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What's is the Dungeon

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The York Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes.

It is a highly sensory experience with dark spaces, jump scares, loud noises, flashing/strobe lights, pungent smells, water sprays, air blasts and jump scares. Our guests also have the opportunity through random selection to become part of the show.

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

  • Walkthrough 10 live actor shows, telling the story of 2000 years of York's dark history
  • Enjoy specially designed sets, special effects and gripping storytelling from our professional cast
  • Meet famous characters from York's dark past including Vikings, Isabella Billington and Guy Fawkes!
  • Survive the witch in the York Castle Dungeon: the scariest show in Dungeon history!
  • Laugh and scream as you experience surprises walking through the depths of the Dungeon

Audience participation is a key element of our tours. Guests are selected at random in some shows to become part of the experience.

If you would prefer not to be selected, please go to our Facilities and Accessibilities page to find out more.

Use the interactive map to find your way around the York Dungeon, scare yourself silly with our shows...


We had a brilliant time here its one of the best attractions in York. It was so entertaining and informative the actors are brilliant. Definitely recommend a visit.

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