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The Tyrant Boat Ride

The Tyrant Boat Ride

Please note: The Tyrant Boat Ride will be closed for planned maintenance from Monday 22nd February, reopening in March. You'll be the first to know when we confirm a date!

The Tyrant Boat Ride

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

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“I went to the dungeons yesterday to celebrate my 20th birthday with my boyfriend. We are not from London and had to get the train and work out the tube - but gosh was it worth it! From the staff members outside and the first steps into the place its just brill! All the characters were so amazingly portrayed by the actors and you really felt like you were going into the depths of the London dungeons as you experience the sights sounds smells of the history of London. The Whole place is so interactive, from the actors using there knowledge to pick out members of the tour and chat to them and get them involved even getting them in cadged cells and court room stands , to the amazing rides that just keep giving - The boat ride was great even if you did get wet! And being hung on the drop ride was so funny
( especially the photos the took the shock on our faces was so funny)Each room brought new and wonderful things activities and a great learning experience - great value for money and would recommend this a must do on any visit to London!

( One note I would like to add was that one couple within our tour had brought very small children who were very scared and continued to cry, whine and be upset throughout the tour- was something which took away a bit of the experience... maybe implement a age limit becuase I though it was a bit silly to take children that small somewhere so realistic!)

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