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The Blood and Tears Walk

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Address: Barbican Station, London EC1A 4JA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)7905746733
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Description: 'The Blood and Tears Walk' has a cult reputation with massive 'word of...
'The Blood and Tears Walk' has a cult reputation with massive 'word of mouth'. Going for fourteen years, it is one of the best known London walks and has earned the right to be called a horror classic. Guide Declan McHugh has been on television and radio and many thousands come each year to learn about Jack the Ripper, other London serial killers, witchcraft, executions, conspiracy theories etc. Meets outside the only exit at Barbican station and ends two hours later at Holborn underground station.
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A fascinating tour and the 2 hours flew by, its why i love London, so many half forgotten notorious places where you walk past without realising their history. Declan has an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Staines, United Kingdom
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Staines, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A fascinating tour and the 2 hours flew by, its why i love London, so many half forgotten notorious places where you walk past without realising their history. Declan has an encyclopedic knowledge his subject and serial killers too, scary…:) but this was used to solve the cold case of a certain Jack the Ripper, won’t divulge, but why did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Declan oozes knowledge, charisma and passion, which is evident right from the start as he whisks you straight from the tube station into the quiet back streets of London. Having little knowledge or insight into the dark side of London, we were quickly drawn in with the tales and history being told, which are very well delivered. Some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

It was very interesting. The guide has invested maximum amount of energy to try to evoke the atmosphere of the stories. An absolute must!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

First off, Declan is a total trooper, braving chilly (for London) weather to give me what amounted to a private tour on a cold winter's night. He's a wealth of information when it comes to factoids and legends about the dark, dank, and macabre corners of London's underbelly. He also does a bang up job trying to get you into... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Declan was an outstanding tour guide - we did this tour on a chilly January night and walking around East London for two hours in the cold was a complete pleasure as he kept us interested and engaged throughout every stop along the way. A fun evening to learn so many new things about London's varied and dark past beyond... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We loved this tour! We purchased a London Pass but did not get to use the benefit of it, as it expired the day before we got to go on this tour; however, it was absolutely worth the full price! We learned so many new things; Declan was fun, interactive, engaging, totally knowledgeable, and knew how to keep everyone listening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I thought it was a fantastic walking tour going over a bit of morbid history as well as a few serial killers. With the interactive nature of the tour it is perfect for individuals and for families. The details are vivid but not gory. the walk is at a quick pace and you cover ground from Barbican to Holborn with... More 

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Purfleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Thanks Declan for a great tour. There was only 2 of us but you still made it interactive. 2 hours of the darker side of the city very well brought to life. Am now enjoy your book 'Blood and Tears will be doing that tour soon. Thanks again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I went on this walk after she stumbled upon in in a London directory. We were both intrigued and went that night, since it was the offseason it was only us two, but was the best walk I had ever been on! We went all through this bloody London town and our guide Declan showed us all... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you want to experience the darker parts of London ranging from the medieval and recent past then Declan is the right guide to take you on that tour. With his enthusiasm and passion for the subject he paints a wonderful yet blood curdling picture of the figures in the shady alleys. Bloody Mary, Longshanks, The Yorkshire Ripper and Jack... More 

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