It may be dark and spooky and cover some of the most grisly stories in London's history, but a visit to The London Dungeon can actually be quite enjoyable...if a “drop-dead” boat ride and live rats and cockroaches are your idea of an entertaining afternoon, that is.

Venturing down into The London Dungeon, visitors will be bombarded with all sorts of appalling and sickening smells, sounds and sights so they can feel what life in London would have been like during the city's most dreadful times.

Each 90-minute tour consists of 18 different interactive shows, state-of-the-art special effects and two underground rides, as well as 20 different live actors who act out scripted performances with a mix of both humour and horror.

Throughout the tour, the actors educate tourists on some of the most spine-chilling, hair-raising and blood-curdling tales in London's history. As visitors walk through the attraction, they will be educated on over 1,000 years of London's most ghastly and gloomiest times, with topics like death, plagues, fires, serial killers, murder and torture.

The London Dungeon, display. By Martin The London Dungeon, entrance. By Oscar del Rio
The London Dungeon, skeleton. By Hamish Foxley The London Dungeon, streetview. By Richard Grant The London Dungeon, waxwork figure. By Gil and Barry

Highlights The London Dungeon

With real live (and smelly!) caged rats and cockroaches, eerie waxwork corpses, dark cobble-stoned alleyways, and even a boat ride (one of which includes a free fall), there's no telling what you'll come across during your visit to The London Dungeon.

Some of the many highlights you can expect to experience during your trip to the London Dungeon include:

  • Getting up close and personal with the likes of Jack The Ripper, Sweeney Todd and Guy Fawkes
  • Going on a “Tyrant” Boat Ride to the Tower of London, just as Henry VIII's traitors did during his reign
  • Hearing chilling (yet fascinating) stories about the Gunpowder Plot
  • Being transported back in time to London during the plague
  • Walking the same streets where Jack The Ripper used to prey on his victims
  • Taking a frightening stroll past the horrifying torture chamber
  • Experiencing a “sudden drop” on the “Drop Dead” Drop Ride (and get your photo taken while doing so!)

Special Tips

  • Although you can purchase tickets directly at The London Dungeon, it may be a good idea to reserve your time slot beforehand, as tours at specific times may not be available.
  • If you plan on visiting the nearby London Eye and SEA LIFE London Aquarium as well as The London Dungeon, make sure you take advantage of the discounted combined tickets from their official website.
  • If you are arriving to The London Dungeon by car, you can pre-book your parking with the Dungeon beforehand and save up to 15% on parking costs.
  • Perhaps it may go without saying, but if you're visiting London around October 31st, then a visit to The London Dungeon on Halloween night is a must! (Be prepared for long queues, though).