The London Dungeon

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The History of The London Dungeon

One of London's top must-see tourist attractions, the Dungeon is dedicated to some of the city's more gruesome past. Here's a little bit of background to whet your appetite before you head along yourself.

  • The original museum

    1. The original museum

    The original London Dungeon was established in 1974. It was originally a more educational museum, dedicated to the likes of Boudicca, Mary Tudor and Thomas Becket.

  • 2. Changes to the museum

    Over the years, the museum has become more of an actor-led, and interactive experience, with tours and rides in place to entertain, excite and frighten visitors.

  • A new site

    3. A new site

    In 2013 the London Dungeon moved to a new location on the South Bank next to the London Eye to make way for new rides and expansion.

  • An interactive experience

    4. An interactive experience

    Now tours are led by actors in a fully immersive experience which will take you through some of London's and Britain's macabre past.

  • 5. Family Friendly

    Although the museum is still based on historic events, it is more of a fun and exciting tourist attraction for the whole family. However age 8 and up is recommended to enter.

Planning Your Visit

  • Opening times

    The standard opening times are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00AM-5:00PM, Thursday; 11:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday & Sunday; 10:00AM-6:00PM.

  • How much does it cost?

    Standard Adult ticket on the day: £25.95. However, if you book online in advance tickets are cheaper!

  • How long do tours last?

    Tours last around 90 minutes, however, this does not include queueing time! Make sure you arrive in plenty of time even if you have booked in advance!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00AM-5:00PM, Thursday; 11:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday & Sunday; 10:00AM-6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult day-of tickets are £25.95, but advance purchases are cheaper.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary for the Dungeon, but check out our offers for tours and priority entrance!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to the London Waterloo station and The London Dungeon is a short walk away.
  • Additional information
    ** The London Dungeon cannot store luggage or strollers during your visit. | The ride is not suitable for visitors with photosensitive epilepsy or those who cannot climb stairs.*

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What people are saying about The London Dungeon

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 4,520 reviews

Really enjoyed our trip to London and our package we purchased. We wanted to do the London Eye and hop on hop off bus - the river cruise was an additional extra thrown in and ended up being the highlight. We ended up walking most of the way around the city, only using the bus twice - both times to go just one stop. Magnificent views from the London Eye - but the cruise was just wonderful. We went from Tower Bridge to Westminster. The guy speaking was really funny and the facts super interesting. The baileys hot chocolate on board also delicious. Would absolutely recommend.

Such good experience. The actors and staff were superb! They really did a good job to still entertain and teach even in this unexpected restrictions. Very impressed!

We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .

Great experience .Not for young children though was quite scary at times .We enjoyed it .The ride at the end was good too .

Enjoyed very much, staff acting was great will come again we both loved it thank you