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Free Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Updated: February 16, 2024
 By Margaret
Free Tours by FootExcellentFree Tours by Foot4.9 Based on 729 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onDanielle W.Danielle W. ★★★★★ This was my third tour through Free Tours by Foot London and I love this company. Highly recommend the WWII tour, even if you are only kind-of interested in WWII, as you’ll get lots of extra information about the City of London too.I took the tour with Canice and he was awesome! He did a great job engaging everyone on the tour and knew so many facts. His impressions were great - he had a pretty good American accent (I’m American) and a spot-on Winston Churchill impression. We all asked several questions and he was able to answer all of them and give great context, even for the non-WWII related questions. There were a few folks on the tour who seemed to know a lot about WWII already and Canice was able tailor his content for those advanced folks as well as the beginner audience. That’s very hard to do!I also love that Free Tours by Foot provides a “pay what you like” model, making walking tours and learning accessible to everyone. If you have the means, I recommend paying your tour guide the same price you’d have on a “pay for a ticket” tour. These guides are incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining and do a fantastic job. For reference, I saw another WWII tour going for £35. Canice’s tour was well worth that price!Andrea H.Andrea H. ★★★★★ Just completed one of the Jack the Ripper tours with Ash. What a fantastic evening tour - thank you for humanizing the victims in this story and not glorifying the serial killer! I appreciated your story telling so much!Patrick H.Patrick H. ★★★★★ Absolutely loved the Westminster tour with Maggie! Starting in Green Park, to the Changing of the Guard, St James Palace, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guard Parade, Big Ben, Parliament. Along the way Maggie explained the history and had great stories to make the whole thing entertaining and educational. Would highly recommend, a great way to spend the morning in London.Marie G.Marie G. ★★★★★ Just returned from another fabulous trip to London. Booked a tour with Sinead O Leary with Free Tours by Foot London. It was absolutely amazing as usual. Sinead is a gem! So knowledgeable, entertaining and compassionate. My daughter uses a wheelchair for mobility and Sinead arranged a tour to Windsor for us. She arranged the cab and accompanied us to Windsor for the most amazing tour. Spending the day at the castle with Sinead was the best. We learned so much about the history of the castle, the art work, and its long list of past residents. She was so helpful with assisting my daughter around the castle. To fully appreciate Windsor, a private tour with Sinead is a must. If you or a member of your party has special needs or mobility issues she will take care of you and assure you have a great visit! I can’t say enough about what an amazing tour guide she is‼️Kristin H.Kristin H. ★★★★★ Loved Sinead! She kept us moving without feeling rushed. We saw it all, but more importantly we laughed and enjoyed the stories behind the stories.Gizzy05Gizzy05 ★★★★★ I booked the City of London Tour and it was exceptional! It turned out that I was the only one. My „personal guide“, Matt, was very knowledgeable and the tour was both entertaining and fun. Highly recommended!Kimberley P.Kimberley P. ★★★★★ A great way to explore London and see some areas that you wouldn't see otherwise, and you pay what you can afford. The guides are very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions.Tessa B.Tessa B. ★★★★★ We hebben de bermondsey beer mile expierence gedaan met Dan. Dan was super enthousiast en wist veel over bier, de omgeving en de stad te vertellen. We waren met een klein groepje, 5 in totaal. 