The York Dungeon
Think you have nerves of steel?
A thrill-seeking couple’s day out, a family adventure, or a chance to test limits with your friends - everyone is welcome at The York Dungeon.
Feel the intense energy of the city’s grim past reverberate around you. Tiptoe down dark lanes as you come face-to-face with all the horrifying characters, and be prepared to scream as things jump out at you along the way.
Like everything spooky? You’ll love a tour at Halloween – expect a terrifying, live-action experience that will make your hair stand on end.
Discover York’s grisly history through 2,000 years of hellish events. As soon as you enter, you’ll immediately be hit by darkness with only the occasional flickering bulb to light your way.
Feel the coldness of the exposed stone walls, and inhale all the smells of the plague and the Viking invasion of 866 AD.
The torturer will see you now
Make acquaintances with harrowing characters from the history books. Guy Fawkes himself will give you his take on the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, including what went wrong, and the tragic end he came to.
The torturer of the dungeon will also let you into all his secrets, from his favourite weapon to whom he’s had the pleasure of tormenting – if he asks you a question, you better not stay silent!
A stop to meet accused witch Isabella Billington as she details the final moments before her execution will send shivers down your spine.
By now, it’s probably taken 90 minutes to get around the dungeon and wave goodbye to the host of petrifying characters.
Thinking of coming back to share the chilling tales with other friends or family? Book tickets early to avoid disappointment or grab an annual pass to the dungeon. But be warned: if you do come back, expect some changes. Nothing ever stays the same.
How to get here
You can find The York Dungeon in the city centre, surrounded by charming, historic architecture and a short walk from Clifford’s Tower and York Castle Museum.
There are a few car parks close by, but we think it’s best to travel by train as the walk from the station over the River Ouse allows you to take in the beautiful York landscape before you step into the house of horrors.