Getting London Dungeon tickets is easier than you can imagine. I will show you how to do it.
When it comes to interactive attractions, few places in London are as entertaining as The London Dungeon – and scary as well. Walking through this place, actors will tell you an interesting – if only a bit dark – part of the story of the British capital. It’s a fun way to learn more about the city.
The only issue with visiting The London Dungeon is that admission is timed, so while you can get London Dungeon tickets on the day of your visit (though in this case you need to go to the Box Office to book into a show time), you still may want to get them in advance and spare yourself the risk of showing up and finding there’s no immediate availability – which is often the case during peak season.
In this post, I will show you the most convenient ways of getting tickets to the London Dungeon and share a few more tips that will help you plan your visit.
Why You Must Visit The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon is one of the most fun places to visit in London, especially if you want to learn more about the history of the city in an interactive, fun way. It’s the city’s scariest attraction, perfect to satisfy your crave of adrenaline.
The 20 live actors at The London Dungeon put up an intense show (in fact, there are 19 different shows and you never know which one you’ll be taking part in) which is a mix of humorous and frightening and which will take you through more than 1000 years of history of London. You will be let into the city’s darkest secrets, with histories of the plague, serial killers, fires, murder and what not. You can expect to be immersed in London just as it used to be during its darkest time – smells, noises, rats, cockroaches and the like.
You will meet Guy Fawkes, one of the most famous participants of the Gunpowder Plot, who back in 1605 tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and who’s now celebrated each 5 November on Guy Fawkes Day. You will walk inside Sweeney Todd’s barber shop on Fleet Street (by the way, if you haven’t watched the musical directed by Tim Burton and starring an incredible Johnny Depp, it’s about time you do). You will explore Whitechapel in search of Jack the Ripper and, at the end of your visit, be judged for your crimes and board the Newgate Prison Ride to Doom.
I don’t recommend taking children younger than 12 to the London Dungeon. Some rides require minimum height of 1 meter, and some stories are simply too gruesome for them.
Now, continue reading to discover how to secure your ticket to this fun attraction.
5 Smart Ways Of Getting The London Dungeon Tickets
There are five main ways to get London Dungeon tickets in advance. Of all of them, I normally recommend using third party sites as they are more user friendly (no pop-up windows, no redirect to other sites etc) and have very flexible cancellation policies.
Finally, here are the best ways of nailing your London Dungeon ticket.
Way N. 1: Buy your tickets on the official website
This is the official website of the London Dungeon. Standard daily tickets bought via the official website cost £29 GBP for adults (around $35 USD), whereas children between 3 and 15 pay £23 ($27.80 USD).
Once you select how many tickets you need, you will have to pick a time slot for your visit. You will then be taken to another page to select any extra and finally to the purchase page, where you can select to pay via Paypal or credit or debit card.
You will be given the option to receive your e-tickets via email, so you can print them at home. You can also download the PDF version of your ticket on your smartphone to have it scanned at the entrance. Alternatively, you can opt to pick up your ticket at the ticket counter. You will need to show your booking reference and the credit or debit card you used to buy it. However this option is not encouraged because it means having to line at the counter.
If for any reason your plans change, you can reschedule your visit for free – as long as you do it at least 24 hours before your scheduled visit. However, there are no refunds and tickets are not transferrable.
You also have the option of getting Any Time Tickets, which cost £42 GBP for adults (around $50.80 USD), and £36 ($43.50 USD) for children between 3 and 15. These tickets are not timed and you have until 31 December of the current year to use them. What is confusing about this option is that there is no mention of how to select a time for the day you finally decide to visit.
Finally, you can get combo tickets for the London Dungeon with other attractions – for a total of 3 attractions. These include Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, and Sea Life London’s Aquarium. These tickets cost between £50 and £60 (between $60 and $72.50 USD), depending on how many attractions you decide to visit.
Whether you buy standard or Any Time tickets, there is a small surcharge for tickets bought on the same day.
Way N. 2: Buy your London Dungeon tickets on third-party reseller sites
This is my preferred way of getting London Dungeon tickets. My go to site is usually GetYourGuide. I know you’d think that getting tickets via a third party site may end up being more expensive, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Getting tickets via third party resellers is super straightforward – there a no pop-ups, no new annoying screens opening. Just pick the day and time of your visit, select how many tickets you want to purchase, pay and tickets will be delivered in your email. You can even download an app so that you don’t have to worry about fiddling with your emails or printing the vouchers. You even get a reminder that your activity is coming up!
Tickets bought via GetYourGuide are fully refunded for cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. They cost £28 GBP (so they are actually slightly cheaper than tickets bought on the official site). And the customer service is available 24 / 7 in a language of your choice. You can get tickets here.
Make sure to read my post A Completely Honest GetYourGuide Review if you care to know more about third party booking sites.
