School Trips at the London Dungeon

Educational Visits

The London Dungeon has been delighting audiences for over 40 years and brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, scenes and rides in an exciting walk-through experience that lets you see, hear and smell historic London and its perilous past. Get pupils thinking about spoken language and stage directions as they review script writing and explore the physical creation of a show as they look at the design process, including room layout, make-up and costume design and highlight the importance of historical accuracy in relation to topic, characters, and set design.

The Experience

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

  • 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
  • Option to include a 1 hour educational workshop

Intended for KS3 & KS4 this is a unique and fun way of bringing learning in the classroom to life. Curriculum linked subjects include English, Design and Technology, History, Science 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. 


KS3/KS4 pupils have the opportunity to learn:

In English and Drama...

  • To analyse the process of professional scriptwriting and to identify the features of a successful script
  • To write a script in groups focusing on a specific purpose and audience
  • To understand the importance of character building, dialogue, set design, stage directions and sound effects.
  • To work collaboratively to perform a script, using intonation, tone, volume, mood, and action to convey meaning.

In History...

  • To identify significant events in local history and to understand the wider historical context of the London Dungeon
Immersive learning in our Dungeon inspired school room

Immersive learning in our Dungeon inspired school room

It's your turn! Script performance in our English workshop

It's your turn! Script performance in our English workshop

19 interactive shows with gripping story telling told by live actors

19 interactive shows with gripping story telling told by live actors

Please be advised we are currently unable to take bookings for our education sessions. We are continuing to adapt our plans in line with new government guidelines and carry out team training so that when we do reopen our school room, it is in the safest way possible for you and your students.

If you would like to be kept informed of when these education sessions will be available to book you can be kept up to date through our education newsletters >

In the meantime you might like to explore our supporting lesson plans >


Exclusive to schools, gain insight into one of the capital’s most immersive and exciting attractions through our Show Curation Workshops! Created in collaboration with education specialists, choose from a range of KS3/KS4 subjects to focus your minute show curation workshop on.

Designed for a class of up to 34 students, a workshop booking is £2 per pupil plus pupil admission (from £9.95). 


10:15 Arrival / Ticket collection Box Office

10:30 Workshop 

11:30 Tour

Please note this booking option is not available on Thursdays due to an 11am opening time. 

11:30 Arrival / Ticket collection Box Office

11:45 Workshop 

12:30 Tour 

13:00 Arrival / Ticket collection Box Office

13:15 Workshop 

14:30 Tour 

We recommend factoring at minimum a 3 hour visit into your itinerary if including one of our workshops. Please note that if your class size is larger than 34 students you will need to consider the admission/exit timings will be staggered across the booking options available. 

If you have a question please get in touch with us by emailing

Workshops are only available on weekdays during term time and must be made at least 10 working days in advance of your visit date, any unpaid workshops past 10 working days will be cancelled. Please be aware that once you have entered the attraction students and teachers will not be able to leave and re-enter. 

This English focused workshop explores the role of script writing and performance at the London Dungeon. It is important that the team think about historical context and how a character is brought to life by the actors. 

Pupils will:

  • Learn about the processes required to create a new show
  • In groups create a script for a new show 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

In our history focused workshop students will identify with two key principals of show curation! 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 and human senses - sight, smell and sound
  • Provide a short presentation of their new scene and debate historical accuracy

Being a fully immersive experience, the London Dungeon transports a guest back in time and enables 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
  • 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

The shows of the London Dungeon are performed up to 80 times a day. With actors learning the scripts, being directed on set, applying makeup effects and performing a show that takes you back to a darker time in London’s history.

This drama workshop will focus on the performance of the shows, from acting varied characters with different accents, to how to apply effective makeup; as well as the importance of audio, lighting and costume design.

Pupils will:

  • Learn how to perform in a fast paced environment, focusing on vocal care, accents and emotional portrayal of characters
  • Learn how to apply effective make up and design sound and lighting
  • Perform a short show together

Lesson Plans

We are all about opportunities which bring a touch of magic to learning, so we’ve created a new, completely free, resource to support you in the classroom. With three hours’ worth of content pre- and -post an educational visit to the London Dungeon, we are offering your students a set of unforgettable lessons that reinforce important aspects of the curriculum.

