Information from Viator
Step back in time to explore the teaming streets of Victorian London through the eyes of an expert guide. Visit some of the city’s crowning architectural achievements, like King’s Cross and the Renaissance Hotel, alongside her darker corners, like graveyards where body snatchers used to go about their macabre business. Finish up in Highgate Cemetery, one of London’s most unique burial grounds, for an exploration of life and death in an era that changed the world.
Begin by meeting your expert guide and small group of 15 people or fewer at King’s Cross, London’s most iconic train station, and a symbol of the immense advances that the City underwent under the reign of Queen Victoria. Stop in front of the nearby Renaissance Hotel to marvel at the architecture and learn how the upper crust of British society used to live - and why they were still called the “middle class”. Leaving behind all that splendor, stroll down streets that used to wind through some of the worst slums in the city and into the graveyard of St. Pancras old church. Here the ground literally bulges with all the bodies that were packed into it, and you’ll learn about some of its more interesting inhabitants, like an heiress who became one of the 19th centuries greatest social campaigners, and a tortured doctor who wrote the first vampire story. You’ll also learn about the dangers that faced Victorians even after death, like the “resurrectionists” who stole bodies for a living.Take a tube from one of the oldest underground stations in the world up to Highgate Cemetery for a walk around the west cemetery, which is closed to anyone who is not on an official tour. As you wander the beautiful and atmospheric paths, you’ll learn about the amazing lives and (sometimes very strange) deaths of the famous Victorians buried here. After the cemetery, take a tube back down to King’s Cross with your guide and get plenty of recommendations on what else to see and where to eat during the rest of your trip.
- London Underground journey (Mornington Crescent to Archway and Archway to King's Cross)
- Bottled water upon arrival to Highgate
- Small Groups of 15 or smaller
What's not included
- Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off