50 Dark Destinations

Crime and Contemporary Tourism

Edited by Adam Lynes, Craig Kelly and James Treadwell


Mar 14, 2023

Page count

184 pages




216 x 138 mm


Policy Press


Mar 14, 2023

Page count

184 pages




216 x 138 mm


Policy Press
50 Dark Destinations

From the Alcatraz East Crime Museum and Jack the Ripper guided tours to Phnom Pehn Killing Fields, ‘dark tourism’ is now a multi-million-pound global industry. Even in the most pleasant tourist destinations, underlying harms are constantly perpetuated, affecting both consumers and those who work or live around such tourist hotspots. Highlighting 50 travel destinations across six continents, expert criminologists, psychologists and historians explore the past and contemporary issues which we often disregard during our everyday leisure.

This captivating book is the ‘go-to’ guide for anyone interested in crime and deviance-related tourism. Accessible and digestible, it exposes a worrying trend in contemporary consumer culture, in which many of us partake.

“Fun and scholarly, engaging and academic, interesting and intellectual, and should be widely read by anyone interested in violence, trauma, memory, memorialization, war, museums, and history. The subject matter is gruesome and chilling but at the same time accessible and illuminating.” Kevin Walby, University of Winnipeg

Adam Lynes is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University.

Craig Kelly is Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University.

James Treadwell is Professor in Criminology at Staffordshire University.

Introduction - Adam Lynes, Craig Kelly and James Treadwell

1. Cocaine Bear. Lexington, Kentucky, USA - Travis Linnemann

2. Whitney Plantation. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - Thomas Raymen

3. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Washington D.C., USA - Alice Storey

4. From Newgate Prison to Tyburn Tree. The Old Bailey, London, UK - Wendy Laverick and Peter Joyce

5. Jack the Ripper Tour. Whitechapel, London, UK - Kevin Hoffin

6. The Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA - Laura Hammond

7. The Museum of Death. Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA - Loukas Ntanos

8. The Royal Armouries Museum. Leeds, UK - Sarah Jones

9. The Black Dahlia Tour. Los Angeles, California, USA - David Wilson

10. The Execution Dock. Wapping, East London, UK - Peter Joyce and Wendy Laverick

11. Auschwitz. Oświęcim, Poland - Tammy Ayres and Sarah Hodgkinson

12. Jeju 4:3 Memorial. Jeju Island, South Korea - Robin West

13. Museum Dr. Guislain - Sophie Gregory

14. Karosta Prison Hotel. Liepāja, Latvia - Melindy Duffus

15. The Clink Restaurant. Brixton, London, UK - Dan Rusu

16. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum. New York, New York, USA - John Lamb

17. The Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes. Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Eamonn Carrabine

18. Choeung Ek Killing Field. Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Luke Telford

19. Blue Lights in the Red Light District. Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ben Colliver

20. Trophy Hunting. Sub-Saharan Africa - Patrick Berry and Gary Potter

21. Qatar: 'The Ugly Side to the Beautiful Game' - Grace Gallacher

22. Burning Man Festival - Keith Hayward

23. Magaluf. Majorca - Simon Winlow

24. “Holiday Hooters” in Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Katie Lowe

25. Scilla, Calabria, Italy - Anna Sergi

26. The Kray Twins Tours. London, UK - Craig Ancrum

27. Backpacking in the Outback. Australia - Eveleigh Buck-Matthews and Craig Kelly

28. The Hippie Trail. Nepal, South Asia - Emiline Smith

29. The Museum of Confiscated Art. Brest, Belarus - Donna Yates

30. Steroid Holidays. Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt - Nick Gibbs

31. The Souks. Tunis, Tunisia - Kyla Bavin and James Treadwell

32. Mezhyhirya Residence Museum. Novi Petrivtsi, Ukraine - Tereza Østbø Kuldova and Jardar Østbø

33. The Great British Seaside. Various Locations, UK - Neil Chakraborti

34. Biggie Mural. Brooklyn, New York, New York USA - Natasha Pope

35. The Rebus Guided Tour. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - Ian R. Cook and Mike Rowe

36. Volunteer Tourism: “Doing it for the Gram”. Cambodia, Southeast Asia - Orlando Woods

37. The Staycation. The Sofa, Home - Jack Denham

38. The "Suicide Forest". Aokigahara, Japan - Max Hart

39. Pitcairn Island. Pitcairn Islands, Pacific Ocean - Steve Wadley

40. Favela Tours. Rio De Janerio, Brazil - Duncan Frankis and Selina Patel Nascimento

41. Skid Row Walking Tours. Los Angeles, California, USA - Craig Kelly

42. The 2019-2020 Anti-Extradition Protests. Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Jane Richards

43. The Maldives. Republic of Maldives, Indian Ocean - Emiline Smith and Oliver Smith

44. Death Road. La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia - Joe Garrihy

45. Vulture Brains and Muhti Markets. Johannesburg, South Africa - Angus Nurse

46. Dark Tourism, Ecocide and Alpine Ski Resorts. The Alps, Europe - Oliver Smith

47. Boho Zone. Middlesbrough, England, UK - Emma Kelly

48. One Hyde Park. London, England, UK - Rowland Atkinson

49. Amazon Warehouse Tours. Rugeley, England, UK or Virtual Tour - Adam Lynes

50. Disney World. Orlando, Florida, USA - Anthony Lloyd