I was originally a little apprehensive about visiting the London Dungeon. I am not a fan of scary movies so I figured this might not be the best thing for me to do.
However, I decided to go with a friend. As we were yet to purchase tickets, we had to join the long queue. It took about 10 minutes to get into the place, this was on a Sunday afternoon.
Once we had entered the place, we had a professional photo taken, which you can purchase at the end of the tour.
The tour itself wasn't that scary. Most of it was designed to make you jump, more than anything else. You get a "scary" talk in each section by a different actor. All the actors are amazing at what they do and really help to get the atmosphere going.
There are also a couple of rides too, however, there is no option to opt out of them. The last ride is a drop, which you can choose not to take part in if it's a bit too much for you.
It was definitely a fun experience but not one that I would do again. It's one of those places where, once you've seen it once, you've seen it all.
My only criticism is that one of the sections was far too much. It was a section on Jack the Ripper. I felt that the story and images were far too graphic. Inappropriately graphic. There was no need for them to do that at all. It really affected me and I could tell that a lot of the girls in the room seemed a little upset by it too. I dread to think how children would react to it.
I went to the London Dungeons earlier this year in April and my god it was a brilliant thrilling experience.
--------Getting There & Entrance-------
This was my first time in London so we set off early at 9am in the morning to find where the London Dungeons where located. The tube was 2 minutes away from my hotel and we caught the Jubilee Line and go off at the London Bridge stop. The place is very easy to find because as soon as you leave the tube station there are dressed up people in horrific costumes handing out flyers for the London Dungeon and they point you in the right direction which is to the right of the exit and you won't miss it because the line is ridiculously long and the bold sign for the entrance is there to.
As we walked into the dark tunnel entrance you are stopped by a Guillotine where we posed for a picture that we got to pick up at the end of the tour. After posing for the picture we had to wait in a line before we stared the tour. The tunnel was dark and gruesome and a medieval peasant was there to entertain us and tells us the rules while we waited. Luckily for me going at an early time I had quite a short line and only waited about 5 minutes. At this stage it's not possible to get an express ticket that's only available for the entrance. Unlike outside here there is entertainment from dressed up actors so it's OK. The line goes down really fast because about 20-25 people enter the tour at a time.
------What's On The Tour-----
The tour was a horrific packed hour and a half of gore, screams and rides. The tour tells gruesome historic tales from 1000 years of history British history.The history is told with live actors, special effects, 3 rides and 14 shows.
The Actors/Actresses where great on the tour they all acted the part and where mostly enthusiastic about their roles.The way they worked is in each area of the tour one person would portray a role and give you a creepy insight into a moment in history then they would hand you over to the next Actor/Actress.
There was only on Actor that I felt didn't enjoy there job as we walk into the show about Jack The Ripper someone was about to walk straight past into the next room. The actor shouted to them "Where are you going, Do you think this is just here for display" The Actor said it in a sarcastic tone and seemed a little tense and I found his whole attitude to be negative.
The shows that they have there are very entertaining and they let the people on the tour get involved. The shows include historical topics such as Samuel Peeps, Jack The Ripper, The Plague, Sweeney Todd, Trials, Surgery and Punishments. The shows are delivered in videos and demonstrations with props.
The type of things you can get involved in is being burnt at the stake, going on trial, being operate on a various other things. I was a little scared to volunteer as it looked to scary for me. Looking back though I wish I did volunteer to do something as it adds to the experience. What I liked about the shows was that all of them made me feel like I actually was back in the olden days. My favourite show was definitely the court case trials because the man from the tour who they brought up to the stands for trial was hilarious he was giving lots of jokes and was entertaining to watch. The shows take up majority of the tour but they are fun to watch.
There are 3 rides on the tour and they where all enjoyable my favourite being the boat ride as it brought back memories of being on a Ghost Train at the fair but it was much more entertaining, scary and much faster. It reminded me of the Ghost Train from the fairs I used to go as a kid because it 's the same sort of set up but just much more professional as it the monsters they have up and popping out.
They have a 5D ride which was a really good experience because I've never been on a 5D ride before. On the ride you side on chairs the move up in the air and spin around whilst wearing 3D glasses and shooting bats flying at you. I think this ride was very eventful but it made me quite dizzy.
The final ride they have you get hanged well not literally. The ride seats you and takes you right up in the air while you listen to the crime that you have committed. Once you get to the to you see a fake audience then you drop right back down to the bottom as if you have been hanged.
If you want to sit the rides out they are happy to not let you participate you just have to let them know and they will sort you out.
Throughout the whole tour there are many special effects for example when they burnt a woman in the tour at the stake it look like the person was actually burning I would really love to know how they manage to do this.
Once the tour has ended you end up in the gift shop where you can get loads of souvenirs. You also pick up your photo at this point. I recommend getting your photo taken at the start because your not allowed to take pictures inside so it's a good way to remember the tour.