2 gezelschappen en de gids. Het was een super leuke ervaring waarbij we ook tijd hadden om elkaar te leren kennen en over culturen te praten, omdat de groep zo klein was. Heerlijke biertjes geproefd en toffe plekken gezien. Echt een aanrader!Carine C.Carine C. ★★★★★ Great tour full of great information. Margaret was brilliant and very friendly. We really enjoyed it.jefferson lord (.jefferson lord (. ★★★★★ (Jack The Ripper)Absolutely fantastic tour, Sinead (our guide ) really seduces you into a brutally descriptive immersion of 1888 white chapel and each of the canonical 5 murders. Would certainly book more tours with her.Brenda C.Brenda C. ★★★★★ Candice was out your guide and he was fabulous! Loved this tour and we learned so much about the city!Jill K.Jill K. ★★★★★ It was perfect in every way! Sinead is a treasure and such a welcoming ambassador for London. We will be talking about the tour for years to come. We are already thinking about our next trip and booking another walking tour!PM J.PM J. ★★★★★ Jack-the-Ripper-Tour mit Sinead war großartig. Sie hat ein großes, dramatisches Talent und schafft es, die Athmospäre des alten Eastend heraufzubeschwören… gleichzeitig ist sie unheimlich freundlich und hat sich um alle Teilnehmer sehr gut gekümmert 🙂 Wir waren begeistert!Damien C.Damien C. ★★★★★ Tanja H.Tanja H. ★★★★★ Eine hervorragende Stadtführung mit erfahrenen Guides die einen auch an verborgene Ecken führen, die man selber nie gefunden hätte. Ich habe zwei Führungen in London mitgemacht, eine Geisterführung und eine Führung in der City of London, also dem alten Teil der Stadt. Es werden aber noch andere Führungen angeboten. Das schöne ist, dass man zwar einen Platz reservieren muss (geht manchmal noch sm selben Morgen) aber bezahlt wird erst nach der Führung und nur das, was es einem Wert war. Es gibt auch etliche Videos auf Youtube, die man sich als Vorgeschmack anschauen kann. Die meisten Führungen werden zwar ausschließlich in Englisch angeboten aber es gibt wohl auch manchmal Führungen auf Deutsch. Ich kann diese Firma wärmstens empfehlen.Christie Sears T.Christie Sears T. ★★★★★ I took two different tours with this company and both were fantastic! Both Sinead and Alan are great guides!Alba B.Alba B. ★★★★★ We booked two different tours in London and had a great experience. The Ghost tour and the Street art tour were very interesting and the guides were great. I will definitely book tours with them next time I am around.Christopher O.Christopher O. ★★★★★ Brilliant tour. Really interesting and informative. Our guide Nelly was so knowledgeable, clear and friendly. Highly recommended.AmélieAmélie ★★★★★ The tour was amazing! Our guide was Margaret, a really nice woman who knew the answer to every possible question we had - even regarding sights we didn't tour but were curious about. We booked the "London in one day" tour and visited the popular sights as well as little streets we would have never seen if it wasn't for the tour. We learned a lot of stuff, mostly really fun facts, anecdotes and the history behind the places. Margaret made the tour so much fun with her way of explaining things so it really didn't feel like six hours. She gave us many recommendations for other places to visit or to get some food. I'd recommend this tour to everyone!janet A.janet A. ★★★★★ Margaret Stockton-Davies was very personable, knowledgeable, good at keeping tour group together, answered all questions, easy to hear, nice sense of humor. Fun tour.S KS K ★★★★★ Margaret led our tour and did a great job. Please be aware of pick pockets targeting these tours.Wanda B.Wanda B. ★★★★★ Most enjoyable walking tour with Margaret, she was very knowledgeable about the history of London, royalty and landmarks. Margaret told stories in a delightful manner, including silly trivia.I would recommend her tour without any hesitation.LindsayLindsay ★★★★★ I did the World War II walking tour with Canice. I really enjoyed it and I was happy that a lot of details and images were shown throughout the tour in