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

4.2 / 5

based on 4,168 reviews

Always my go-to in new cities to learn my way around. Pretty scheduled every 20 mins for the 3 day ticket we had. Easy to see around the whole city, saved us taxis/Ubers by just getting off at the closer stop to things we wanted to see and do all over the city. Note: the BLUE line is not operational now- it’s “seasonal.” I must have missed that in the booking. The river cruise is actually very worth it. Love the different views and commentary. Easy, reliable. Peaceful even just to ride around their loops. Definitely recommend as a both a tour and a taxi for you!

It is a bit difficult to find out of the system for this kind of double ticket. It could be stated clearly that time booking for the wheel is not neccarssary. And to take a screen shot of the tickets because they dissapear from the app. After the first event. The staff was very helpfull and it worked out fine.

Brilliant event, really good fun, a bit of warning about how wet you can get may be a good idea.

Really enjoyed this well worth the money. Full day out including the river cruise thanks

We really enjoyed our experience. Tour guide was very informative and friendly x