-----Look & Feel Of The Dungeon-----
The tour has lots of hanging monsters and has a very horrific feel to it. As you walk through along the tour there are many thing that caught my eye like at one point there was a couldren that had a mysterious glowing substance in it. There where also lots of x's around on the walls and objects which is the sign of a plague of an infected area. I think they really did a god job of making a place where you can feel like your in the olden days.
-----Ticket Prices & Other Information-----
Adult (16+) - Ticket Office £24.00 - Online £16.00
15 and under - Ticket Office £18.60 - Online £9.00
I paid for my tickets online and we just printed the ticket and went straight in when we got there. When you go to the office you have to wait in the line.
I think the London Dungeons is definitely a place to go and visit and I will definitely be going back again with a group of friends this time. It's was a good family day out and I think it's is a good place to take your family because there where about 5 or 6 kids on my tour and they seem to have enjoyed themselves.
I think although it was fun it's also very educational and it's like a fun history lesson.
When I was in London for one week, I obviously have done a lot. I have visited many museums and attractions and on the last day we wanted to do something special. We have chosen to join the group to go to the London Dungeon, a horror museum in central London.
On the world are five dungeons to find in cities like Amsterdam, London and New York. You can see it as a horror museum, because there are old, horrific stories told and illustrated. It can be regarded as a haunted house. In short, The London Dungeon is really just a tourist attraction for people who like a little horror. Unfortunately there is a hefty price tag, namely about 20 pounds. There are many discount cards available in shops in London.
There are two different entrances into the building. One for individuals and small groups and families and one for large groups. We had a small hallway through and then we reached a spot where two pillories were set up. Two people were called forward and had to lay their heads in here. Another two people were given a plastic axe in their hands and the rest of the group had to sit around. Everyone had a scary face and a photograph was taken. For five pounds after you could pick it up.
After the group photo we arrived in a queue. There were a number of people, but we did not have to wait for long. I think every time around 30 people are allowed to enter and 15 minutes later another group may enter. When we were there it wasn't that busy so we only had to wait a few minutes.
The tour has a total length of two hours. In total, you'll pass about twenty different rooms, each with its own theme and actor or actress. These themes are regularly rotated, so a second visit is possible. When a tour begins, there is a actress in a slightly raised and speaks to us about what exactly will happen over the next two hours. Of course they try to keep the tension up with an unexpected kick to the ground, also good for a number of screaming people. Below I will briefly discuss a number of rooms.
The tour starts with a good mirror maze. The aim is to find the exit of the dungeon. With flashing lights, an exciting background music, some smoke effects and the occasional screaming people around you, the atmosphere is very good. In the beginning it is not too bad, but later you will not longer oversee and bang your head against a mirror. This I learned that you better have your fingers in front of you and this way we found the exit.
At one point we heard water flowing and did not know what was coming. A little later we saw a boat and we went on a boat ride to hell. Again many horror moments and the screams echoed beautifully through the course. Especially when an actress in the dark suddenly jumped out. This is a very successful part and even gives one the feeling of an amusement park, only a lot scarier.
The most interactive part of the museum is the courtroom. The judge calls someone from the audience and this is then assigned a crime and punishment. It sounds very silly, but the level of the actors was so high that it was quite believable. This part was not really frightening, but was in a humorous way brought about by the actors, so it was very entertaining.
Jack the Ripper
Everyone knows the story of Jack the Ripper is, the killer never found. After a movie we could to the next room. This was to propose a café and an actor playing a bartender. Some exciting things happen, like a lamp that shifted and bottles fell down. After that the light flashes and the lights went out at one time even. Nobody knew what was coming, but you could have heard footsteps. When the light was turned back on, Jack the Ripper was in the middle of the pub and everyone was shocked. One of the scariest moments of the whole tour.
I truly had the time of my life in this museum. I'm a fan of horror movies and thrillers, and when I heard that we went to The London Dungeon, I was also extremely happy. The atmosphere throughout the tour was great and all the actors were really well in character. This had the result that a very few times I was really shocked by the actors, actresses, sound and shock effects.
If you like a bit of suspense and horror, the London Dungeon is a must. The actors and actresses are all great. The atmosphere is super in the building and therefore there are lots of moments where your heart beat faster. The tour is very varied and you will be bored for a second. Therefore I cannot do anything but give five stars.
We have just returned from a trip to London where we visited the London Dungeons. The whole experience was amazing. We went during term-time so the kids were at school; apart from a few European tourists it was quiet. We didn't have to queue at all (it was 10:30am in the morning) so the reviews we had read about waiting times didn't really apply to us.
We went straight in and had a posed photo and was handed a slip to claim it at the end. We went through to pay and were shocked at the price £23.50 per person, I was amazed at how they could justify that, I thought it was all part of the shock horror theme!!! Nonetheless we had looked forward to it so paid and entered. On entering we were impressed. The most exciting bit was the labyrinth with loads of carefully arranged mirrors, although if claustrophobic not a great idea.
