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The York Dungeon will take you back to the city’s darkest history. It is a uniquely thrilling attraction that uses a mixture of live actors and special effects. See, hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life before your eyes.
Featuring 10 live shows, 9 actors and 75 minutes of entertainment you are taken on a journey through 2000 years of York’s history. You will meet York’s most infamous characters including Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin.
- 1 The Experience
- 2 Fear the Vikings
- 3 Vengeance of the Vikings
- 4 Plague Doctor
- 5 The Golden Fleece
- 6 The King’s Manor Labyrinth
- 7 Guy Fawkes – The Gunpowder Plot
- 8 The Torturer
- 9 The Courtroom
- 10 Execution
- 11 Dick Turpin – The Highwayman
- 12 Related Pages
- 13 Admission Prices and Offers
- 14 Travelling to The York Dungeon
- 15 Travelling by Train
- 16 Travelling by Coach
- 17 Nearby Accommodation
- 18 Attractions Near Me Offers
Guests are taken on a journey through 2000 years of York’s history. On this journey, guests encounter actors performing as some of York’s most infamous characters, including Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin. The shows are staged on theatrical sets with special effects, incorporating events such as Vengeance of the Vikings and the Gunpowder Plot. Guests are encouraged to participate in the shows.
Fear the Vikings as they invade York. Discover Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot and face the torturer and his intimidating instruments. Step inside the Castle Prison and delve into Dick Turpin’s infamous crimes.
Fear the Vikings
You sneaky Saxons have got to prove your worth in the city of Eoforwic. The wrath of the Viking’s has fallen upon the city of Eoforwic and you Saxons are at the very heart of the invasion. Quick! Scurry away to the hidden chamber at Eoforwic Minster where the Monks might help you escape, but only if you are willing to put aside your sinful Saxon ways.
Vengeance of the Vikings
Vengeance of the Vikings places you at the heart of the Viking invasion in 866. The last thing you wanted, as a trembling Saxon, is to bump into the infamous Snore Short Sword, a fearless Viking warrior and Son of Snore Shorter Sword. His arrogance and dimwittedness are as hilariously funny as they are dangerous. He’ll introduce you to the most unpleasant of tortures.
Plague has spread its tentacles of death across Europe and has now gripped York. The boatyard on the River Ouse is riddled with the plague. Guests find themselves in the Doctor’s Surgery of 1551, filled with the sounds and smells of death. Come face to face with the Doctor’s Assistant who delights in demonstrating the full effects of the Plague in a graphic, theatrical, worryingly enthusiastic and gory way. It’s time to pull out the bits.
The Golden Fleece
It’s late into the night and walking through the narrow Shambles has made you desperate for a refreshment. Enter the Golden Fleece and come face to face with the unnerving Landlord, who delights in telling the tale of the two Williams of 1821! You might even meet the ghost of William Brown.
The King’s Manor Labyrinth
There’s a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but will you find a way out? Make yourself known, and quick, to the Nightwatch of the Kings Mansion. This eagle-eyed servant of the King is on high alert. Only the night before did conspirators plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Fearful of treason, the Nightwatch needs your help but will you be able to find your way through the labyrinth?
Guy Fawkes – The Gunpowder Plot
Guy Fawkes might have met his maker at the Houses of Parliament but his story began in York where he was born in 1570.
The Torturer is having some wicked fun as he demonstrates his instruments and methods on you or one of your fellow unsuspecting bystanders. Whether you are a criminal, traitor or heretic – or incredibly innocent, he has all the tools to make you confess. With a wicked glint in his eye, the torturer will demonstrate The Hook Tongue tearer, thumbscrews and (if you are a very unlucky chap…) the chappy chopper!
The crazed inquisitor’s eyes are popping out of his head with disgust at the wicked crimes committed by you and your fellow visitors. This show is full of fun and audience participation as the eccentric Judge tries whoever he deems fit, for his or her scandalous crimes.
It’s 1405, join the crowds gathered to witness the careless executioner as he shares the gory tales of York’s Micklegate Bar. But watch out, there is a traitor amongst you. Who will be next to lose his or her head?
Dick Turpin – The Highwayman
Make your way to the Knavesmire, with the local Stage Coach driver ready to take you there. But be wary on your journey up the York Road, there are rumours of highwaymen prowling the area, and the most vicious one of all is said to have returned. Step inside the carriage and hold on to your valuables, the devilish Dick Turpin is back, and he always gets what he wants, one way or another.
Find yourself in the Market Square of York, filled with the revolting smell of fire and death. Reports of witchcraft are rife.
Come face to face with the Witch Pricker; nasty, vindictive and filled with a sense of righteous fury. The Pricker sees witches everywhere and is suspicious of the smallest things. Will you be accused of being a Witch or will your mates be accused of Witchcraft?
Admission Prices and Offers
The York Dungeon is part of the Merlin Entertainments group of attractions, meaning that vouchers are regularly available offering 2 for 1 entry. You can also pre-purchase your entry tickets using Tesco Clubcard points.
Travelling to The York Dungeon
York City centre is encompassed by its ancient walls and is accessible on foot. Follow the signs to the York Dungeon, which is located opposite the Grand Opera House. It is only a short walk from one end of the city to other.
Travelling by Train
The York Dungeon is a 10 minute walk from York Railway Station with great links to Leeds, Harrogate and the East Coast. Search for your train tickets using Train Genius.
Travelling by Coach
Visit National Holidays if you want to travel by coach to York.
If you prefer self-catering, check out some of the lovely places to stay on the outskirts of the City of York on Snaptrip.
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