Heretics and Horrors City Walk
Welcome to our Heretics and Horrors guided walk in the City of London, where we will explore the darker side of the city’s history. Join us on a journey through time, from the medieval period to the Tudor and Stuart eras, as we uncover the bloody past of this fascinating city.
Step back in time and uncover the chilling history of the City of London on this 90-minute guided walking tour. Join us as we explore the horrors of living through the plague and the Great Fire of London.
- Go back to September 1666
- Find out why there is a statue of Henry VIII on a gate
- Hear about the realities of public executions & gallows humour
- Learn how Mary Tudor become known as Bloody Mary
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Walking along the medieval street plan of the City, you’ll gain a unique insight into what life was like during these dark periods. Learn about the measures people took to avoid the deadly disease, and discover why cats and dogs were no longer safe on the streets. You’ll even find out what Watchmen were paid to watch!
We will start our walk by exploring the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, one of the most devastating events in the city’s history. We will then move on to the Dissolution of the monasteries, a time of great religious and political upheaval that destroyed many of the city’s religious buildings.
Along the way, we will discover the stories of some of the city’s most notorious figures, such as the infamous Henry VIII, whose statue adorns one of the city’s gates. We will also learn about the realities of public executions and the gallows humour that accompanied them.
Finally, we will delve into the gruesome legacy of Mary Tudor, who became known as “Bloody Mary” for her brutal persecution of Protestants during her reign.
As we walk through the streets of the City of London, we will bring to life the stories and legends that have been passed down through the centuries. Join us on this unforgettable journey through the city’s bloody past, and discover why heads adorned the gates of the City.
Discover the truth behind Bloody Mary’s infamous reputation and why people feared her. Was she as bad or worse than her father, Henry VIII? We’ll also delve into the world of body snatchers and discuss whether they were necessary. And of course, we’ll explore the mystery surrounding Sherlock Holmes’ famous jump.
Join us for a spine-tingling journey through the City of London’s past and uncover the heretics and horrors that shaped this iconic city. Our expert guide will share fascinating stories and insights that will leave you with a new appreciation for London’s rich and dark history.
- Start: St Paul’s Cathedral
- End: Smithfields
- Suitable for all age groups. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.