This tourist trap next to the London Eye features displays about the gorier aspects of Britain’s history with exhibits on Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, the Great Fire of London, the plague and torture.

The London Dungeon uses theatrical sets, live actors and special effects as well as ghost train-style rides. There is also Drop Dead: Drop Ride to Doom, a free-fall ride staged as a public hanging. The format features 17 shows spanning 1000 years of London’s history.

The Dungeon’s shows include characters including Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd and chronicle historic events including the Black Death, the Great Fire of London and the Gunpowder Plot.

The London Dungeon experience is a bit like a cross between a carnival ghost train and the sort of show you see at a tacky theatre restaurant with some history thrown in for good measure. It’s cheesy and expensive, but a popular attraction if you’re travelling with kids.

Like the similar London Bridge Experience, it is a tacky tourist trap that appeals to the fairly narrow 12–16 year old demographic. Anyone younger will find it too scary and anyone older will find it too childish. If you’re travelling with kids in that age bracket then it is worth a look, otherwise, give this a miss.

Visiting London Dungeon

The London Dungeon is part of the cluster of tourist attractions near County Hall that include the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the London Eye. It is equidistant from both Waterloo and Westminster tube stations, both a 5–10 minute walk away.

Entry is rather expensive, and it is cheaper if you visit with the Merlin’s London Pass, a combo ticket you can purchase that saves you some money if you plan on visiting other London attractions operated by the Merlin Group (such as the Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds or the SEA LIFE London Aquarium). You can also get free entry with the Merlin Annual Attractions Pass, although buying this pass usually only makes sense for people who live close to one of the Merlin theme parks (which include Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park).

Although the London Dungeon is wheelchair-accessible, capacity is limited and only one wheelchair user is admitted to the attraction each hour (at quarter past the hour).

Other attractions nearby include the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the Florence Nightingale Museum, all located within a five-minute walk and just across Westminster Bridge are all the Westminster attractions including the Churchill War Rooms, Jewel Tower, Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament).

The London Dungeon experience takes around 1½ hours.

Amenities
  • Wheelchair access
  • Guided tours (paid)
  • Bar

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