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The Blood and Tears Walk

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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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What an experience you'll have here.... loved our time on this walk . A trip never to forget...you'll love it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Andy J
London, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an experience you'll have here.... loved our time on this walk . A trip never to forget...you'll love it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took friends from Italy on this walk, they are still talking about it 3 months later, great should be experienced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I travel a lot and this has to be one of the very few buildings that made me stop and think 'wow'. Gutted it was closed so I couldn't see inside

Thank Hellyb123red
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Declan knows his stuff and he relays everything he knows in such thought provoking and interactive ways. He always encouraged us to think as if we were the killer themselves in certain situations, and this reflection was fun because it made me feel like a professional profiler. Do NOT miss this tour! (And go to the later one if you're... More 

Thank Kate M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have never really done a tour before. It was my girlfriends suggestion and it was amazing! Highly recommended by both of us to learn a bit about London's blood and tears history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm really amazed about the walk. It's all about serial killers and the dark and cruel past of london and england. Declan is a great storyteller. Funny and shocking. You must see this when you're in london!

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Shaunavon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour and Declan was an excellent tour guide! Appreciated his knowledge of the subject matter. Certainly held my interest for the length of the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

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 

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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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

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 

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