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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

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: The York Dungeon

New Show: Vengeance of the Vikings

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. 

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Customer Reviews

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

superb fun for everyone in the group we joined. very interactive - there's no hiding in the shadows thats where you'll jump the most!.

Colin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great experience for our group of 6. It started with the guy in character outside who kept our party busy while one of our party went to use toilets elsewhere since there are none in the building. There was no line to skip as such since we arrived around 10 in the morning. The actors were definitely into their roles. We had a good time and learned a few things on the way. It's good that you are told up front that the actors will not touch you, since they made some dramatic scary up close and personal appearances at times when the lights have gone out.

Note that once you've done this, you will not get anything big out of it a second time. It is a smaller, but more enthusiastic version of the London Dungeon.

Tyree L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved it! Genuinely scary but in a giggly way. Be warned,I thought that I was going to have to take my 12 year old out at one point as she was so freaked out!

Carol L H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this experience. The staff at the entrance was wonderful and caring in explaining what to expect so that younger members of our group were comfortable entering the experience. The characters were excellent in portraying the roles. There was a good balance of expectation, unexpected and humor as well as facts about the history involved.

Anthony E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I took my grandchildren aged 10 and 9 and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would recommend using priority booking as we went to the front of the queue and only had to wait a short time before we were in the dungeon.

Amelios K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I took my wife and two teenage daughters to The York Dungeon while on holiday in Yorkshire. We were looking for something to do on a cold, damp Summers day! This attraction was ideal, very informative well presented and fun. The actors who played various characters engaged the audience and kept everyone entertained. Maybe a little spooky in some places for very young children. Great fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent value for money

peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great day was had by all. The attraction gives you a brief history of the City of York from the Romans to present day. The actors get the crowd involved which adds to a great experience that will not be forgotten.

Joanne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Alot cheaper than on the door, very funny. Worth a visit!!

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