addition to physical sites. All of the information was comprehensible even if you, like me, know about WWII but are not an expert. I really enjoyed seeing the sites of the London Blitz and learning a lot about its history. I highly recommend!tali B.tali B. ★★★★★ המדריך ששמו canice היה מצוין! נתן הרבה מידע מתובל בהומור, בעל ידע רב. נהננו ולמדו רבות!SRIDHAR R.SRIDHAR R. ★★★★★ Execellent and cheapest way to explore if you are first time visitingJennifer I.Jennifer I. ★★★★★ The Grand Central Terminal tour with John on 05/28/32 was brilliant. Highly recommended.Lauren U.Lauren U. ★★★★★ We did Shakespeare’s London with Canice, and had a blast. He made southwark history extremely accessible and had an abundance of fabulous quips and anecdotes. The time flew by, I’d highly recommend!!Sandra R.Sandra R. ★★★★★ Gregory did a fantastic job guiding us in Birmingham. We had no idea of what we could expect from this city, and we were strongly surprised. Thank you Greg!R S.R S. ★★★★★ We have been to many walking tours, but Margaret's tour was a cut above the rest. She was funny, knowledgeable and kept the momentum going. There was not one boring or tiring moment in the trip.Reader of M.Reader of M. ★★★★★ Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. ★★★★★ Thanks for the lovely tour - really appreciated the stories and details you layered into our conversation!Jandy H.Jandy H. ★★★★★ My walking tour with Margaret was amazing. She’s not only knowledgeable but her energy made the tour so much fun and enjoyable.perry W.perry W. ★★★★★ Like watching 👀Daria P.Daria P. ★★★★★ The tour London all in one with Margaret was really well prepared, organised and full of information. I enjoyed it even though weather wasn;t the best! It seems quite long, but thank to to Margaret's charisma and coffee break surely doable! Margarte was also caring about your safety, needs and more than happy to chat between stops and give useful recommendations!Jude M.Jude M. ★★★★★ While researching an upcoming trip to the UK from Australia I stumbled across the Free Tours by Foot YouTube channel and have been captivated ever since. Sinead is a brilliant guide who, with just a camera and herself, has given me an amazing insight into London even before I’ve actually arrived! Thank you Sinead. I will thank you in person in September 😊Anke van den B.Anke van den B. ★★★★★ Greg was the best tourguide you could wish! Thank you for aswering all our questions!Ines KInes K ★★★★★ I really enjoyed their tours.James D.James D. ★★★★★ Great tour of Westminster, Sinead was most definitely entertaining your guide and most importantly knowledgeable about Westminster!mark O.mark O. ★★★★★ Gregory opened our eyes to the fascinating history of Birmingham. It was a total pleasure throughout the tour. We would strongly recommend to everyone who comes to this city, to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about BirminghamKalina A.Kalina A. ★★★★★ ExcellentGreat tour with Margaret in London. She is very knowledgeable. The tour was so interesting. I highly recommend to everyone.Sankalp K.Sankalp K. ★★★★★ Margaret makes the mood all jolly while she gives us tour of London. Loved the experience.Gaveriela T.Gaveriela T. ★★★★★ Outstanding tour by Maciek (Polish origin) of Soho and Piccadilly on Thursday Feb 23, 2023.Outstanding tour by (do not remember) of Notting Hill on Saturday Feb 25, 2023.Both were professional, gentle, eloquent – real joy. Highly recommendedיואב בן א.יואב בן א. ★★★★★ shruti M.shruti M. ★★★★★ Eric B.Eric B. ★★★★★ Alexandra WAlexandra W ★★★★★ Great tour with Margrit! Highly recommend it!!!!Alice A.Alice A. ★★★★★ Really great walking tour from Amanda! Lots of knowledge and kept it very enticing with lots of history as well as life in Prague. Would definitely recommend!AniAni ★★★★★ לקחנו שלושה סיורים, היה מעניין מאוד, הרגשנו כמו סיור פרטי, תודה רבה, בעיקר למדריך מאט, שהדריך אותנו בשניים מהסיורים, היה מרתק, הוסיף תכנים נוספים שהעשירו את המידע ובכלל, היה נחמד ביותר!js_loader

