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Scotland's grisly history
The Edinburgh Dungeon (Edinburgh)
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The Edinburgh Dungeon (Edinburgh)
Advantages: Informative and fun
Disadvantages: Could be scary
We were recently in Edinburgh and decided to go to the dungeon as we had enjoyed London Dungeon.
The Dungeon is easy to find since it is just behind Waverley station and os all visitors need to do is follow signs to the station. There are also off street car parks close by, so after we left the car it was just a short walk for us. The dungeon wasn't difficult to spot as it had a large sign on the low rise stone building and even the arched windows told us where we were.
No queue to get in here although once inside we realised that there were plenty of people. As soon as we walked inside it is dark and gloomy and even the toilets, located close to the entrance have fake blood dripping down the doors, so the scene is certainly set! Once through the ropes we had the obligatory photo shoot with my head in the stocks and Little Miss raising the axe above me whilst we had to let out a blood curdling scream. These photos, as well as the phot from the drop can be bought at the end of the tour, costing £5 for one and £7 for 2 photos.
The tour takes approximately 80 minutes and is the history of some of the darkest moments in Scotland's past. There was very quickly a group large enough to start the tour so off we went.
The first place we went after a fairly creepy walk was the Judgement of Sinners set inside a 17th century court room complete with judge in full regalia. This requires audience participation whilst the judge calls various visitors to the front to receive their sentence so no room for shyness here.
The Torture Chamber also required some poor soul at the front whilst the various implements of torture were discussed and shown to the visitors. The room is certainly very grim and the lady torturer looked the part with her blood stained clothes
For me perhaps the spookiest part of the attractions was Sawney Bean: Cave of the Cannibals. We were all put onto a boat and travelled deep into the cave ready for their meal time (this after having heard the story of the cannibal children). Once on the boat there was an incline for a short while and then the boat stopped. It was in complete darkness and all we could hear was the whisperings of the cannibal children and could feel things touching us. It was quite a relief to get into the actual cave where, although it was pretty grim and the actors were quite convincing, at least there was light.
A short walk away (again in the gloom) we met the serial killers, Burke & Hare. Our guide asked f we wanted to meet them and in they came, and again we were plunged into darkness. I kind of knew what would happen here as I had visited London Dungeon, and after all of the whisperings, the chairs we were sitting on were flung backwards. Once again, I had a bit of a shriek since the whole room was scary as we were sitting in a graveyard.
From here, we walked on to Mary King's Close ready to meet the ghost of Mary King. A definite unpleasant smell lingered around this narrow alley with a tall house situated at one end. We were told a story about a lady who tried to help a family during the plague. The lights went off again and we were told to stand back while an actor ran through the centre of the lines and there was lots of bangings. Again, not for the faint hearted because just the banging in the pitch black is quite disturbing.
One of the final people to hear about was the story of William Wallace, and the tale of his gory end. Here was a room with heads on stakes; the stake having Wallaces face was animated so he could talk and shout at the audience. We were told the story and a member of the crowd was picked out to have his head chopped off. Quite amusing the way it was done as there was a big axe, the actor said he had missed but held aloft an ear.
One of the main attractions was the Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom! We sat in seats with a bar across us, and were lifted high into the air while we had our sentence read and fate decided. Once the fate was decided, the lights went of and with speed we were plunged to the ground, so quickly that I actually bounced out of the seat.
The final part of our journey was the Labyrinth of Lost Souls. We walked out of the drop ride and into a series of mirrors. Really weird because regardless of where we tried to walk we could not get out. It soon became apparent that we were walking around in circles and there was no way out until a member of staff opened up the door and we were into the place where photos can be bought.
The shop is situated just before the exit and sells the usual array of gifts you never knew you needed although these are horror themed!
Address: 31 Market Street Edinburgh EH1 1DF
Telephone: 0131 240 1001
E mail: email@example.com.
These are the prices on the door but much cheaper online and there are also other deals to combine a meal at Hard Rock Café or Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre.
The tour is just the right length of time and the stories interesting and gruesome, but nothing overly terrifying. The actors are good and they seem to know the people they can call upon for participation since no one objected.
Definitely recommended if in Edinburgh.
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