Location: London, SE1 2SZ, Greater London, England
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"Worth the queue!…"
There's a reason why almost 365 days of the year there's a massive queue snaking down Tooley Street come rain or shine - the London Dungeon is a hugely popular tourist attraction, and deservedly so. We were invited to pop down this half term for some Halloween fun and were really impressed.
It's been well over 20 years since I last visited and the place couldn't have been more different. When I went, this was a static, very waxwork-led attraction. Now the emphasis is on interaction, so you walk through a series of rooms devoted to various gory people and events and actors do their level best to freak you out, scare you silly or sentence you all to death.
First things first, there's the queue. You do need to be prepared for it. Under no circumstances come here without a ticket or you'll have to join the 'other' queue which dooms you to a three or four hour wait. Even with tickets it took us 45 minutes to get as far as the front door. And when you get in, it'll take a few hours before you're out the other side, so bring some snacks or food for the queue to keep you going.
Once inside, we were formed into a small group that we stuck with throughout. One of us submitted to being 'burned at the stake' by a hologram of Queen Mary, another was sentenced to death for 'propositioning sailors', yet one more was subjected to trepanning in an early operating theatre. There are also a number of rides now including a seance spinning machine and a 3D ghostbusting exercise.
And then there's the Jack the Ripper part of the exhibition where my 10 year old dd promptly fainted and then threw up after, never having fainted before in her life. To be honest, I think for smaller kids there are images here of the dead prostitutes that are a bit gory for anyone and it was the one part I think was better suited to teenagers and older. But you can't fault the staff here for their professionalism - the lady who helped us merrily told dd that she was the 20th person to have thrown up that day, which made her feel a lot less embarrassed!
Price wise at £16 for an adult (or teen over 16) and £10 for a child, it's not cheap, but given how long you spend here we thought it was good value for money.Read moreLess
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