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The year is 1888. A serial killer, known to the media as Jack the Ripper is terrorizing London’s desperately poor East End.

His target? The so-called ‘unfortunates’ – women working on the streets and alleyways of London slums to earn money for life’s basics.

These brutal murders, set against the chaotic filth and poverty of the Victorian London district of Whitechapel, also known as the Whitechapel Murders, will change the world forever.

The conspiracy theories of the Jack the Ripper case continue to fascinate millions of people around the world.

And millions continue to guess the true identity of the killer.

No trip to London is complete without taking part in a free Jack the Ripper tour, a real murder mystery.


FREE TOURS BY FOOT

We here at Free Tours By Foot are proud to offer the best alternative Jack the Ripper tour in London.

We were the first company to offer free Jack the Ripper tours, and we like to provide our guests with an in-depth look at the case.

This is a tour for the true-crime buff and the history junkie alike (watch our video above, which might as well be a television documentary or drama)

Jack the Ripper Tours

So, come out with our guides (or walk with our GPS audio tour app) as we wind you through small lanes, crooked back streets, and Jack the Ripper murder locations, all guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

Our tour gives you insight into the real Jack the Ripper history – you’ll leave with an understanding of the crimes that no other tour can provide.

Written by a dark history and true crime expert, Free Tours By Foot is proud to offer the best London Jack the Ripper tour. Book now – if you dare.

Here's a sample from our audio tour to get a taste of what you might hear.


Jack the Ripper Tour information

Reservations: Required. Click here to reserve. Walk-ups will be permitted only if space is available.

When: Saturdays at 18:00 (6 pm), or take this tour anytime on your own with our GPS-led audio tour.

Where: The tour meets outside the Saint Botolph Without Aldgate. Use our Google Maps for directions to the tour starting point.

*NOTE: Please ensure you are headed to the correct St. Botolph! There is another Saint Botolph Church with Aldersgate about 20 minutes away. Note the difference between Aldgate and Aldersgate.

This is the starting point for FREE TOURS BY FOOT's Tour. If you booked with a different company, be sure to check the starting point information on the confirmation email that was sent as not all Jack the Ripper tours start here!

The tour endpoint is within walking distance of Liverpool Street and Aldgate Stations.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Cost: This tour is free to join, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.

Jack the Ripper private tours are also offered by our excellent team!


MAP AND SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF JACK THE RIPPER LOCATIONS

This is a free Jack the Ripper Tour and map of important locations in these unsolved murders.

We recommend taking our more in-depth GPS-led audio tour (£1.99).

The audio tour has more detailed descriptions of crime scenes and horrific slayings by an unidentified assailant, known as Jack the Ripper. 

Here's a sample.

We also offer a guided Jack the Ripper Tour in person.

Throughout this walk, we will discuss the unsolved, brutal murders, of five London's East End prostitutes.


Tour Length

  • 3 miles - just under 5 km
  • Approximately 2.5 hours, depending on your walking pace
  • 14 stops, with a discussion of the aftermath

NOTE: For guests with mobility issues, or those with prams or buggies, there are no steps on the route, but there are cobbled streets to take into consideration.

This self-guided Jack the Ripper Walking Tour begins near Whitechapel Underground Station. 

Click the map to enlarge or to use on a smartphone.


A - Victim #1 - Mary Ann Nicholls

Exit Whitechapel Station and turn LEFT. The road dead-ends on Durward Street where you should take a RIGHT.

Walk to the old school building - the large brick building - ahead, if possible. If construction prevents you from getting there, simply stand as close as you can. 


Mary Ann Nichols

Our story begins on the 31st of August 1888. The ‘Autumn of Terror’ is about to begin when the first victim of the canonical five is murdered right here: Mary Ann Nicholls.

Mary left the Frying Pan Pub around half past midnight. She was found at 3:40 am.

The Police Constable sees that her throat has been violently slit - from left to right, twice over, with the incision going all the way through to her vertebrae. 

Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Aberline is called to work on the case and he is determined to bring Mary’s killer to justice.

(Learn more about the suspects)

But Frederick finds there is nobody with a bad word to say against Mary Nichols. With no idea of a perpetrator or motive, an entire week passes with no progress on finding her killer. 

Seven nights after the murder of Mary Ann Nicholls, Jack the Ripper would strike again.


B - Victim #2 - Annie Chapman

Backtrack along Durward Street until you get to Vallance Road and turn RIGHT. Take the first LEFT onto Old Montague Street and an immediate RIGHT onto Hanbury Street. Continue on Hanbury Street.

As you walk you will pass Deal Street and Spital Street, and you will cross Brick Lane until you reach a car park on the RIGHT-hand side - opposite 28 or 32 Hanbury Street.


The house where Jack the Ripper’s second victim, Annie Chapman, was murdered, no longer stands. But it would have looked similar to the houses you see across the street, such as Numbers 28 and 32. 

Hanbury Street in London where A. Chapman was found.

