This is not so much a museum as a gruesome reproduction of all things that illustrate the darker side of European history. ... More
London Dungeon (The)
This is not so much a museum as a gruesome reproduction of all things that illustrate the darker side of European history. Located in the Riverside Building of County Hall, with ghastly sounds seeping through the front door, this is a sort of haunted house for adults. It has won the Best Unusual Venue tourism award several times in the past. Wander through rooms depicting royal executions, vicious murders, various torture and execution devices, and even the Great Fire of London. The addition of Hollywood-style sound effects and lighting is also a nice touch. The newest addition is the Labyrinth of the Lost - the world's largest and scariest mirror maze. It's all unbelievably tacky, yet good fun in a morbid sort of way. Be warned, however, that its probably not suitable for small children, and all children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Opening hours vary seasonally.
Bought priority tickets in advance on-line for self and 6 year old grandson but still had to queue for 1 hour 10 minutes (1 hour outside) to get to the cash desk. Further extensive waits inside. At least it was not raining. Adequate show, but actors plainly frazzled. Rather tired looking. Just about scary enough for pre-teens. Avoid at half term!!!
I thought the London Dungeons was marvellous.
I am 12 on valentines day and am goin wid 4 of mi frnds.
The freefall ride is scary, if your a wimp like me and I luvd the sweeney todd part.
The Jack the ripper bit is so startling, it was absolutely unbelievable.
This the place to go if you have children because as they are havin a great time in the mega gory exhibits, they are learning some british history.
I didn't know that Jack the ripper remained unknown to this day.
I hope I have convinced you to go, I promise that you will always remember it!!!
Luv from Anida, Hayes, Middx
I went to the Dungeons as a kid, and remember being enthralled by the the exhibition, which at that time was based on exhibits, much like a museum. At this time it really educated people about the London's gruesome history.
I went again in September 2008 , and was very dissapointed - even when taking into account that my tastes will have developed over the years.
The place has evolved into a series of short performances by actors in an attempt to take the punters through the darker history of London. And it falls very flat. The sets are dull and repetitive, the acting is not up to much and in terms of educational content you'd learn more from an episode of Sesame Street.
In the attractions defence, there were some amusing moments - mainly involving embarassing audience participation. However, the 'boat ride' was out of action, although the 'hanging' ride was amusing for a fraction of a second.
DEFINITELY DO NOT pay the full price - there are a wealth of 2-for-1 offers available, which just about make it worth it at cost of 2 pepole for about £20. Check the internet.
With the British pound being twice the dollar, this attraction is definitely not worth the time or money. The beginning of the dungeon tour is a little gross but as you go through you realize the actors, jokes, costumes, and technology is pretty lame. Even the actors aren't totally committed to the roles.
I took a group of high school student and 4 chaperones and we all wished we hadn't paid the money for the tour. Definitely NOT as scary as it's cracked up to be.
i went to London on a trip with my school we went to many attractions but the best attraction for me was The London Dungeon. Allthough it was a little expensive, it was worth the money! As everyone else said the queues are VERY long....yes it was when i went but it was our turn to go inside with in 15 mins.!! We went inside and screamed as we had our photo took where the staff were telling us how to pose....the picture turned out to be a great success!
Our group contained 30-40 kids and 5 adults and we all enjoyed our day out ...
The staff were absoulutely amazing, their costumes//make-up, the put on voices and the art to scare. I don't understand what put other people off because it was great.!
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