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Visiting The London Dungeons for the first time

October 12, 2017

One of the attractions along the London Southbank that I have walked past time and time again is the London Dungeons. Being somewhat of a scaredy cat, it one of those things that are probably fine once you get inside but it’s that initial oomph required to get in the door that I have been lacking. That was until I’d booked a day in London with Roo, her best friend, and her mum. I made the naive mistake of saying to the girls, what should we do in London. Knowing how much I jumped at the Alien Escape Experience at Madame Tussauds on our last trip to London they, of course, opted for the London Dungeons (just to laugh at me jumping and squealing – delightful girls!).

The London Dungeons

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The Dungeons brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary. 

The London Dungeons // What’s All About?

The London Dungeons is an immersive attraction that offers you everything from sights, sounds, smells, and touch. Transported around 19 live actions shows, complete with live actors to take you back in time to various points across London’s deep, dark history. The 110-minute walk around attraction has your senses on overload from the moment you step foot into the dungeons – I can see why they offer you a free drink in the tavern at the end! 

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  • Descent – Descend into the heart of the Dungeon for the ultimate journey.
  • The Tyrant Boat Ride – Henry VIII sent traitors to the tower. Don’t lose your head on his boat ride…
  • Guy Fawkes – Remember, remember; this will bring the house down.
  • The Torturer – It’s back-breaking work. Did I hit a nerve?
  • The Plague Doctor – Just stay alive! There’s something in the air. Seen the Doctor’s leeches?
  • Great Fire of London – Will you Escape?
  • Sweeney Todd – Who’s next? Have a short back and sides with Sweeney.
  • Whitechapel Labyrinth – He’s behind you… Jack’s out and about in the old streets of Whitechapel.
  • Jack the Ripper – Fancy an evening stroll? It’s what’s on the inside that counts…
  • The Judge – Frantically funny. Thief? Villain? Rogue? Clear conscience?
  • A Great Escape – Be careful who you hang with…
  • Drop Dead: Drop Ride to Doom – Hold on tight…
  • The Tavern – Your tour is complete, time for a drink!

The London Dungeons // Death Express

New for Halloween 2017, it’s #FullScreamAhead as your invited to experience the scariest journey of the 19th Century on board the Death Express, an old London railway that transported the deceased. It’s a one-way ticket for the dead and a restless ride for the living!

The London Dungeons // Our experience…

Oh my, what an attraction! Whilst I will hold my hands up and admit that my heart was racing on more than one occasion but it was truly fantastic. I quite obviously screamed and jumped more than the girls (much to their delight) but it just goes to show how immersed you become in each of the scenarios. The Death Express addition which is running over the Halloween season was terrifying yet, fantastic all at the same time. With lights flickering and faces at the windows – oh my!

The actors within each of the areas where outstanding, both in terms of knowledge regarding their area but also in getting us (the audience) involved and sucked into the storyline. Certainly, an attraction that we would visit again!

The Drop Dead ride wasn’t working during our visit, but given that I think my poor heart couldn’t have survived it, I was secretly quite pleased.

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The London Dungeons // How do I book tickets?

Book your tickets to visit the London Dungeons please visit the London Dungeons website, please note that they have bundle offers available so if you are looking to visit other Merlin attractions within the area take a look at the great deals available.

Disclosure: We received complimentary entry to The London Dungeons for the purpose of review

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