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Location: York

Fear is a funny thing...

The York Dungeon is a 70-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history. The Dungeon 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. Itís hilarious fun and itís sometimes a bit scary.

You will laugh and scream, you will love it. We do too and here is why:

York Dungeon is now Bolder and Better than ever before
11 laugh-out-loud shows
Laughs, screams and cutting-edge storytelling

We're the black comedy of attractions; dark, atmospheric and very very funny.

3.0/5.0 Our rating

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- 23rd Sep, 2014
I've visited many times over the years and have seen many, many changes during that time (it was all on one floor and just a wax works the first time for example). Sometimes these changes are excellent and a great idea, sometimes the changes are baffling! One such change this time is the entrance "waiting" area. Up until the changes for the new Tudor show, which I'll get to in a minute, there was a talking head type thing giving you details of what was going to happen in the Dungeon. It was a good mood setter and had some historical information too. Now, it's a different guy as the talking head, but he was silent for 99% of the time and when he did speak, it was just to say turn off you phones etc. He was funny, but I don't see why they had to change the mood setting scene for one of comedy (he was quite funny and you'll meet him again later too) The new Tudor show was great fun though! Very heavy on interaction with stuff happening all over. The actor was great, even if the girl he chose was far to scared to do what he wanted her to, but she did in the end. I loved this show and am looking forward to experiencing it again! The plague show has also changed and sadly, is now exactly the same as it is in the other Dungeons and has lost it's unique feature. Again, I think this is a baffling change as the old show was excellent, but I guess it needed to change in order to fit the new Tudor show in next door. Guy Fawkes is the same as it's ever been! Honestly, apart from moving this show upstairs and rerecording the dialog, it's still the same as it was when I first visited back in 1994ish. But, I love that and I'd hate to see this go or change as it's a favorite of mine! Past that show, nothing has changed from previous visits! Which brings me to the "dated" aspect of the place. There are two shows that, in my opinion, are past their sell by date. The ghost pub and Dick Turpin. The ghost pub was interesting and different when it first appeared, but is now looking badly dated. The ghost is fairly anti-climatic to be honest. It's got a good build up, acted brilliantly today for example, but the "blow off" is a bit lack luster now. This should be the next show to change in my opinion, but as it's totally unique to York and not in any of the other Dungeons, I hope they change it to something equally unique. The Dick Turpin show is also dated and needs a revamp. The old show with the big hanging scene was more effective than this one. The effect was good when it first went into the Dungeon, but is now a bit weak. As this show is pretty much in all the other Dungeons in different formats, I guess this one will be staying, but I feel it's ready for a change. Overall, if you've never been before, it's a brilliant, fun and scary experience. If you've been to any of the other Dungeons, you'll have seen most of it already to be honest. But, I'd still recommend a visit anyway as it's great fun still, it just needs some of the older shows changing to bring it to the standards of the newer shows!

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- 06th Apr, 2014
The best dungeon we have visited. Great performances and love the sets.

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- 04th Apr, 2013
My first visit after its £2million revamp and not much has changed really. The top floor is unchanged, save for a new hidden door and the commentary to the Guy Fawkes show which is now Guy Fawkes telling his own story rather than the old narrator, but it's the same show that was there when I first visited in 1995. Disappointing as I'm sure they said that it'll be a whole new show. Ghosts is rather poor these days. I hoped that they would properly revamp this, but it's unchanged and doesn't work well. There have been some new set dressing just before that bit, with hanging washing and an uneven wooden floor, but nothing that makes any difference. Labyrinth of The Lost actually had the Lost Roman Legion in it this time. It's always been missing on previous visits and is quite effective if you see it out of the corner of your eye. Eric Bloodaxe has been toned down somewhat. The film is gone and things get right into the show. This is where you can see Tim Vines writing really showing through as the two projected characters were genuinely funny! The torture chamber is the first totally new set and looks great. Based on the new London set, it's quite well detailed and better than it used to be. It still uses the same 3 props, but the script is new. The courtroom is the same as it's ever been, but the set looks like it's been freshened up. The execution show now has more room than it did and it's still a good show. I really enjoyed this one. Dick Turpin is the same show and is also unchanged except for the actor telling his story and finally Witches is the same as it has been. They really need to work on the torch prop though as it looks rubbish when lit up. Overall though, I'd highly recommend a visit. The new sets a\re great and highly detailed, the new costumes look seriously good and the actors were faultless! Usually there's one who lets things down, but there really wasn't for this visit. It's not especially scary though. I can sum the scare factor up with this. In the group I went round with was an 8 or 9 year old kid who was petrified. He told one of the actors off and that he wanted ďthe spookiness to stop" By the time the Witches show was over (about an hour later) he was laughing with the gags. Well worth a visit, just not a "scare attraction" anymore!

Visit attraction again: Yes


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