A GREAT ESCAPE….
Kicks off February Half Term at the London Dungeon
From 11th February 2017 onwards
Escape boredom this February by watching London’s original escapologist as he plots his next escape from the London Dungeon. Before Houdini there was Jack Shepherd, a petty thief who infamously escaped not one, not two….but four prisons (!!!) by breaking through ceilings to picking locks.
Guests visiting the London Dungeon from February will journey back to 1724 to come face-to-face with Jack at Newgate prison – where he has been caught by the thief catcher for the fifth time. He’s being held in chains and is ready to be hung as no prison can keep hold of him. Guests will hear from the audacious convict as he tells the tales of escaping from four prisons with the help of his love, Bess and his handy carpentry skills.
After hearing his tales guests will be left wondering if they are watching the showman in action or have become part of his latest escape plan…Will Jack face his fate or make one last getaway?
Alongside escape artist Jack Shepherd, guests will witness 1,000 years of London’s dark past bought to life, including other famous villains who escaped the clutches of the law such as Jack the Ripper, to those who were less conspicuous in their escapades such as Guy Fawkes
Everything shown is based on real local historical events, meaning that a visit to either one of the Dungeons is educational and informative as well as being fantastic fun. From execution, murder, torture and the plague, the Dungeons explore the nastier side to the tales of some of Britain’s oldest cities. Fantastic new features for this year include coming face to face with Jack the Ripper in London! York Dungeons is now home to Dick Turpin, the sadistic killer who wants his revenge – in blood! Feel the passion of Scotland’s warrior hero Sir William Wallace at Edinburgh Dungeons as you fight the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge – Are you brave enough?
A major new multi-sensory experience packing a historical punch and plenty of heat will get pulses racing and temperatures rising at the London Dungeon when it opens on 21 May. Marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, ‘Escape the Great Fire’ will recreate the drama of one of the world’s most famous disasters with live actors, themed settings and sizzling special effects.
Guests will be transported back to London’s Great Fire (2 September 1666). The sparks from Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane have set the packed timber houses of London alight and the city has become a raging inferno. The flames are so hot cooked pigeons are dropping out of the sky, the streets are running with molten lead and St Paul’s is burning to the ground. Londoners are fleeing the Capital, piling into boats on the river to escape the destruction as panic sweeps the city. Intrepid guests will find sanctuary in the house of the Lord Mayor and meet his faithful servant whilst the carnage unfolds outside.
Boom! The deafening sound of gunpowder explosions suddenly fills the air and screams ring out in the nearby streets: the firefighters are blowing up houses to stop the fire spreading – and the Mayor’s house is next! As the heat rises and the stifling smell of smoke permeates the air, the flames begin to creep under the door, quickly engulfing the room as the house begins to collapse. Guests will need all their wits to escape un-singed!
Those who do escape the fire will have plenty more scares (and a fair few laughs) in store as the London Dungeon unleashes 1000 years of London’s dark history in 19 shows, featuring some of history’s greatest rogues and villains, two thrilling rides and plenty of edge-of-the-seat surprises.
The Edinburgh Dungeons
The Edinburgh Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and sometimes a bit scary.
Your 80 minute journey will take you through 1000 years of Scotland’s dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, you and your companions walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on real Scottish history (minus the boring bits). You’ll get up close and personal with local legends including William Wallace and murderers, Burke and Hare.
It’s a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you’ll pass through the caves of the hungry Sawney Bean and the NEW Street of Sorrows show; Edinburgh’s famous underground that’s full of murderers and disease!
Please Note : The Dungeons is not suitable for young children or those of a nervous disposition. Please note that ride restrictions apply for Extremis
The York Dungeons
The York Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s funny, scary and keeps you on the edge until the very end!
Your 75 minute journey will take you through 2000 years of York’s dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, you and your companions walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on York’s real history (minus the boring bits). You’ll get up close and personal with local legends including Eric Bloodaxe and Dick Turpin.
It’s a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you’ll pass through York Castle Prison and hear the tale of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin and then join the Traitors Rebellion as Henry VIII brings the wrath of the Tudors against the City of York.
-Discover Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot and what really happened that November night.
-Come face to face with the most blood-thirsty Vikings of York.
-Will you crack under the pressure of the Torturer and his Intimidating instruments?
-Step inside Castle Prison and delve into Dick Turpin’s infamous crimes.