York Dungeon uses live actors to illustrate the macabre side of England’s history with exhibits on the Plague, Vikings as well as criminals like Dick Turpin and Guy Fawkes.

Like the similar London Dungeon, it uses theatrical sets, live actors and special effects but it does not have the ghost train-style rides of other attractions in the Dungeons chain. The experience consists of 10 live shows with 360º sets with the caliber of acting that you find at a tacky theatre restaurant.

The York Dungeon experience takes around 1½ hours.

It is a tacky tourist trap which appeals to the narrow 12– 16-year-old demographic. Anyone younger will find the topics a little too frightening and the crass and tasteless production values feel a little immature to anyone older. If you’re travelling with kids in this age bracket then you may want to consider visiting the York Dungeon but otherwise it’s something to avoid.

Children aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The York Dungeon in York, North Yorkshire (Photo: Stephen Richards [CC BY-SA 2.0])
The York Dungeon in York, North Yorkshire (Photo: Stephen Richards [CC BY-SA 2.0])

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