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Dark History Night Walking Tour in Barcelona

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Overview

Uncover Barcelona’s dark past on this night walking tour of the city in a small group. When twilight falls upon the city, stroll from the Arc de Triomf to El Born Cultural Center listening to tales of medieval torture, religious punishments, and public executions. Dive into the darker days when the Spanish Inquisition ruled the area and suffering was a part of daily life for many city dwellers. 
  • Follow your guide from the Arc de Triomf to El Born Cultural Center exploring Barcelona's tainted past
  • Learn about the Spanish Inquisition and the seriousness of their actions
  • Hear stories of 15th-century executions and other gruesome punishments
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
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Professional local guide
Small-group walking tour
Use of projector for images
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Arc de Triomf , Arc de Triomf, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

The guide will be under the monumental arch wearing a bright green vest with the company's logo.

El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria , Plaça Comercial, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 in central Barcelona. As twilight hits the city, stroll around the Catalan capital listening to stories of what the city was like during its darkest days.

Understand what the Spanish Inquisition was, what they believed in, what methods they practiced, and how they affected the city and its people. Go further, and discover what types of executions took place in Barcelona and what public executions consisted of.

Other historical concepts you learn are what other medieval punishments happened at that time, how the development of cemeteries came about, and what the Acts of Faith of the Inquisition were. Get a chance to hear some of the city's really gnarly legends, along with the history.

