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The Blood and Tears Walk

Address: Barbican Station, London EC1A 4JA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)7905746733
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Ranked #125 of 1,160 Activities in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: 'The Blood and Tears Walk' has a cult reputation with massive 'word of mouth'. Going for fourteen...
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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.

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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 via mobile

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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Coogee
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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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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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Dartford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I went on this tour with my husband & brother (20th Nov 2014) after coming across it while browsing the internet & it doesn't disappoint - our guide Declan was extremely knowledgeable & a very gifted & engaging storyteller. I loved the interaction with us & he kept our full attention for the entire 2 hours, it flew by! As... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Sometimes we wonder how long have we been in London without exploring it's little things. The rush of the day-to-day life doesn't leave you with much space to do anything else. Here is a great opportunity to visit creepy, hidden places across a very "scary" old London Town. Places like Smithfields Market, Old Baley Court, Fleet Street, Royal College of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Always wanted to do this type of walk in london and I wasn't disappointed as declan is a great great tour guide and the stories are amazing as you go through the guts of london but I have two minor gripes its nothing much but as your expecting a man with a big sign (like the rest of London) I... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Declan was wonderful. This was one of our favorite things. Declan is the only tour guide that does this walk so you don't have to worry about making sure you get him. He wrote a book called Bloody London available online that I purchased after the tour and enjoyed very much, If you have time to read it before you... More 

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