What is the York Dungeon?

Cast of characters at the York Dungeon

Fear is a funny thing...

The York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, feel and smell. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.

You will laugh and scream, you will love it. We do too and here is why:

  • The York Dungeon is now Bolder and Better than ever before
  • 10 laugh-out-loud shows
  • Laughs, screams and cutting-edge storytelling

We're the black comedy of attractions; dark, atmospheric and very very funny.

Yes, but how does it work?

You and your companions follow the story of York's darkest history through 10 live shows and 9 live actors. It is based on real history (minus the boring bits) where you come face-to-face with sinister characters from York's gruesome past, including traitorous plotter Guy Fawkes and the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

It is a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full of authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you will get a check-up from our resident plague doctor, get lost in the Labyrinth of the Lost and learn about the legend of The Golden Fleece. Believe us, it's better than a sightseeing tour of York!

Read more about the characters through their personal profiles.

Here are some of our most popular shows and attractions:

  • Fear the Vikings
    You sneaky Saxons have got to prove your worth in the city of Eoforwic.
  • Vengeance of the Vikings
    NEW Viking show for 2016! Will you survive the Viking invasion?
  • Plague Doctor
    Spots, boils, pus... yuk! The Doctor's assistant will see you now.
  • The Golden Fleece
    You will never drink alone in the Golden Fleece.
  • Labyrinth
    There's a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but will you find a way out? 
  • Guy Fawkes
    Remember, remember the 5th of November...
  • The Torturer
    It's back-breaking work. Did I hit a nerve?
  • The Courtroom
    Frantically funny. Thief? Villain? Rogue? Clear conscience?
  • Execution
    See how they roll at Mickelgate Bar.
  • Dick Turpin
    Some faces just stop traffic. Expect holdups ahead.
  • Witches
    A warm welcome awaits. Cackle as they crackle.

Who's it for?

The York Dungeon is scary fun for everyone except, very young guest and wimps!

It's particularly brilliant for people who can plan ahead! Not only will you save money, you'll also get to feel smug on the day. The Dungeons is one of York's MUST SEE attractions. We get busy!

Make things easy on yourself, book in advance.

Who loves us...?

Have you seen these people? They're a strange bunch... but we love them. They are better looking, more intelligent and just generally nicer than average people. Much like yourself...

Go on... 'Like' the York Dungeon before you book your ticket. We like you!

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“My boyfriend and I visited yesterday (16/4/13) and we're so impressed.
I have always wanted to go to the dungeons but have never managed it until now.
I would recommend it to absolutely ever…”

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