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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 127 Reviews

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  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

We loved the tour and the information the guide gave was incredible. The one complaint we have is that the van did not have large enough windows to see the sites. Anyone sitting on an inside seat, or in the middle of the last row could not see the buildings that were being pointed out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

A great tour. Well worth doing if you're in los Angeles and wanting something a bit different. Recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

If you are looking to do something different that's a lot of fun this is the perfect tour. Brian is an amazing guide with lots of great information and a wonderful sense of humor.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This tour was amazing! Our tour guide Brian was fantastic, full of personality, humour and enthusiasm. Brian had an amazing knowledge of the seedier side of Hollywood, and even managed to keep our pre-teen boys entertained throughout the tour. The tour was heartbreaking, and fascinating. Having been a murder 'buff' for many years, I really 'enjoyed' seeing all the places I had read about. Would highly recommend doing this tour to anyone interested in something different, interesting and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The tour was excellent and the guide was superbly knowledgeable! I would definitely do this again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Loved this! Bring back the George Michael toilet stop and send me the arrest report!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Go on this this, it's absolutely brilliant. Meeting point is a shop on Sunset, quite near to Amoeba Music, so pretty easy to find.
On arrival, we were greeted By Scott, who showed us around the shop's collection of curiosities. Give yourself time for this. Then it was of on our minibus with our guide Brian Donnelly, who has a real passion and enthusiasm for all things morbid and curious, all done in a very interesting and entertaining style, which really made this tour an absolute pleasure. Amongst other things we saw, The Chateau Marmot, The Viper Rooms, crime scenes of the Black Dahlia, where Michael Jackson passed away and it's relation to Elvis's LA place. Do it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Brian our guide was Awesome. Funny, interesting and extremely knowledgeable about the area. Definitely worth doing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Very highly recommended!
Informative, funny and enjoyable tour into the darker side of Hollywood.
Would do it again without hesitation.

John G
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Very enjoyable, our guide was full of information about the dearly departed. Please try it, you will enjoy it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

This is a really excellent way to spend an afternoon! A fabulous, original tour that will surely appeal to most people (especially if you like to discover the 'darker' side of things!) Brian, our tour guide was both witty and informative and really made us laugh! Even as a Brit, you will know most of the sites and this really is a great alternative to the usual movie star home type tours. You will see many interesting things such as The Viper Room (where River Phoenix died) and the death places of Janis Joplin, John Belushi etc. I really cannot recommend this enough, the two and a half hours simply flew by! Thanks guys, and keep up the good work!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Funny, interesting, gruesome. Brian was a great guide.

Melanie J
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Loved this tour, Brian is heaps of fun and very knowledgeable!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

This tour was awesome! Brian is a born tour guide! The tour was extremely interesting, I couldn't take pictures fast enough, they even went out of their way to take me by Lucille Ball's old house. Super friendly and nice, an excellent tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

What a wonderfully funny and macabre tour! This is a great option for those of us who enjoy the sick and twisted and want to know all of Hollywood's dark (`sometimes hilarious) secrets. But this is definitely not the tour to take the kids or sweet grandma on - there are some truly disturbing images and stories! My tour guide had a lot of info and also shared funny celeb stories and more lighthearted fare along with all the gore. We got to see the house from Happy Days and heard about how Lucille Ball invited strangers in to her home while also hearing about the gruesome Black Dahlia murder and the Menendez brothers so it was a good balance. It was a really fun afternoon; I definitely recommend this tour.

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