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The Blood and Tears Walk

#80 of 633 Tours in London
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Address: Barbican Station, London EC1A 4JA, England
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'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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Mr. McHugh is very knowledgeable about the topic, is highly able in putting you in the right mindset.

The experience was highly interesting and fun. One can easily notice that Mr. McHugh has a baggage of experience and knowledge and by use of good acting skills, he can make the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Massimo B

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The experience was highly interesting and fun. One can easily notice that Mr. McHugh has a baggage of experience and knowledge and by use of good acting skills, he can make the experience really enjoyable and worth it. The walk is rather fast paced which sets your adrenaline high...and let's be honest; that is what we wanted.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved how knowledgable our tour guide was and it was great to find out the actual locations for some of London's darkest history.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Declan was very knowledgeable, but his style was what I would describe as "harsh". Everything was a rush, there seemed no time to ask questions, everything a bit too rehearsed, as if he repeated the whole tour exactly word for word every time he did it. Sorry, but all in all a bit disappointing.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour doesn't lack facts or interesting information. My boyfriend and I did not enjoy the way it was presented to us and how the whole tour was handled by Declan. Declan told everyone at the beginning not to take any pictures while he is talking. Apparently pictures can be taken later. They can't since Declan acts like he is... More 

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

Firstly, I agree with the reviewer that this walk is fast paced and might not be for people who walk slowly. It’s fast-paced because there’s a lot to show and talk about in the two hours (I try to give value for money). Now the photography bit. I have done tours for 18 years and I realised early on that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Declan is the perfect guide for this tour with his sharp wit and storytelling prowess, all based on factual events. The tour is 2 hours long but flies by with all the fast paced walking and taking in of all the stories in and around London's streets and alleyways. If youre interested in true crimes and murders then this tour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

I try this night with a group of people The person who took us around he make us feel the history of every part of the walk He was a kind of story teller in the same time we live within the walk

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Having lived in London all my life I'm quite interested in it's history. Declan was really good and knew his stuff! There was only 3 of us on our tour so it was very eerie in some places and it was very good to be asked to think like a killer and what we think people were like. I've learned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

An amazing 2 hours spent on this tour! Covers a number of different cases and includes interesting facts about your surroundings as you go. Declan engages with his audience, getting you to use your imagination and adding in quizzes as though you were solving the murder yourself - which we loved! Would definitely recommend! Great host and a great tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

I've been on the Blood and Tears walk twice now, and the 2nd time around was just as enjoyable as the 1st. The walk is equal parts hidden history and insight into better known cases from London's dark and storied past (with a few lighter facts and tidbits thrown in). London is an old city, and the walk will nurture... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and i did the walk as a birthday treat.... We both came away amazed and scared. A tour we wont forget in a hurry, highly suggest doing it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the walk fun and interesting. Thank you for a wonderful Friday evening!!!

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