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The Blood and Tears Walk

#74 of 634 Tours in London
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Address: Barbican Station Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4JA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)7905746733

'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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We had a private tour and it was worth every penny. Declan is funny, knowledgeable and really knows his stuff. The stories were very interesting and told in a really exciting way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a private tour and it was worth every penny. Declan is funny, knowledgeable and really knows his stuff. The stories were very interesting and told in a really exciting way. It was informative, but so scary and opened all our eyes to some real horrors of London. Thank you so much!

Thank CaitlinandMark
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Insubstantial. Lacked detailed info in favour of quizzing participants with silly questions that mostly they wouldn't know answers to. Felt as if treated as stupid - much info common sense, & rest superficial or totally random. If you want historical information, don't join this tour - do history ones. Walk past important parts of London & not told where you... More 

Thank emiJ987
Declan M, Owner at The Blood and Tears Walk, responded to this review

Insubstantial? Lacked detailed info? superficial? It's a two hour tour and since I have a research background and have written a very highly rated and high-selling book on the subject, 'Bloody London', there is no shortage of information! As for the quizzes, it's called interactivity and fun. You are not expected to know the answers, practically nobody does, but trust... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 18 year old son and I did the tour at 9.45pm on a Wednesday night with a group of 3 other people. Doing it that late in the dark added to the atmosphere created by Declan. He took us around some of London's gory past, starting outside Barbican tube station and finishing at Holborn in time for final trains.... More 

Thank mikeaashurst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

I really wanted to learn about the dark side of london and jack the ripper so when i found this tour it was perfect! Declan is so much fun to have as a tour guide! he is full of all sorts of knowledge about any creepy things you would like to know about in London! His storytelling about the information... More 

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Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

Great insight to places and stories you just would not know. The walk takes two hours and at a brisk pace, so you need to keep up. The walk finishes at a Victorian pub. I have lived in London all my life and not found such an authentic, unspoiled pub. Worth a visit all by itself

Thank Tony H
San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Took the teens (ages 14 and 16) on this 2 hour tour through some of London's creepiest streets and alleyways. Declan, the tour guide is a blast- he is so passionate and animated and engaged with his audience. I loved his style of storytelling, which was both entertaining and interactive. The tour was recommended to me by a friend and... More 

Thank JennCarrie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

This tour can be purchased on line through a number of outlets and also direct with Declan on the night. We bought the online voucher and the process of converting that into a tour was very easy. We met Declan outside the Barbican tube exit and after a very brief introduction - we were off! Declan doesn't hang about so... More 

Thank Cliff L
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

A fun romp through a part of London I would never have seen otherwise. A recommended walking tour for sure. The tour guide, Declan, was well versed and quite interesting.

Thank tlemccue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Declan is an amazing and very passionate story teller and the tour kept me on my toes! It was an amazing interactive experience that kept the whole crowd spooked while also curious! I would do it a million more times!!

Thank lizzy y
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We took the tour and brought our little dog along. Very interesting and informative, a great and different way to experience parts of London. Would definitely recommend and will be buying the book!

Thank Clare W

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