A small space off the street, that offered a little privacy made the back gardens of Hanbury Street a popular location for prostitutes to take their clients.

At 5:40 am, a man living above 29 Hanbury St came downstairs and into the back courtyard where he discovered the body of Annie Chapman.

She was slumped against the fence with her throat slashed and her body cut open from her groin to her chest, nearly cut into two. 


C - Frying Pan Public House - Where Mary Nicholls Last Seen Alive

Continue down Hanbury Street and turn LEFT onto Wilkes St.

Take the second LEFT onto Fournier Street, lined with original 18th-century homes, giving you an idea of how the buildings in this neighbourhood appeared in the 1880s.

Take a RIGHT onto Brick Lane and walk down. Stop when you get to the decorative archway that spans the road. When under the arch, turn around to face where you just walked from and take a look at the Shaad Restaurant. 


The Shaad Restaurant is the site of the former Frying Pan Pub. The two crossed frying pans carved into the stone are the original decoration of this 19th-century pub.

This is the pub where Mary Nicholls drank away her money on the 30th of August, 1888.

This photo of Shaad Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor

She is reported to have stumbled out of the pub around half past midnight and was seen by her friend just around the corner a few minutes later.

Somewhere between where you stand now and where our tour began, Mary would run into Jack the Ripper and her life would come to an end.


D - Early Suspects - Kosminski and John Pizer - Mulberry Street / Zion Square 

Continue down Brick Lane. When you get to Whitechapel Road, cross the street and enter Altab Ali Park. Walk diagonally to your LEFT, through the park, and exit the park onto Alder Street. Go RIGHT and immediately turn LEFT onto Mulberry Street. Stop in the middle of the buildings on the right.


Aaron Kosminski

None of the original buildings from the Victorian era still stand here, but in the 1880s there was a square of houses here, which housed mostly Jewish immigrants.

This densely populated area was home to two suspects in the Jack the Ripper murder investigations: Aaron Kosminski and John Pizer.

John Pizer had a prior conviction for a stabbing offense and was suspected of a string of assaults on local prostitutes.

He was arrested after the Ripper’s first two murders but was cleared as there was no concrete evidence against him, and he had strong alibis for the nights the murders were committed.

Kosminski was known to be mentally unstable, having previously threatened multiple women with knives.

In memoirs published in 1910, Assistant Commissioner Sir Robert Anderson also names Kosminski as his prime suspect.

His reasoning is that he believed Jack the Ripper was a local Jewish man of low class and Kosminski was known to be mentally unstable, having previously threatened multiple women with knives.

Anderson also claimed that the identity of the Ripper was known by one person who wasn’t willing to testify as they were also Jewish and didn’t wish to turn over a fellow Jew to the police.

(Learn more about the suspects)


E - Victim #3 - Elizabeth Stride - Henriques Street 

Continue down Mulberry Street and take a RIGHT onto Plumber’s Row. And the end of the road, turn RIGHT onto Coke Street and take the first LEFT onto Weyhill Road.

When that road ends, turn LEFT onto Commerical Road and take the first RIGHT onto Henriques Street, formerly known as Berner Street. Walk along until you come to the Bernhard Baron Building on your LEFT.


You are standing now where Jack the Ripper’s third victim would meet her untimely end.

Elizabeth Stride

Elizabeth Stride was the Ripper’s only non-English victim.

She had moved to London at the age of 22 and married a local man. It appears that she took up prostitution again, part-time, after the collapse of her marriage.

In the early hours of the 30th of September, a man's horse shied away from the movement in the dark streets. After the man returned to the scene with his lantern, he found the body of Elizabeth Stride.

It is believed that the Ripper was interrupted, and the man's retreat to the pub to pick up his lantern gave the culprit enough time to flee the area. 

But Jack the Ripper was not yet done for the night.


F - St. Botolph-Without-Aldgate

Retrace your steps to Commercial Street and take a LEFT. Follow the road until it dead-ends then take a LEFT onto busy Whitechapel Street.

Pass Aldgate Station, then Aldgate East Station, until you get to the church of St. Botolph-Without-Aldgate Church. This is your next stop.

