School Trips at the London Dungeon

School Trips

The London Dungeon has been delighting audiences for almost 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. And now schools can gain exclusive behind the scenes insight into the creation of our immersive live shows! Linked to the KS3 national curriculum, a set of brand new workshops we will get pupils thinking about spoken language and stage directions as they review script writing, 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:

  • 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
  • Option to include a 1 hour educational workshop

Intended for KS3 & KS4 (and older KS2 pupils that are feeling particularly brave) 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. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Understanding of key events from London’s perilous past
  • 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).

Otherwise, book online now by clicking the button below.

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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

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 1 hour show curation workshop on: English/Drama, Design and Technology or History. We also offer a KS3/KS4 Science workshop focusing on the Plague and the spread of disease.  

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. 

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. 

Alternatively, you can fill out a booking form.

Fill in a booking form here

We recommend factoring at minimum a 3 hour visit into your itinerary if 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 19 live actor led shows, and for the first time students can gain exclusive insight into the processes and teams behind creating a new show.

This English focused workshop explores the role of script writing and performance in the creation of a new show. It is important that the team think about historical context and how a scene 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 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 19 live actor led shows, and for the first time students can gain exclusive insight into the processes and teams behind creating a new show.

In our history focused workshop students will focus on two key guidelines 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

The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction with 19 live actor led shows, and for the first time students can gain exclusive insight into the processes and teams behind creating a new show.

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
  • 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, 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 these exclusive school rates are only available during our off peak periods and are 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 2018

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 £15.60 per pupil, 1 teacher will go free for every 10 pupils. 

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

Lesson Plans & Risk AsseSsment

Teachers can combine a visit to the London Dungeon with our free downloadable back in the classroom resources. 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.

We also offer a free risk assessment:

RISK ASSESSMENT - 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).

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! You can also download our FREE RISK ASSESSMENT - DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Top Planning Tips 

  • A tour consists of groups of a maximum of 45 people and 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 (3.5 hours if including a workshop). If your group is larger than 45, they will be split across two tours, being 6 minutes apart from each other. Depending on the size of your group we will always strive to keep pupils separate from the general public on a tour but exceptions may need to be made in peak periods.
  • 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 0871 663 1670 (Calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your providers access charge).
  • 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.

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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