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Ghost Bus Tours

Attractions Trafalgar Square
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Explore London like never before on this family-friendly tour bus of terrors

All aboard the bus of nightmares for a journey to hel… er, we mean Houses of Parliament and other well known London landmarks. With a lick of black paint, an old-school Routemaster has been given a suitably ghoulish makeover for the Ghost Bus Tour, which will whisk you around the capital on a whistle-stop adventure of London’s most malevolent spots.

The tours feature half-factual, half-fictional tales about the demon barber of Fleet Street, Southwark’s Cross Bones Graveyard, the elusive black dog that haunts Newgate Prison and more, all delivered on, and sometimes off, the bus by a troupe of actors, stand-up comics and cabaret performers. Booking recommended.

Details

Address: Designated bus stop on Northumberland Ave
London
WC2N 5BY
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: £21, £15 concs., free for under-fives, £57 family
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Opening hours: 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm, Fri; 6pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 9pm, 9.15pm Sat; 7.30pm, 9pm Sun–Thu
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Kid's loved it and I must admit... so did I! Even my friend Jenny, ever sceptical, was wowed. Lots and lots of fun crammed into an hour and a half. Although the tour did overrun due to traffic, I certainly wasn't complaining. Sightseeing with a theatrical twist. Very funny and spoooooky alike. Our thanks for a great end to a lovely day!

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I was visiting London with my Wife and a friend had recommended this tour. I wasn’t too sure what to expect which was kinda half the fun but the tour was simply fantastic and much more than I bargained for.... a spooky theatre show, an insight into London’s more macabre past but with funny entertainment too. There was an American family on board and their kids loved it so I guess it’s good for all ages. Thoroughly recommended and much better than an overpriced theatre ticket !


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Tastemaker

I booked this as a different night out with my boyfriend and it was so much fun. Ok, the price was a little steep and it wasn't as scary as I had hoped but we had a great time nonetheless. The fun factor came in the form of the bus conductor/tour guide who added the comedic element. The tour was mixed with comedy and historical facts which was great as it didn't get boring at any point and the clever use of cameras and screens made you feel immersed in the action wherever you were sitting. By the way, I recommend you sit at the top front of the bus for uninterrupted views of London!

The velvet curtains and ambience-creating lamps, added to the atmosphere of the evening- although like I said, it wasn't particularly scary- even if the ride did come complete with a 'seance!'

Halfway during the tour a crazy health inspector called Miss Hinge hopped on board, of whom I wasn't sure what to think. So keep an open mind about that.

Overall the tour lasted about 1 hour 15 mins and I felt that was about right. Don't go expecting a really intellectual factual tour, this isn't a regular London bus tour, but if you want an entertaining, different and fun evening, this is for you.


Brilliant fun for all ages! Was concerned it would be too scary for some of the kids, but it was really funny! The atmosphere was pretty spooky due to how the bus is kitted out, with velvet curtains and vintage-looking lamps. Great way to spend an afternoon in London, especially after a long day walking around. I'd take the later tour if I were you, it adds to the atmosphere and you get to see a lovely sunset. Value for money, I'd definitely recommend this to friends!


My experience: There was so much traffic we were just sat in the bus for 30 minutes straight but yet again it wasn’t their fault and that’s just how things are in London. We were gladly offered a refund though. On the bright side, the tour guide cracks a few funny jokes here and there. Would’ve been five stars if it weren’t for the delays.

Tastemaker

I booked this tour for a fun birthday event with friends. Loving London and looking for something different to do rather than just sit in a pub all evening, it seemed like a fun adventure. 


I was originally attracted by the vintage bus of course (I'd seen it one evening parked up in Borough) and the idea of learning ghoulish history in this way seemed original.


However, I was very disappointed. Given the price of the tour (£21 per person + booking fee) it didn't really deliver as far as I am concerned.


Firstly it was the simply things, like the fact we booked as a group of eight people, yet an area wasn't reserved for us to sit together on the bus. The fact that you couldn't actually see all of the sites that the tour guide was referring too from some of the seats, and the bus didn't linger long enough for you to get a good look. And no fun fact sheet was given for us to take home.


Then, the more important things. The facts and history were rushed through, so although they were interesting, they were delivered so fast that it was hard to absorb the information. And the atmosphere was pantomime, rather than ghostly or atmospheric. The 'health and safety inspector' jumping on and off the bus and lots of loud 'arguing' between the actors was really over the top. I wanted to be drawn into the atmosphere of London and the stories being told. I would rather that they concentrated on an ambience of spookiness and slight anticipation, rather than loud, booming childish effects. Remember this is not a tour for children, it is actually for adults!


Overall I think it's a great shame. The bus and the concept is really good. The facts and ghoulish information on London and it's gory history excellent. It's just that the execution of it was done badly. Take that as a pun if you wish.

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My visiting friend and I had high hopes for this and signed up for the 19h30 tour on Friday (28/02/14). Our conductor (Cyrus?) was witty and dry in delivering his stories about the city's many ghosts - we enjoyed listening to him. The tour put the onboard cameras to good use to give the impression of rats crawling under passengers' feet and to show the spirit of 'Dirty Mags' coming up the stairs. The décor (velvet curtains and beaded lamps) added to the atmosphere nicely and I liked how the lights and sound malfunctioned to forewarn of the arrival of a supernatural presence. The one thing that detracted from the whole experience for us was the inclusion of the hysterical and pointless Miss Hinge (the resident Necrobus 'Health & Safety Inspector'), whose random shrieking and general histrionics were frankly off-putting.

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