If that doesn’t spur your imagination, the London Dungeon should do the trick Founded in 1974, the original dungeon was a museum of unimaginable methods of torture displayed in dark, dusky, macabre tableaus that were unsettling for even the most imperturbable visitors.
Today, the venue is more entertaining with a couple of rides, 18 historical vignettes and a cast of interactive role-playing actors who involve the audience with tales of gruesome British legends.
In January, the dungeon moved to its new location next to the London Eye just across the bridge from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. With two popular attractions beside each other, lines at the dungeon can be long at times. Once inside, the tour takes approximately 90 minutes with tales of every nefarious personality you can think of as well as a few more.
Some claim the dungeon today is nothing more than an overpriced, glorified funhouse. Others say the original “museum” was more terrifying and had greater appeal. On the other hand, considering how infrequently most people visit
Ticket prices are about $35 for adults and $30 for children 15 and under. To save money, book online. There are also special events running through October to celebrate Halloween.
The dungeon experience has become so popular that there are now similar attractions in
With its compact size, medieval half-timbered architecture and narrow streets,
With approximately ten different tours,
Many walks do not require advanced booking. Simply show up at the appointed time and place, usually a well known pub or gallery, and head off to the twisting cobblestone streets filled with history, mystery and murder.
The Original Ghost Walk of York, said to be the first, leaves from the King’s Arms Pub each night at 8 p.m. King’s Arms is known as “the pub that floods” due to its proximity to the River Ouse, which often overflows and fills the establishment with water.
Travelers with disabilities or no desire to stroll can still experience the eeriness of
Among the newest venues is Barley Hall. Rediscovered and excavated in the 1980s, the medieval building opened in 1987 after being buried for nearly 500 years. Restored with furnishings as they might have been in the 1490s, excavations of Barley Hall provided archaeologists with a wealth of information about the Middle Ages during the plague.
Completing the Halloween history of
When it comes to tales of mystery, intrigue and ghostly sightings, the
As an anonymous writer once said, “the past is no ghost at this banquet, rather it sits at the head of the table.”
For travelers, every day is Halloween in the
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