Scriptwriting and Performance (Ages 12–14)

Meet some of London’s most infamous characters…

Pupils will be invited to think about the historical context of the dungeon and how to bring a scene to life through scriptwriting and performance techniques, stretching their English and drama skills, all in the dark and mysterious and utterly HORRIBLE setting of the London Dungeon itself!

A Horrible Cast of Characters…
Frightening Scenes and Showdowns...
Stories from Inside the Dungeon...
  • To make inferences about characters based on biographical facts and historical context
  • To write and act in-role as a given character, conveying that character’s thoughts, feelings and motivations
  • To identify some of the features of the horror genre
  • To carry out interview role-plays using the conventions of the horror genre
  • To write dialogue for the interview, including stage directions for actors
  • To recap the different features of a good script
  • To use different story starters to prompt creative ideas for a script
  • To write and perform a script, including stage directions

Download Lesson Plan >

Themed Lessons

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.


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.


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 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 Assessment

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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:

  • Education rates from £9.95 per student (up to 59% saving)
  • 1 teacher free per 10 students*
  • £21 additional adults/teachers
  • Add an education session for £2 per student

2020/2021 Rates UK and Overseas Schools

Ticket Type September 2020*  October 2020* November 2020 - February 2021* March 2021 -  July 2021*
Student (Admission per pupil) £9.95 £12.95 £9.95  £12.95 
Student (Admission + Education Session per pupil) £11.95 £14.95 £11.95 £14.95
1 Free Teacher per 10 Students booked** FREE FREE FREE FREE
Additional Teacher £21.00 £21.00 £21.00  £21.00

Spring/Summer Term 2021

If you would like to be kept informed of when we are taking bookings for educational visits in 2021 you can be kept up to date through our education newsletters >

*Please note these exclusive school rates are only available during our off peak periods and are not available on the following dates:

  • 25 July - 31 August 2020
  • 24 October - 01 November 2020
  • 19 December - 03 January 2021
  • 13 February - 21 February 2021
  • 02 April - 11 April 2021
  • 29 May - 06 June 2021
  • 24 July - 06 September 2021

If you would like to visit on one of the above dates with a school group you can take advantage of discounted School Holiday Language and Summer School rates at £15.95 per pupil, 1 teacher will go free for every 10 pupils. 


Autumn Term 2020

If you are interested in booking an educational visit this Autumn Term please complete our short enquiry form and a member of our booking team will be in touch to discuss availability.  

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Let us take the torture out of planning your school trip with some answers to those questions that are frequently asked, answered below! You can also download our FREE RISK ASSESSMENT and visit our Know Before You Go page to help support in the writing of your own.

Top Planning Tips 

  • Visit our Know Before You Go page > 
  • A tour last approximately 110 minutes. The time on your ticket is your entry time, not the start time of your tour. We advise that you give yourself 2 hours to do the whole experience. If your group is larger than allocation allows, they will be split across tours, being 6 minutes apart from each other. 
  • Students will need to be supervised at all times whilst in the attraction, we advise a minimum of two teachers per group. (This is in case any of your pupils need to leave the attraction out of fear, or needing the toilet.)
  • Toilets are at the beginning and end of the tour. The first toilet is just after your entry photo by the rat run. We strongly advise using the facilities beforehand as the tour is approximately 110 minutes and going to the toilet whilst on the tour may mean you missing shows.
  • Please check our ride pages for our ride restrictions. Rides may need to be skipped.
  • The building does have stairs, if any of your students require use of the wheelchair lift, then please book this in advance by talking to our booking team on 02079 678020
  • Please be advised that mobile phones are to be switched off on the tour as not to disturb the experience. It is also worth noting that the building does not always have signal and if you need to arrange meeting spots on exit please do so before entry.

LOtC quality badge

The London Dungeon has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.

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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