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Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Tour of Haunted London

Greater London, United Kingdom

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Learn about London’s darkest tales on a haunted London bus and walking tour. Experience the grisly histories of execution, rebellion, madness, and murder that shadow this ancient city. Discover the stories and sites of Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, and the Cock Lane Ghost. Visit the medieval Smithfield Market and the monument of Sir Willam Wallace, then finish in Trafalgar Square where you can purchase a tasty pub dinner and drink.
  • Vintage double-decker bus and walking tour of the darkest recesses of historical London
  • Visit the locations of London’s most infamous executions, hauntings, and murders
  • Walk the alleyways where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims
  • See the execution sites of King Charles I and William Wallace, as immortalized in the film 'Braveheart'
  • Head inside the Sherlock Holmes pub to enjoy a drink and dinner (own expense)
  • Travel on a Jack the Ripper-themed double-decker bus with a guide

What's Included

  • Transport by 1960's Vintage double-decker bus
  • Jack the Ripper walking tour
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Victoria Coach Station
    Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

    Located approximately 7 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Railway station. Tour departs inside the building at Gate 0 at 19:00pm (Boarding starts at 18:45pm).

Start time

07:00 PM

End point

  • Sherlock Holmes
    10 Northumberland St, London WC2N 5DB, UK

    Located 5-minute walk from Charing Cross underground station near Trafalgar square

What To Expect

Your evening tour begins at a central meeting point, where you board a vintage double-decker bus and take off through the city’s darkened streets.

Pass Westminster Abbey and the Banqueting House at Whitehall, the execution site of King Charles I in 1649. Immerse yourself in the tales of execution etiquette in the 17th century, when beheading was the favored act. Learn of skilled executioners and the spectacle that would unravel during bloody public executions at Tower Hill. Then zip past Old Bailey—site of public hangings in the 19th century—and Fleet Street to see where the barber Sweeney Todd gruesomely butchered clients and packed them into meat pies to be guzzled by local patrons.

Your next stop is London’s Smithfield Market. A historic site that began as a meat market in the 10th century, Smithfield witnessed many brutal executions over the centuries. Wander the building and surrounding lanes as you hear about historical figures that met their end here such as Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants' Revolt, and Scottish patriot William Wallace. Visit Wallace’s memorial and learn about how grave robbing became a popular money-making scheme in the 19th century.

As night falls, arrive at London’s East End, where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims more than 125 years ago. Pass locations where the Ripper’s five victims were found by horrified Londoners. Disembark to follow the murder trail, and discuss theories and suspects that have come and gone, leaving the Jack the Ripper story a great unsolved mystery.

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Pub near Trafalgar Square. Explore Holmes memorabilia and warm yourself with a drink and some crispy English fish and chips (own expense).

Westminster Abbey (Pass By)

