Region: Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 31 Market Street, , Edinburgh EH1 1DF

Contact: 0871 663 1672 (calls cost 13p per minute plus your provider's charge)



The Edinburgh Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you back to the city’s most perilous past. See, hear and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters as they are brought to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear.  

Sail the caverns of Galloway in search of the cannibal Sawney Bean – but stay afloat, for the catch of the day is you! Meet Burke & Hare – they’ve been keeping the population of Edinburgh down since 1832. And – new for 2017 – get witch or die tryin’ on the Witch Hunt for the electrifying Agnes Finnie. Accuse or be accused – get in first! With 11 live action shows and 2 underground rides, it’s so much fun it’s scary.

Your 80 minute journey will take you through 1000 years of Scotland's dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, you and your companions walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on real Scottish history (minus the boring bits). You'll get up close and personal with local legends including William Wallace and murderers, Burke and Hare.

It's a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you'll pass through the caves of the hungry Sawney Bean and the NEW Street of Sorrows show: the true story of Edinburgh’s underground plague close.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
All of our stories and scripts are as historically accurate as possible and provide a great opportunity to live and breathe Scotland’s history. Take your students on an 80 minute journey through 1000 years of Scotland’s murky history, as our full cast of entertaining theatrical actors bring to life gripping stories of the country’s most infamous characters and events.

With stunning special effects, authentic sets, witty comedy, two heart-stopping rides and a host of scary surprises lurking in the Dungeon, it’s a unique and fun introduction to a range of classroom subjects including History and Performing Arts. Immersed in history; hear the tales, see the sights and smell the smells of some of Scotland’s most notorious characters.

We provide resources for school groups which demonstrate direct links to the Curriculum for Excellence throughout our tour. With engaging content and fun class activities, they’ll get your students thinking about history around themes such as Crime and Punishment, Life and Death in Old Edinburgh and Myth and Superstition.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?
An educational visit to the Dungeon includes access to our resources for students and teachers, as well as our Public Liability Insurance certificate, help with risk assessments, free teacher planning visits and free teacher tickets on the day of your visit to help with supervision. Upon arrival on the day of your visit you will also receive priority entrance via our priority queue line.

The tour takes around 80 minutes and features 11 live actors shows and two rides; maximum capacity per tour is 32, but we can easily split larger groups across tours.

What group sizes do you cater for?
The maximum group size per tour is 32.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
There is no photography or video taking allowed during the tour.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Risk assessments are available on our website

What is the cost of the visit?
Tickets for pupils are £6 and teachers £11.00. Other packages with Hard Rock Cafe and the Filling Station are available on our website.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There will always be at least one qualified first aider on site.

Please list facilities available.
There are opportunities for children to purchase photos taken before and during the tour. A special group rate is of £5 per photo is available. There is also a gift shop with items ranging from £1 to £20. There are no cafe facilities.

What are your disabled facilities?

The majority of our facilities are designed to be fully accessible to our disabled guests. However due to the complex nature of an emergency evacuation it is not possible for wheelchair users or guests who have considerable difficulties walking, to access the Boat Ride.

Due to the intense nature of Drop Dead – Drop Ride to Doom guests who are unable to brace themselves unaided are not permitted to ride.

Navigating around the Dungeon will be mainly via level pathways. However due to the nature of the attraction some floor surfaces are uneven. Access is also gained via stairs and lifts to the various levels of the attraction. You will be required to stand for most of the Edinburgh Dungeon tour, which lasts approximately 80 minutes.

For safety reasons we can only accept 1 wheelchair user at any one time. Tour groups depart around every 10 minutes. We would advise booking your visit in advance as wheelchair users without an advanced booking may need to wait some time to start the tour.

The Edinburgh Dungeon is not suitable for those suffering from claustrophobia. There are areas of the Dungeon that contain strobe lighting which may affect those suffering from photosensitive epilepsy. An alternative route will be provided for those who need to bypass these areas.

What are your opening days and hours?
Opening hours are seasonal.
It is best to consult our website for accurate information.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“I brought my year 7 group to the Dungeon as a reward for their hard work and they loved it! Highly enjoyable.” Dan Cleary, Hurtsmere School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If there a child wishes to leave the tour there must be an adult with them and an adult remaining with the group.
There is a height restriction of 1.4m for Drop Dead.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Boat Trips Caves & Caverns City Tours Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Performing Arts Workshops Storytelling Theatres Themed Attractions Team Building Walking Tours

Curriculum Topics Covered: Drama English History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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