The actors/actresses are amazing and really put on a realistic show, they made the attraction what it is. The boat ride although basic made me scream and the slapstick humour was thrilling. The drop ride at the end seemed to produce the most amazing faces on the photos mainly because it was so unexpected. Unlike a rollercoaster where the camera can be placed so poses are staged the photos at the dungeons really produced excellent reminders of the visit. At £10 for two photos we purchased the entrance photos and the ride photo, a bargain souvenir of our amazing trip.
Was it worth the money to enter?? Absolutely definitely yes!
Save your money,and dont bother going to The London Dungeon.Ive also been to the York and Warwick Castle which is excellent.The London Dungeon needs some money spent on it to match the Warwick,lighting and displays behind the times,the actors clothes not much spent on that or make up or wigs,Found one of the staff very rude at the ticket booth at the front.and no such think as as a fast track...........most of the time you are kept waiting in the displays.
I have visited London on quite a few occasions now through trips with friends and through also seeing my then boyfriend who was an Essex boy. I have done quite a few "touristy" things but the London Dungeons never really appealed to me! Maybe because I am a bit of a wuss and didn't fancy walking through dark corridors and things! However, this weekend I visited London again and one of the things my sister wanted to do was visit the dungeons and so I didn't really have much choice!
The dungeons are located on Tooley Street in London and are closest to the London Bridge tube station.
We arrived at the dungeons at around 9.25am. There was already a small queue formed, and the dungeons open at 9.30am on a Saturday. We perhaps queued for around 10 minutes before the doors were opened and we began to move inside to pay. Now I think this was pretty good going as I have heard some real horror stories about the length of the queues to get in this attraction and how people can wait for hours on end to go in.
Once inside we had to queue in a dark corridor. There were tombstones and things painted on the walls and it all looked quite gloomy. I admit even at this point I was thinking "GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!" When we got to the front of the queue we were told to go to the left and wait for the assistant who was made up to look gory! She told me to get in the stocks and my sister had to hold an axe and pretend to chop off my head. This was the first photo taken of us by them. There are signs around telling you that you cannot use your cameras whilst in the dungeons. We didn't, but I know from looking on you tube and things prior to going that there are some people that do. Once the assistant had taken our photo she told us "Have a horrible time" and sent us on to pay!
We went to the tills to pay. There were two tills operating and the price of entry was £23.00 per person. Now I think this is pretty steep really as with most of the tourist attractions in London. However, I had been sent some two for one entry tickets with my Tesco club card statement and luckily one of the attractions mentioned was the London Dungeons. Therefore my sister and I paid £11.50 each to get into the attraction which I think is a much more appropriate price.
The tour is pretty much led by the people who work there, actors presumably, who are all made up to look bloody, dead or disgusting! Perhaps all three in some cases! The majority of them are bossy and shout at you but this is all to add to the atmosphere of where you are!
You are first taken to the Crypt of All Hallows church. It is here you are locked in and meet your first guide. He is supposedly dead and talks to you about the plague and things.
You are then sent into the Labrinth of lost souls. This is basically a mirror room like you would find in a fun house or something but you are in the dark and can barely see. What you can see is reflections of yourself and shadows of other people as the rest of your group are walking around. You are unsure if any of these people are going to be the guides who jump out at you and are feeling around to try and escape! This was the room we were first made to jump! In fact I think my sister probably screamed!
Next you go into another room to learn a bit more about the plague. You have another guide chatting to you here.
Next there is a room about the Great Fire of London. You are watching a video of a man talking about the fires. As you are watching the room fills with smoke and you are then sent out of that room coughing and spluttering a bit! Not great if you have asthma!
The next room you encounter is the surgery room. You are met at the door by a man in a cloak which covers his face. In the room is a model of a torso and various medical instruments. The man in the cloak chooses a volunteer who is strapped to a chair. A voice over begins telling us about how surgeons would sometimes turn to the black market to make more money and as this is going on the man in the cloak is removing the stomach, intestines and heart from the torso and dangling them in the volunteers face! Then he begins to pretend to use various instruments on the volunteer. Finally he picks up a large chopping axe and lifts it towards the volunteer and then the room goes black, you hear screams and are splattered with water... I guess this is meant to be blood!
Next to the torture chamber. You meet another guide who shows you various instruments of torture and he also chooses some volunteers!
From this room you are sent to see the judge. Again volunteers are chosen but to be honest this part is pretty funny! They make up various kinds of crimes for the volunteers to have done and have them doing silly things and such like. I say it is funny...but I would have been mortified if I had been chosen!
Next you go to Bedlam! After Bedlam you go on the first ride of the dungeons which is a boat ride called Traitor. There are six of you per boat and you spin around a little bit and things. Prepare to get wet!
