For a gripping and memorable experience for all those hoping to learn more about the rich and (often chilling) history of the great city of London, a trip to the London Dungeon could be just the tonic.
Bringing to life the events of this historic city, to delight and entertain in equal measure, a cast of live actors take part in 18 individual interactive shows during a 90-minute tour of the capital’s more than 1,000-year history.
A must-see attraction for visitors, the fully-themed sets of the London Dungeon transport guests back to the London of yesteryear and fully immerse visitors in the time they are exploring.
Shows include close-up encounters with the sinister characters of Jack the Ripper and the infamous barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd. Guests are also able to wander the streets of Whitechapel and see area’s many plague-ravaged houses, as well as being given an impression of how London could have looked today had Guy Fawkes been successful in his gunpowder plot.
Open daily from 11am until 5pm and with tickets starting from £20.50 per person, the attraction not only provides a wealth of education for guests, there are also two underground rides that will get the heartbeat racing of every true thrillseeker.
The Tyrant Boat Ride sees guests join the tragic figure of Anne Boleyn – the second wife to the notorious Henry VIII – as she makes her final journey along the Thames to meet her fate and the axeman’s blade.
Meanwhile, Drop Dead is a vertical freefall drop ride that that depicts the chilling first use of the gallows outside of London’s Newgate Prison in 1738. Visitors will learn just what it was like for these poor souls to fall and hear the sharp crack of the noose tightening.
The London Dungeon first opened its doors in 1974 and today draws upon more than 40 years of experience of both shocking and delighting guests.
It can be found in the bustling City of Westminster next to the impressive attractions of the Coca-Cola London Eye and the Sea Life London Aquarium, as well as being just a short walk from Big Ben.
Visitors planning to reach the dungeon on foot can do so via the Waterloo Underground Tube station, which is just a five-minute walk away and is served by the Northern, Jubilee and Bakerloo Lines.