Skip the Line: The York Dungeon
The dungeons take just over an hour to walk around, and the route covers some 2,000 years of dark Yorkshire history. Shows by actors are based on real-life events as well as freakish paranormal sights, but skip out any of the boring details. Learn about local legends such as Dick Turpin, the dashing English highway man who met his fate in York, and hear of Guy Fawkes and his cunning ‘bonfire night’ plan that backfired. State-of-the-art stages include the Golden Fleece Pub, where ghosts keep the drinkers company, and the Tudors room that features King Henry VIII on the war path.
Spine-chilling screams, moans and the clashing of steel are just a few of the sounds heard as you walk through the dungeons, learning all about the paranormal, strange, and downright spooky occurrences that have happened in Yorkshire throughout history.
A full list of York Dungeon’s attractions can be seen in the Itinerary below. Please note that these attractions are subject to change.
Select a month to view a calendar of availability and departure details.
January: 11am - 4pm
February to March: 10:30am - 4:30pm
April to September: 10:30am - 5:00pm
October: 10:30am - 4:30pm
November: 11:00am - 4:30pm
December: 11:00am - 4:00pm
During Easter and other select holiday periods, extended operating hours are in place: 10am - 5:30pm
Click the link below to check pricing & availability on your preferred travel date. Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.
Skip the Line: The York Dungeon
- Entrance fee
- Skip-the-line ticket
- Guide book
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- This attraction is not recommended for those of a nervous disposition or very young children
The highwayman Dick Turpin remains a legend and a villain to this day; that’s quite an achievement for a convicted criminal who died some 300 years ago! In the late 18th century, Dick Turpin rode through the streets of York in an open cart to face his death. Hear his story as he vividly recounts tales of his infamous adventures before he hurls himself from the gallows.
So, what exactly did Dick Turpin do to deserve his renowned reputation and an immortal existence in folklore? After humble beginnings, Dick Turpin joined the ‘gregory gang’ and entered a world of criminality. He became revered in London for his daring raids, and then withdrew to tranquil Yorkshire to escape the law. Discover how he terrorized Londoners, shot a pursuer dead and was eventually caught and hanged in York.
Ghosts of York:
A creepy whistle rides on the cold air about York. The most haunted city in England is creaking to life as the shadows loom and sinister wails grow louder. A feeling of resentment and anger surrounds you as you begin to sense a ghostly presence. Suddenly, out of the darkness, a pale figure appears before you... will you hold your nerve or run for your life?
The image of horned helmets, impressive beards and giant steel weapons still strike fear into the heart of the British when remembering the Viking’s bloodcurdling invasions. The fearsome Nordic warriors arrived on huge longboats and started to raid villages with a ferocity that became legend. The city of York's history is tainted by the Vikings, and the true horror they inflicted is explained at York Dungeon. Prepare to be shocked and appalled at the merciless, bloodthirsty truths behind the Vikings that are laid bare inside the dungeons.
‘Remember, remember the 5th of November; gunpowder, treason and plot!’ Follow the explosive story of Guy Fawkes, from his traitorous plotting to destroy king and parliament, to the terrifying moment he was captured and his subsequent torture and execution.
Implements of Torture:
Prepare for a shock as a mischievous torturer tries to put the fun back into pain. Stretch your imagination with some back-breaking interactive torture treatments, and laugh until your head is about to fall off!
Judgement of Sinners:
The 18th-century judge at this attractions knows exactly what you've been up to. The court isn't impressed and so the punishments are harsh! You might be left to languish in the rat-infested dungeon or alternatively, be given a gruesomely fun task to perform. Who the judge decided to pick on is left to be seen.
Labyrinth of the Last Roman Legion:
Enter the 'labyrinth of the lost' at your peril! Deep beneath York Minster, the labyrinth takes in recreated sights from the ancient fortress of Roman York and Emperor Constantine. Every treacherous turn takes you further into the hidden realm of the lost Roman legion. Will you ever get out?
York Dungeon hosts the return of the most devastating and horrifying disease Europe has ever seen. The plague wiped out over 24 million people — almost half of Europe's population at the time! Society was thrust into chaos as farms, schools and businesses were brought to a standstill. The disease spread through civilization, leaving corpses strewn throughout the streets and countryside. The channel washed ashore ghost ships, and churches were flooded with people seeking shelter and answers.
Walk through the death-filled streets of 14th-century York, and try to keep your head as the panic and horror infects everyone. Just be sure to keep your distance from the unfortunate, diseased inhabitants.
Reviewed by: Bernadette N, February 2012
excellent friendly helpful staff
Reviewed by: Lynda D, June 2014
Quite a queue when we arrived so great to walk straight in..dungeons themselves excellent..been several times now and always something a little different..a little scary but overall amusing whilst teaching you some of history of York ..would recommend as also less expensive than some other things in the vicinity ...