Going to London and feeling like immersing oneself in the scary and infamous events of London's Dark Ages and other periods? The London Dungeon is one of the top tourist attractions in London that recreates gore and macabre historical events (in a humorous and entertaining way). It is the ideal attraction for those looking for some creepy-crawly jump-scare bad taste humor.
The London Dungeon has a mixture of special effects, live actors, rides, and more to put together a spooky gallows humor entertainment. There is no age limit for the attraction, so it can be a fun family activity for those wanting a little more thrill in the day (parental discretion is advised).
The London Dungeon - A Spooky Adventure Into London's Scary Past
The London Dungeon is an attraction that offers a walk-through experience that recreates scary scenes from London's spooky past.
The London Dungeon was first opened in 1974 and has evolved significantly over the years. Originally it was a wax exhibition of some of London's terrifying past (with characters like Mary Tudor, Boudica, Thomas Becket, and scenes from the Norman Conquest and Doomsday). It grew to include Jack the Ripper and the Great Fire of London before transforming into an interactive horror attraction.
Features & Themes:
- The Gunpowder Plot
- The Black Death
- Jack The Ripper
- Public Hanging
- The Great Fire of London
Start the journey by taking the medieval lift into the depths of the dungeon and embark on an adventure that's not for the faint-hearted. Along the way, one will come with close shaves with Fleet Street barber, Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, a torture chamber, and more. See "The Torturer," "The Plague Doctor," and "The Judge" and events like the Gunpowder Plot and the Black Death.
One of the notable attractions is the "drop ride to doom" - it's a free-fall ride that's staged as a public hanging.
What To Expect At The London Dungeon
London is a city with a long and storied past, and the London Dungeon brings it alive with a thrilling (and terrifying) 90-minute experience.
There is no age limit for the London Dungeon - but the recommended minimum age is 12 years old. Some attractions are scary, and there's no guarantee that kids won't have nightmares!
- Age Restriction: None
The London Dungeon has 19 shows with 20 actors and two rides. Like the "Horrible Histories" British TV show for kids, visitors are taken on a 1,000 or so year history of England and London. The shows are staged on theatrical sets and are enhanced with special effects. Guests are encouraged to participate in the shows.
Planning The Visit To The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon is easy to reach by London's massive subway system and is open every day of the week.
- Summer Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Saturday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm)
- Location: A Short Walk From The Waterloo Mainline and London Underground Stations
There are a few different admission tickets visitors can buy (including one that includes a cocktail at their bar). It is better to purchase the tickets online than in person.
- General Admission: £28 Per Person Online (£31 Walk-In Price)
- Flexible Entry: £37 Per Person Online (£41 Walk-in Price)
The experience takes around 90 minutes. Then visitors can move on and explore some other attractions of London - consider taking a Jack the Ripper guided tour of London.
Other Dungeons In The UK And Europe
In case one is visiting other parts of the UK or Europe, there are other Dungeons to see and explore. There was also once a Dungeon attraction in San Francisco, but that is now closed. There are Dungeons in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Hamburg. But most of their other attractions are located in the United Kingdom. Their other Dungeons in the UK are:
- The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
- The Castle Dungeon At Warwick Castle
- The Edinburgh Dungeon
- The York Dungeon
- The Alton Towers Dungeon
If one is traveling around England, be sure to visit Warwick Castle. Warwick Castle is a living castle that dates from the times of William the Conqueror with exhibits, live shows, castle camping, and the Dungeon attraction located beneath down in its actual castle dungeons.