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“Run, not walk”

The Blood and Tears Walk
Ranked #64 of 679 Tours in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 'The Blood and Tears Walk' has a cult reputation with massive 'word of mouth'. Going for eighteen years, it is one of the best known London walks and has earned the right to be called a horror classic. Guide Declan McHugh who wrote the best-selling 'Bloody London' has been on television and radio and many thousands come from all over the world each year to learn about Jack the Ripper, other London serial killers, witchcraft, executions, conspiracy theories etc. This tour meets outside the only exit at Barbican station and ends two hours later at Holborn underground station. Chilling, entertaining and informative!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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“Run, not walk”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Declan is a good tour guide, it was full of interesting information (it is a solid two hours, so be prepared for that), and it was priced well, but my main issue with the tour was the pace.

I live in NYC, so my walking pace is fast (friends often have to ask me to slow it down a bit), but this tour was almost painfully fast in terms of walking. The tour group was about 20 people and we felt like we were running to catch up. Declan says he doesn't charge for the exercise, but geeezzzz it was fast.

Comfortable shoes are a must, and wouldn't recommend this for anyone who's older or doesn't do a lot of walking.

Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Spooky and Informative”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

This walking tour was by far the best tour of London I have ever taken. Not only did I learn lot's about London's bloody and scary past, but was fun and exciting. Declan is a very good story teller and makes the tour come alive for a very fair price. He most definitely knew what he was talking about. Without spoiling to much about the tour, I would like to end with this tour is a must see while in London. He is also the author to his book 'Bloody London' which you can buy off him with a signature and a smile!

Visited May 2013
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St. John's, Canada
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“Entertaining.”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Found this walk through the London Pass. I have always wanted to do this type of walk in London. It was interesting. For anyone considering this walk, the guide is theatrical and entertaining and likes to interact with the group. Wear comfy shoes and be prepared that it is a brisk but enjoyable walk through parts of London at night that your average tourist probably wouldn't wander through on their own. I personally would have enjoyed more historical and factual information, but realistically there is only so much information someone can pack into two hours!

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Down the nitty gritty!”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Forget the tour guides which seem to be rehearsing a over performed script! Declan is insightful, funny and engaging on his re'hashing' of Londons grim past. Taking you through small alleys and by atmospheric monuments of the city, telling you overlooked details of some of the capitals well known murders and providing many tales of those which have had less notoriety. By actively questioning and putting us walkers in the shoes of these psycopaths, we really got a sense of the times and characters which inhabited these stories. What a great guide, genuinely interested in his subject and with a personality which removes the need for childish gimics and costume drama! Thanks for a great night, my visitors from Australia were overwhelmed and we continue delving into the depths after all getting copies of your great book- Good luck with your further research, will be reccomending you to all our friends :)

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“All the grizzly details you want to hear.”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

I found this walking tour very fascinating. You'll hear all sorts of facts that you have paid good money to hear and you'll be putty in the guides hands, The guide actively involves you with questions to ponder as well as getting-to-know-you questions at random intervals. All top stuff. He is very laid back but also you can tell he lives for this subject and that his natural interest makes his knowledge second to none.

Visited May 2013
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