After this we end up on a little street where a man selling pies chats to you for a while until all the group is together again before he takes you to Sweeney Todd's Barber shop. In this room it is pitch black. You are all sat in chairs and it is quite spooky really! A few screams were heard in this room too!
From Sweeny Todd we head to Whitechapel to learn about Jack the Ripper. This was the part I was most scared about to be honest! We are met by a woman dressed as a prostitute who he killed. She tells us a bit about the history and then we are taken to a room where we hear a video talking about who Jack the Ripper may have been. There is quite a dramatic finale to the video in which fire is thrown out of the bottom of the screen and is meant to signify hell!
From Jack the Ripper we go to a new attraction for 2010: Bloody Mary the killer Queen. This is all on video as well though there is one guide who chooses someone to be tied up and be punished by the Queen.
After this we reach the final ride of the experience which is called Extremis. There are warnings about this ride such as if you suffer back problems, are pregnant and the like that you should not ride it. It is a vertical drop ride and I have to admit being terrified as I do not like heights at all. Basically when you are secured into the seats you are lifted until you are level with some nooses in front of you. There are some animated characters which read your charges but to be honest these are hard to hear and understand. You are then dropped from the height and oh yes I definitely screamed at this part!!! They take a picture as you are free falling which you can then see straight away as your next stop is the photo room. The picture of us was hilarious! We both look terrified but the gentleman sitting next to us looks worse! We were crying laughing and so we bought two copies of the picture for £10.00.
Next we walked through to the gift shop where the usual types of things were being sold. We did not purchase anything in here though.
From start to finish the dungeon experience lasted around two hours which I think is pretty good for the price we paid. Of course when you are in there you can't really turn round and get back out! If you had any health problems and such like whilst in there though I am sure you could tell one of the guides and they would be able to get you out of there.
As we left the dungeons and walked on to the street other scary looking actors chased us! Seemingly a different attraction has opened over the road from the dungeons but is doing a very similar thing! Needless to say we didn't need any more scaring so we didn't go in there.
So would I recommend the dungeons? Well I think if you have got an offer ticket and you can get two for the price of one I definitely recommend it. My sister and I held on to each other virtually all the way through the attraction but it was a good laugh in the end! I wouldn't go again, but that is because I have seen it now. So yeah, if you haven't been I would say give it a go!
I've never really liked London so recently my wife and I took a sightseeing trip to try to change my mind (it worked considerably). One of the stops on my trip was Londond Dungeon.
London Dungeon can be found on Tooley Street, near London Bridge Railway Station. As it's owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, try to get their special offers which also incorporates attractions such as Madame Tussards and Alton Towers. We benefited from a 2 for 1 offer.
The queue was long, which seems to be a recent curse of mine (check out my Empire State Building review). After waiting about 45 mins, we finally entered and the fun could begin. And fun it was. All the actors were convincing in their portrayal of the characters and you could really buy into the atmosphere. They helped provide a few scares too.
There are history lessons to be learnt but none are taken too seriously and it all retains a lighthearted yet morbid feel. Having no idea what to expect, the 2 rides came as a surprise to me but I was impressed with both. The drop ride especially was terrifying!
The whole experience took around 2 hours (after the queue). The cost was £22.50 per person but you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a 2 for 1 voucher as they are offered regularly from various sources.
All in all, I think London Dungeon is a good way to spend a couple of hours and is different to other attractions in London. It may not be suitable for younger children however.
London Dungeon is set in a particularly inauspicious area, housed in the arches of London Bridge station. This is not a part of London that has a thriving tourist buzz. Rather, it is quite a plain, unattractive area. I have visited the London Dungeon five times in the past, the latest being October 2009 for Halloween. I have enjoyed the experience on each occasion.
The London Dungeon offers a combination of wax works, mocked-up historical settings and actors guiding you through London's gruesome past. Focusing heavily on the darker side of the capitals history, this attraction is not suitable for very young children, who might be scared by the depictions of torture and cruelty. Live actors bring the stories of Jack Ripper and the Great Fire to life and the dungeon includes a log-flume style ride, which transports visitors through London's past. The staff are enthusiastic in their roles and significantly contribute to the experience.
One of the significant downsides of London Dungeon is the very long queues to enter the attraction. I was visiting with friends and we had purchased our tickets in advance, yet we still had to wait approximately 2 hours to get into the attraction. The queueing is inconvenient and takes place on the street. There are members of staff, who will steward the crowd, but the queuing situation is quite bleak. If you need to use the toilet, you will need to ask the permission of steward to let you into the attraction or nip off to the paid-entry toilets in London Bridge Station.
Despite the queuing I would still recommend this attraction to anyone who is interested in the capital's past and who doesn't have a weak stomach. Also, don't go if you have a phobia of rats.
London Dungeon is somewhere that I have visited twice now and the most recent one was last year as a celebration for my 20th birthday.
London Dungeon is located on Tooley Street and with London Bridge being the nearest railway station and is very accessible from most areas of London.
