Journey back to Yorkshire's dark days with a skip-the-line pass to York Dungeon. This fully themed, sensory experience includes interactive attractions, engaging performances, rides, top-notch special effects and elaborate staging. Experience the grisly histories of plague, torture, rebellion and witchcraft that shadow this ancient city. Great for kids and adults, the York Dungeon will make you laugh, scream and thank the stars it's all just a show!
- Skip-the-line York Dungeon ticket in central York
- Enjoy an independent York Dungeon tour with theater actors, impressive stages and attractions
- Step back in time and discover 2,000 years of Yorkshire’s spookiest history
- Come face-to-face with villains of bygone days such as Dick Turpin and Guy Fawkes
- Prepare to be enthralled by stories that bring fascinating history to life
Make your way to the York Dungeon and head straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket. As you cross the threshold, allow yourself to be transported back to York’s bygone era. Fantastic theatrical actors greet you at every turn, reenacting famous histories such at Guy Fawkes and his failed gunpowder plot and the tale of barbaric Eric Bloodaxe, the opportunistic Viking King of York who made a special art of fratricide.
As you make the 75-minute walk through the dungeons, experience highlights (or lowlights) of York’s 2000-year history through exceptional stages and special effects. Rile at the smells and sights of the plague, witness haunted goings-on at the Golden Fleece Pub, and test your nerve as the subject of a live torture demonstration (voluntary, of course!). Learn about Witch Pricker at the site of her stake burning, and discover the absurdity of 18th century prosecution in a simulated trial. (Please see full list of attractions in the Itinerary below; subject to change)
End your visit with a solid understanding of York's horrible history from paranormal occurrences and oddities to the city’s most unhinged historical figures.
The highwayman Dick Turpin remains a legend and a villain to this day; that’s quite an achievement for a convicted criminal who died some 300 years ago! In the late 18th century, Dick Turpin rode through the streets of York in an open cart to face his death. Hear his story as he vividly recounts tales of his infamous adventures before he hurls himself from the gallows.
So, what exactly did Dick Turpin do to deserve his renowned reputation and an immortal existence in folklore? After humble beginnings, Dick Turpin joined the ‘gregory gang’ and entered a world of criminality. He became revered in London for his daring raids, and then withdrew to tranquil Yorkshire to escape the law. Discover how he terrorized Londoners, shot a pursuer dead and was eventually caught and hanged in York.
Ghosts of York:
A creepy whistle rides on the cold air about York. The most haunted city in England is creaking to life as the shadows loom and sinister wails grow louder. A feeling of resentment and anger surrounds you as you begin to sense a ghostly presence. Suddenly, out of the darkness, a pale figure appears before you... will you hold your nerve or run for your life?
The image of horned helmets, impressive beards and giant steel weapons still strike fear into the heart of the British when remembering the Viking’s bloodcurdling invasions. The fearsome Nordic warriors arrived on huge longboats and started to raid villages with a ferocity that became legend. The city of York's history is tainted by the Vikings, and the true horror they inflicted is explained at York Dungeon. Prepare to be shocked and appalled at the merciless, bloodthirsty truths behind the Vikings that are laid bare inside the dungeons.
‘Remember, remember the 5th of November; gunpowder, treason and plot!’ Follow the explosive story of Guy Fawkes, from his traitorous plotting to destroy king and parliament, to the terrifying moment he was captured and his subsequent torture and execution.
Implements of Torture:
Prepare for a shock as a mischievous torturer tries to put the fun back into pain. Stretch your imagination with some back-breaking interactive torture treatments, and laugh until your head is about to fall off!
Judgement of Sinners:
The 18th-century judge at this attractions knows exactly what you've been up to. The court isn't impressed and so the punishments are harsh! You might be left to languish in the rat-infested dungeon or alternatively, be given a gruesomely fun task to perform. Who the judge decided to pick on is left to be seen.
Labyrinth of the Last Roman Legion:
Enter the 'labyrinth of the lost' at your peril! Deep beneath York Minster, the labyrinth takes in recreated sights from the ancient fortress of Roman York and Emperor Constantine. Every treacherous turn takes you further into the hidden realm of the lost Roman legion. Will you ever get out?
York Dungeon hosts the return of the most devastating and horrifying disease Europe has ever seen. The plague wiped out over 24 million people — almost half of Europe's population at the time! Society was thrust into chaos as farms, schools and businesses were brought to a standstill. The disease spread through civilization, leaving corpses strewn throughout the streets and countryside. The channel washed ashore ghost ships, and churches were flooded with people seeking shelter and answers.
Walk through the death-filled streets of 14th-century York, and try to keep your head as the panic and horror infects everyone. Just be sure to keep your distance from the unfortunate, diseased inhabitants.
New - Vengeance of the Vikings:
Be ready for the brand new interactive show of the York Dungeon, Vengeance of the Vikings, where you can find yourself in the heart of a terrifying Viking invasion, before experiencing a very close encounter with the hysterically horrible Viking soldier, Snore Short Sword.