The London Dungeon was something that I came across while researching things to do and see when visiting London, England. It sounded fantastic and I knew I had to go, so my sister and I happily got tickets and had a blast going through London’s dark history. Essentially, The London Dungeon is a history tour inside one building with lots of actors and fun effects. It’s a lot of fun, so I highly recommend going!5 Things to Explore in The London Dungeon #ontheblog #londonengland Click To Tweet
If you visit the website and click What is the dungeon? at top, it will give you a list of all the different events/time periods you will go through. Click any of these to get more information. However, I am going to share some of my favorite moments!
The Tyrant Boat Ride
This is one of the first things you experience on the tour. You have been condemned to die for conspiring with Anne Boleyn and now you must take a boat to The Tower of London. You are welcome to skip the boat – they will show you how to get to the next “set” – but I recommend it as it’s fun to “sail” down the river. They do warn you that you’ll probably get wet, but I didn’t really have that problem, but it’s good to know!
The Plague Doctor
It’s time to learn about the Black Plague! One thing that I really liked about this particular part of the tour is that one of the actors mentions they don’t know where the doctor’s leeches went too…and if you’re sitting on one of the benches in the room, you are sure to feel them crawl underneath you! The effects on this tour are a lot of spooky fun!
You’re visiting Sweeney Todd’s barber shop now and everyone gets a chair to sit in! There’s some sort of speaker in the chair near your ears though, as you’ll soon hear Todd’s whispers.
Jack the Ripper
There’s actually a few “sets” related to the Jack the Ripper murders, but this one is actually called Jack the Ripper and takes place in the Ten Bells Pub. At some point, the lights go out, and there’s a red, pulsing light that starts up. In this light, you see the figure of Jack the Ripper running through the bar. What’s creepy about this is that “Jack the Ripper” can move around the room and it’s not until the light starts that you see where he went. I was sitting at one of the tables in the room and he ended up standing right in front of me. What a shock! Fun though!
Drop Dead Drop Ride
You’ve reached the end of the tour, and you’ve been found guilty and charged to die. This is the second ride of the tour (the boat is the first) and you get strapped in and dropped to your “death.” I don’t do a lot of rides, but this one was fun, so I recommend doing it if you visit. It doesn’t drop you too far and it drops once, stops for a second, and then drops again, before bringing you back up.
While these five things are what really stick out to me about the tour, every “stop” or “set” on the tour was a lot of fun, and you really do learn some intriguing historical facts! A couple other things you can look forward to learning about: Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot and The Great Fire of London.