For over 600 years Tyburn was the main site of executions in London and in that time over 50,000 people are believed to have been put to death there. The notorious Newgate Prison housed many of these unfortunate souls before dispatching them on their final journey for their date with a rope - the three miles they travelled would be the last on earth for the majority.
Meeting at St Paul's Station we will pass the famous old cathedral, itself with a surprising part to play in London's dark history, before stopping at the Old Bailey, nowadays Britain's Central Criminal Court but once the site of London's most dreaded prison.
From The Old Bailey we will trace the three mile journey that the condemned made before finally finishing at Marble Arch, the site of the feared 'Tyburn Tree', the gallows that took so many over the centuries.
Along the way tales of crime, retribution and punishments in a darker age will give us an idea of the fate that befell those that got on the wrong side of the law in times past, and the myriad ways there were to die by execution in London's dark past.
This tour contains descriptions of violent and gory acts and is not suitable for children or those of a squeamish nature.
Sites and topics we cover on the tour:
- St. Paul's Cathedral
- The Old Bailey
- Newgate Prison (remains)
- St. Sepulchre's Church
- Holborn Viaduct
- Hatton Gardens (Diamond District)
- Oxford Street
- Marble Arch
Reservations: Click here to reserve.
Where: Tour begins from just outside St. Paul's Station near Cafe Nero (MAP).
The tour ends at Marble Arch (MAP).
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.
When: Mondays at 10:00 View our full tour calendar.
Cost: This tour is free to take, 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 any budget.
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Be sure to check out our other tours in London.