The London Dungeon is not the name of a historical building but a modern day tourist attraction about horrifying events in London’s history. The attraction is in the County Hall building situated on the south bank of the River Thames and nearby the London Eye. The County Hall building is also the home of Sea Life London Aquarium and Shrek’s Adventure London.
The London Dungeon first opened in 1976 featuring gory exhibits in London’s darkest history. Today it presents visitors with scary events that has entertained and amused visitors for decades. Though meant to be entertaining, beware some children below 12 years may find the gruesome scenes disturbing. There is no age limit to the London Dungeon but adults must accompany young visitors under 16 years.
County Hall by Edgar El
Most visitors find the horrifying scene at the London Dungeon entertaining rather than scary and generally will not cause sleepless nights after a visit. Some visitors give positive reviews for its entertainment while others consider it as hardly scary and at times on the border of ridiculousness. Whatever the opinion, the London Dungeon is more popular with teenagers and the gullible searching for thrills. After all, it’s supposed to be fun!
See & Do
Visitors walk and pass through several ‘hair-raising’ events or themed shows representing 1,000 years of London’s history. The tour through the events takes about 90 minutes to complete. Actors perform the shows on theatrical sets aided by lighting and various special effects. As you walk through the shows, you will meet face-to-face with supposedly frightening characters in London’s history who will entertain you with their scary stories. Visitors are encouraged to participate in many of the shows. Furthermore, there is always something or someone lurking in a dark corner waiting to give you an unexpected surprise!
Entrance to the London Dungeon by giggle
There is an interesting dramatisation transporting you to the Great Plague of London with a scene of dead bodies and the scene described by a ‘survivor’ of the plague. At the Great Fire of London, visitors stand inside a small bakery and shown a screening of the historical event and eventually smoke effects fill the room. You will stroll on the ‘street’ where Jack the Ripper preyed on his victims and walk pass the horrifying Torture Chamber hearing terrifying screams and agonising moans. You will hear chilling stories about the Gunpowder Plot, the failed assassination attempt against King James I in 1605.
In the Tyrant Boat Ride, meet your doom after King Henry VIII condemns you for conspiring with Anne Boleyn and taken on a boat ride to the Tower of London. The Drop Ride to Doom takes you back to 1783 to Newgate Gallows and shown the noose for a public hanging and then suddenly experience an exhilarating vertical free fall drop ride. In the Descent, you enter into the heart of the Dungeon in a medieval lift and hear horrifying but funny stories by the lift’s jester.
Visiting the London Dungeon
The London Dungeon opens throughout the year except Christmas Day. Expect queues to be long on weekends and school holidays. The standard opening time on Monday-Wednesday and Fridays is from 10 a.m. with the last entry at 5 p.m. On Thursdays, the standard opening time is from 11 a.m. with the last entry at 5 p.m. The opening time on Saturday-Sunday is from 10 a.m. with the last entry at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the main entrance or online at the official London Dungeon website. Purchasing online not only avoids the long queues but also offers substantial discounts.
Waterloo (Underground) Station is the nearest station from the London Dungeon and serves the Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City Lines. Other London Underground stations located within walking distance are Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines), Embankment (Circle, District, Northern and Bakerloo Lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee Lines) Stations. Riverboats operated by Thames Clippers and City Cruises under the London River Services stop at the London Eye Pier.
London Dungeon on the Map
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, UK
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