Jack the Ripper - What Makes a Good Tour?
What makes a "good" Jack the Ripper tour? Well, perhaps the question is best answered by understanding what makes a bad one. "Here is where victim number one was discovered as she lay bleeding from deep cuts to the throat and abdomen, over there is victim number two's resting place," is an example of the dry exposition that manages to tell you nothing of the atmosphere of the East End of London in the late 19th century. Facts are fine, but murders are committed in a social context; you need to know (and better yet smell and feel) the atmosphere of the East End at the time. If you're not wallowing in the stench of poverty, the joy of having gin money, the overcrowding of the doss houses and the itch of wearing all your unwashed clothing at once, then you're not getting the real picture of the mean streets plied by Jack the Ripper.
A Good Jack the Ripper Tour Guide is Essential
Phillip appears on his tours in genuine costume of the era, with an attitude to match. He's your link to Victorian London--and a very good one indeed. The best of the Ripper guides, in fact, of my experience.
Many Jack the Ripper tours are led by Blue Badge guides--meaning guides who have to take general guide courses which allow them to guide many different tours, from which many make a living. But Phillip specializes in Jack the Ripper, which makes his tours unique and memorable. Have a theory about the murders? Try them out on Phillip.
How to Make Sure You Get George To Guide Your Jack The Ripper Tour.
Use the link above to find out more about the tours, and if you want to see Phillip in action, request the dates of a tour he's giving. He does several tours a week.
On Friday nights in the summer George leaves the mean streets of London to lead The Ghost Tour Of Guildford, from March to October, starting in Guildford town centre. It's the only independent tourist attraction in the town.