Remember the deliciously hot bank holiday weekend we had a few weeks ago – the one where the sun was beautifully hot and the whole of the UK went into meltdown, stocking up on BBQ essentials, refreshing cider and suncream aplenty?
Well, that was also the weekend Matt and I decided to pay a visit to the York Dungeon. Probably not the best idea considering it was sweltering hot outside but we’d both never visited the Dungeons before and we really couldn’t wait to see what it was all about!
I don’t want to give too much away but here’s pretty much what you can expect from an afternoon at York Dungeon.
As it was an incredibly hot day outside, the queue to get in to the Dungeons was pretty non-existent but on cooler days, you can expect to wait a little longer to get your tickets and begin your tour (it’s worth it though – trust me!).
The tour begins with a photo session between you and the person/people you’ve attended with; you’re given a number of props to play around with in order to recreate some of the scenes from the historic past of York.
Once inside, you’ll join a group of around 20 others, all raring to go and see what’s inside.
The tour lasts for around 75 minutes and takes you on a journey back through more than 2000 years of York’s intense and vibrant history. You’ll experience a range of different stories, ranging from the vengeful Vikings, to the horrific fates of the Black Plague, to the infamous occurence of the Gunpowder Plot.
The actors are absolutely brilliant at what they do, providing the audience with both raucous laughter and frightened shocks; they’re nothing short of amazing.
Our experience at the York Dungeon was made even better as at the first stage, Matt was ‘picked on’ by one of the actors and was encouraged to join in with the “performance”. The actors made sure that everyone was involved at all stages of the tour and regardless of age, it really is something that everyone can enjoy.
The minimum recommended age is 8 years old and I would say that’s about right; the Dungeons aren’t scary necessarily, but you can expect a few jumps and surprises! What surprised me the most however, was actually how funny the actors made the experience; in every room there was a different story to be told by a different person who was reinacting an event from the past and they all did it with such vigor and enthusiasm.
Alongside being wildly entertained, you’ll also learn so much about York’s famous historic events; there’s so much that I didn’t know about but I walked away from the Dungeons feeling so informed and entertained.
You’ll get to see 11 different stages in the history of York and you’re guaranteed to learn so much stuff that you weren’t aware happened in my beautiful hometown! The York Dungeon is a perfect day out for everyone, especially if the weather is pretty dire outside; just maybe don’t attend on one of the hottest days of the year…
Thank you ever so much to the York Dungeon for providing us with a fantastic afternoon, I’ll be sure to take my siblings back one day as I just know they’d love it too!
Have you ever been to the York Dungeon? If you ever visit make sure you let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.
*We were provided complimentary tickets by the York Dungeon in exchange for a review but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Please see my disclaimer for more.