Please note that because of the darker content of this tour, it isn’t recommended for children younger than 14 years of age.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Arc de Triomf
Meeting point
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Born
The tour starts around twilight so the starting time varies during the year, earlier in the winter (7pm) and later in the summer (9pm). Although some of Barcelona's legends might be included, please note that this is not a Ghost Tour but an historical walk focused on the more gruesome part of the city's past. These are the themes you will explore during the walking tour: • Methods of the Spanish Inquisition • Medieval punishments in Barcelona • Types of execution in the city • Development of cemeteries • Public executions in Barcelona • Acts of Faith of the Inquisition • Barcelona's dark legends The walk starts from Arc de Triomf and it ends at El Born CC, next to a safe area with plenty of restaurants, metro stations and taxi stops. Please ask your guide for directions and recommendations, if needed. For quality purposes and extra interaction with the guide, the number of participants is limited to 15 per group so it is strongly recommended to book early. Because of the content, this tour is not recommended for children younger than 14.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 15 people per group
  • The tour is not cancelled due to weather conditions so please bring an umbrella if it rains
  • Not recommended for children younger than 14
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Runner Bean Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dark History Night Walking Tour in Barcelona?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
Brilliantly organised and informative
Helen_H
, Aug 2022
Well organised trip and saw parts of Barcelona that would have been missed otherwise. Miguel was excellent. Animated, knowledgeable and friendly.
star-5
Excellent, fun, stroll through old town
Jennifer_O
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide had a nuanced and factual understanding of the areas we toured. She brought her storytelling to life with a mobile projector and by engaging each of us as actors/volunteers at every stop. I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the Spanish Inquisition and beautiful strolls around the city’s old town.
star-5
Great tour about some not so great things that happened in Barcelona through the ages.
Jamie_F
, Jul 2022
Loved this tour, guide AnneMarie was a really great storyteller and made everyone on the tour feel welcome/included and part of the stories being told. Good vibes and time well spent - despite the dark subject matter!
star-5
Awesome
ashleylesick
, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time on the tour. So much history and our tour guides was awesome, i can’t remember him name but i believe he Irish. Highly recommended!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, Ashley. Your tour guide was Ross. I am delighted to read that you had such a fabulous time on his tour. All the best :-) Gorka
star-5
Can I rate 6 STARS ????
Robert_S
, Oct 2019
I forgot the name - and I should be ashamed - of our Irish guide. This is my best visit ever anywhere in the world and I have been traveling x 50 years.An actor, a comedian, all in a beautiful human being . It was GRRREEEAAAAATTTT !!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Scruzer1
, Oct 2019
Ross was a fantastic guide and made this a really great experience. He was very engaging, the group was encouraged to participate in the story telling and he had a wealth of knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour, as you would never know the rich history of the part of Barcelona without taking this tour.
star-5
Fantastic!
Robert_P
, Sep 2019
It was by far the best tour we took while my brother and I were in Barcelona! Our guide Ally really loved her role and she was great at it. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who "isn't afraid of the rack." Cheers!
star-5
Barcelona
Marina L
, Jun 2019
This tour was well-presented and lively. We enjoyed our guide who was entertaining, friendly, industrious and well-informed. Would definitely recommend it to all.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for the great feedback, Marina. I am delighted that you had such a nice time on our dark past Night Walking Tour. I hope we will see you in Barcelona again soon :-)
star-5
Great tour !
Brenda_P
, Oct 2018
Awesome! Highly recommended . Our tour guide was fabulous Is there a lot of interesting sites. She was very nice and entertaining
star-5
Took the tour last Thursday with Andy...
Marilyn C
, Sep 2018
Took the tour last Thursday with Andy as our tour guide. He was absolutely amazing and knowledgeable and also very funny with his jokes. The towns we visited were lovely although a lady took over as our guide in Montepulciano and there was a lot of uphill walking and I found her italian accent hard to follow. However, after finally reaching the top puff puff! and finishing there, our favourite Andy was back as our guide. Lunch was amazing at the farm house along with the wine tasting. Highly recommend doing this tour.
star-3
It is exactly as it is represented...
richard s
, Aug 2018
It is exactly as it is represented. It is mostly about the Inquisition and the justice system, that is, the very, very long nightmare of Church dominance and injustice in Spain until recently just like almost everywhere else in the world where one religion or dogma has the State's endorsement and life has little value. Everyone should know this stuff. Do this tour but don't expect to laugh. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
star-5
This tour was wonderful! My guide...
Brielle H
, Dec 2017
This tour was wonderful! My guide, Alexandra, was so knowledgeable and a lot of fun!
star-5
Did this with friends and have to...
Vickie
, Dec 2017
Did this with friends and have to say it was a great night. We had a lot of fun with the other people on the tour too. The guide was very engaging and he really made a point to include everyone in the stories.
star-5
Excellent! Entertaining and...
Frank P
, Aug 2017
Excellent! Entertaining and informative. Learned about the history and legends of the Barri Gotic. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. Well worth it!
star-1
I was a little disappointed. I feel...
Robin G
, Jul 2017
I was a little disappointed. I feel that the tour was full of dramatics but not much substance. I dont know if I learned much real history. The focus was more on storytelling and legends and wasnt sure if it was fact or fiction. i felt like it was geared toward a 12 year old boy, but there was only one child in group of 14. I wanted to mostly hear details about spanish inquisition. This was touched on but not in the depth i was expecting.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2017
We've received the following response from the operator of your tour: We are really sorry that you didn't enjoy the tour as much as other people have. The Dark Past Night Walking Tour focuses on themes like the Spanish Inquisition, methods of execution, history of cemeteries and a couple of dark legends in Barcelona. On the tour we have two long stops focused exclusively on the Spanish Inquisition but, as mentioned previously, it is not only about that. It is a 2 hour tour where we pack many other themes all related to the darker side of the history of the city. Some parts are fascinating from an historical point of view, others are based on some of the legends of the city and finally some fun interactive parts are also included. The tour is all based on well researched historical facts while the legends are only about 20% of the actual tour content. I can assure you that you did learn real history. Again, we are sorry that you thought it was an specialised tour on the Spanish Inquisition. We feel that you do learn a lot about the issue but it is not intended to be an in-depth study about it. This will require a longer tour focusing exclusively on the Inquisition. Thank you for the feedback and I hope you had a fantastic time in Barcelona :-)
star-5
So much fun. Our guide new a ton of...
amanda.lynneberg
, Jul 2017
So much fun. Our guide new a ton of cool history, even random stuff people asked him, and threw in extra information when we passed by buildings on our way to a spot.
star-5
This was an amazing tour and...
Kristine L
, Jul 2017
This was an amazing tour and incredibly accessible. One of the participants on the tour had a broken leg and the tour guide was super accommodating and made sure the group went at a pace everyone was comfortable with. Only thing though, please please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand. Our tour ended up leaving maybe 10-15 mins after the departure time because we were waiting for someone else to arrive, but eventually didn't, and that meant that a few of the areas we needed to pass through were locked. Otherwise, super informative, our guide was charismatic af and the delivery of the stories he gave was well paced. 10/10 Definitely recommend! TipYourGuide
star-4
Alexandra did a wonderful job and...
Kevin F
, Jun 2017
Alexandra did a wonderful job and kept us and our teens interested the entire time. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Spain and the Spanish Inquisition.
star-5
Barcelona's dark history is a wonderful...
Noel B
, Jun 2017
Barcelona's dark history is a wonderful story and it was told well.
star-5
This is an awesome tour for those...
cristi55cope
, Jun 2017
This is an awesome tour for those wishing to learn more about Barcelona's history. Our guide, Alexandra, was phenomenal and very insightful. Just remember to wear walking shoes - there is plenty of walking as one would expect

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