The Night Soil Man's Tour - Evening Edition

Guided Tour 

31st May, 28th June, and 19th July 

At 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. 

£20 Adult, £15 Concession

Book your tickets here.

For more information please email or telephone 020 7405 2127

The tour will begin promptly, so please make sure you are on site on time. We cannot guarantee that latecomers will be able to join the tour. 

Please note: All special events are non-refundable. 

This is the evening edition of the Night Soil Man's Tour, suitable for everyone over the age of 16. If you have younger people who may be interested in this tour, we also have a family edition of the Night Soil Man's Tour. 

Night Soil Man's Tour

“A dirtier or more wretched place he had never seen…”

The London of Charles Dickens was a filthy place. Clouds of stinking, yellow smoke wafted down from the chimneys. Carcasses, rotting vegetables and even human remains were thrown into the Thames, while open sewers and cesspits overflowed with excrement, before being emptied by the Night Soil Men, armed only with their trusty spades.

Join the Doughty Street Night Soil Man for a tour with a twist, as you uncover the ‘great and dirty city’ which was Victorian London. While exploring the historic London home of Charles Dickens, you’ll uncover the filthy secrets of the Victorian home. Find out what could stick to your clothes if you took a stroll down the street. Discover the terrible problems which were caused by the flushing toilet. Uncover the ways the Victorians battled against the London fogs to clean their laundry. This wonderful new tour is horrifying and hilarious in equal measure, bringing you all the history your old school teachers were too polite to tell you, such as how the Victorians went to the loo, how your living room fires could kill you, and what nasty ailments could be caused by the stinking London air?

This gorgeously gross evening tour is perfect for those who enjoy the darker side of history. Best of all, this tour includes the use of 'scent blocks' so you will be able to smell the history you are hearing about. Prepare to discover the real Dickensian London.

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Please note, this tour is designed for people aged 16 and over. If you are interested in the Night Soil Man’s Tour for younger visitors, you may like to book on to our family editions.


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