Tickets are available for around £15.00 per adult and this is dependant on whether you book in advance and whether you buy your ticket along with tickets to other attractions such as Madame Tussauds and the London Eye and this is what we did on our last visit making a saving of around 40% on the "on the day" ticket prices and we literally booked the evening before our trip and just collected all of the tickets from the London Eye ticket office.
London Dungeons have been open since 1976 and although initially opened as a museum of "horrible history" it has now become an actor-led, interactive experience that is a popular London tourist attraction. The Dungeon is operated by Merlin Entertainments who also own the London Eye and Madame Tussauds (hence the heavily discounted ticket prices).
The London Dungeons experience will begin as soon as you arrive to either queue or use the priority booking entrance and there will be actors there who may well be a little bit cheeky or even down right rude but this is really just in jest and although I found some of their comments a tad inoffensive I only had to wait around 2 minutes to enter and then when we left the one actor I disliked had left his post.
Upon entering the Dungeons you will walk around a small roped off queue area and this is designed to make you walk around a certain way so that you may be sprayed with a small squirt of water which immediately made me jumpy and then we handed in our tickets and the experience began! You can choose to pose with your head in stocks and your friends/family holding axes etc and you will be given a raffle ticket to collect a photograph at the end (which you have to pay for of course).
Most of the tour of the Dungeons is guided and you will be sent through different sections to learn miscellaneous facts about Jack the Ripper and such goings on in London years ago.
At the beginning you will see lots of models that are in various states of decomposing and death such as ones with guts pulled out and ones who have been pushed down on spears etc. These are obviously fake but its good fun anyway to take some photographs here and have a little muck around.
You will then go through to the first actor-led experience which is called 'Labyrinth Of The Lost' after you have a brief talk with one of the actors there about general safety and how it works (i.e. just work your way around, don't go back and if you have any problems or illnesses tell one of the actors). This area is a large mirror maze which you have to work your way around and as you are generally going around with a few other tourists or visitors this can become quite funny and takes a fair few minutes to work around. I found this to be relatively easy but some people suffered as they just didn't seem able to follow the maze around.
'The Great Plague' is the next area which is set in 1655 when London was riddled with the plague. You will hear lots of noises and shouting and there is an unpleasant smell in this area supposed to represent just how bad it was back in those days. It's going to be extremely hard to make a smell like that and it's not disgustingly overpowering so was bearable while we stood and listened to the actor telling us some facts. This area is going to be changing in 2009 and I understand that this is going to show an old fashioned operating theatre and how they used to operate on people with some comical effects.
'Traitor: Boat Ride To Hell' is the next experience and here you will be sentenced to death in a court room and then led out to the boat (where you will receive safety tips and the odd cheeky comment - ours was 'keep your hands to yourselves love birds!). I am quite scared of water even though I'm a fantastic swimmer and we took our seats in the boat in almost darkness and then once we left the boarding station it got pitch black and there are lots of sound effects to make it all the more scarier. On the first visit I was really upset and did not like it at all, whereas on the second visit I knew that it was nothing to be scared of and therefore rode it with a smile on my face and knowing roughly what was coming. This is one of my favourite parts of the Dungeon experience as it feels like you've gone really far but it's barely anywhere and not actually scary when you ignore the sound effects!
'Sweeney Todd' is shown in almost darkness and we walked past Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop before being greeted by the lady herself (an actor of course) who took us in to Sweeney Todd's barber shop where we saw a model who appeared to have had their throat cut and then we learnt some history about the fictional Sweeney Todd and how he murdered victims in his barbers shop and then Mrs. Lovett used them as fillings in her pies. Some people may be picked out from the crowd to experience a 'close shave' and then their chair will tip back making them think they are going to fall in to the cellar.
'Jack The Ripper' is a fantastic experience in which we learnt about the killings by Jack The Ripper in 1888. First we were taken to Buck's Row where we learnt about the first three murders complete with 'witness accounts' then we were taken through a corridor complete with models of the dead prostitutes with their intestines pulled out and their throats cut. We then went on to learn about the last two murders and saw animations (which looked very old fashioned - brilliant!). Eventually we end up in the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields which is set in 1898 and we are talked to about the Ripper by the barmaid (or barman!) and then the lantern on the bar seemed to move by itself, the lights flickered, went out and then an air blast went off near the ceiling and made a Ripper come out completely with a knife and because my fiancé is tall (6'2" he had his head right near the blast of air but thankfully he knew it was coming before we went in otherwise he would have had such a fright!).
'Great Fire Of London' is one of the last exhibitions and this one is set in 1666 with an actor telling us information about the Great Fire Of London which started in Pudding Lane. We were then shown a small educational film narrated by Tom Baker before having to escape from the fire down a 'street' with lots of fake fire and hot air blowing around to add to the effect. We then walked through a revolving tunnel of red and yellow lights which is designed to make you think you are in a fire but neither time has it made me feel like this.
