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The Blood and Tears Walk

Barbican Station, London EC1A 4JA, England (City of London)
44 (0)7905746733
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Ranked #132 of 619 activities in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: '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... more » Owner description: '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. « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Declan was superb. Extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. He kept the crowd engaged and guessing throughout the entire tour. We did the earlier tour and yes, he does walk at a fast pace, but that's because he has so much information to share with you at each stop! He does answer questions (and was even kind enough to answer questions... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Declan may be knowledgeable about the bloodier aspects of London's history, but don't expect him to answer any questions. He has a preset patter and doesn't seem to want to deviate from it. He also interspersed the tour with random and irrelevant "quizzes" about our favourite films and actors, which had no relevance to the tour or its subject matter.... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

went on late walk 9/7/14 really ,Declan very theatrical at times and took time to include everyone of the group, lots of good info, easy to get to and return on the tube after midnight, book that accompanies it is a very good and informative read. my only criticism was that to fit everything in Declan walks very fast and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Declan is charismatic, knowledgeable, and intelligent and we absolutely enjoyed his tour. He doesn't rely on cheesy costumes or scare tactics, but rather has an in-depth knowledge of the facts surrounding some of London's most notorious murderers which are grisly enough. If you can, try to catch the late tour as it gets spooky after dark.

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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We attended this tour last week with friends who booked it for us so we were not sure what to expect !! The first half hour was good after a couple who were late were told off like children! But after that the tour descended into story telling and quizzing about serial killers from other countries and things with nothing... More

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BloodAndTearsWalk, Owner at The Blood and Tears Walk, responded to this review

Sometimes the chemistry just doesn't work with people and you have to take it on the chin, and I do, but I do also need to defend myself. Firstly, do I Iike people turning up late to my tours? No, I don't. I already wait for people since 15 years experience has taught me tourists often don't allow enough time... More

Matakana, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Went on the late night tour with Declan last night - what a blast. We covered a lot of ground and heard some fabulous stories. Whole family loved it. Definitely worth booking! Looking forward to reading his book.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

My sister and I took this walking tour and had and incredible time. Declan really knew his stuff and it was much more than just walking around listening to some guy talk. It takes two hours but it didn't feel like it. He mentioned that we has 10 minutes left and I was so surprised. I found myself wanting it... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Declan, the tour guide, absolutely knows his stuff. He took us on a two-hour walk to various locations in London and told us all about various dark, creepy or gruesome stories with ties to those places. He's engaging, entertaining, and he knows this stuff inside out. My wife and I had a fantastic time.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Despite a lack of other people on the tour, Declan graciously showed just my girlfriend and I around. I actually enjoyed the fact that we were alone as it made being in the various alleys even eerier while he told us tales of London's past horrors. My girlfriend has cerebral palsy and is a slow walker, but Declan was more... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This was my favourite part of my trip to London. Entertaining, informative & fun. Makes you look at London in very different way. Loved every minute of it & would recommend this above anything else London has to offer. His book is great too.

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