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City Tour: The Madness and Wonders of Victorian London

City Tour: The Madness and Wonders of Victorian London

This tour takes you on an unforgettable walk through Victorian London.

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This tour takes you on an unforgettable walk through Victorian London.

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  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
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  • public (with other participants)
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Highlights

  • Enjoy vivid stories and historical information from a guide who specialises in Victorian history
  • Immerse yourself in the wonderful and macabre Victorian London, from steam engines and fancy hotels to body snatchers and workhouses
  • Visit some of the oldest stations in the city, such as King's Cross, which is featured in the Harry Pottermovies
  • Visit the ancient cemetery of St. Pancras Old Church, where the ground is stuffed to the brim with bodies that were once the best prey for grave robbers
  • Explore corners of modern London with unexpected connections to the Victorian era
  • Visit Highgate Cemetery, the most beautiful and atmospheric cemetery in London, including catacombs and the tomb of Karl Marx

Description

When Queen Victoria ascended the throne of Britain in 1837, England expanded and developed in almost all directions at once and her capital city embodies the economic and social extremes of the entire era. This tour takes you back to those teeming, turbulent times and across parts of the city that still have a strong Victorian character. From beautiful hotels to old churches, from some of the world's first underground transport stations to narrow streets where slums and workhouses darkened the sun. You will even see the most atmospheric and melancholic cemetery in the city. Along the way you will witness the birth of the modern world and admire the contrasts of this unprecedented age of development, many of which are still relevant today

Your tour starts at Kings Cross Station, one of London's most breathtaking stations (you know it from the Harry Pottermovies), where you will meet your expert guide and a small group of no more than 15 fellow travellers. Also learn how something as commonplace as the train has changed the entire course of history

Past one of the first fast food shops in London (oysters, anyone?), take a break in front of the Renaissance Hotel, once the most expensive in London. As you admire the imposing brick façade, your guide will tell you the story of the emergence of the British "middle class" in the Victorian era and how it continues to shape the city. You can still book a room at the hotel, but you will need between £300 and £1300 for the evening

Of course, the vast majority of Victorian Londoners were not wealthy, and a large number of them were almost destitute. On the way to St. Pancra's Old Church you will pass through an area once covered with slums and learn about the reality of life for the kind of people so vividly described by writers like Charles Dickens. When you arrive at the church, you are confronted with one of the grim realities of Victorian life: too many dead. As you explore a graveyard literally full of remains, your guide will introduce you to the macabre story of the "Resurrection Men", professional grave robbers who worked hand in hand with the rapidly developing science of medicine to provide fresh cadavers for doctors and medical students. You will also visit some famous tombs, including an heiress who became the greatest social fighter of the time and the tortured genius who introduced the vampire to English literature.

Then, when you board the subway at a nearby stop, you'll learn about the epic history of the world's oldest subway, which also dates back to Victorian times. From the days when rickety wooden wagons lit by gas lamps rattled up and down the tracks to the Second World War when the stations were used as air-raid shelters, you will experience nearly 200 years of history, legends and lore on your way to Highgate Cemetery

If you get off at Archway Station, stroll through Highgate Village and stop to see Victorian schools where children (childhood was actually a concept invented by the Victorians) were educated, or workhouses where the less fortunate worked like slaves

Now it is time for the highlight of your tour: Highgate Cemetery - the most beautiful and atmospheric cemetery of London's Magnificent Seven. How and why it was built is a fascinating story that you will learn from an official cemetery guide who will lead you through the exclusive western part (which you can only visit with a Highgate guide). As you pass famous monuments, such as the entrance to Egyptian Avenue, and take a look inside the catacombs, you'll learn how the macabre problem of cemetery overcrowding gave rise to the construction of this beautiful tomb and how the modern art of marketing made it one of the most popular places to bury Londoners.

To end your tour, visit the Westfriedhof to see the grave of Karl Marx, whose ideas and theories, perhaps better than any other, have captured the tensions

Please note

Additional information

Tips to the guides are welcome, but never obligatory.

For security reasons, Highgate Cemetery may be subject to unforeseen closures due to strong wind and/or ice.

This tour includes a subway ride. Unfortunately the underground station is not accessible for wheelchairs. This tour is therefore not suitable for wheelchair users as it requires short distances.

The terrain around Highgate is steep and uneven in places. Please make sure that you wear comfortable shoes.

Included in the price

  • - Entrance to Highgate Cemetery (east and west side)
  • - London Underground journey (Mornington Crescent to Archway and Archway to King's Cross)
  • - Bottled water on arrival at Highgate
  • - Headsets
  • - Small groups of 15 or less persons
  • - Tips
  • - Pick up from the hotel

Meeting point

This tour starts at Kings Cross Station, Euston Road, London, Greater London N1 9A under the departure boards, next to the LEON Restaurant at the Sir Nigel Gresley statue

Cancellation Conditions

No refund or rebooking in case of late arrival or no-show after start or departure of the tour.

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

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