'Drop Ride To Doom' is the final part of the experience and this is where you are treated as a criminal who has been sent to hang at a Prison and then you will be taken from your cell to a seat in a small ride which makes you have a small drop as if you are being hung and then a photograph is taken (yes, something else to spend money on!). You are told before the start of the ride that you can opt out if you suffer from back problems or are pregnant and because I'm scared of everything and anything I chickened out and just said to the actor 'I can't do it' and was shown through a different way ready to see the pictures.
We spent a couple of hours in the Dungeons and were very pleased for the price that we paid. The experiences are fantastic and well acted throughout with some people always trying to catch them out or come up with a smart question but the actors seem to be infallible! The only disappointment for me was the fact that we could not receive our picture (the one from the beginning with the axe and the stocks) because they had given us the wrong raffle ticket and although they searched through many pictures and we pointed out the people before us in the queue they just could not find our picture and this was a real disappointment to us as we were already decided that we would buy it for the novelty factor and unfortunately we didn't get many opportunities to take photographs whilst travelling around the Dungeons.
I would definitely visit again and every year or two they seem to update exhibits and bring in entire new areas and they have lots of room left to expand so I'm sure this is going to continue for years to come.
The London Dungeons are definitely worth a visit and is fun for the whole family although you may want to avoid taking very young children as this can be a little scary for them but it is mostly atmosphere more than anything scary actually happening. Be prepared to be called out of your group to demonstrate things or to try stuff out but always remember that they are very health and safety conscious so there is really nothing to be afraid of.
The experience at the Dungeons is one that I won't forget for a long time and even though it's been over a year since we went I can still vividly remember walking around and waiting at the start for more people to join us. It is fun going around in a group (it was just Tom, my fiancé, and I) and we were with lots of foreign tourists who were jabbering away in their native language but were quiet at all the appropriate times. If you speak lots during the live actor parts you may well receive a few sharp words but just remember that they are actually employed to do this and not just being rude!
There are other experiences around the world including Hamburg & a new one in Amsterdam which I believe are quiet similar so it may be worth checking these out if on holiday and you can find out more information about the Dungeons, including opening times, at www.thedungeons.com
Also, I must mention that you will be herded around and there isn't really any indication of how long it takes and you won't get time to dawdle and look at things for long as you are pushed through to the next experience area.
I am going to rate this experience 5/5 as I think for the price we paid (around £12.00 each) it really can't be beaten and was a fantastic end to a brilliant tourist based day out in London. We visited the London Eye, London Zoo and London Dungeons for around £80.00 for 2 people and this was by purchasing our tickets the day before.
When it was first mentioned to get tickets for the London Dungeon I was not to keen, but being it was going to be a double ticket with the other attraction being the London Eye (which I have written a review !) I thought well give it a try.
One thing I would say is make sure you get a fast track ticket, as in the peak season it can be annoying, queuing for hours on end. As you approach the Dungeons you have a lot of the actors outside entertaining the crowds,usually with some sort of water pistol!
On entering the Dungeons it is dark and I would think that kids would like
the excitement.The actors are very well made up and can look quite scarey.
You have a small area to walk about in where there are large wooden doors,
when there are enough people for the tour ( I didn't realise it was a tour
and thought it was somewhere you just wandered about in!) you are led
into dark eerie corridors where you will stop from time to time to be told
about that particular part of London.
I do not want to spoil you entertainment, so I will not give to much away but be prepared to jump !
It is very educational especially for children if not a bit scarey ( which I'm sure they will love ) Jack the Ripper is particulary good and also the Sweeney
Todd barbers is great! They have this amazing mirror maze which is very
cleverly done, even though it is not very big it seems to go on for ever!
The only downfall I would say was that I personally don't like role playing
and they do pick people from the audience to participate in some of their
acts. (I hated it at school and still haven't changed!)
The final part of the tour is great which I'll let you discover for yourself,
they do take photos which you can purchase after going through the gift
shop at the end. Our photo shows just sheer terror in my daughters eyes
(she is 26 )which proofs we had a great time. The photos are £7 or 2 for
£10 ( which we purchased as a nice keepsake).
Our tickets cost £33 which also included fast track and entry onto the London Eye.Which for two of Londons best attractions I thought was
very good value!
London Bridge tube is the nearest, just a few steps away. There are also
a number of buses that stop outside.
On my birthday, someone who means a lot to me gave me the sweetest surprise ever. He took me to The London Dungeons and on the London Eye. The day was fabulous.
The London Dungeon was great fun, he also got it in a package deal which was good for him. I didn't have to pay so I was happy. You will find these deals on places like Last Minute.com etc.
I had been to the Edinburgh Dungeons a while ago and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. However, I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know if this one would be better than the one I had previously been to but it was better.
