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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon is one of UK's most visited 'scare' attractions. Featuring around 20 live professional actors and sets ranging from plague ravaged houses to scary torture chambers, the dungeon tour will take you through London's murky history in 90 minutes. This is your chance to get up close with characters like Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper who terrorised London once upon a time.



Your journey into the Dungeon begins with a ride down a medieval lift. This shaky descent sets the stage for the experiences that follow. Photography is not allowed inside the attraction which is understandable considering the fact that the surprise element would be lost if you were aware of what comes next. So, without letting out too much, I will tell you just a little about the major shows and rides. My favourite part of the experience was the boat ride on the river Thames. The effects and atmosphere was perfect to amaze and thrill you at the same time. You will meet Guy Fawkes and 'The Torturer' who loves to demonstrate using volunteers :) As you continue on the tour you will meet the plague doctor's assistant, Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd. You then try to find your way out of a confusing labyrinth of streets and then settle down at Ten Bells where Jack the Ripper's victims once drank. This show was wonderful and the actress excellent. The tour then comes to an end and you head to the gallows. The 'Drop' is a fitting end to the Dungeon experience and I was screaming my lungs out.



Overall, this would be a wonderful experience in my opinion for school kids, young adults and families. I only wish that the number of people in each group was reduced as this would give everyone a chance to see and hear what's happening. 

Planning your visit:
The standard opening time for the London Dungeon is 10:00 am, however use this link (The London Dungeon Opening hours) to check the opening times before you plan your visit. Whatever time you enter, the tours always last around 90 minutes. It is always advisable to book in advance so that you can skip the general admission queue which is always long owing to the popularity of the attraction amongst tourists. At peak times, there is always a wait, so plan accordingly. You could save some money by purchasing a Combi ticket which gives you entry into other London's must see attractions. Read more here - London Dungeon Combi Ticket

How to reach London Dungeon?
London Dungeon is now located near the EDF London Eye and right next to the London SEA LIFE Aquarium. It could not be easier to locate. If you are travelling by tube or National rail, then the nearest station is Waterloo at around a 5 minutes walk from the attraction.
 

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