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The Tyrant Boat Ride

The Tyrant Boat Ride

The ALL NEW Tyrant Boat Ride - now open!

This summer, visitors to The London Dungeon can experience the full force of Henry VIII’s wrath in an altogether darker and scarier experience on the ALL NEW , improved, Tyrant Boat Ride.

Condemned to death by Henry’s loyal servant, the Black Jester, for conspiring with Anne Boleyn, guests (now traitors) will join her  on her final journey along the Thames to The Tower of London, where you'll meet your fate. You may lose your head - or get wet! Definitely one of those two! 

Along the way, the murderous monarch himself will sentence you to death before intense fog, darkness, choppy waters, scurries of rats and foul stench of sewage will give you a 360 feel for the journey that so many other traitors made during King Henry's reign.   

Wait a minute... I know that face.

Yes it's much loved actor Brian Blessed starring as Henry VIII at The London Dungeon!

  • He will appear virtually as a high-tech 3D talking head!
  • His famous booming voice will condemn guests to execution.
"It was all about the eyes and teeth and getting into the mind of the man. He was dangerous and menacing, a frightening King, and I will bring a wonderful extravagance and confidence to the role."
Brian Blessed

See video of Brian Blessed at work for The Dungeons.

Measuring Brian’s head

Measuring Brian’s head

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What you'll learn

  • Just how furious Henry VIII can be.
  • What happened to Anne Boleyn and her fellow conspirators (that's YOU).
  • How the executioners play the drums as you approach Traitors Gate.

Want more?

We've cut (haha) together 10 amazing facts about Henry and put them into this infographic. See 10 horrific facts about Henry VIII

10 horrific facts about Henry VIII – London Dungeons

 Or read more about Henry VIII on his personal profile

Meet the Head Master

You've escaped the swing of the Executioners sword and managed to keep your head! Now you've made it to The Tower of London and will meet the Head Master for an interactive lesson on how to prepare a head for a spike.  Having attended to a fair few of Henry VIII’s 72,000 victims, he’s a true expert in his field, with many an insightful story about the crimes that led to their deaths!


The Tyrant Boat Ride is not accessible to guests who are unable to walk unaided or guests who cannot use stairs. There is a height restriction on this ride of 1 metre, guests at this height must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests who are 1.2 metres can ride without supervision. Due to the use of strobe lighting the ride is not suitable for visitors with photosensitive epilepsy. This ride is not recommended for guests with:

  • Back or Neck Complaints
  • Broken limbs or have had recent surgery
  • Pregnant Guests
  • Photo Sensitive Epilepsy 
  • Have a condition that may result in injury or complication from riding


Your reviews

Did you enjoy your relaxing boat ride at The Dungeon? Like the show or write your review.

These are the 4 most recent reviews. See full archive here.

5th June 2014 - Superb!

“I just wanted to let you all know that the girls who were at the boat ride were incredibly funny and totally in character even though they were simply loading us into and getting us out of the boat. They did such a wonderful job. There was one girl who got us in to the boat who had such a dry/sarcastic sense of humour and her northern accent made it even better! And then the girl at the other end where we got off was really excitable and was born to perform! Overall by far my favourite part of the tour simply for those ladies!”

Ellie T

Big Thanks to the Staff!

“When we arrived at the boat ride on our visit, sadly it was suffering from a few technical problems! We sadly had to skip it and continue onto the next bit. We enjoyed the whole experience, it was absolutely awesome but we we're a bit gutted about having to miss the boat ride. We mentioned it to a member of staff and they kindly took us to the boat ride so we could experience the part we had missed. I thought this was such an awesome thing to do! Great customer service and so helpful!! I just wanted to say a massive thanks to the staff there, they couldn't do enough to help make sure we had the best experience!”


Looking forward to Brian

“Saw the Brian Blessed vid - the man is a classic. Looking forward to seeing him froth and spit at Henry VIII. Just get him to say "Gordon's Alive" and I'll be happy.”


Da Best!!!!

“I had a fantastic time in the spooky dungeons. It was soooo scary!”


See full review archive.

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“Its Going To Be A.W.E.S.O.M.E !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely Doing My Birthday At London Dungeon!!!”

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