It was a rare occasion where my wife and I were spending a weekend in London without our two boys. Due to this, we tried to select a couple of Attractions that we felt may not be suitable for them.
The Attractions we decided to visit were Madame Tussauds and The London Dungeon. We expected The London Dungeon to be really scary but we were pleasantly surprised.
Free Tickets for The London Dungeon
We got our tickets for The London Dungeon through a promotion ran by the Sun Newspaper as part of their Sun Superdays scheme. Booking our visit to the attraction using their website was a very straightforward process.
The London Dungeon was very easy to find, located on The South Bank of the River Thames just a short walk from The London Eye. We got the London Underground to Westminster (near Big Ben and The Houses of Parliment) and then crossed over Westminster Bridge. Alternatively, you can also use Waterloo station which is slightly closer to the attraction.
We arrived at the entrance to the attraction just prior to our 6.00pm booking time. On arrival, we waited in a short queue before being taken to another room where we waited another 15 minutes. This is one of the areas in the attraction that children may find a little scary with door handles turning themselves and simulated knocking and screaming.
At regular intervals, a guide would come and lead small groups off into the attraction. The first stop was for a photograph which you had the opportunity to purchase at the end of the attraction.
The only toilets I saw within the attraction were directly after the photograph so you may want to take this opportunity to use them. The London Dungeon is a 90-minute walk-through experience with odd sections where you get to sit down.
Famous Historical Scenes
The London Dungeon recreates a number of historical scenes relating to the city of London. Each scene was really well done with a narrator who everyone in the group could clearly see and hear. The story lines were excellent and very well portrayed. Mixed in with this we’re interactive elements and audience participation.
Some of our favorite scenes and characters from the attraction included:
* Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up The Houses of Parliment
* The Great Fire of London
* Sweeney Todd
* Jack The Ripper
The enjoyment also increased as you started to pick out some of the characters within your group of guests. This would be a great attraction to visit with a group of friends.
Rides at The London Dungeon
There are two rides within the London Dungeon Attraction. Near the beginning of the attraction, you get to go on The Tyrant Boat Ride. This was a fun ride with a couple of small sections in the dark and some surprise elements. Unfortunately, on the day we visited the second ride ‘Drop Dead’ which is one of the major attractions was not operating. In fairness, it was well advertised that the ride would not be operating both on their website when booking and at the attraction itself.
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The London Dungeon Review Summary
We didn’t know what to expect at The London Dungeon and we were pleasantly surprised. We had a fantastic time and have recommended it to our friends. It is a unique attraction and we plan on returning to one of the other locations with our children. There were children in our group when we visited and despite having the odd scare they all appeared to really enjoy it too.
Sadly, memories of the attraction can only be relived through the events that happened during your visit as no photography or video footage is allowed.
In summary, I would describe The London Dungeon as a unique thrilling attraction that is like an interactive theatre production with regular changing scenes from London’s historical past. The scenes were really well acted out and the guest interaction added to the fun.
We visited The London Dungeon on Saturday 29th July 2017.
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