School Trips at the London Dungeon

School Trips

London is famous for its iconic landmarks and monarchy - but how well do your pupils know the darker details of its historic timeline? Bring alive significant turning points in British history, as pupils interact with the horrible truth on a school trip which will see them walk the plague ridden streets of 1665, escape The Great Fire of London that engulfed the city in flames in 1666 and face trial in an 18th century judicial system. This is educational learning with suspense, surprise and physical thrill.

The Experience

The Dungeons brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walk through experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.

We love it. We know your class will too. Here's why:

  • Full on 360 degree sets with gripping storytelling
  • 19  interactive shows, 20 live actors, 1000 years of history
  • State of the art theming and special effects
  • 2 thrilling underground rides (height restrictions apply) 
  • 110 minutes of laughs and screams

Intended for KS3 & KS4 (and older KS2 pupils that are feeling particularly brave) this is a unique and fun introduction to a range of classroom subjects, including History and Performing Arts.

The shows are based on real London history and legends (minus the boring bits). You'll get up close and personal with sinister characters including the infamous Jack the Ripper and and our very own Plague Doctor's Assistant to name a few. 

Here is a tantalising taster of some of our most popular shows and attractions. You can also download a map of the London Dungeon's tour.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Your students should walk away from the experience with the following:

  • Understanding of key events from London’s darkest history
  • Confidence to get involved in audience participation
  • Performing Arts in action – role play, costume, language and voice projection
  • Social/interactive opportunity will fellow pupils

To book your school trip, or for further information, please call us on 0871 663 1670 (Calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your providers access charge).

Please enquire about international school visits as prices and offers may vary.

LEARNING WITH REAL LIFE CONTEXT

Give your class an exclusive insight into one of the capital’s most immersive and exciting attractions as you step into the shoes of our show creation team! Created in collaboration with education specialists, choose from a range of KS3 Subjects to focus your workshop on; Our English/Drama workshop will get pupils thinking about context, spoken language and stage directions as they review script writing and have a go at writing their own. 

Alternatively they can explore one of the most important elements of show creation – historical truth! Pupils will be asked to devise a concept for a show considering how to make the topic, characters, script, costume and set design historically accurate. Otherwise for a Design and Technology focus, pupils can learn about the physical creation of a show as they explore the design process including room layout and design, make-up and costume design. Alternatively taking a step away from curating, for a Science based approach which explores medicine, health and the spread of the disease in our brand new KS3/4 'The Plague' workshop.

Designed for a class of up to 34 students, a workshop booking is £2 per pupil plus £12.95 per pupil admission (the tour). A workshop booking also offers use of the education space for a packed lunch pre/post workshop. Teachers can choose from one of the below 1 hour workshops. For every 10 pupils 1 teacher will go free, additional teachers over and above this ratio can take advantage of a special £21 admission rate.

You can book now and pay later by calling our booking team on 0871 663 1670 (calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your provider’s access charge). Mike our schools co-ordinator  will then be in touch before you visit to confirm with you your itinerary for the day. 

We recommend factoring at minimum a 3 hour visit into your itinerary if visiting the London Dungeon and including one of our workshops. If you have a question please get in touch with Mike by emailing: Schools.LondonDungeon@merlinentertainments.biz

Workshops are only available on weekdays during term time and must be made at least 10 working days in advance of your visit date.  Please  be aware that the lunch room is for packed lunches only and once entered on site at the attraction  students and teachers will not be able to leave and re-enter. 

The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction with 20 live actor led shows, and for the first time students will be able to go behind the scenes and learn all about the processes required to create a new show.

This English focused workshop explores how script writing and performance are crucial to a new show. It is important that the team think about historical context and how a scene is portrayed by the actors. 

Pupils will:

  • Learn about the processes required to create a new show
  • In groups create a script for a new show at the London Dungeon focusing on: Context and scene, characters, intended audience, use of tone, volume, mood and action to add impact
  • Provide a short performance of their scripts

The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction with 20 live actor led shows, and for the first time students will be able to go behind the scenes and learn all about the processes required to create a new show.

This is a history focused workshop. There are guidelines to creating a new show!

Rule number 1. The show must be based on local historical truth.

Rule number 2. The historical context must be more than a 100 years old.

 Pupils will:

  • Assess the attraction’s historical account of London
  • In groups devise a new show considering:
  • Historical context
  • Historically accurate set design and scripts
  • Character representation
  • Human senses - sight, smell and sound
  • Provide a short presentation of their new scene and debate historical accuracy

The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction with 20 live actor led shows, and for the first time students will be able to go behind the scenes and learn all about the processes required to create a new show.

The London Dungeon is an immersive experience. Historical scenes are brought to life through set design and technology. A show should transport a guest back in time and allow them to see, hear and touch historic London.

