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Our New Look Jack The Ripper Tour

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

It’s been a busy few months at Discovery Walks and we have two big announcements to make.

Firstly, Richard Jones completed the Blue Badge Tourist Guide Course in February. Having taken the required exams he had to then wait until the end of March before the results were in. And the great news…. HE PASSED!!! The Blue Badge is the highest achievment in the guiding world and to attain it candidates must undertake a gruelling two years of study followed by a rigorous series of exams.

This means that a Blue Badge Guide is the top of the tree when it comes to guiding and Richard will shortly be launching a new series of exciting tours.

The other big project that we undertook this year was a total redesign of our Jack the Ripper Tour website. The new site is packed with information and now includes our all new Jack The
Ripper TV channel.

That’s right, you can now watch fascinating clips from our acclaimed Jack the Ripper drama documentaries on our website and also keep up to date with the very latest developments on the Jack the Ripper mystery.

We’re also working on a brand new Jack the Ripper documentary that will look at the murders from a new angle. So be sure to check back with us to learn more about this exciting new project.

In the meantime why not enjoy all the great content that is there
for you to study on our brand new website?

Jack the Ripper and Dickens Walks of London

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Our Jack the Ripper intro has really proved popular on our Youtube Channel. Indeed, we have now clocked up over 60,000 views for our introduction to the case, over 30,000 more views than any other London walks similar video. In addition the Jack the Ripper Documentary that features four of our guides has just been repeated on Channel Five. The fact that our Jack the Ripper Tour guides have appeared in more recent documentaries than those of any other London walks organisations is your guarantee that, with our walks, you are getting the experts – the guides who are internationally recognised as the leading experts on the world’s most famous murder mystery. Indeed just a quick watch of our introduction gives you the chance to see your guides in action and enables you to see why these guides are considered the finest Jack the Ripper Tour guides in London.

Meanwhile, on another matter, next year is the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens and to celebrate we’re going to be offering a new series of Dickens Walks of London. These walks will be guided by leading Dickens London expert Richard Jones, author of the book Walking Dickensian London. In addition we will be adding a series of FREE Dickens Walks that you will be able to print of and do yourself. T
Apologies to all who missed out on our 2011 Halloween Ghost Walks, but these are so popular that they sell out months in advance and this year’s tour filled up in mid-September. Richard will still be conducting his weekly haunted London Tours.

Jack The Ripper Walks in London – An Introduction

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Have a watch of the introduction to our London Jack the Ripper Walks.

Our walks are the only one’s to be consistently led by experts, four of whom are internationally recognised as leading authorities on the Jack the Ripper mystery.

Furhermore ours is the only Jack the Ripper Tour that starts right in the heart of the area wehere the murders occurred.

The tour takes place seven chilling nights a week at 7pm and, since we are the only London walks company to limit the numbers on our Walks, we ask you to in order that we can limit the participants on our tours to a sensible and manageable number.

Jack the Ripper’s London – A Walk

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Looking for something slightly different to do in London at night? Walks are a great way to see more of London whilst learning something about the history of the capital and also being entertained at the same time.

Our Jack the Ripper Tour takes plave seven nights a week and is led by the real experts on the case. Three of our guides are published authors who have written extensively about this fascinating murder mystery.

We are also the only London walks company to have prodiced an internationally acclaimed Jack the Ripper drama documentary which has been hailed by many as the best ripper documentary of recent years.

We though we’d give you a taster of the guides with the following clip from our film Unmasking Jack the Ripper. This was written and is narrated by our guide Richard Jones. Also appearing in this excerpt are our London walking tour guides Lindsay Siviter and Jenny Philips.

So please enjoy this brief introduction to Jack the Ripper’s London and, if you like what you see, why not join us for a Jack the Ripper Walk?

London Ghost Walks And Jack The Ripper Tour

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Our Jack the Ripper London walk is still taking place seven chilling nights a week and departs from Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station.

This is the only Jack the Ripper Walk that starts right in the heart of the area where the infamous murders took place between August and November 1888. By following the carefully laid out route that we have devised you get a much better idea of how the murders unfolded, the effect they had on the area and how they increased in ferocity as the so called “autumn of terror” rolled by.

For the full deatils of the Jack the Ripper Tour can be found at the relevant page on this website.

