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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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Awesome Walking Tour!!

Although not quite what we expected, we found the tour to be very insightful and thought provoking. Declan's candor was much appreciated. Overall great experience. The tour is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Although not quite what we expected, we found the tour to be very insightful and thought provoking. Declan's candor was much appreciated. Overall great experience. The tour is quick moving so as another reviewer pointed out, make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and be ready to hit the ground 15 minutes before start time. Found out about the tour... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Declan McHugh took us on a brisk two-hour jaunt through some of the creepiest parts of the Fleet Street area in London, from 2145 to 2345 on a Thursday night. We walked a winding route from Barbican tube station to Holborn tube station, passing in, through, or by some quite interesting and several unnerving places! Our group was small (just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My husband and I took the tour three days ago. What an excellent decision!!! The two hours tour just flew away! He made us walk through small streets telling us creepy stories from the past! He talked about serial killers, executions, prisons, etc... making us forget of everything else, but be focused and thinking as a detective all the time.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

This tour was creepy and interesting at the same time. Declan is very knowledgable and knows just how to interpret info for people of all ages! It was scary because we were in the dark and that added a great aspect of the tour! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes weird things and scary stories!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The guide was so knowledgable and enthusiastic. Instead of just giving us the facts he allowed us to really get into the minds of the murderers and played some guessing games with us! A must do!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A good walk to see and hear about the 'Bloody' side of London in the past, and a great way to see the parts of London that a tourist would not normally see. The walk was a full 2 hours and packed in a lot of interesting information and stories, made more of an experience due to the extremely enthusiastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The Blood and Tears Walk certainly was a highlight during our trip to London. In the day, the tour guide Declan is a real life author of a book called "bloody london". Which means that he really knows a lot about the dark and scary places and people that lived in London for the past centuries. And being an author... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

I've been on this tour recently after years of wanting to experience it. It was great. Declan did a great job of engaging people in the group, getting us to understand what it was like to be back in each era of London's gory and gritty history. I can definitely see myself going again. It was incredibly enjoyable and without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My husband and I, both Londoners who have 'done' the touristy thing in London many times with visitors, booked for this tour on a whim-- and how glad I am that we did! I am a historian of London, and know quite a bit about it-- Declan highlighted many details I was unaware of and drew from an obviously huge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The Blood and Tears Walk is a very informative walk throughout the city of London. The guide is very friendly and engaging and spends time building a rapport with all guests. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the more gruesome aspects of London's history. Many of the facts and stories told are incredibly well researched. The locations... More 

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