Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 12 Clifford Street, , York YO1 9RD

Contact: 0871 663 1671



The York Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and sometimes a bit scary.

Your 80 minute journey will take you through 2000 years of Yorkshire’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 Yorkshire history (minus the boring bits). You'll get up close and personal with local legends including Guy Fawkes and Eric Bloodaxe.

It's a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you’ll pass through York Castle Prison and hear the tale of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin and NEW for 2014 Tyrannical Tudors show; join the traitor’s rebellion as Henry VIII brings the wrath of the Tudors against the City of York.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

A lesson 2000 years in the making…

Interactive Tour of the York Dungeon

All of our stories and scripts are as historically accurate as possible and provide a great opportunity to live and breathe Yorkshire’s history. Take your students on an 80 minute journey through 2000 years of murky history, as our full cast of entertaining theatrical actors brings to life gripping stories of York’s most infamous characters and events.

With stunning special effects, authentic sets, witty comedy 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 Yorkshire’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, Torture in the Middle Ages, and The Plague.

City Tour

After your interactive tour of 2000 years of Yorkshire’s murky past explore the history and tales of the streets of York with two of our actors who will take you on a walking tour of the city of York.

Deadly Drama Workshop

Enhance your visit to the York Dungeon with our exciting new 60 minute Deadly Drama Sessions; interactive Performing Arts Workshops with a unique Dungeon twist. Give your students a practical insight into a day in the life of a Dungeon actor as they learn the worst of Yorkshire’s history.

Before laughing and screaming with our actors on their Dungeon tour, students will be encouraged to get into character themselves by our Professional Performance Team which will bring out their theatrical side.

For further information on what we can offer your students or group please visit or email

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 12 shows and 9 live actors; maximum capacity per tour is 24, but we can easily split larger groups across tours.

If you choose to book our City Tour this adds 60 minute to your Dungeon experience and has the capacity of 50. The Deadly Drama session adds a further 60 minutes to your visit time and has a capacity of 20 maximum.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Any! Maximum tour capacity is 24 but we can easily split larger groups across several tours leaving 15 minutes apart.

Maximum City Tour capacity is 50.

Maximum Deadly Drama capacity is 20.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We provide free downloadable resources around 3 key themes linked directly to the Curriculum for Excellence (Crime and Punishment, Torture in the Middle Ages, and The Plague). These include instructions for teachers as well as pupil worksheets.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Unfortunately we do not allow photography or filming on the tour.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We offer a free downloadable risk assessment on our website.

What does it cost?

Pupils pay just £4.50 each. Teachers are free of charge. The City Tour can be added for an additional £3.00 or Deadly Drama Workshops can be added for just £4.50 extra per student.

*Special introductory price for the launch of Deadly Drama Workshops*

The York Dungeon interactive 80 minute tour, the City Tour and the Deadly Drama Workshop all for £10 per student, available until 18th July.

For further information please contact The York Dungeon on 01904 632599 or email

To book a school or group visit please quote “UK School Trips” to receive these great prices for your schools and groups. Telephone 0871 663 1671 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

We have first aid provision on site.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have an exciting Gift Shop with lots of fun, interactive gifts perfect for guests of all ages.

Items range from stationery to speakers.

Unfortunately we don’t have a dining area.

Are there disabled facilities?

Facilities & Accessibility

The York Dungeon welcomes guest with disabilities, together with their helpers.

The majority of our facilities are designed to be fully accessible to our disabled guests, however The York Dungeon is situated in a Grade 2 Listed building and this does cause some restrictions for guests with mobility scooters.

Getting around

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 low gradient slopes and specialised stair lifts (restrictions apply) to the various levels of the attraction. The York Dungeon tour lasts approximately 80 minutes, of which most you will be required to stand.

For safety reasons we can only accommodate one manual wheelchair user at a time who requires an evacuation chair to exit the building. We have two flights of stairs both with stair lifts (Max weight 120kg/ 18.8 stone) and guests must be able to transfer from wheelchair to stair lift unaided by Dungeon staff.

We would advise wheelchair users to book in advance as without an advanced booking may need to wait a considerable time to start the tour. Please telephone 01904 632599

The York Dungeon is not suitable for those suffering from claustrophobia.

A helper or carer is welcome to accompany a disabled visitor without charge. Only one carer can receive free entry per disabled guest. Please ensure you pre book online or via our contact centre to avoid general admission queue lines and to book your time slot allocation. We will require documentary proof of disability i.e. blue/orange badge, DLA letter or doctor or physician letter.

For further information about disability access at the York Dungeon please email

Visually Impaired Guests

The Dungeon is very dark and those with low vision or visual impairment may have difficulty navigating around the facility.

Hearing Impaired Guests

The York Dungeon experience is largely delivered by actors and voiceover audio, often in low light levels. Therefore guests with hearing difficulties may struggle to experience the attraction fully, however you are able to bring a person along free of charge to assist. Please contact: to arrange.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the York Dungeon; however, due to health and safety regulations they are not permitted to ride on any rides with the guest. A member of your party must be with the dog at all times. Please note there are loud noises, mist effects and smells (good and nasty) that may be confusing to assistance animals.

What are your opening days and hours?

10.00am-4.30pm last admissions April, May, June & July

10.00am-5.30pm last admissions August, Easter, Whitsun School holidays

10.30am-4.30pm last admissions February, March, September & October

11.00am-4.00pm last admissions November, December & January

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“I brought my year 7 group to the dungeon as a reward for their hard work and they loved it! Highly enjoyable!” Dan Cleary, Hurstmere School

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Outbreak: The York Dungeon is hit with an outbreak of the Black Death

24th May – 1st June

Rat Catcher, Ralf Roberts, aka ‘One Shot’ is the newest and liveliest character, living in the depths of The York Dungeon. He’ll spend this May Half Term telling tales of plague ridden vile vermin and how Rat Catchers helped remove the plague of 1349 from Yorkshire.

The York Dungeon’s new Plague Show, now open, enables visitors to come face to face with the full effects of the Plague in a graphic, theatrical, worryingly enthusiastic and gory way. It's time to pull out the bits!

The journey through York’s murky past is bought alive in 75 minutes of scary fun with 12 shows, murderous characters from Eric Bloodaxe, to Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin and plenty of edge of the seat surprises.

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

Type of Visit: City Tours Film Making Historical Heritage Museums Personal Development-Mentoring SEN Storytelling Theatres Themed Attractions Team Building Walking Tours

Curriculum Topics Covered: Drama English History Leisure & Tourism Media

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

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