The other popualr one of our London walks is the London Ghost Walk. This takes place mostly on Friday and  Saturday nights and takes you on a wonderful and creepy journey thorugh the older streets of London.

To book on to the London Ghost Walks please pay a visit to the relevant pages on our website.

Richard has been out today putting the finishing touches to the Free Riverside Pub Walk, which is due to go live in May and which will allow you to visit several pubs that literally face out across the River Thames. These places are steeped in history and we know you’re going to love this and the other free London walks that we’ll be rolling out in the coming months.

This weeks walks news in London

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Well the clocks have done whatever it is they do at this time of year. It’s now British Summer Time (yeah right!) and it’s raining. Don’t you just love these halcyon summer days.

We had a record day on our Harry Potter London walks last week when 89 requests were made in one day. You can still get hold of a copy of the free pdf by sending an email to

harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com

That’s all there is to it. The DIY tour then comes back to you by return.

Of course you can still join us for a Jack the Ripper Tour or for one of our London Ghost Walks.

The Jack the Ripper walks take place 7 chilling nights a week and the Ghost Walks in London are currently on Friday and Saturday nights.

Richard has now finished the writing for his new book Haunted Britain, which will be published on Halloween this year. In addition the Sherlock Holmes documentary is almost completed and will be going on sale in the near future.

Richard has now begun a great new project with Sir Donald Sinden, one of the most respected names in British Theatre. Last week Richard and several others accompanied Sir Donald on a tour of some great properties and the project, when it is completed, is going to be great.

Sir Donald is now in his mid- 80′s but shows no signs of slowing down. He has a fund of great anecdotes (he actually met Lord Alfred Douglas!) and is a true raconteur who still keeps his audiences enraptured with his tales of the theatrical world.

The finished project is going to be absolutely breathtaking and we’ll be posting more information on it on this blog in the coming months.

In the meantime the Free Riverside Pub Walk is now  in its finishing stages and we hope to launch it in early May.  So keep an eye on this blog for it.

Haunted Britain Book Is Completed

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Richard finished his Haunted Britain book and sent it off to the publishers yesterday. The photos will be added over the next few months and Richard will be heading off into the wilds of this spectred Isle in late April, when the weather improves, to snap the final photos for the book.

The book will be published by the AA on October 31st this year and we’ll keep you posted on our walks blog about other developments.

In addition Richard will be working on a special project in the next few weeks with one of the most respected figures in the world of British theatre, more of which at a later date. He is also involved in a project with a major British rock star, and, again, we’ll be giving more information about this project later this year – it’s currently top secret!

It looks like we can put the atrocious winter behind us, touch wood, and London is currently basking in wonderful sunshine. Our Walks have carried on throughout the winter and we’ve gone, as we promise rain, shine and especially snow. Let’s hope that the coldest winter for thirty years is followed by a summer that will be the best in thirty years.

You can still book onto our Jack the Ripper tour which is operating seven chilling nights a week, and this Friday and Saturday Richard will again be conducting his celebrated London Ghost Walk. In addition out Free Harry Potter London walk can still be ordered by sending an email to harry-potter-pdf@discovery-walks.com. This is a downloadable pdf that you then print off and follow the room.

We’ve got some major announcements to make over the next few weeks about some great new London walks, both free and scheduled, will be going up. So watch this space for some great new tours that will be launching this spring.

Take A Spooky Walk In London

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This has been the worst winter in goodness knows how long! Normally in the winter we get some bad weather, after all that’s what winter’s about. But this one just goes on and on.

However, there is an upside to these dark and wintry nights. They offer the perfect atmosphere for a London Ghost Walk or a Jack the Ripper Tour.

As per our promise, our London walks have been taking place “whatever the weather,” or as we put it in the blurb “we go rain, shine, snow and especially in thick, thick fog.”

These spooky walks make for a great way to see more of London and to get to the grips, so to speak, with the capital’s darker and more sinister history.

These type of walks are best done on cold, winter nights as 1)The streets of London are empty at the moment and 2)With the darkness all around you it really does make for a creepier, more nerve jangling experience.

So if you find yourself at a loose end in London on Saturday why not enjoy a Haunted London walk and discover the darker side of London’s past.

Haunted Britain, Sherlock Holmes and London walks

Monday, January 25th, 2010

What a  great, though snowy, week I spent in Edinburgh! But now it’s back to London and my regular Walks.

