The London Dungeon
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The History of The London Dungeon

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 museum
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The original museum

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.

Changes to the museum

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.

A new site
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A new site

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.

An interactive experience

An interactive experience

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.

Family Friendly

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.

Our insider tips

Opening times

The standard opening times are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00AM-5:00PM, Thursday; 11:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday & Sunday; 10:00AM-6:00PM.

How much does it cost?

Standard Adult ticket on the day: £25.95. However, if you book online in advance tickets are cheaper!

How long do tours last?

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!

Good to know

  • 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

Good excursion but queing system bit of a joke!

Booked on line and printed of all paperwork- arrived at dungeons and no separate queue for online booking already made so had to queue for about 25 mins here to then get tickets and allocated time slot. Then we came back half hour later with an awful lot of people which then took nearly 45 mins before starting. Some acts were good some were poor/ overall was ok but wouldn't visit again

London Dungeon Entrance Tickets Reviewed by Dawn, 04/09/2018

Great fun for all the family but scary for little ones!

Didn't know what to expect but really enjoyed the whole 'scary' experience! Great way to learn about history of London as all the characters make it so entertaining in a very creepy manner which was most enjoyable as well as scary! There are 2 rides within the tour which most people can go on although I didn't attempt the 'drop' at the end. Our 10 year old granddaughter absolutely loved everything about it but I wouldn't recommend it for toddlers. The 'tour' was almost 2 hours which was well worth the money.

London Dungeon Entrance Tickets Reviewed by Janette, 03/12/2018

Three in a packet is quite manageable for 2 days and interesting to do

The buses w re ok, easy to follow , we got most of it, the boat ride easy to find, people were very kind, for the tour guide it was quite difficult to follow him while moving and talking as well, too fast both ( we wasted some time to find the meeting point) I was with young people, so we shared the same attitude.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour Reviewed by Violeta, 07/08/2017

Everything was same as tour description and explanation.

It was easy and enjoyful way to sight-see. Guidance with headphone was very good. Free map was very nice and useful. Everything was same as tour description and explanation.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour Reviewed by sebnem, 06/28/2017

Hop On Hop Off is a great way to tour London at your own pace.

We were given headphones to listen to descriptions of areas of interest as we passed; we had a heads up before we arrived at each interest; from the top of the double decker bus (open on top deck) we had an excellent view of everything. Buses ran on schedule and the drivers gave us individual help with directions and sights. Next trip we take this is the way we'll tour, again. There are 3 HO HO bus lines in London, all with similar routes and scheduled stops. Ours, The Golden Tours HO HO, was great, AND we got one free extra day (through March 2016 I believe).

London Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour Reviewed by Danny, 08/12/2015

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Cover photo: Chris Hood, CC BY 2.0