Ghost Bus Tours is a theatrical sightseeing tour on a classic 1960s Routemaster bus On-board actors and technical trickery combine to create a Frightseeing tour like no other - a hilarious horror show while you see the sights. From the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey over to St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London, see the city's sites of murder, torture and execution, and learn about the ghosts of London and the grisly skeletons in the capital's cupboards.
The Ghost Bus is the perfect way to experience the city of London, and our ghostly tours are designed to entertain and educate while providing a spooky theatrical experience you'll never forget! Ideal plan for a fun and scary night out in London or to get in the mood for Halloween.
“Loved it!” – Johnny Depp
“Hilarious. We screamed a lot!” – Amanda Holden
“A fun-fair like ghost ride” – The Daily Telegraph
Behind the scenes...
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 Londonders- were able to convey the deceased, pall bearers and up to 52 mourners (no standing) to their final resting place. 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.
Ashes to Ashes...
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 operated by Necrobus as a sightseeing service in central London
Bus to Bus...
The bus is painted in the company’s traditional colour of midnight black. The 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.
Northumberland Avenue, just off of Trafalgar Square.
The Bus stop is outside the Grand Hotel, nearest tubes are Charing Cross and Embankment.
Passengers should aim to arrive 15 minutes prior to their tour time to ensure a prompt departure.
All customers must have a valid ticket to board a tour.
The ticket is valid for use only for the time and date stated on the ticket.
Customers must arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour as the bus cannot wait for latecomers.
Tickets / order numbers are non-transferable.
Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Children under 5 attend free, at parents' risk.
Only one child under 5 years old per adult may travel for free provided they do not occupy a seat to the exclusion of a fare paying passenger.
There are no toilets onboard the bus.
Some tours may include a short stop, where you are allowed the opportunity to disembark if you so choose. Leaving the bus at this point in the tour is not mandatory and is taken at your own risk. The Ghost Bus Tours take no responsibility for any injury or incident that occurs outside of our vehicles.
The Ghost Bus Tours take no responsibility for items left on the bus. Personal items are carried at the owners risk and The Ghost Bus can take no responsibility for items damaged or lost.
Smoking, eating, and drinks other than bottled water are not permitted on the bus.
Our buses are classic 1960s Routemasters which are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
Please be aware that we operate on historic vehicles and as such whilst we try our upmost to maintain the buses to the highest standards on occasion the buses may encounter mechanical problems. In the event of a breakdown we will attempt to fix the problem or deploy a secondary vehicle within 90 minutes of the problem occurring. Only after 90 minutes has passed will refunds be guaranteed.
The tour takes you from Northumberland Avenue, through the City of London, the heart of Theatreland, the City of London, across Tower Bridge... and even goes south of the river!
On-board actors and technical trickery combine to create a full theatrical experience.
A unique way to see London at night.
The bus is painted in the company’s traditional colour of midnight black. The interior seating is arranged in ‘carriage style’ for comfort.
Best Comedy Horror show in town.
Food or beverages
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