If there’s one place in the capital that’s guaranteed to give you a fright this Halloween, it’s the London Dungeon. Their brand new show, ‘The Home of Halloween’ is taking place between the 1st October and the 2nd November, and is tipped to be the biggest and boldest event they’ve ever put on.
Introducing the Master of Tricks
This year the London Dungeon will introduce a brand new character The Master of Tricks, who will take up the radiance of the underworld to teach you all about London’s deep and dark history. Along the way you’ll experience everything from mischievous tricks and treats to gripping storytelling. With his giant ‘Wheel of Fortune’ – as he calls it – The Master of Tricks is sure to give you plenty of random surprises.
Just because it’s Halloween, expect a much darker and scarier experience. The common sets will be dressed with plenty of pumpkins; mannequins (and actors) will practice witchcraft; and even Mrs Lovett will trade her signature human meat for a new special ingredient.
Learn about London’s History
The London Dungeon isn’t all about jump-through-the-roof scares. Along the way you’ll also get to meet a vast array of the most terrifying characters in London’s history and learn about their past, including Jack the Ripper, Guy Fawkes, Sweeney Todd and Henry VIII.
Each exhibition is an educational trip that’ll make both amateur historians and adrenaline junkies feel right at home. Each and every detail has been carefully constructed to ensure that you get the most realistic historical picture of London.
The whole tour takes approximately 90 minutes and covers London’s last 1,000 years through shocks, rides, scares, special effects, live actors, mazes and highly engaging storytelling.
This autumn the ‘London Dungeons’ Lates’ event will also take place. This after-hours theatrical performance is for adults only and ideal if you’d rather have a more “traditional” night out with alcoholic drinks. These tours take a little longer and have a higher price tag, but they’re well worth it, especially if you miss the Halloween show.
The Victorian Gin Bar serves a variety of old-London beverages allowing you to calm your nerves before you delve into the underworld. Along the way you’ll also get to stop for a few cheeky tipples – one of which is in Mrs Lovett’s pie shop!
Experience a Heart Pumping Ride
‘Drop Dead: The Drop Ride to Doom’ will show you what the long drop truly is. Hosted by the executioner from Newgate Prison in the late 1700s, ‘Drop Dead’ will really make you cringe as you hear the sound of crowds cheering and necks snapping. Special Halloween themed photo plaques will be available on London Dungeon rides between October and November.
Get Better Value Tickets
As with most Merlin attractions, if you book online you can make substantial savings. Halloween day, however, is booking up fast and will no doubt be a complete sell out. You can save up to 30% on individual tickets if you book directly through the London Dungeon website, which means a reduction on adult tickets from £25.20 to £17.50. Book 14 days in advance and you are guaranteed to get the lowest price deal.
Merlin annual passes are also available if you’re interested in visiting other theme parks. Thirty-one top attractions throughout the UK take part, including: Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life London and Warwick Castle. Adult annual passes cost £169 or £119, if you book online.