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London Ghost Bus Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Take the scariest tour in town!
  • Discover the many skeletons in the capital′s cupboard
  • Thrill to a theatrical production with sinister characters
  • Hear tales of murder and execution at the infamous Tower of London
  • Even the tour bus has a creepy history!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx 1 hour 15 minutes

    Start time

    Start time: 1930h (7:30pm) & 2100h (9:00pm)
    Duration: Approx 1 hour 15 minutes

    Meeting Point

    Northumberland Avenue, just off of Trafalgar Square. The Bus stop is outside the Grand Hotel, nearest tubes are Charing Cross and Embankment.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Gather your courage and take a trip on London’s first ever ‘Fright Bus’ Service! On-board actors and technical trickery combine to create the scariest tour in town! A creepy conductor will provide the commentary for this sinister sightseeing show, revealing haunted places, unmarked burial grounds and many skeletons in the capital’s cupboard.

    The actual bus used is from a fleet of 19th century buses that conveyed the deceased to their final resting place, accompanied by pall bearers and up to 52 mourners, a service that continued up to 1967. Each bus had an onboard conductor/ chief mourner and a special siren or ‘mourning whistle’ to warn pedestrians of the buses approach. The sound of the whistle prompted gentlemen to remove their hats and bow their heads as a mark of respect.

    The tour takes you from Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and Parliament to the Tower of London and the Old Bailey through the City of Westminster, the heart of Theatreland and across Tower Bridge.

    Itinerary

    The London Ghost Bus Tour takes you on a trip around of London’s more sinister sites to show you haunted places and unmarked burial grounds. Actors and special effects are added to enhance the scariest tour in town!

    The adventure begins when you meet the local tour operator’s representative at Northumberland Avenue, just off of Trafalgar Square. The Bus stop is outside the Grand Hotel and the nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Embankment.

    Even the bus you travel on has a creepy history. The Necropolis Bus Company began in the 19th Century as a private bus service. The Necropolis vehicles – or ‘Carcass Coaches’ as they were known to Londoners – were large enough to convey the deceased, pall bearers and up to 52 mourners (no standing) to the burial ground. Each bus had an onboard conductor/ chief mourner and a special siren or ‘mourning whistle’ to warn pedestrians of the bus’s approach. The sound of the whistle prompted gentlemen to remove their hats and bow their heads as a mark of respect.

    Regular service ran until 1967 when a tragic fire at the company depot in South Dulstead razed the building to the ground and destroyed almost the entire fleet of buses. Only one vehicle was salvaged from the flames and was locked in a storage facility for 40 years. It has now been restored to its original design and is used for the London Ghost Bus Tour.

    The bus is painted in the company’s traditional colour of midnight black. Interior seating is arranged in ‘railway style’ for comfort and so the passengers can grieve openly and offer condolences to one another. Decorative features include lamps and window curtains which were always drawn if a coffin was stored in the vehicle overnight. This is based on the superstition that a departed spirit might be trapped by its own reflection in the glass and would be unable to pass into the other world. It also helped to keep the bodies cool in the summer months.

    The ghostly tour takes you from Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and Parliament to the Tower of London and the Old Bailey through the City of Westminster, the heart of Theatreland and across Tower Bridge. At the Tower of London, you’ll hear tales of murder and execution.

    Upon completion of the tour, you will return to Northumberland Avenue.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Bus tour
    • Professional actors/guides

    Exclusions

    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food or beverages
    • Hotel pickup or drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Please carry the copy of your voucher with you and present it to the guide at the start of your tour.

    Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Enjoyable night on spooky bus!!

      Well run and very enjoyable experience. Would suit all, as not too scary for children. Don't want to spoil it for others, so will not give details but this was so funny at...

      Michael Boyle, United Kingdom, 04/Aug/2013
    • Wonderful supernatural experience!

      Well run and very enjoyable experience. Would suit all, as not too scary for children. Don't want to spoil it for others, so will not give details but this was so funny at...

      Michael Boyle, United Kingdom, 04/Aug/2013

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