See Westminster Abbey

Sherlock Holmes

The tour ends here for you to enjoy the rest of the evening.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not suitable for children aged 12 and under
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a combination bus/walking tour and will finish at a traditional pub near Trafalgar Square. Some walking involved.
  • On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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youll need to walk a bit so make sure you are comfortable
The tour wasn’t scary, so if that is what you’re looking for then I wouldn’t suggest it, but if you want a fun way to experience history, I would highly recommend doing this tour.
We loved this tour and would recommend great for families
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Wonderful experience!
Susan_F, Jan 2023
Wonderful tour guide who was very knowledgeable in the subject. We loved hearing historical facts along the way and seeing actual locations of the crimes. Great experience!
Fabulous
MARIKAITI_A, Nov 2022
Mr.Magnus Nielsen's narration Very impressive and show us all around the crimes We shall definitely follow him on Facebook '' catch me if you can ''
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ripper of a tour!
Sandra_M, Oct 2022
Going on the double decker bus and seeing London at night was a great start to this tour. Everyone knows something about the Jack the Ripper story but the tour guide was able to weave a story from the perspective of the victims with details of who they were and what they were doing at the time which made it become "real". Also to retrace the steps of the killer from one murder to the other with information about what the areas would have been like then was fascinating. The Sherlock Holmes part was not as interesting but overall we enjoyed it very much.
Riding the night bus back in time
Connie_S, Sep 2022
The bus was great fun and an extra thrill to our trip as it’s a very old double decker, a classic. Our guide was very knowledgeable & full of information re: the Ripper, the locations and the women victims. I was surprised to see how narrow the actual streets were. There were places you could understand why no one saw anything. I was disappointed that there was little regarding Sherlock Holmes. Our guide did have some interesting facts he relayed on the bus. The ending place, a pub named the Sherlock Holmes, was lively and fun with good prices. I would go again. Though this is NOT for children as the guide shared more graphic descriptions of the violence.
True crime lover's dream tour!
Kimberly_S, Sep 2022
We had an amazing time on this tour. My brother and I are both big true crime fans, and this was such a unique opportunity to see history in person. Magnus was an amazing guide and incredibly knowledgeable. He was engaging and fun to talk to. Our driver, Lloyd, had to contend with extreme traffic conditions and road closures in preparation for the Queen's funeral. He skillfully navigated us through the streets of London, expertly handling the double decker bus. All in all, an amazing trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Full of facts and the unknown
Debbie_P, Aug 2022
so much history and interest. The tour guide was great. Alot of walking involved but well worth it. Got to lots of attractions while driving around London.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Interesting and Spooky
Yonara_G, Aug 2022
Very Interesting and spooky! We learned a lot about several historical events, and were enthralled with the fascinating and dark history of London! Our guide Alan was also very amusing
Lots about Jack the...
David_B, Aug 2022
Lots about Jack the Ripper but next to Nothing about Sherlock Holmes and just mentioned one ghost story. Could have been way better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lackluster tour
Ashley_B, Aug 2022
This tour sounded amazing! We were really looking forward to taking a fun tour and see the “dark side” of London. While our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and we appreciated his intense passion for Jack the Ripper, this tour did not live up to the reviews or even the write up. Contrary to the tours name, there was no mention of Sherlock Holmes at all. Also, we were not dropped off at the Sherlock Holmes pub. We abruptly were let off at a bus stop and it was just “thank you, have a great evening”. We were wandering around to find the underground, and after getting a little lost, stumbled upon the Sherlock Holmes pub. The tour guide gave tons of information about Jack the Ripper, but he kept losing the interest of everyone because he went on and on with information about the subject.
Ripoff by the Ripper Tour
Rob_W, Jul 2022
Title does not represent the tour. No Sherlock Holmes in your (went by the restaurant), no haunted London (Ten Bells has a ghost). Half the tour was on a 1950’s bus discussing history of London (top speed 20 mph) and then basically a lecture of JTR. We ran into no fewer than 10 other tour groups spewing similar story.
Not Really a haunted tour
Jeri_H, Jul 2022
The tour says its a Jack the Ripper AND Sherlock Holmes tour. We did not get any of the Sherlock tour. We were dropped off in front of a pub and not seeing any sights of Sherlock. I feel it was falsely marketed.
Loved it
Bradley_B, Jul 2022
Loved the tour, allowed for a drive around some of the must see buildings like Big Ben, Westminster Abby and the London eye. Our tour guide was Magnus and he was great when telling what he knew about the Jack the Ripper murders. We went to several of the scenes where the murders took place although all rebuilt with new buildings Magnus was great at explaining how the old town was at the time of the murders. The cherry on top was the drop off location was at the Sherlock Holmes Tavern and made for a great place to grab a pint before heading back to our hotel.
Not as advertised
John_D, Jul 2022
The tour had nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes other than to drop us as Sherlock Holmes pub at the end..
Fun time
shellyplus5, Jul 2022
Very interesting tour and Magnus, our tour guide, really know his stuff. He was very excited to share his knowledge. We enjoyed riding in the old school double decker bus
Very long, didn’t really...
Ruth_M, Jul 2022
Very long, didn’t really stick to the point, yet to see William Wallace memorial - London Dungeons does a better job!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Couldn’t hear.
Kelly_L, Jul 2022
Couldn’t hear the guide as we walked through the streets. The group got smaller as went went because you really couldn’t hear but what we could hear he kept repeating himself. Not worth the time spent.
Best for history lovers
jana_s, Jun 2022
Guide was great but about 1/2 too long. He was engaging and very knowledgeable! Enjoyed it over all but was difficult after a full day of walking
1 traveler found this review helpful
Brilliant
Sally_D, Jun 2022
The stories of Jack the Ripper and the bus ride very interesting the guide was very knowledgeable about the ripper
1 traveler found this review helpful
Disappointing and boring
Petra_Z, Jun 2022
The title sounded very exciting: to be led to the hidden places of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes, we had understood. The tour bus was the spookiest thing about it, a very nice open double decker from the 60's. An hour of sightseeing on the bus was also nice, but had nothing to do with Jack or Sherlock. The guide was nice, but completely lacked acoustic aids, so it was mostly hard to understand him due to his quiet voice. So unfortunately we have to say: our imagination had imagined much more than we then got from Jack the Ripper. And of or about Sherlock Holmes we saw and heard nothing at all. The only reference to him was that we were dropped off at the end by bus in front of the Sherlock Holmes Pub. Unfortunately, it was already so late that the dining area wa already closed.
Awesomeness
Stacey_S, May 2022
The guide was amazing...I thoroughly enjoyed the tour as a whole. The unique '60s bus, the walk through White Chapel, all was very interesting.
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