The London Dungeons is one of those places that I have been meaning to visit for ages. I’m a big fan of history; it’s my eternal regret that I didn’t study it at GCSE and went for Geography instead! I don’t know as much as I should about British history, having done a degree in American Studies I know about a lot of US history, but my British history knowledge is sadly a little lacking.
So the London Dungeon has always been on my unofficial list of things to do in London, and last week, I finally went! I didn’t really know what to expect from it, I knew it was kind of interactive, but I thought it was a lot more museum-like than it actually turned out to be.
I went with my nephew Robbie, who is fourteen. He’s currently in the process of choosing his own GCSE options, and I’m trying to encourage him to take history. It’s not necessarily that he’s going to pursue any sort of further education or career in that area, but he’s interested in history, and I think he’d enjoy it. He has also been wanting to visit the Dungeons, so we went together, and we both really enjoyed it!
It’s really easy to get there for us, we got the train to Stratford, and then the Jubilee line got us straight to London Bridge. The Dungeons are situated right outside the tube station.
As I said, I didn’t really know what to expect, but it very quickly became clear that I was going to be petrified for the entire tour. We were led through a room in the dark, with people jumping out at us! Robbie, despite being a rather cool teenager, grabbed my arm and didn’t let it go until we got out into the sunshine! I am confident that he will never read this, so I don’t think there’s any danger of ruining his street cred!
The tour continued in much the same way, walking through various rooms with our little tour group, mostly in the near-dark, with people walking past you shouting things at you! Lots of British history was explored; the Bubonic Plague, the Great Fire of London, Jack the Ripper, and other various things like doctors chopping off limbs, torture methods and capital punishments. It takes about 90 minutes, and as you are led through and treated to various performances, there is no going back on yourselves.
My favourite bit of the entire tour was the Jack the Ripper part. Robbie didn’t know much about it, in fact he said that he wasn’t even aware that Jack the Ripper was real, I think he assumed he was an urban legend. I won’t spoil it by telling you exactly what happens, but I have to say that I screamed!
If you’re trying to think of things to do in London during your visit, you won’t go far wrong with a trip to the London Dungeons. The prices are really reasonable – £16 for adults and £10 for children if you book online, which includes priority entrance, so there’s no queuing! I think people of all ages would enjoy a day at the Dungeons, although it might be a bit scary for little ones! There are fourteen shows as you make your way through the tour, and three rides to have fun. And there’s a great gift shop at the end, which is always a must.
*I received complimentary tickets for review purposes, but all views are my own.