Guided tour

Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London's Bloody Past

Activity provider: Historic London Tours

Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London's Bloody Past

Activity provider: Historic London Tours

From US$ 22.33 per person

Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace - aka Braveheart.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Step back in time to hear the gruesome details of London's history
  • Visit Smithfield, for centuries London's site of both animal and human slaughter
  • Learn how the city disposed of thousands of Black Death corpses in the 1300s
  • Discover the execution methods used in the Middle Ages
  • Hear how Smithfield became a slum, memorialised by Dickens in Oliver Twist
Full description
Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace - aka Braveheart (and learn how he was in no fit state to shout "Freeeedoooommmm!" whilst being executed!) On our walking tour we'll visit the areas around Smithfield, for centuries London's site of both animal and human slaughter. We'll learn about how the city disposed of the tens of thousands of Black Death corpses in the fourteenth century, the execution methods used in the Middle Ages, and how the area became a notorious slum which Dickens used as the setting for Oliver Twist. The walking tour begins outside Barbican Station, ends near to Farringdon Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.
Includes
  • Entry to churches (subject to there being no services in progress)
  • Walking tour
  • Guide
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years

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Meeting point

Meet just outside the Barbican Station exit on Aldersgate Street. Your guide will be standing there with an Historic London Tours sign.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The total distance walked is about 2 miles
  • Churches along the route may be visited if they are not holding services
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Tom was a personable and very knowledgeable guide. He showed us very interesting places and was well informed. He encouraged us to ask questions and always responded to us. The two hours were wonderful. We learned a lot and saw something of the city. We strongly recommend the tour, it was definitely worth the money! —— Tom was a friendly and very knowledgeable guide. He showed us very interesting places and was well informed. He encouraged us to ask questions and always responded to us. The two hours were wonderful. We learned a lot and saw something of the city. We highly recommend the tour, it was definitely worth the money!

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April 17, 2022

Product ID: 413545