Ghost tours in London

Best ghost tours in London

You could spend a lifetime in London making the most of all of its tours. One type of unforgettable tour from your time in the capital is a ghost tour. With many allegedly haunted spots in the city, you’ll definitely be spooked out here!

  1. Visit the most haunted place in London - London Dungeon
  2. Head London’s most famous cemetery - Highgate
  3. Explore the city on a Ghost Bus Tour
  4. Learn all about Jack the Ripper
  5. Make your way to Brompton Cemetery
  6. Go ghost hunting at the Tower of London

London ghost tours are exceptionally popular. From cemetery tours to the dark history of Jack the Ripper, this is the place for horror fans. Enter if you dare!

1. Visit the most haunted place in London - London Dungeon

Gothic horror-fest the London Dungeon remains one of the city’s major crowd-pleasers - to shorten the amount of time spent queuing (and save money), buy your ticket online. Young teenagers and the credulous probably get the most out of the various ludicrous live-action scenarios, each one hyped up by the team of costumed ham-actors. A couple of horror rides and a drink at a mock-Victorian pub complete the experience.

Best for: Spooks in the centre of the city

Top tip: Note that it takes about 90 minutes for the whole experience featuring 19 shows and 20 actors.

2. Head London’s most famous cemetery - Highgate

Highgate Cemetery is London’s best-known graveyard and one of the most haunted spots in the city. The most illustrious incumbent of the East Cemetery is Karl Marx. Marx himself asked for a simple grave topped by a headstone, but by 1954 the Communist movement decided to move his grave to a more prominent position and erect the hulking bronze bust that now surmounts a granite plinth. To visit the more atmospheric and overgrown West Cemetery, with its spooky Egyptian Avenue and sunken catacombs, you must take a guided tour. Among the prominent graves usually visited are those of artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and novelist Radclyffe Hall.

Best for: Cemetery tour

Top tip: While you’re in Highgate have a wander through the lovely Waterlow Park - it’s a great spot for a picnic too.

3. Explore the city on a Ghost Bus Tour

Hop aboard one of the Ghost Bus Tours. It’s a fun ride to be had - it’s a comedy-horror theatre show on the move. Take a bus tour around the city while you look upon historical landmarks, burial grounds and creepy spots merged with plenty of informative facts and spooky spirits. It’s also a great way to see some of London’s landmarks lit up in lights in the evening - you’ll be driving around town in style in a vintage 1960s Routemaster bus.

Best for: A ghost tour on wheels

Top tip: You can even hire the bus for a private tour!

4. Learn all about Jack the Ripper

There is a spooky Jack the Ripper mystery walk tour waiting for you in London. Expert guide Paul Mansfield really knows his stuff, with over 20 years experience and as a helping hand on five documentaries all about Jack the Ripper. You’ll be visiting all the locations related to the serial killer. You’ll be shown photographs of the city from the 1980s and learn all about London’s dark and spooky past.

Best for: Discovering more about Jack the Ripper

Top tip: The Ten Bells pub in London is where Mary Kelly was last seen before becoming Jack the Ripper’s final victim.

5. Make your way to Brompton Cemetery

In Brompton, you’ll find even more cemetery tours. Brompton Cemetery is an interesting spot and you’ll find it’s surrounded by high walls. It was made this way as there were fears of body snatchers when it first opened. You will find many Victorians and Edwardians have been laid to rest here - and Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the great leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. The site often features in films too. Laurence's Walks tours include lots about natural history too as you explore the site.

Best for: Another cemetery further out of the centre of London

Top tip: Another cemetery to explore is in Nunhead in south east London. It's a lovely place for a wander.

6. Go ghost hunting at the Tower of London

Legend has it that the Tower of London is the most haunted place in London. The site was founded in 1067, and since then has been home to grizzly deaths and haunted happenings. It’s the creepy stories of the place which scares visitors the most - think stone cold rooms, chilling poltergeists and deathly bears. Explore the area with the Ghosts of the Tower of London tour, if you dare!

Best for: Finding ghosts

Top tip: Note that the Tower of London is home to the White Tower. It is known that the White Woman ghost walks this very spot.

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