The most terrifying place to go in the capital if you love a good scare!
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My mother and I came here once and I can assure you, I will never be going back. If you are a brave individual who gets their thrills from being scared to death, then this attraction is right up your street. But that is not me. I thought this place was going to be a walk-through style museum. Instead, I came across displays of poor Victorian street slums in filthy conditions, dank prisons and castle dungeons. I was able to wander through and see what life would have been like in London during the times. If the exhibits are anything to go by, I can imagine it would have been pretty grim. All the exhibits were fascinating, illustrating displays of Jack the Ripper, Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, as well as prisoners in torture chambers which will send shivers up your spine.
Then you reach the end of the museum section, and it is here that you are advised not to go any further if you are pregnant or have any heart problems, etc. I looked at my mother and knew what she was thinking. What had we gotten ourselves into? But we both decided that as we’d come this far, we would give it a shot. How bad could it be, right? Lindsay, you naive fool!
As soon as we were ushered into the next area, a member of the crew promptly picked me out of the group saying I had to guide everybody. Great! I think I must have one of those faces that screams “Pick me!” just like Donkey from the movie Shrek. I ended up chickening out, so my poor mother had to lead our group instead. Yes, I know what you are thinking. I am a terrible daughter!
Then the lights dimmed, and all hell broke loose! Scary looking actors in costumes were jumping out and scaring the heck out of us! My Mum did a great job leading everyone through the carnage by taking the brunt of the frights, whilst, like a coward, I crept behind her, cowering in fear the entire time and pushing her onwards. We both look back now and laugh at the experience, but let me tell you, it was so scary in there and I am never doing it again!
Upon arriving at the Dungeon, the queue snaked back for miles. If we had to join that queue, a large portion of our day would have been wasted, but when I showed our London Passes to the employee at the front of the line, he advised that we could skip the queue. Winning! Unless you like queuing? One tip I will give you is this: buy a London Pass. They are fantastic value for money. Not only does it cover the entry costs for several large attractions, but it also allows you to skip the line and avoid those time-sucking queues.
The Queens Walk, Bishop’s, London SE1 7PB | www.thedungeons.com
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