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The Blood and Tears Walk

#64 of 626 Tours in London
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Address: Barbican Station Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4JA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)7905746733
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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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THIS WAS AMAZING! Full of Knowledge and very Proffesional!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!!

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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!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Such a great tour! Your guide is very knowledgeable and makes the experience what it is. It's a two hour walking tour but there's plenty of stops so it's not taxing whatsoever. It's not fully included in a London Pass, but the London Pass does get you a £2 discount. It's definitely worth it. You learn so much and it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

The tour was nice and very informative, Declan really knows his stuff! He's nice, even if he does come on a little strong. The stories are information packed and the interactive Q&A sessions are fun. Declan plugs his book a few times, but if I'd written a book I would be too. Worth the money and the exercise!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

This tour was great. Extremely stimulating and a breeze. The weather was perfect and so were all the punch line deliveries! highly recommended by this fellow traveler.

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