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The London Dungeon is a very popular and a very different kind of tourist attraction. As the name suggests, this isn't a museum, park or a theatre but
consists of the presentation of the middle age places in London when different instruments, methods were used to causing pain in the inamtes of the London
Dungeons. You will be presented with historical bloody, violent, scary events in a bit funny way. This place, generally, is a great attraction for the
youngsters. It is a combination of real live actors, some rides and special light and other effets.

When it was opened initially in 1974, it was more of a mere museum which included the different aspects of the Horrific History. But it gradually became a
place of entertainment with actors and a bit of interation involved. Merlin Entertainment operates "The Dungeon" and it also operates some other London and UK entertainment places like Warwick Castle, Garland, Chessington world of Adventures, Alton Towers, Hyde Park, Thorpe park, Legoland, London Eye and Madame Tussauds.


In a nutshell, London Dungeon is all about, different shows consisting of 11 actors, two frightining rides and thousand years of London's horrific and scary history. This place is ideal for youngsters but can be equally enjoyable for others !

 


Main Attractions at London Dungeon


Labyrinth of the Lost

A mirror maze is themed around the crypt of All Hallows Church in London. A live actor playing the grounds keeper tells visitors of the crypt and then are led into the maze and left to wander, seeing reflections of themselves everywhere. Actors in period costume jump out unexpectedly, until the visitors are finally led out through a previously closed exit and taken to the era of the Great Plague.
 
The Great Plague & Surgery: Blood & Guts

This show is set in 1665 during the Great Plague of London, and London is depicted as riddled with bubonic plague, with thousands dying in agony. Disgusting smells are present in this exhibit, with recorded cries of panic and pain and shouts to "bring out the dead". Visitors are taken into a secret treatment room and are told of ways people tried to cure the plague. Actors portraying death collectors wander through, piling up the decaying bodies, with other actors made up to appear as decayed and vomiting plague sufferers.

At the end of the plague section, we see a doctor who (comically) tries to operate on a dead body: pulling out the intestines; the bladder, which squirts supposed urine at the audience; and finally the heart. A visitor is then 'operated' on, including being 'trepanned', having their 'blood' 'let', and having a hand amputated. As the blade falls on their hand, the lights go out, and air jets and water are aimed at the audience.
 
Judgement

The visitors are led into a 18th Century Courtroom and are "Sentenced" for humorous crimes such as "Doing unspeakable things with a bucket of fish," "Dancing naked", "Doing wee-wee in the Thames" or "Because your girlfriend is ugly."
 
Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell

After being sentenced to death by the courtroom judge visitors are taken to an execution dock. The show is a boat ride, themed to replicate the last journey through Traitors' Gate into the Tower of London. The ride is in almost total darkness, including the ascent the boat makes once it has gone beyond Traitors' Gate. Riders rotate 90 degrees and are shot downhill into the dark sewers below. This ride incorporates sudden loud noises.
 
Sweeney Todd

After walking past Mrs. Lovett's pie shop, and being greeted by Mrs. Lovett herself, they enter Sweeney Todd's barber shop which is filled with seats. At the front is a chair with a covered up bloody model supposedly from having his throat cut. Visitors are seated in animatronic barbers' chairs, and special effects are used to try to make them feel as if Sweeney Todd were right behind them, giving them a very close shave. Afterwards the chair is pulled back, as if falling into a cellar (which is what Sweeney would do with his victims). This attraction incorporates the same binaural audio technology that Walt Disney World's Alien Encounter used. Sweeney Todd was supposedly a barber that was around in the mid 18th century. He is sometimes known as "The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street", and slit the throats of his customers with his razors, supposedly giving the carcasses to Mrs. Lovett to be baked into large pies. Despite the Dungeons' claim to base their exhibits on historical fact, it is almost certain that Sweeney Todd never existed.
 
Jack the Ripper

Set in Victorian London, an actor talks about the first three murders before leading visitors to a room where a short film mentions the next two. A third room then shows an autopsy, and various possible ideas for the identity of 'Jack' are mentioned. As it is suggested that whoever it is, he is in Hell, a gas jet shoots out, warming the faces of visitors. Visitors are then led to a scene of a pub, ten years after the last murder. At the end of a talk, 'Jack' suddenly appears with a knife.
 
Bloody Mary: Killer Queen (New for 2010)

Bloody Mary: Killer Queen opened during the February half-term period. After a short introduction to the story of Mary Tudor, also known as Bloody Mary, a visitor is sentenced to death by burning for heresy. Light, sound and smoke effects conceal the visitor who is replaced by a model of someone burnt to death, complete with dropping eyeball.
 
Great Fire of London

This exhibit is set in the year 1666, when much of London burnt to the ground in the relentless Great Fire of London that started down in Pudding Lane, from the Royal bakery. Visitors are shown a short educational film, in a set representation of the bakery.
 
Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom

This feature opened at the end of March 2007. Treated just as if they are a criminal sent to hang at Newgate Prison, visitors are taken from a holding cell and sat in a seat which elevates to the top of the Dungeon. There, they see models of judges and an executioner reading the charges against them, when the noose drops in front of their face, and as the hangman pulls the gallows lever they suddenly drop towards the ground in the dark. Cameras are mounted in the walls to take photos of visitors as they drop.

 


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Phone: 0207 487 0224
Email:
events@merlinvenues.com
Website:
www.merlinvenues.com

Reference - www.the-dungeons.co.uk




London Dungeon opening hours


The London Dungeon is open 7 days a week, excluding Christmas day. Closing times stated are last admission times.

Date
Opening times
2nd Jan - 18th Feb
10am – 5pm
19th Feb - 27th Feb
9.30am – 6.30pm
28th Feb - 8th Apr
10am - 5pm
9th Apr - 25th Apr
9.30am - 7pm
26th Apr - 27th May
10am - 5.30pm
28th May - 5th Jun
9.30am - 6.30pm
6th Jun - 15th Jul
10am - 5.30pm
16th Jul - 29th Jul
9.30am - 6.30pm
30th Jul - 31st Aug
9.30am – 7pm
1st Sep - 21st Oct
10am - 5.30pm
22nd Oct - 31st Oct*
9.30am - 7pm
1st Nov - 30th Dec**
10am - 5pm

* 29th Oct 9.30am – 9pm
** Except 24th Dec, 26th Dec, 31st Dec, 1st Jan (2012) 11am – 4pm

 


Address (Location) of the london Dungeon


London Dungeon
28-34 Tooley Street

London
SE1 2SZ

 
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Contact London Dungeon


Tel: 0207 403 7221
Bookings: 0871 423 2240*
Group and School Bookings: 0871 663 1670*
Email: london.dungeon@merlinentertainments.biz

 


Travel to London Dungeon


Buses
 
21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 78, 133, 149, 381

Car Parking

NCP at St. Thomas Street and Upper Thames Street. Please note, the London Dungeon is within the congestion charging zone.

Coach Parking

Euro Car Parks- Tower Bridge Road
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