Prostitution was illegal. However, since the police understood prostitution was the women's only means of survival, there were two rules for area prostitutes: 

  • Prostitutes could not loiter or stay in a single place for a long time - they had to always keep moving. 
  • The women were not allowed to approach customers, the customers had to approach them. 
This photo of Church of St. Botolph is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Providing the women followed these rules, the police would turn a blind eye. For this reason, up to 200 prostitutes a night continuously walked in circles around this church, waiting for clients.

Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim was last seen alive circling this building.


G - Victim #4 - Catherine Eddowes

On your RIGHT are some interesting pictures and information about the history of the Whitechapel area, which may help give you a visual reference to how this area looked during the time these murders took place.

After viewing those, turn LEFT and walk between the buildings until the space opens into Mitre Square.


The proximity of this location to St. Botolph’s Church leads us to believe that after being interrupted during his slaying of Elizabeth Stride, Jack the Ripper headed straight to the prostitutes' church to pick up his next victim, Catherine Eddowes.

An eye-witness report puts Catherine at the entrance of this alleyway at 1:35 am, in conversation with a man. The PC on duty the night of Catherine’s murder passed by at 1:45 am, finding her mutilated body at the bottom of this passage in the darkest corner of Mitre Square. 

The state of her body and a missing organ after less than 15 minutes suggested a rage and fury that had not yet been seen in the Ripper case. 


Walk to the end of Mitre Square and pause when you get to the gates on your LEFT. Just through the gates is a tree - this is the approximate location of where Catherine Eddowe’s body was found.


H - Evidence- Graffiti and Apron Found

Now, turn RIGHT onto Mitre Street. Take the first RIGHT onto Creechurch Lane which you should then follow along until it turns into Stoney Lane as you walk across Houndsditch Road.

Walk ahead until you come to White Kennett Street where you will make a RIGHT. Take the first LEFT onto Gravel Lane and walk until the lane stops at Middlesex Street.

Take a LEFT then an immediate RIGHT onto New Goulston Street. Walk until the Street Ends at Goulston Street.


Across the street stands the Wentworth Model Dwellings. Take a look at the doorway between numbers 40/41.

An hour after Catherine Eddowe’s body was found in Mitre Square, PC Alfred Long stumbled across a bloody piece of cloth taken from Catherine’s apron, stuck to the doorway.

And written in red chalk: ‘The Juwes [original spelling] are the Men that will not be blamed for nothing.’ This is one of the only clues discovered during the period Jack the Ripper was active.

The bloody pattern of the knife blade on the apron appeared to belong to a type of knife used in surgical amputations. So at the very least, this suggested to the police that Jack the Ripper had access to surgical weapons. 


I - The Workhouse

With New Goulston Street at your back, turn LEFT onto Goulston Street. Keep walking and Goulston Street turns into Bell Lane.

Keep following until you see Frying Pan Alley on your LEFT. Just past this, still on Bell Street is the old workhouse. 


You’ll notice two entrances here, separate doorways for men and women. On a typical day, you would have around 200 women and children queuing up for a place in the house, and a similar number of men on their side.

The Workhouse

The dormitories themselves only slept 200 in coffin-shaped boxes. If a person arrived when all the beds had been allocated, they would be given a rope attached to the wall and would have to sleep upright against the rope.

These workhouses were horrendous places to be. And the price for all of this? A 16-hour shift of manual labour.

Today this building serves a student accommodation for the London School of Economics - and are hopefully a bit more comfortable today than they were just over a century ago.


J - Victim #5 - Mary Jane Kelly

With the Workhouse to your back, look across the street to the modern building directly opposite you.

This building sits on the site of what used to be Dorset Street, and the location of Jack the Ripper’s final slaying.


In the 19th century, Dorset Street was considered to be the most dangerous Street in London - and some said even the entire country.

A person walking down that street in the 1880s would be unlikely to make it all the way down retaining all their possessions.

This is the murder site of the Ripper’s final victim: Mary Kelly, who lived at 13 Millers Court here on Dorset Street.

Mary Jane Kelly

A 24-year-old Irish girl, Kelly was to be the last known Jack the Ripper’s victims.

