Friday 22 April from 2pm to 4:30pm Friday 29 April from 3pm to 5:30pm Sunday 1 May from 11am to 1:30pm Friday 6 May from 2pm to 4:30pm Sunday 8 May from 11am to 1:30pm Friday 27 May from 2pm to 4:30pm Sunday 29 May from 11am to 1:30pm Friday 3 June from 2pm to 4:30pm
Revealing the secrets and stories of Paddington's sensational past.
2.5 hour small-group tour
$52 per person: Discover vouchers accepted
Finishing at the rooftop bar of The Royal Hotel, Five Ways
Local Crime Historian Guide
The Paddington we know today is a chic and sophisticated inner-city suburb with elegant rows of terrace houses, charming cafes, lively pubs and boutique shopping.
But rewind just half a century and you’ll find yourself in a very different world. A world of crime, murder, slums, sly-grog, burglary, gambling, rats, snakes, sewers, mysteries, misfits, hold-ups, drugs, raids, riots and revenge.
While the old-fashioned streets of Paddington remain much as they once were many generations ago, this tour revisits the rags that came before the recent riches. Delving into the forgotten lives of its former residents, we’ll dig up tales of vice and villainy that played out between the 1890s and the 1960s.
These were times when struggling tenants squished into decaying Victorian villas. Strange and sinister stories brewed behind closed doors and inside corner pubs. And newspaper articles summed up Paddington’s place in Sydney with shocking titles such as:
“The House of Death”
“Chased with an Axe”
“I stabbed her — I love her”
“Double killing at drink party”
“Men drugged and robbed in Kate Leigh’s house”
“Squealing rats and rolling tins”
“Two-up school in disused bakery”
“A mystery of spontaneous combustion”
“The pangs of poverty”
“The plague in Paddington”
“Bitten by monkey”
“A clever confidence trick”
“Thieves’ amazing climb”
“The Kid Bandit robs again”
…and many, many more.
RECENT TOUR REVIEW:
"Once upon a crime in Paddington offers everything you could want in a walking tour: great stories (at times humorous and always gripping); hidden in plain sight local gems; and a brilliant ending at roof top bar with a view to rival any" — Coogee
Private group tours available.
More tour information and booking information:
This is an outdoor small group (max 10 people) experience
Handshake free meeting of guide and group
Operating 90% outdoors in fresh air including parks
Maintaining social distancing throughout tour
Masks optional throughout
Covid-conscious tour stops in open areas
Hand-washing facilities located at meeting place, ending place and along the tour