Way N. 3: Buy a combined ticket for the London Dungeon and the London Eye
The London Eye is one of the best attractions in London, and one of the most visited ones. As it is just one minute walk from the London Dungeon, most people plan to visit them on the same day – starting with the Dungeon and then moving to London Eye for some of the most impressive views of London.
The good news is that you can get a combined ticket for the London Eye and the London Dungeon, which also allows you to save about 10% off the final price. You can get your London Eye and London Dungeon tickets here.
Check out my post How To Get London Eye Tickets.
Way N. 4: Buy the London City Pass
If you like the idea of having all your attraction tickets in one place and are looking for some savings, then getting a city pass may be a good option. What I don’t like about city passes is that once you get them, you have to book the date and time for each attraction you want to visit separately – it kind of defies the purpose, if you ask me. Anyways, if this is something you want to consider, you will be glad to know that you can get a London Dungeon ticket with most city passes.
Way N. 5: Take a guided tour of London
If you have very limited time in London, you may want to take a guided tour that takes you to all the most important landmarks in town.
There only really is one walking tour of London that takes you to the Dungeon – you can book it here. Keep in mind that the Dungeon is the only attraction you actually walk into – you’ll see the others on a walk.
Other Useful Tips For Visiting The London Dungeon
What to expect
The London Dungeon is not your classic museum. It’s so dark there that even if you could take photos (which you can’t, so smart phones and camera must remain off) they wouldn’t really turn out good. All for the best, really – this way you can fully enjoy this unique attraction.
Tours usually last 75 to 90 minutes and only run in English. During the tour you will be taking two underground rides – one of them is usually a boat ride, the infamous Tyrant Boat Ride that back in the day used to go all the way to the Tower of London.
Book in advance
Booking in advance is pretty much essential when planning to visit the London Dungeon – the website of the attraction actually states that pretty clearly. Not only you will be able to get a better price (last minute tickets are more expensive), but you’ll also be able to pick your favorite time slot.
Should you decide to get tickets directly at the venue, you may want to know that this is a cashless attractions and only payments via card – preferably contactless – are accepted.
What to do if the London Dungeon tickets are sold out
Your best bet to find last minute tickets when they seem to be sold out, is to search if third party reseller sites have anything available. They usually buy tickets in bulks, which means that they will likely have something – and you can also hope for some last minute cancellations.
So, check out this site for your chance of getting a last minute ticket.
How to get to The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon is located on Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd. It’s a minute’s walk from The London Eye, so it’s very easy to reach. Buses 77, 211 and 381 all have stops close to The London Eye, from where you can easily reach The London Dungeon.
The nearest metro stations are Westminster (which is a 5 minutes walk), Charing Cross, Embankment and Waterloo.
If you are traveling by train, you need to get off at London Waterloo East. Walking from there will take you 9 minutes at most.
The London Dungeon is open every day but Christmas. Opening hours vary throughout the week, and are usually from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm during the week, and from 10:00 am to either 4:00 or 5:00 pm during the weekend.
Modification to the reservation and refunds
The official website of the London Dungeon suggests reservations can be modified up to 24 hours before your intended time of visit, but makes no mention of refunds.
The best option if you want to purchase tickets that allow modifications and last minute cancellations is to get tickets via a third party reseller site such as GetYourGuide. You can get your ticket here.
Is the London Dungeon crowded?
The most fun day to visit the London Dungeon is by far Halloween, but that is also the most crowded day to do so. In general, this is a crowded attraction – don’t expect to have the place all to yourself. Having said that, since you have to book your visit in advance you can expect for things to run fairly smoothly.
Official prices of The London Dungeon and free visits
Official London Dungeon standard tickets cost £29 GBP for adults (around $35), and £23 (around $28 USD) for visitors aged 3 to 15.
Any Time Tickets cost £42 GBP for adults (around $50.80 USD), and £36 ($43.50 USD) for children between 3 and 15.
Children up to 3 years old can get in for free.
To get your London Dungeon tickets, click here.
All visitors have to go through security checks. You will be able to take in a small bag or backpack, baby bag and stroller, and a bottle of water. You can’t take in large backpacks, motorcycle helmets, strollers that can’t be folded. You can’t take in sharp items, weapons, and food and drink unless purchased on the venue. To make the security checks run smoother, avoid bringing in any prohibited item.
You can’t take photos inside The London Dungeon. Should you want some souvenirs of your visit, you can opt to have your photos taken throughout the tour for an extra fee.
Toilets and other facilities at The London Dungeon
There are toilets at the venue and you can use them before the tour begins, and right at the end.
The London Dungeon is fully accessible, however, only one wheelchair user per hour is admitted. You will mostly be standing throughout the tour.
Pregnant women can’t ride the Tyrant Boat and the Drop Dead Drop – if you are pregnant, members will help you by showing you alternative routes.
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