On arrival we qued up for a while but you had things to look at and people in costumes trying to scare you, it was actually really funny as my boyfriend got squirt with water on his way into the Dungeon.
Although it is really fun, it is informative too which I didn't expect. There were also different things, from Jack the Ripper to medicine. I do have to admit, I did jump in some places.
It is also great with the actors, they really get into their roles and reenact it with comedy and thrills.
Without giving it away too much I will just advise you that if you are on a day out, you should visit here. The waiting times can be long and the prices a bit steep but for a friend or with the whole family, I guarentee you will enjoy yourself.
At £16.95 for an adult on their website and around £10.50 for children it is a great day out for all the family.
How to get there: The London Dungeon is close to London Bridge tube station on the Jubilee Line. This station is also serviced by many buses. Check ww.tfl.gov.uk for the best travel options for where you are coming from.
Booking tickets: This can be done on-line with a debit/credit card. You are emailed a confirmation page which can be printed and presented in exchange for entry.
My husband and I visited the Dungeons as it had quite good reviews from people on here, but unfortunately found it to be a big disappointment. I booked the tickets through a website at a so-called discount price, which it clearly wasn't. Surely advertising discount tickets that are regular priced is just dishonest and should be illegal. The tickets were booked as a so-called Fast-track ticket. Caught the tube there, which was nice and convenient, and walked to the Dungeons to find a massive queue for the Fast-track line. We had to wait over an hour in this line despite having paid for supposedly fast entry. This is despite being given a time to arrive at. Surely if you know it is busy then you organise it so the very people who are paying you money aren't being annoyed by the experience. I'd compare it to paying a ticket for a movie at 5pm and having to wait in a line to be let in at 6.30pm, you wouldn't do it and what's more it wouldn't happen. We tried to get our money back rather than wait but the staff were unfriendly and unhelpful. Once inside (with more queuing) the exhibits ranged from mildly entertaining to just plain dull. For a place that bills itself as being scary, it wasn't really. Having people jump out at you and shout at you gets a little tedious after a while. I'm someone who is usually quite easily scared, I don't watch scary movies for this reason as they can leave me with nightmares, this let me wondering what was the point??
After an eternity waiting you finally get in, give the bored looking attendant your internet confirmation before joining another queue. There is an opportunity to have a scary photo taken, available at a reasonable price I'm sure, but skipped this as had already spent enough time waiting. You enter the dungeons and go into:
The Labyrinth of the Lost which is described as "One way in....but is there a way out? Darkness claws its way in from all sides, mirrored walls reflect sinister figures, tunnel after tunnel but no escape. Time is running out, panic sets in, fear of the unknown rages inside you. Will you find a way out of this endless hell? Only the brave will survive, only the clever will prosper! Step inside the Labyrinth of the Lost if you dare!" This, in actuality, is a hall of mirrors in the dark. This was an ok exhibit, though you do find your way out quite quickly, so the effect of disorientation you are supposed to feel only kicks in just as you are leaving.
Some of the other exhibits do have some educational value as they provide some background information. Actors are often used to attempt to provide an authenticity to the exhibits by providing costumed characters to represent people of the time and provide information. This works to varying degrees, some of the people are obviously West End rejects with little performing ability, but some are quite good. The more educational exhibits include:
a) Great Fire of London - "The Great Fire of London rampaged through the city of London turning everything in its wake to cinders. Travel back to 1666 and experience the burning reality of the fire that left 200, 000 people destitute." This has some good effects and information, but is offered better in other museums in the city.
b) Jack the Ripper - "The 1880's were a dangerous time for women to walk alone in London. A prolific killer frequented the dark alleys and quiet streets, preying on London's prostitutes" This is one of the more interesting and informative exhibits and I would have lked this to have gone on longer or been allowed more time to look at displays.
c) Sweeney Todd - "In need of a hair cut? Like it or not you're going to have one....Sweeney Todd style and there's always a pie if you're feeling hungry!" The build up was quite good, the actor gave you some good information on the background of the story, but the exhibit itself which involved blowing air on the back of your neck combined with a swishing blade sound was underwhelming.
There are two rides in the Dungeon:
Boat Ride to Hell - "Are you afraid of the dark? Are you petrified of drowning? Do you hate the feeling of falling backwards? Face your fears with the Traitor, Boat Ride to Hell at The London Dungeon!" This has a slight rollercoaster feel to it, but lacks any real exhilaration.
Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom - "You have been tried and sentenced, now you must accept your fate and let the hangman guide you to the end. A final rush of adrenaline as you plummet into the dark depths to embrace your doom!" This ride finishes the dungeon experience. The ride lifts you up and then suddenly drops you, which is supposed to simulate your head being chopped off or something equally tenuous. It was actually scary though because they drop you in complete darkness.
Overall we left very disappointed and a little more wary of visiting lame touristy attractions. Each visit to the dungeon is as part of a group, so you can only stay as long as the group's time allows you to. This is supposed to be about 1-1.5hrs.
