Bloodcurdling Fun: York Dungeons

It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling with kids or not, the York Dungeon is a hit with all ages. That being said, if you’re visiting the city without your brood and you add the Dungeon to your itinerary, be prepared for a lot of whinging when you get home because this fantastic attraction is a hit with kids and grownups alike.

Book a room in York at and spend a couple of days exploring this ancient city. With a substantial history, from Roman times, through Norse conquests and on to present day, you certainly won’t be short of things to see and appreciate.

As far as city breaks with kids are concerned, you can’t go far wrong with York. Plenty of family rooms are available at the city’s affordable hotels, meaning you and your children will have comfort and convenience at your fingertips. With the summer holidays coming up, now would be a perfect time to book a room and start planning your days in the city for a perfect stint away from home. We all know how arduous the six-week school holidays can be – breaking them up with a jaunt in Jorvik would be a great way to keep the kids entertained.

The York Dungeon offers a little macabre edge to a typical York break. While ghost walks and haunted tours are second nature to this spooky city, this fun-filled (and bloodthirsty) attraction pushes the gore up a notch, which, let’s be fair, will be a huge hit with the kids.

It may not be suitable for very little ones, because it can be a little jumpy and horror inspired, but as soon as they are able to distinguish between reality and theatre, they’ll love it. It’s recommended that children under 10 don’t visit due to the nature of the attraction, and those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Far away from the spooky goings on in your average episode of Scooby Doo, the York Dungeon helps its visitors to take a step back in the bloodcurdling history of the city, delving into the macabre stories and bringing them to life for your amusement.

Having opened its doors at the end of March, after having substantial renovations since flooding, York Dungeon is better than ever. With a flurry of professional, costumed actors and more sets, special effects and props than you could shake a stick at, you’re in for a treat here. As you wander through the attraction, you will have the chance to see some of York’s murkiest depths come to life. From Dick Turpin, the infamous highwayman, to Guy Fawkes and the Viking King, Eric Bloodaxe, who is believed to have killed his relatives in cold blood.

Take a walk through an authentic torture room before feeling like you’re in the docks in a replica courtroom. Experience what the Great Plague would have felt like and the listen to ghost stories in a recreation of the Golden Fleece Inn.

A family ticket costs £49, adults pay £15.50 and child tickets are £11.40. Treat your brood to a stint in York this summer and take advantage of this tongue-in-cheek, spine-tingling delight.

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  1. Excellent post. You really dialed that in. It’s the simple principles that worked for people that have already been where we are heading and desire to be that we should pay close attention to.Thanks for keeping it real and I always look forward to your next post!

  2. Ah, I’d love to visit York Dungeon but since i’m still suffering from anxiety disorder, I might need to wait for a while. :D

  3. Did I hear you say macabre? Count me in! I wanna check this place out! :)

  4. York is loaded with attractions and has the party feel atmosphere.

  5. Cool! I’d love to visit York Dungeon! It is indeed a different kind of attraction, though it is not advisable for the weak-hearted. :)

  6. I guess York is really worth checking out with all that it offers.

  7. Sounds like a great day out and a whole lot of fun and excitement. If l ever get over my preference of not getting on board an air plane, l might consider the York Dungeon. Being in Australia it is quite unlikely that we will ever get to visit the York Dungeon, but having read your post it does sound like it would be worth visiting for all those who are in the general area or planning to travel to that part of the world.

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