Sites where famous murders or executions have taken place.


Kray Twins East London Walking Tour

Travel Darkly's guide to Ronnie and Reggie Kray's East London, including their primary school, the infamous Blind Beggar pub and where you can find their graves...
Early Police Museum illustration ILN 1883

The Crime Museum Uncovered, Museum of London

The Museum of London has worked with the Metropolitan Police to put previously unseen objects from Scotland Yard's grisly Crime Museum on display. Travel Darkly visits to find out more about some of these infamous artefacts and the stories around them...
Gravensteen Castle and Torture Museum

Gravensteen Castle and Torture Museum, Ghent, Belgium

This medieval castle in the middle of Ghent was once used as a prison, where those locked up were subjected to various methods of torture to confess to their crimes. Travel Darkly visits the castle's torture museum for thumb screws, stretching racks and unhappy dioramas...
Cromwell's head before it was buried at the chapel in Sidney Sussex College, with thanks to the college

Oliver Cromwell and Charles I London Execution Sites

Charles I was executed outside Banqueting House in London on 30th January 1649 after years of Civil War. Cromwell, on the orders of Charles II, was posthumously executed at Tyburn on the anniversary in 1661. We went to take a look at the execution locations in London and the place Cromwell's head is buried in Cambridge...
© Simon Montgomery

Jack the Ripper Tour, London

Travel Darkly joins one of the Jack the Ripper tours around the East End of London, where five women were murdered during the 'Autumn of Terror' by a serial killer who has never been identified...
Pendle Witches 4th Centenary

Lancaster Castle and the Pendle Witches

In August 1612 eleven people were sentenced at Lancaster castle to 'hang until they be dead.' They had been accused and found guilty of witchcraft. Travel Darkly went on the trail of the Pendle Witches visiting Pendle Hill, the Pendle Heritage Centre and Lancaster Castle...