One of londons most famous tourist attractions, London Dungeons is a brilliant place to go, and every time that I have been there, is has always seemed to be filled with school children. I think the reason for this is not only is it highly entertaining, but it is also brilliantly educational. You can learn a lot about the history of London in this place, and put that together with the show that they put on for you, I feel that it is well worth the money that spend here. Some people think that the Dungeons is one of Londons worst attractions, and I must admit that the staff are the only downside to it, they are rude, and I think that they need to take a crash course in public relations, after all we are paying their wages, so they could be a little more grateful.
Some of the scenes in the dungeons are a little frightening, such as the Ripper scenes, and overall, the Dungeons is a dark place, so you need to think about whether or not your kids are going to enjoy, and if they are scared out the dark, probably not the best place to take them. For my family, it was a brilliant day out.
Well it was one cold Christmas morning that we dared go and venture the LONDON DUNGEONS. Bwa hahahahaha.
It started off with Big Brother and I going to pick up Mad Sister in Law and her friends. We went down to Reading train station to get the Paddigton train to go to the, what we thoght and hoped to be, scary London Dungeon (Santas Grotto was the theme for the crimbo season. After being pushed, stamped and bugged by the London tube travellers we finally got to the Green Market before going to the London Dungeon. Only just before getting to the London Dungeon me and Big Brother decided to watch the little TV's outside the London Bridge and Tombs experience (looked good) and I ended up screaming at the top of my voice because as I turned around a man all dressed up made me jump (I was very embarrased!), at leastit was a laugh before what we thoght was going to be a scary London Dungeon day!
LONDON DUNGEON. SATAN'S GROTTO!!!
1.THE NEVER ENDING WAIT
Before venturing into the Dungeon's we had a cigarrete to calm down the nerves. On the outside was a very bloody looking snowman (found it quite entertaining). We went inside to find a massive queue wating in a what seemed to be a type of graveyard with snow, a few robins and a statue that spat water as you walked past. This massive queue was to get your photo taken before paying the entrance, they place you on a stock. So you can imagine Me, Mad Sister in Law, Girl Mate with our heads in the three spaces and Big Brother and Guy Mate with axes. Unwanted but fun. So we carried on after paying 20 odd pounds for three of us as the other two got in free thanks to discount tickets you can get in travelling stations. We ended up in another massive queue, it was in a big room with skeletons and stories of London on the walls, also the toilets were there (coffins on the door that said R.I.P on them, which I found quite amusing).
When it finally got to our turn we saw a woman dressed up as the devil! She said herself to be Lucifer, Satan's wife which was a Big Mistake as Lucifer is one of the Devil's many names, Veronica is the name of the Satan's wife so I was disappointed.
After the disappointing Satan's Grotto we walked through a maze of mirrors (very confusing and fun!), then a woman took us further on and explained a bit about the plague (also known as the black death) from the 17th century. Then we went into a room with a man examening a body that later on jumped up and we were rushed to the boats.
4.THE RIVER OF DOOM!
Basically it is a boat ride that you have to wait 1/2 an hour before you can get onto a 8 seater boat. A very bored girl pressed the button, you'd have expecteed her to at least try to look like she's enjoying her job. We went through this dark underground tunnel, at the end of it we went up this rail (Mad Sister in Law and I thought we were going to get drenched as we were in the front row) but in turned around and went down backwards so Girl Mate and Guy Mate got wet!
5.THROUGH LONDON STREETS.
We got down off the boat and were taken into the court room where they pleaded us guilty so we were sent to Sweeny Todds hair salon. Virtual haircut, it was brilliant!!! We were then sent to the streets of London and found out about the Fire of London and Jack the Ripper. It ended in a pub where Jack the Ripper appeared.
We were taken to be hung. It basically is a free fall ride, so if you have heart problems, bad back or serious vertigo I tell you to take the other exit.
7.THE PHOTO SHOP!
Overly expensive and the people who work there are sour. Mad Sister in Law tried to take a photo of the screens. Ended up getting told off.
So it is a great day out full of fun and laughs. Not too scary! Every now and then it changes so not the same always.
The London Dungeons are by far the most entertaining and educational attraction in London. For a few hours entertainment in London you just can't beat it, especially if you're into history.
It's not just a museum, each part of the history lesson is acted out by some fantastic young actors. Their costumes and make up are simply fabulous and add to the whole "larger than life" images that they portray! The whole tour is packed full of some rather adult humour, but don't worry, the rude stuff will go straight over the kids heads.
My particular favourite part that I can back to again and again is the Jack the Ripper scenes. Be warned, don't sit too near the front in the old backstreet bar - you might be in for a bit of a suprise. They've got me twice now, next time it won't happen...
For a few hours full of gory history and dark plot twists you really can't beat a day out at the London Dungeons. Be warned though, book your tickets online or you will be queing for hours, it is VERY popular.