Quality London Jack The Ripper Walks
London’s original Aldgate East Jack the Ripper Tour departs at 7 pm from outside Exit 1 of Aldgate East Underground Station.
For details of how to reach the meeting point please visit our Meeting Point Information Page.
If you are running late and need to catch up with the tour, then please visit our Catch Up Directions page.
The tour costs £12 per person and lasts for approximately two hours.
A TRULY ATMOSPHERIC TOUR
We offer you a Jack the Ripper walk that follows a truly atmospheric route and which goes straight into the old, narrow alleyways where you will feel like you’ve been transported back to the mean streets of the Victorian East End. In addition, you will visit more murder sites and locations related to the Jack the Ripper murders than on other Jack the Ripper walks, and be guided in your experience by true experts on the subject.
Jack The Ripper Walk Highlights
All this and more awaits you…
- The historic old building where, a major suspect worked as a barber in the basement
- You will see the actual doorway on which Jack the Ripper may have scrawled a sinister message
- The dark and sinister alleyway along which the lady who many believe was Jack the Ripper’s victim walked with her killer in the early hours of 7th August 1888
- The pub where Mary Nichols, who many consider to have been the first victim of Jack the Ripper, drank away her “doss” money shortly before her body was discovered nearby in the early hours of 31st August 1888
- A warren of atmospheric old streets that have hardly changed since they formed the backcloth against which the Jack the Ripper saga was played out
- You will learn of the terrible aftermath of the murder of the second of Jack the Ripper’s victims, Annie Chapman, when one newspaper was forced to lament that “there may soon be murders from panic to add to murders from a lust for blood.”
- The soaring church tower that dominates its surroundings today just as it dominated its surroundings in 1888 when each one of Jack the Ripper’s victims would have looked up at it on a daily basis
- The pub in which the victims tried to forget the waking nightmare, perhaps even under the evil gaze of the ripper himself
- The former convent where the ripper’s last victim desperately sought shelter shortly before she was murdered in the street opposite
- The doorway where Jack the Ripper’s only clue was discovered
Allow us to set the scene…
It is the autumn of 1888, and a sinister serial killer is loose on the streets of London’s East End. At first he is known simply as ‘The Whitechapel Murderer’. But in time, thanks to a mysterious letter sent to a London news agency (a copy of which you will be shown in the course of the walk), he will become known as ‘Jack the Ripper,’ in which capacity his name will become famous throughout the world.
A Fascinating and Dramatic Tour
On this fascinatingly dramatic Jack the Ripper walk we will transport you back to that long ago era of gas lit terror and take you on a journey through the very streets where the infamous Whitechapel Murders occurred.
You’ll Join The Hunt
You will join the Victorian police as they race against time to stop Jack the Ripper before he can kill again. We will also explain the reasons why they found it so difficult to hunt him down.
Your Very Own CSI
Your journey will wend its way through a veritable warren of back alleyways where you will have the opportunity to peruse original documents, see actual police photographs of the crime scenes, and even of the poor victims themselves. You will sift through the evidence, eliminate suspect after fascinating suspect and hear the most up to date theories concerning the killer’s true identity.
The Night They Almost Caught Him
This lively and informative of Jack the Ripper walk will then cover the night of the double murder, the 30th of September 1888. This is the night when the police came closest to catching the ripper, and the night when Jack left his only clue behind.
We will discuss the importance of that clue and explain how it answers several questions about the murderer’s identity, and about the condition he would have been in as he fled through the very streets that you will walk through tonight.
Original Crime Scene Photographs
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so your experience will be enhanced with historic photographs of the streets through which you pass and the sites on which you stand as they were in 1888. This way you will get the full atmosphere of the area which you may not get on other Jack The Ripper Tours.
All in all, this is a truly atmospheric Jack the Ripper Tour through a part of London that few people venture in to.
But, as with many who have taken this fascinating walk, you will be pleased that you dared join us on a journey into the abyss as the twilight hours slowly envelope you in their eerie shadows.
Why Walking is best
The main reason to explore Jack the Ripper’s London on our Walks is that coaches and busses just cannot get into the narrow alleyways that formed the backcloth against which the Jack the Ripper mystery unfolded.
So, if you choose to explore Jack the Ripper’s London on a coach tour you really will miss out on some of the most historic and atmospheric streets and alleyways that are associated with the mystery.
Feel The Fear
From our first turn beneath a sinister little arch that leads in to a cobblestone thoroughfare, and on through a warren of backstreets, our clients are spirited back in time to places that have survived the march of time. Places that coach tours can only tell you about as they drive you through busy, well lit main roads, lined with modern office blocks.
Cocooned behind glass, those who explore Jack the Ripper’s London from coaches are divorced from the reality of what the area was like in 1888 when Jack the Ripper lurked in its shadows.
By contrast, on a London Walking Tour, you’re there at the scenes of the crimes. And, with the expert guidance that we provide, you become your very own CSI, able to sift the evidence, look at possible escape routes for the perpetrator of the crimes, and generally enjoy a more intriguing, interesting, rewarding experience. Indeed, such is the ambience of the old alleyways that we take you in to, it’ll be just like you’re hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper.
Straight to the Story
Because we start in the heart of the area where the Jack the Ripper Murders occurred we go straight into the creepy old alleyways in which the story unfolded.
Coach tours, by contrast might take upwards of forty minutes to an hour to get to Jack the Ripper’s streets. First of all, they have to stop off to pick up passengers from several hotels. Next they have to battle against the London rush hour traffic to get to the East End. Would you really enjoy sitting in a sweltering coach, as the driver inches his way through the rush hour and your guide tries to keep your interest with increasingly innate conversation?
With our Jack the Ripper London walks, you jump on the tube, get to the start of the tour in time for 7pm and, within moments of setting out you’re in the thick of it. Following the story chronologically, experiencing the places that actually relate to the story by standing at them, not hearing about them from a behind a coach window several streets away.
With us you’re not fuming on a sweltering, pollution belching coach. With us, if it’s a dark winter’s night you’re out there in the creepy alleys experiencing and appreciating their sinister ambience. If it’s a summer’s night, then you’re enjoying a pleasant, airy stroll appreciating the old buildings of the area that have survived from 1888.
An Expert Guide by Your Side
Plus, you can walk alongside our expert guides and discuss the story with them. You might have a pet theory. Great. Our guides love to chat about the mystery with our clients.
In short, what better way to spend an entertaining two hours than actually taking a gentle stroll through the very streets where the main events behind one of the world’s greatest whodunits were played out.