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  • The London Dungeon is implementing new rules in line with current government advice to keep its guests safe, including limiting internal capacity, enforcing social distancing on rides, in queues and during live shows, and performing compulsory non-invasive temperature checks on employees. Guests may also be required to have a temperature check upon entry. Please follow the dungeon’s COVID safety guidelines throughout your visit upon their reopening.
  • With nineteen haunting tales and two thrilling rides, guests will come face-to-face with some of London’s most notorious historic characters: Guy Fawkes, Sweeney Todd and even Jack the Ripper!
  • Make sure you chat to the live actors, they are hilarious! Come prepared with some silly questions for them.
  • There is a ride called Drop Dead Drop Ride to Doom, which drops you - fast. Make sure you are prepared as it’s not for the fainthearted! Be aware that the minimum height restrictions for this ride is 1.4 metres.
  • It is situated on the popular South Bank, so if you're looking for more tourist attractions in London after your visit, you'll be spoilt for choice with loads of fun activities for kids (and adults!) in the area. Take a trip up the London Eye or see the wonders of the deep sea at the Sea Life London Aquarium.
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If you and your kids love history and horror, there is no better place for you to visit than the brilliant London Dungeon and explore the darkest history of the capital’s most perilous past. It will be a fear-inducing immersive experience like no other… dare you proceed?  

Make your way to The London Dungeon, a unique attraction where thrill-seekers young and old will experience history and horror in equal measure. You will journey to old London and dive into ghostly stories and scary immersive experiences. Have you ever imagined coming face-to-face with Jack the Ripper or Sweeney Todd? Or could you outrun the Great Fire of London? The London Dungeon brings historical London to life with awesome immersive sets. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the two thrilling rides. Take the tyrant boat ride and experience firsthand just how furious Henry VIII can be. You’ll very quickly discover what happened to Anne Boleyn and her fellow conspirators (yep, that’s you!). 

Discover how to prepare a head for a spike at the Tower of London at an interactive lesson given by the Head Master, who’s a true expert in his field with many a story to tell. Travel back to 1605 and learn about the world’s most famous plotter and discover all about the fate of Guy Fawkes. Prepare to be repulsed and abandon all hope as you learn all about the torture chamber. The torturer is also looking for volunteers if you fancy a good stretch? 

Not only is The London Dungeon fun, but it’s a great learning experience too. With a consistently creepy atmosphere and grisly scenes at every turn, two exciting rides, and lots of character actors – this fantastic experience will bring the darkest history of London to life. A ghoul-tastic treat and one of the best places to visit in London for the older kids!

Looking for more inspiration? For some tips on how to become a tourist in your own hometown, check out these handy tips. Or if you want to get out of London for the day, here are 15 amazing day trips.

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What to know before you go

  • Merlin has introduced a range of new health and safety measures to reduce the risk associated with the presence of COVID-19, which are in line with government advice and the requirements of local health authorities.
  • The attraction is open daily. Opening times vary throughout the year. The experience lasts around 90 minutes.
  • Make your way to the London Dungeon at your booked time slot and present your e-ticket to a member of staff (either printed or on a mobile device) and you will be scanned in before the start of your tour. 
  • During the tour, there are no toilets available. There are toilets just before you enter into the attraction, and again at the end. If you need to leave the tour for any reason, ask the nearest actor and they will help you exit.
  • Buggies can be pushed through the tour, although there are two flights of stairs (you will need to carry the buggy up them) and narrow corners. It is advised that you leave your buggy in the designated area.
  • Disabled guests will qualify for one complimentary helper ticket when they purchase a standard. The free ticket for the helper should be requested on arrival at the attraction upon presentation of proof of disability.  
  • The London Dungeon is wheelchair accessible except for the boat and drop rides. For health and safety reasons the London Dungeon can only admit 1 wheelchair user per hour. Once you have booked your standard ticket, we recommend booking your wheelchair time slot in advance by calling 0333 321 2001.
  • There are baby-changing facilities inside the tour, just after the Corridor of Misdemeanour
  • Prepare to head to the South Bank where you can enjoy a family-friendly meal before or after your visit. There are lots of cafés and restaurants to choose from - Giraffe is great for kids. 
  • Children under 16 cannot visit without a paying adult over 18. Be aware that there are scary moments, loud noises, and it is very dark, so we don’t recommend the attraction to kids younger than 11. If your child is younger but you think they will still enjoy it, entry is at your own discretion.
  • If you or your child are claustrophobic, suffer from anxiety or do not like loud noises or the dark, this isn’t the best attraction for you. Why not head to the nearby London Aquarium instead?
  • If you are pregnant, you are welcome to visit The London Dungeon but do bear in mind there is rarely seating available during the 90-minute tour. You are also strongly recommended not to ride The Tyrant Boat ride or the Drop Dead Drop ride. You may inform a staff member and they will allow you to skip these sections of the experience.

Getting there

  • The London Dungeon is a 5-minute walk from Waterloo Underground station (Northern, Jubilee, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City lines). Waterloo mainline station is also a 5-minute walk away, as is Westminster Underground station (Circle, District and Jubilee lines).
  • Bus routes that stop nearby are the 77, 381, 12, 148, 159, 211 and 453.
  • Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.
  • There is no parking at the venue and parking in the area is limited, however Waterloo Car Park at 39 York Road is a 5-minute walk away.
  • There are loads of family-friendly attractions nearby, including the London Eye and Shrek's Adventure.

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Merlin Entertainments Ltd is a British entertainment company that owns some of the UK’s most popular family attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the London Eye, Warwick Castle and a number of top UK theme parks such as LEGOLAND, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park Resort and Alton Towers Resort. From their headquarters in Poole, Dorset, Merlin Entertainments aims to bring magic and unrivaled adventure to families through some of the world’s best attractions. With their renowned Merlin Pass, you can get monthly or yearly access to unlimited family fun at sites like Sea Life London Aquarium, the London Dungeons, Shrek’s Adventure, the Blackpool Tower and a whole heap of the greatest theme park resorts the UK has to offer.

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