Guided tour

London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

Activity provider: Premium Tours
Guided tour

London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

Activity provider: Premium Tours
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From US$ 50.15 per person

Likely to sell out

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!

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Duration 3 hours
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  • 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
  • Enjoy transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
Full description

Step aboard a luxury air-conditioned 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.

  • Transport by bus
  • Guide
  • Walking tour of Smithfield Market
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Wheelchair users

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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 this is an open top bus tour - please be prepared for the possibility of rain
  • Starting April 1, 2023, a luxury air-conditioned bus will be used
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 156 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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The tour was fantastic. The guide didn’t give us any bs, and added in extra bits of information about other things in the areas we were in. He was funny too, and made sure none of the party got lost! The weather affected the microphone a bit, so it wasn’t always clear when he was speaking on the bus, but otherwise it was brilliant. Definitely recommend.

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March 27, 2023

This tour was good and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately, the walking portion of the tour was not very interesting and you really needed to use your imagination to picture what the guide was describing. The guide did a good job walking you through the murders and speculation as to Jack the Ripper's identity. It was also difficult to hear the tour guide on occasion. That said, this was an inexpensive tour so probably worth trying if you have some spare time and a real interest into the details of Jack the Ripper.

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March 27, 2023

This was a very interesting and entertaining tour. Maghus was informative and by going on the bus we also got to see many famous sights of London. There were a couple of things not working such as his microphone and not being able to do all of tour due to road closure. Could have covered more regards Sherlock Holmes

March 27, 2023

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