Pupils will:

  • Discuss current and past set designs at the London Dungeon
  • Understand the thought process and skills required to create a new show
  • In groups develop a specification for a new show focusing on: Functionality, audience appeal, set design and props, technology to evoke senses, characters and costume
  • Sketch a drawing of the new show based on developed specification
  • Provide an oral presentation of their ideas

Focusing on KS4 Science and health, disease and the development of medicine book an appointment with our very own Plague Doctor and seek advice on the deadly plague of 1665, treatment and medieval beliefs towards medicine and health!

Pupils will:

  • Explore the relationship between health and disease
  • Look at the characteristics of bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • Discuss communicable diseases
  • Focus on the Plague of 1665 and use it as a case study to explore
  • The cause a of a disease
  • The spread of a disease and prevention
  • The cures of a disease
  • Medieval beliefs towards medicine and health

School Rates 

We know price is important when arranging a school trip, so our schools pricing is heavily discounted for all school visits to ensure you get the best value for money.

The London Dungeon can offer teachers the following school visit benefits:

  • Exclusive student school rates
  • 1 teacher free per 10 students*
  • £21 additional adults/teachers
  • Add an educational workshop for £2 per student

 There are three ways to book a school trip to The London Dungeon.

PRICES

2018 Schools Pricing (UK and Overseas)   
Ticket Type Price
Student (Admission) £12.95pp 
Student Education Package (Admission + Workshop) £14.95pp
1 Free Teacher per 10 Students booked** FREE
Additional Teachers £21.00pp
Call our Booking Line on 0871 663 1670*  

ONLINE

If you are ready to book and you know the final number of pupils you would like to book for you can book online here.  Payment is in full via credit/debit card. Changes cannot be made after payment. Free teacher places will be automatically added, 1 for every 10 students.

BY PHONE

For further information or to make a booking while you finalise numbers please call us on 0871 663 1670**

BY BOOKING FORM

Alternatively, fill in a booking form and we'll get back to you within 3 working days.

Fill in a booking form here 

Please note: Bookings via the booking form must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of your visit. 

Please note school rates are currently not available on the following dates: 

  • Bank Holiday Monday 1 January 2018
  • Bank Holiday Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • February Half Term 10 February - 18 February 2018
  • Easter Week 30 March – 8 April 2018
  • Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018
  • May Half Term 26 May 2018 - 3 June 2018
  • Summer Holiday 26 July- 3 September 2018
  • October Half Term 21 October – 27 October 2018
  • Christmas 22 December 2018 – 3 January 2019

**Calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your provider’s access charge. 

Lesson Plans

The London Dungeon is a multi-sensory experience, delivered by 20 live actors across 19 scripted shows.  The gripping story telling of local stories provides a unique platform to engage and excite your student’s minds; we guarantee it will be a hysterically horrible day out for all!

We recommend a visit to The London Dungeon is combined with our free downloadable pre-visit lesson plans. They offer History, English and Performing Arts Curriculum Links.

18TH CENTURY CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – DOWNLOAD HERE

18th Century courts were very different to courts today. The victim of the crime was usually the person who brought the case to court and presented the evidence. Delve in deeper and deduce what life was like with an 18th Century judicial system through re-enactment role play - debate, challenge and deliver the sentence.

PLAGUE IN 1348 & 1665 – DOWNLOAD HERE

Using the pupil worksheets, students will learn about the causes and the short term/long term effects of the plague including medieval beliefs towards medicine and health. Time for your pupils to reflect and write a diary as if there are a goldsmith living in London during the plague of 1348.

GREAT FIRE OF LONDON 1666   – DOWNLOAD HERE

It’s the 2nd September 1666 and the sparks from Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane have set the packed timber houses of London alight and the city has become a raging inferno. To ensure your class escapes they will need to work together as a team to piece together suspected causes and effects of this life changing event.

TORTURE IN THE MIDDLE AGES – DOWNLOAD HERE

Torture has been used for over 2000 years and most of the world’s civilizations have used torture as a way of punishing their victims or to find out information. Many of the instruments of torture you will see in the Dungeons have been around for hundreds of years. These work sheets will help students appreciate how and why they were used and their effects within the context of history.

RISK ASSESSMENTS - DOWNLOAD HERE

To book your school trip, or for further information, please call us on 0871 663 1670 (Calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your providers access charge).

Please enquire about international school visits as prices and offers may vary. 

PAIN RELIEF FOR TEACHERS

Let us take the torture out of planning your school trip with some answers to those questions that are frequently asked, answered below! 

RISK ASSESSMENTS - DOWNLOAD HERE

FAQS

Booking & Tickets 

Tours consist of groups of a maximum of 45 people and last approximately 110 minutes. This does not include queue time. The time on your ticket is the time you are allowed to enter the building and queue. Queue times differ depending on attendance levels and can go from 10-45 minutes.  If your group is larger than 45, they will be split across two tours, being 6 minutes apart from each other. 

Getting Here

The London Dungeon is located in County Hall on Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB, in between the Coca-Cola London Eye & Sea Life London Aquarium.

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