The London Dungeon is a tourist attraction along London's South Bank, England, which recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style. It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides. Opening in 1974, the attraction was initially designed as a museum of macabre history, but the Dungeon has evolved to become an actor-led, interactive experience. The Dungeon is operated by Merlin Entertainments. In 2013, the London Dungeon moved from its premises on Tooley Street to a new location in County Hall next to the London Eye.
The London Dungeon features 18 shows, 20 actors and 3 rides. Visitors are taken on a journey through 1000 years of London’s history where they meet actors performing as some of London’s most infamous characters, including Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. The Dungeon’s shows are staged on theatrical sets with special effects. The show incorporates events such as the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot, and includes characters such as "The Torturer", "The Plague Doctor", and "The Judge". Guests are encouraged to participate in the shows. The experience also includes a "drop ride to doom", a free-fall ride staged as a public hanging.
The original London Dungeon opened in 1974 as a gory horror exhibition through dark British history, operating as a free-flow walkthrough attraction, themed to torture and sin. It was expanded in the 1980s-90s with several elaborate animated walkthrough attractions, such as the Great Fire of London and Jack The Ripper. The Great Fire segment was later replaced by the Theatre of the Guillotine after several years. In 1997, by which time the Dungeon was managed by Vardon Attractions, the majority of the attraction was completely redesigned as a batched walkthrough rather than free-flow exhibit. This saw the arrival of Judgment Day; a water dark ride that began with visitors entering a mock trial to be sentenced to death, then boarding a boat through Traitor's Gate to their execution. The boat ride included a vertical lift and a backwards drop. Many of the original horror tableaux were also refurbished as part of a new ransacked village scene, at the start of the attraction. 2000 saw the re-introduction of the Fire of London segment, which simulated the burning streets of 17th Century London and featured a spinning trommel with smoke effects. Under Merlin Entertainments, increasingly actor-led segments were added during the 2000s, such as the "Labyrinth of the Lost" mirror maze and the "Great Plague". In 2004, the Judgement Day boat ride was altered into Trait - Boat Ride to Hell, removing the original effects and scenes to become a simple boat ride largely through darkness. 2006 saw the arrival of a Sweeney Todd segment. The attraction used surround sound and sensory effects to simulate an encounter with the titular character, before visitors' chairs were suddenly tilted backwards as a shock effect. Another ride segment was added in 2007, Extremis - Drop ride to Doom, based on the hangings at Newgate gallows. Guests were raised 20 feet to meet an animatronic judge, priest and hangman before a free fall drop into darkness. In 2008, there were changes to the Jack the Ripper segment, which included a new ending scene in the "Ten Bells" pub. In 2009 came "Surgery - Blood and Guts", which focused on gore and anatomy and used audience interaction. "Bloody Mary : Killer Queen" opened in 2010, in place of the "Fire of London" segment and selected a random audience member to be publicly burned as a "heretic" using smoke effects. Vengeance 5D opened in 2011 and was the UK's first 5D ride, themed to a sèance at 50 Berkeley Square with Florence Cooke. The ride was constructed in areas of the original Jack the Ripper section, which was significantly shortened to accommodate the new ride. However the ride lasted only one full season. The last Tooley Street tour took place on 31 January 2013 and contained the following sections: The Labyrinth of the Lost; The Great Plague; Surgery: Blood and Guts; The Torture Chamber; The Courtroom; Bedlam; Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell; Sweeney Todd; Vengeance 5D; Jack the Ripper; Bloody Mary: Killer Queen; Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom. Bloody Mary and Vengeance 5D were not relocated to County Hall. The new County Hall Dungeon features some of the attractions repurposed from the Tooley street Dungeon.
The London Dungeon is a 110 minute journey through 1000 years of London's murky past. You and your companions walk through the Dungeon, moving from show to show, guided by their professional actors. Click for a map of the London Dungeon's tour. The shows are based on real London history and legends (minus the boring bits). You'll get up close and personal with sinister characters including Jack the Ripper and infamous barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd. It's a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you'll pass through the Whitechapel Labyrinth of misty East London streets, plague-ravaged houses, the fearsome torture chamber... and see (and feel!) what could have been if Guy Fawkes had succeeded.
Shows & Rides Descent - Descend into the heart of the Dungeon for the ultimate journey. The Tyrant Boat Ride - Henry VIII sent traitors to the tower. Don’t lose your head on his boat ride... Guy Fawkes - Remember, remember; this will bring the house down. The Torturer - It’s back-breaking work. Did I hit a nerve? The Plague Doctor - Just stay alive! There’s something in the air. Seen the Doctor’s leeches? Great Fire of London - Will you Escape? Sweeney Todd - Who’s next? Have a short back and sides with Sweeney. Whitechapel Labyrinth - He’s behind you… Jack’s out and about in the old streets of Whitechapel. Jack the Ripper - Fancy an evening stroll? It’s what’s on the inside that counts... The Judge - Frantically funny. Thief? Villain? Rogue? Clear conscience? Drop Dead: Drop Ride to Doom - Hold on tight... New for 2017: A Great Escape - Meet London’s original escapologist, Jack Sheppard, as he plots his next escape from Newgate Prison! The Tavern - Your tour is complete, time for a drink!
If a disabled visitor can present official documentation along with your ticket, then you will receive a free carer ticket. In the case of visual impairment, a registration card known as the BD8 or a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI). will be fine. The London Dungeon experience is largely delivered by actors and voiceover audio, often in low light levels. Therefore guests with low vision, who are visually impaired or have hearing difficulties may struggle to experience the attraction fully; however you are able to bring a carer free of charge to assist. Assistance dogs are welcome in The London Dungeon, however due to health and safety regulations they are not permitted to ride on any rides with the guests. A member of your party must be with the dog at all times. Please note there are loud noises, mist effects and smells (good and nasty) that may be confusing for assistance animals. They have a disabled toilet at the entrance to the tour, which is fitted with an alarm, handrail on the left hand side, a separate washbasin and hand dryer. At the exit to the tour, the closest disabled toilets are found by The London Eye Ticket Office which is on ground level.
To book a ticket for a carer or to book a wheelchair slot please click here. After you complete your details a member of their Guest Support Team will contact you to discuss your requirements and make your booking.
Location : County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
Transport: Waterloo (National Rail). Waterloo (Northern Line), (Bakerloo Line) OR Westminster (Circle Line), (District Line), (Jubilee Line) then cross bridge. London Buses routes 211, 77 or 381 stop behind aquarium OR 1,4, 26, X68, 76, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 507 and 638. stop six minutes away.
Opening Times: Monday to Wednesday, Friday 10:00 to 17:00.
Opening Times: Thursday 11:00 to 17:00.
Opening Times: Weekends 10:00 to 18:00.
Summer opening until 19:00
Tickets : From £21:00. From £29.00 for Dungeon lates (adults only). From £80.00 for shark experience. Book online for substantial discount.
Tickets : Combination tickets for 2, 3 or 4 London Attractions available.
Tel: 020 7654 0809