London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

From US$ 46.99 per person

Climb aboard an open top bus for a 3-hour tour of haunted London, and travel back in time to the days of Jack the Ripper. Walk through an empty Smithfield Market, former site of public executions. Then head to the safety of the Sherlock Holmes pub!

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 7:00 PM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb aboard a vintage open top bus for a tour of haunted London
  • Follow in the murderous footsteps of Jack the Ripper
  • See a collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia in the Sherlock Holmes Pub
  • Discover where the Elephant Man lived
  • Hear about the great men and women buried at Westminster Abbey
  • Walk through a deserted Smithfield Market to see where Braveheart was tortured
  • Listen out for the restless Cock Lane ghost
Full description
Step aboard a vintage open top bus, and journey through the haunted streets of London after dark. Along the way, hear stories about the legends buried at Westminster Abbey, and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded. A guide will explain how the public executioner would often raise a severed head to the crowd to show it still twitching for several seconds after the brutal blows! Continue to the Old Bailey, where numerous public hangings once took place. Pass the Royal London Hospital where the “Elephant Man” once lived. Be spooked by tales of Mrs Lovett’s pie fillings, which she sold from her shop next to a butcherous barber! Then, walk through a deserted Smithfield Market, looking for the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. Learn about the 19th-century body snatchers that dug up local cemeteries “in the interests of science.” Listen out for the scratching of the Cock Lane ghost, Fanny Lynes, and hear her story of sex, loan sharks, arsenic poisoning, and séances. As the shadows lengthen, drive into London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. Relive the days of Jack the Ripper, when he came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys to stalk and butcher 5 victims. Stroll the path of his death trail to the murder sites, deciphering the evidence of the still unsolved crimes. End in the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes Pub, where a wide collection of Holmes memorabilia is on display. The pub also serves an extensive menu of food, including a traditional fish and chip supper, which you can order from the bar.
Includes
  • Transportation by open top bus
  • Guide
  • Walking tour of Smithfield Market
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Buses depart from Gate 0 at Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that seating is allocated on a first come first serve basis and seating on the upper deck cannot be guaranteed
  • Please note that this is an open top bus tour - please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  • On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 107 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.6 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Fun Time learning about a Gruesome set of Murders

How do you make the topic of Murder fun? Trust me our guide did just that. I will be honest, this is not a tour for the small kiddos. She was graphic about what took place in her telling of the events. But my 15 year old daughter enjoyed it. This was a great way tour for those that are hard core fans or just have the pop culture knowledge of Jack the Ripper. The open bus was a great way to get a look at some of London's top sites. There is a good part of walking. The bus does not have bathrooms, so plan ahead. One of the best things we did in London by far. Tour ends near the Sherlock Holmes Pub. Good for a quick drink after. Other nearby restaurants are open for a late night dinner. Our tour guide did point us in the right direction. The meeting spot of the tour is in an inner court of the bus station. It took me a bit to noodle that one. Read the confirmation info. It is clear.

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July 15, 2019

The tour guide was great!!

Our tour guide was a very knowledgable individual on the subject of The Ripper. He was professional, polite and very personable. He was informative without being boring. His sense of humor was definitely British. The tour took us along the path of 5 of the murders and each stop had a story. The night started out with about a 30 minute drive past most of London's historical locations in a double decker bus. When the real tour started we were on foot for roughly 90 minutes. The events of 1888 were verbally described and it was easier to visualize the nights of the murders. I would highly recommend this tour if you are coming to London.

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October 7, 2018

Very interesting and enjoyable but the bus was hard to find.

We had some issues finding the bus in the bus station. You’d think it would be easy with Jack The Ripper plastered on the side but it was hard to see with all other buses around. There were no directions or signage in the bus station to tell you which dock to go to. By the time we found it the bus was driving out of the station. The bus driver was kind enough to let us on when we approached it at a pedestrian crossing as it was leaving. Our guide was clearly very interested and well educated on the topic of Jack the Ripper. He was very friendly, approachable and engaging throughout the evening. He made the whole tour very enjoyable. We were all very disappointed to find the Sherlock Holmes pub closed by the time we arrived but that seemed to have nothing to do with the tour. According to signage the pub itself was closed to the public and only available for private events. The tour should take this into account for the future.

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June 19, 2018

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