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London Dungeon

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

The London Dungeon is a tourist attraction which glorifies various tortures from the Medieval Age. It recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a grimly comedic 'gallows humour' style, which attempts to make them appealing to younger audiences. It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides.

It opened in 1976, initially designed as more of a museum of "horrible history", but the Dungeon has evolved to become an actor-led, interactive experience.

Visitors are led through various scenes each with a different theme:

•    Labyrinth of the Lost - A large mirror maze is themed around the crypt of All Hallows Church in London.
•    Surgery: Blood and Guts - Tooley Street's blundering 18th century butcher-surgeon.
•    Judgement - Visitors are led into a 18th Century Courtroom and are "Sentenced" for humorous crimes.
•    Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell - After being sentenced to death by the courtroom judge visitors are taken to an execution dock. The show is a boat ride in almost total darkness.
•    Sweeney Todd - Sweeney Todd was supposedly a barber that was around in the mid 18th century. He slit the throats of his customers with his razors.
•    Great Fire of London - This exhibit is set in the year 1666, when much of London burnt to the ground.
•    Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom - Visitors are taken from a holding cell and sat in a seat which elevates to the top of the Dungeon.
•    Bloody Mary: Killer Queen - The feature will give visitors an introduction to the story of Mary Tudor, also known as Bloody Mary.

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Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office. There are often online discounts and offers to buy tickets to other attractions at the same time so it is worth checking the website before booking. Contact details tel: 0207 403 7221, bookings: 0871 423 2240, email: [email protected].

Opening times

The London Dungeon is open 7 days a week, excluding Christmas day. Closing times stated are last admission times.

Date                Opening times
2nd Jan – 12th Feb 10        10.30am – 5pm
13th Feb – 21st Feb 10        9.30am – 6.30pm
22nd Feb – 1st Apr 10        10.00am – 5pm
2nd Apr – 18th Apr 10        9.30am – 7pm
19th Apr – 28th May 10        10am – 5.30pm
29th May – 6th June 10        9.30am – 6.30pm
7th June – 2nd Jul 10        10am – 5.30pm
3rd Jul – 30th Jul 10        9.30am – 6.30pm
31st Jul – 31st Aug 10        9.30am – 7pm
1st Sept – 22nd Oct 10        10am – 5.30pm
23rd Oct – 31st Oct 10*        9.30am – 7pm * 31st Oct 9.30am – 10pm
2nd Nov – 30th Dec 10**    10am – 5pm ** Except 24th Dec, 26th Dec, 31st Dec, 1st Jan (2010) 11am – 4pm.

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