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One of London's top must-see tourist attractions, the Dungeon is dedicated to some of the city's more gruesome past. Here's a little bit of background to whet your appetite before you head along yourself.
The original London Dungeon was established in 1974. It was originally a more educational museum, dedicated to the likes of Boudicca, Mary Tudor and Thomas Becket.
Over the years, the museum has become more of an actor-led, and interactive experience, with tours and rides in place to entertain, excite and frighten visitors.
In 2013 the London Dungeon moved to a new location on the South Bank next to the London Eye to make way for new rides and expansion.
Now tours are led by actors in a fully immersive experience which will take you through some of London's and Britain's macabre past.
Although the museum is still based on historic events, it is more of a fun and exciting tourist attraction for the whole family. However age 8 and up is recommended to enter.
The standard opening times are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00AM-5:00PM, Thursday; 11:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday & Sunday; 10:00AM-6:00PM.
Standard Adult ticket on the day: £25.95. However, if you book online in advance tickets are cheaper!
Tours last around 90 minutes, however, this does not include queueing time! Make sure you arrive in plenty of time even if you have booked in advance!
- When should I visit?
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00AM-5:00PM, Thursday; 11:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday & Sunday; 10:00AM-6:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult day-of tickets are £25.95, but advance purchases are cheaper.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is not necessary for the Dungeon, but check out our offers for tours and priority entrance!
- How to get there
- Take the metro to the London Waterloo station and The London Dungeon is a short walk away.
- Additional information
- ** The London Dungeon cannot store luggage or strollers during your visit. | The ride is not suitable for visitors with photosensitive epilepsy or those who cannot climb stairs.*
What people are saying about The London Dungeon
Protesters in London caused all Tour Buses lots of problems on our trip. But the staff that greeted us at The Aldwich were professional and efficient. Once the bus arrived Shane took over and he was fantastic. What a great asset to your company. He apologised many times for events that were totally out of his control (protesters/diversions) We were on the bus much longer than we intended and missed a few things due to the diversions. The weather changed in an instant from blue skies and sunshine to heavy rain but my friends and I stayed put with Shane on the top deck, he stood up throughout. He entertained with great information and humour and even played "Its Raining Men" for us when we were totally soaked. He apologised again & kept us informed when he got off it was so very different. We could not really hear Luke and didn't actually see him - he sat somewhere but we didn't know where. It was disappointing that our £34 each trip was so badly disrupted but Shane made it great fun!
We were a group of four, with 3-day tickets. We saw everything we wanted to see. The life commentary on the red tour was instructive and fun. The river cruise to Greenwich was included, again, the commentary was interesting. The traffic in London was bad due to roadworks, but the tour buses made a good job of it. However, we were not informed in time that one of the stops was not open, and so we had to walk back a while to get where we wanted to be. There had been a lengthy raft of instructions, as well as a change of bus, and so what was being said may have made sense to the staff, but we did not hear it. That was the only negative of the three day experience.
We really enjoyed the tour itself - there were adequate buses and the guides were informative and entertaining. The issue we had was that we didn't know in advance that it was the last round of the day, so when the bus ended its route, we, along with many others, were stranded far from where we needed to be. We were lucky that one amazing tour guide happened to be heading in our direction, so she brought us along with her to the subway (the tube), rode with us and showed us where to get off.
Even though our trip was somewhat interrupted by major protests on the streets Big Bus did there best trying to navigate the unexpected road closers. We have been on other tours they offer in other city’s and have always had good service.
Fabulous experience, but during my tour I was constantly being shoved out of the way as children were pushing threw. Also half our group was made up of under 12 year olds who talked the whole time the actors were explaining the stories.