More Shark Guides
The London Dungeon
If you dare enter the frightfully horrific London Dungeon, be prepared for a good scare! This popular London attraction is perfect for families with young children and teenagers. The excellent acting, guided tours, and historical facts make this an all-around fun experience for the entire family, despite the high ticket prices, and famously long lines.
Tickets for the London Dungeon attraction are expensive, but there are a few tricks and tips to follow if you’re looking for a deal. The London Dungeon website offers cheap FastTrack tickets; several online sites offer coupons, discounts, and other deals for tourists buying tickets to several London attractions; some hotels offer discounted tickets with group bookings as well. For example, tickets to the London Dungeon, and Madame Tussauds London may be purchased together for a savings of up to 20 percent. Other combination attractions include a ticket for a ride on the London Eye (with a 4D cinema experience), admission to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, and the London Eye River Cruise.
The Tour & Rides
The guided tour of the London Dungeon lasts about an hour and a half. Tour guides perform stories, and explain various historical aspects, and you are also treated to several small rides along the way. Groups are taken in on tours every seven minutes and the entire experience is highly interactive.
In terms of history, the tour guides go over the Great Plague of 1665, the Great Fire of London in 1666, Sweeney Todd, and Jack the Ripper. Many of these historical demonstrations involve audience participation and live action so beware!
The ride, Boat Ride to Hell moves on sliders in the water as you are taken along in the dark for a mysterious ride. In Sweeney Todd’s barber shop you’ll experience the horror as your chair moves in time with the recorded story.
The Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom is based on the premise of riders entering the Newgate Prison to be hanged. The ride drops you 15 feet as if you were really hanged! Photos of the ride are available for purchase at the souvenir shop. Riders must be over 1.2 metres tall for this ride.
Admission is for the tour only, so visitors are not able to go back and revisit parts of the London Dungeons. The entire visit is guided and takes approximately 90 minutes.
There’s a café on the premises that offers snacks, although prices are on par with a popular tourist locale such as this. There are several other food options nearby in Hay’s Galleria. The Horniman Pub offers several lunch options, or go for the picnic lunch available at M&S Simply Food and eat by the River Thames.
Open seven days a week except for Christmas Day, the London Dungeons have varying opening and closing times, depending on the season. See the main website for more details. If you’re driving there, car parking is available.
Recommended bus routes are 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 78, 133, 149, and 381. Taking the tube is also a convenient option as the London Dungeon is located right next to the London Bridge mainline and tube station. If you’re taking the train, get off the London Bridge Mainline Station.
Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by someone 16 and over. The venue is also open for birthday parties, corporate events, and other private parties. Special offers for Stag and Hen parties are also available.