The Haunted Britain trips have been turning up some real gems and the book is set to meet the deadlines in time for its publication on Halloween. I’m off down to Somerset this week ( I couldn’t make it there the other week because I got turned back by the snow) and will be trying to count the stones at Stanton Drew Stone Circle.

The recent snow played havoc with our London ghost walks, but we soldiered on and many of our walkers chose not to take up our offer to transfer to another night. I have to say London was really atmospheric in the snow and, although sub zero, virtually all those who chose to soldier on said how atmospheric it made the old streets of London. Those who we did transfer were very impressed, not to say grateful, that we offered the transfer service. We even phoned people up and actually offered them the option to transfer, and those who had transport problems on the night were also transferred. This is something we’ve been doing ever since we started taking bookings back in 2005. Unlike other London walks we like to limit the number of people on our tours to a sensible and manageable number, which is why we ask people to book in advance. But we also understand that things can go wrong (the recent snow being a great example of this) so we always ask that people call us should they encounter any problems.

In addition we now  have  twelve top flight Blue Badge Guides conducting our tours, several of whom have done tours for other London walks, and they all say how much they prefer our system because it is far simpler and much more guide/client friendly.

A Little Sherlock Holmes Information

I was joined in Edinburgh Mark Ubsdell because part of the reason for being up there, in addition to researching my new Haunted Britain book, was to film the great new documentary we’re working on about Sherlock Holmes and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle. Did you know that when Conan Doyle wrote the first Sherlock Holmes stories he’d spent very little time in London? In fact it was the streets of Edinburgh he was  picturing when he wrote the first stories. I have to say that Edinburgh looked truly magical in the snow and we got some great location shots. We also conducted interviews with several Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons; filmed at  the site  of Conan Doyle’s birthplace, from which the statue of Sherlock Holmes is currently missing because of the work on the trams in Edinburgh, and even filmed Dr Joseph Bell’s grave (the man upon the character of Holmes was part based). We also looked at Conan Doyle’s friendships with J. M Barrie and Oscar Wilde.

We’ll be filming in London next week and then the documentary will be all but complete. We’ll post details of when its ready on the website.

In the meantime it’s back to the haunted London walks at weekends and, of course, our nightly Jack the Ripper tour of London.

All the best.

Richard

Our London walks For 2010

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Well the end of December is almost upon us and the year is entering its twilight hours. Indeed, the first decade of the 21st century is nearly over and as we move into 2010 we thought we’d just give you a heads up about our London walks for 2010.

Our Jack the Ripper Tour will be continuing 7 chilling nights a week. We’ve now got some great guides conducting this, the most popular of all the London walks on offer. Three of our guides are published authors who’ve written books on Jack the Ripper, and six of our guides have appeared as expert interviewees on virtually all the Jack the Ripper documentaries of the past 10 years. No other London walks company can offer you this level of expertise when it comes to the Jack the Ripper Tour.

Our London Ghost Walk will be operating on Friday and Saturday throughout January and February and will almost always be guided by London’s leading ghost walk guide Richard Jones. On last night’s tour Richard was joined by a travel journalist who made an observation that many of our clients have made over the years. No other London walks come close to the level of expertise on Richard’s haunted London tours.

When looking at London Ghost Walks there really is no better measure than just looking at Richard’s output of books and TV programmes. You can either take a standard ghost walk with a guide whose read a few stories in a book, or you can take a expert guided London Ghost Tour with the man who wrote the book.

Richard has written 9 books on Haunted Britain and is currently working on his tenth. In addition he has written books on Jack the Ripper’s London, Dickens London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Chester, York and Stratford. In addition he has appeared on the History and Discovery Channels and was the historian on the cult show Most Haunted Live for several years. He will be travelling throughout Britain researching his new book of true ghost stories throughout January and February and will be publishing a twice daily blog of his journey, with photogrpahs of the places he visits and brief discriptions.

In addition to our Ghost Walks and our Jack the Ripper Tour we are going live with our Free London walks in the new Year and rolling out a programme of step by step walks that you will be able to do yourself. In addition to being able to print them off and taking them you will also be able to watch them online on our series of Walking Tour Videos. Have a look at one of our tasters on Dickens London here, or more Charles Dickens London walks here.

So keep an eye on our site throughout 2010 and see what exciting London walks, both free and guided, will be launching.

In the meantime may we take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy New Year.