Her murder was so brutal and the desecration of her corpse so barbaric that the only way she could be identified was by the clothing she had been wearing the night before.

Why? Hers was the first of the Ripper’s murders to take place indoors.

Without having to constantly look over his shoulder to avoid detection, the murderer had all the time in the world.

And this horrific scene provided the imagery of the first-ever crime scene photograph.


14 - End of The Line

From here, we will walk to the location where Jack the Ripper would have emerged from Dorset Street all those years ago.

Still with the workhouse behind you, take the street that is slightly to the right and ahead of you, White’s Row.

Walk until you get to the corner of Toynbee Street and then turn LEFT. Walk until you get to the corner of Brushfield Street.


Jack the Ripper would have walked out of Mary Jane Kelly’s room, headed down Dorset Street, and onto the road we are standing on here.

And what would he have seen? Nearly exactly what you are seeing right now: St. Christ’s Church Spitalfields, Spitalfields Market, and the Ten Bells Pub. 

The Ten Bells | Jack the Ripper Tour

All five of his victims were known drinkers at the Ten Bells.

It is the belief of investigators both at the time and now that whoever Jack the Ripper was, it’s incredibly likely he was a regular at the Ten Bells.


Suspects

Now cross the street to Christ’s Church and stand nearby, surveying the buildings here and the unchanged streets surrounding you as we pause to consider who the Jack the Ripper may have been.


There have been over 300 suspects in the Jack the Ripper murder investigations. For brevity’s sake, we will take you down a few of the top suspects.

  • Aaron Kominsky, a known misogynist previously mentioned
  • Montague Druitt, a school teacher and banker who fit the physical description of Jack the Ripper
  • Walter Sickertt, a well-known impressionist artist with an interest in Jack the Ripper
  • Prince Albert Victor, Queen Victoria’s eldest son who has a rumored child with a Whitechapel prostitute
  • Dr. Frances Tumbledy, an American quack-doctor from upstate New York and known misogynist 

There are dozens more, and even suggestions of a JANE the Ripper, rather than a Jack.

But each theory has its supporters and detractors and the reality of the situation is that it’s highly unlikely the killer’s identity will ever be positively known.


16 - Aftermath and Conclusion

It is worth mentioning that the Ripper killings had long-lasting and far-reaching positive ramifications for the people of the East End. 

This now-legendary story was the first tabloid murder sensation!

With all this attention on Whitechapel, people all over the world were wondering why, in the richest and largest city on earth, were their own people living in these conditions.

Massive social reform came about as a result of the murders with new charities and actions by The Good Samaritans and the Church of England to end child homelessness and help the poor.

Even American millionaires got involved.


If you’ve enjoyed your Jack the Ripper Tour with us, take a look at our other self-guided tours:

  • City of London
  • Royal London
  • Harry Potter 

We also offer pay-what-you-like walking tours on a daily basis here in London and we’d love to have you join us - simply make a reservation online.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Was Jack the Ripper ever found?

No, Jack the Ripper was never found. The identity of the notorious serial killer remains a mystery to this day.

As per the latest news reports, Mr Hyam Hyams, a cigar maker who lived in the area, has been identified by some as Jack the Ripper.

Every few years, new details of the infamous killer are revealed, but so far confirmation of the identity of the killer has not been established.


How long does a free Jack the Ripper tour take?

A free tour typically takes around 2 to 3 hours. Tour durations may vary depending on the guide and group size.


Is the free Jack the Ripper tour suitable for children?

Most tour operators state that the tours are not suitable for children under 12.

However, exact suitability differs from tour to tour, and there's a strong likelihood that some children will be more than comfortable.

Ultimately, the decision about whether or not to bring your kids along is up to your own discretion, but do keep in mind that most tours include brutal details about the murders which may disturb younger guests.


Is the free Jack the Ripper tour scary?

Yes, the free tour of Jack the Ripper can be scary for some people, especially those who are easily frightened or sensitive to gruesome and dark historical content.

The tour typically delves into London's dark history and details the brutal murders committed by Jack the Ripper.

Guides may use dramatic storytelling to create a spooky and atmospheric experience.


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Updated: February 16th, 2024
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