The Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper Vision

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77-82 Whitechapel High St.


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

The unsolved crimes of London's infamous Jack the Ripper have captivated generations of both Londoners and visitors alike. How the story of a local serial killer, who brutally murdered and mutilated at least five women in the late 1800s, has remained a story of intrigue hundreds of years later, can be just as much of a mystery. But those who fancy themselves novice detectives can join the Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper Vision to figure out not only why he did it (the killer has never been identified and the motive never solved) but how he got away with it.  

Though there are a variety of Jack the Ripper Tours in London, this is one of the most popular. This tour differs in that guides come equipped with hand-held projectors that transmit 5-foot-tall photos onto the walls of buildings that line the very same path in Whitechapel that Jack the Ripper is believed to have walked. The tour is guided by Jack the Ripper story experts who are also part of a local theatrical performance team, so expect your tour to be quite lively.  And if you're taking a tour at night, expect it to be extra spooky.

Many of the travelers who embarked on the Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper Vision enjoyed their time on the tour and would recommend it to fellow travelers. Travelers were quite complimentary of the knowledgeable guides and their flair for storytelling. Even those who expressed they weren't exceptionally interested in Jack the Ripper – or crime and horror stories – still reported having a great time on the tour.

Tours are offered every day at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and cost 12.50 pounds (about $16.50). Tours meet in front of Exit 3 at the Aldgate East Tube station, which services the District and Hammersmith & City line. For more information, visit the Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper Vision's website.

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If you want a little help navigating the museum's 8 million objects, consider tagging along on a guided tour. Several, including the daily eye-opener tours and weekly lunchtime gallery talks and Friday evening spotlight tours are free. You can also book a highlights and special early morning tour for 14 pounds (around $20) and 30 pounds (less than $45), respectively. Audio guides, which cost 7 pounds (less than $10), are also available to rent daily.

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