Part history lesson, part comic horror show, York Dungeon immerses visitors in some of the darkest stories lurking in the city’s past. You will be taken on a seventy-five minute tour through ten different shows – all complete with costumed actors, gruesome scenes and special effects.
You’ll meet the local executioner, and find out about the grisly methods used to execute condemned criminals in medieval England. You’ll hear the tale of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, who was held in the cells around the corner in what is now the Castle Museum. You’ll also meet unhinged torturers, bloodthirsty Vikings, plague doctors and more…
Visiting York Dungeon
York Dungeon is quite easy to find. It’s just around the corner from Micklegate Bridge and can be found opposite – or kind of next to – the Grand Opera House.
Although there is no dedicated carpark, the Castle Car Park is just around the corner (the one next to Clifford’s Tower) and is no more than a minute or so’s walk away.
Most of the year opening hours are between 10am and 5pm, however during November and December it’s only open from 11am till 4pm. Halloween and Bonfire Night are an exception however, and the Dungeon tends to be open quite late on these days.
Although technically wheelchair accessible there are a number of uneven surfaces and stairlifts rather than elevators for access between the floors. Due to safety reasons the Dungeon can only accomomdate one wheelchair user at a time (it might be worth giving them a call in advance).
Importantly, York Dungeon comes with a few health warnings too:
If you suffer from claustrophobia then perhaps give this attraction a miss.
There are also some benches in the Dick Turpin section that ‘drop’ to simulate the effect of hanging. These should be avoided if you have neck or back injuries, are pregnant, or have a heart complaint or pacemaker.