London Dungeon and Scotland Yard

May 8th, 2003, 10:07 AM
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

RitaSartie, can you tell me whom you contacted to arrange the tour? My emails have gone unanswered so far. I also didn't think touring a Metropolitian Police Station... did you just show you ID when you arrived or was that arranged ahead of time also? Which station did you tour?
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May 8th, 2003, 11:04 AM
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FYI, the list of participants in the London Pass changes a bit each year. Glancing at this year's list, it seems to not include the London Dungeon, but does include the new Globe Theatre, which wasn't on the list when I visited in 2001. It also has added free admission to special exhibitions at the National Gallery. Definitely a refinement!
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May 8th, 2003, 11:12 AM
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London Dungeon is fun/ok. If you have young children who get frightened easily - don't go. My daughter was about 9 when we went, I had to leave with her.
May 8th, 2003, 05:50 PM
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Why don't you email me at [email protected]. I will provide you with some of the details. Are you law enforcement officers or military?
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May 8th, 2003, 06:03 PM
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We visited the London Dungeon, and spent about the worst 2 hours of our lives!

In my defense, we were spending the week of Christmas in London, and it was Christmas Eve, and it was one of the only things open, so we decided to give it a try.

We're pretty good sports, thinking that even if it were cheesy, we'd still have a good laugh, and I've always been fond of haunted houses, so thought it might be worth a try. I'd read the bad reviews on Fodors, but again, it was one of the only things open, so we thought: "Why not?" We went in with very open minds and actually thought it might be kind of cheesy fun.

Some of the exhibits and accompanying information are actually very interesting - I'm not sure how often they change, but the section on the plague and fire was done very well - very atmospheric, with interesting bits of information posted.

But what they don't tell you is that it really IS a dungeon - once you get in, you can't get out until they let you!! You go through section by section, but can't just continue or leave when you're done with a section. You have to wait until they decide to open the next section (and there's no going back!). I don't know how long we were in there - felt like 3 hours, but was AT LEAST well over one hour - but about half way through, we were thinking: "OK, that was a pleasant amusement - please let us leave now!"

My advice is: Unless you have kids around age 8 - 12 AND you're in London for more than a week, skip the dungeon. I've never been so thankful to see the light of day than when they finally let us out of the dungeon!!
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