The London Dungeon is a popular London tourist attraction, which recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a grimly comedic ‘gallows humor’ style, attempting to make them appealing to younger audiences. It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects, and rides.
Opening in 1974, it was initially designed as more a museum of “horrible history”, but the Dungeon has evolved to become an actor-led, interactive experience. The Dungeon is operated by Merlin Entertainments.
This gory lure features different exhibitions of murders, torture methods from the Medieval Era and creepy methods used in days past, which are sure to invoke imaginations and get spectators’ hair standing up on end. In fact, the Dungeon covers approximately a millennium of the more insidious side of human history.
The Various Scenes on Show Include:
Labyrinth of the Lost:
Visitors are led into the crypt and left to find their way around the maze of mirrors. During their exploration, they are constantly interrupted by live actors in costume as well as the thousands of reflections of themselves in all the mirrors. Eventually, they are rescued and shown the way out.
The Great Plague and Surgery: Blood and Guts
Depicting the horrors of the Bubonic Plague in London in 1665, this scene creates a feast for the senses. Offensive smells and the sounds of screams set the scene perfectly as visitors are led to the scene of the doctor performing a ‘live’ operation. Prepare to get a little spray!
Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell
This boat trip is one of the two rides that make up an official London Dungeon tour. Visitors are taken on their last journey into the Tower of London, climbing slowly, until they plummet into the darkness below.
Sweeney Todd was believed to be a psychotic barber that slit the throat of his clients as they were being shaved and gave the corpses to Mrs. Lovett to be cooked into her famous pies. Visitors on the tour are seated in the barber shop and undergo a virtual haircut, only to be plunged back into the cellar, where Todd would perform his gruesome murders.
Jack the Ripper
The five famous murders are narrated, both by a live actor and by a video presentation. Then, visitors are led into a room in which an ‘autopsy’ is being performed as onlookers are guided through the thoughts of Jack the Ripper’s possible identity. Mystery shrouds the scene and visitors should expect the unexpected.
The Great Fire of London
London experienced an enormous loss in 1666 when a mammoth fire ravaged England’s capital. A short film tells visitors more about this disaster using exciting imagery and narration.
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