal has it all.

26. Wilton’s Music Hall

DLR stations: Tower Gateway or Shadwell

It’s a hidden gem in the heart of London. The oldest grand music hall in the world has a programme of live music, productions and community activities.

27. Try a Cycle Superhighway

DLR stations: Westferry

At Westferry DLR, collect a Santander Cycle and follow Superhighway CS3 along pleasant roads back to Tower Gateway.

28. Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

DLR stations: Crossharbour or Mudchute

What’s your watersport? Try out sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, dragon boating and more. Activities for all ages.

29. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

DLR stations: Pudding Mill Lane or Stratford

Experience the sports facilities for yourself, explore the park and waterways, discover a fabulous kids’ play area and dare to try the Arcelor Mittal Slide.

30. Poplar Baths Leisure Centre

DLR station: All Saints

Fancy a swim? After 30 years of closure, this listed building has been restored to its former glory, with an Art Deco lobby, sports hall and cafe.


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