Sweet treat or death by chocolate as The York Dungeon melts into Easter

28th March, 2015

A visit to The York Dungeon promises an exciting adventure this Easter holiday (28th March – 12th April) as it launches its Death by Chocolate pop-up show for unsuspecting visitors.

With an amazing cast of theatrical actors and special effects, it’s not just sweet treats at The York Dungeon, visitors could well find themselves falling victim to a sweet poison as the unique attraction launches Poisonous Pasts – a brand new interactive show that is guaranteed to trick those taste buds.

As they arrive at the Dungeon, a pop-up Victorian Sweet Shop and its enticing sickly owner will greet guests, who are encouraged to be on their guard and prepared for a darker twist. With jars of tempting sweets on offer, all is not as it seems and there is a strong chance that people won’t leave smiling. Will it be a lucky or yucky dip?

Helen Douglas, General Manager at The York Dungeon, said: “History has revealed tales of shop keepers and sweet sellers in the late 1800s using sweet tasting treats to poison their victims. In fact, Mary Ann Cotton, one of the most notorious sweet poisoners in history, had links with York. She was believed to have murdered up to 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning.

“The city also has strong links with the chocolate industry and so we are very excited to draw on this inspiration for our latest attraction, which promises to be an entertaining and interactive experience.”

And because it’s Easter, guests can expect even darker, scarier and more twisted behaviour from the cast of history’s most notorious characters. From Guy Fawkes to Henry VIII, visitors to the Dungeon will meet a variety of familiar faces as they journey through 13 shows that are profiled at the popular attraction.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to thedungeons.com/york/en/ . Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

For regular news, updates and competitions, The York Dungeon is also on Facebook facebook.com/TheYorkDungeon and Twitter twitter.com/ YorkDungeon.


For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Michelle Ivins – Senior PR Director: michelleivins@gough.co.uk

Laura Quigley – Senior PR Account Manager: laura@gough.co.uk

Note to Editors:

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 105 attractions, 11 hotels/3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c25,000 employees. 

Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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