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The Blood and Tears Walk

#71 of 644 Tours in London
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Address: Barbican Station, London EC1A 4JA, England
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+44 7905 746733
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Fri 19:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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If you haven't done it yet... do it!!

Had a great time visiting some of the spookier sites of London, including some less well known ones. Declan's energy and enthusiasm made it a unique and exciting tour that made us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Orpington, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time visiting some of the spookier sites of London, including some less well known ones. Declan's energy and enthusiasm made it a unique and exciting tour that made us laugh, and gave us chills! It's fairly fast paced so you have to pay attention but you certainly get your moneys worth of juicy info! So good we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fancied something different to do in London so booked "Blood and Tears" last minute. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Very fast paced and full to the brim with exciting, fun and spooky information. The owner was a great host. His story-telling and interaction is second to none. Happy to answer all questions. Bought his book "Bloody London" - which is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an excellent Friday night spent in the company of our brilliant guide Declan. An interesting, informative and funny tour of some of London's hidden streets! Would recommend this to anyone who wants to see a different side of the City!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide is very knowledgeable and his acting skills are great - he knows how to keep the attention high

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant tour! Very interesting and made more so by the guide, Declan. The tour takes you on the less obvious but in my eyes more interesting stories of London. Declan is very knowledgeable and brings the sites that you visit to life. I would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommended. I never tried a tour before and my gf recommended it. It was well worth it. It's interesting, fun and eerie!

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Windsor, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although, Declan was very dramatic and informative in his many stories, there were still so many opportunities for even more guided information during the long peroids between his talks. Nothing said..dead zone. Why not tell us something about the area we are walking through? There were so many buildings, streets, and interesting-looking locations for many blocks without a word from... More 

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

I would be very surprised if others who have done this tour thought there was a lot of dead air on it. There is TONS of information over the two hours and I don’t want to bludgeon people with too much information. I think it’s good sometimes, as we walk between sites, for people to be able to reflect on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Amersham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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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