Blackpool Tower Dungeons is a relatively new attraction that forms part of the Blackpool Tower attraction. Opened in 2011, the dungeons are a history and horror themed experience that takes visitors back in time.
The Blackpool Tower Dungeons are linked to the London Dungeons and share some attractions, such as The Plague, Torture and Judge, Descent and Labyrinth of the Lost. It also has original attractions, such as Ned King, The Pendle Witches, Vikings of the North and Skippool Smugglers. These all reflect local history and lore, which adds character and a local flavour to the attraction.
From the outside, Blackpool Tower Dungeons looks impressive. In fact, the entire attraction has had a lot of time and effort poured into it to make it work. From the moment you see it until the moment you leave, the quality of the production and execution (sic) is obvious.
Tours take around an hour, with you passing through different rooms depicting different periods in history or events. The live actors are enthusiastic and add their own flavour to proceedings. Audience participation is also encouraged and some rooms depend on it to work. That’s great if you have an enthusiastic group and adds a real boost to the experience.
You begin at the lift, Descent. It is run by a lift operator which takes you to Dark Chapel. From here you walk down Plague Street before watching a group member be operated on by a “Doctor” to cure the plague. From there, you walk into a torture chamber where a live torturer demonstrate his wares.
Then it’s to the Courtroom where a judge metes out justice, Labyrinth, a well-conceived maze with mirrors, mist and animatronics. Escaping leads you to Vikings of the North which shows Viking attacks and activity that happened around Blackpool in the 9th century.
From there you meet the Skippool Smugglers and then the Pendle Witches, more local lore. The final attraction is Drop Dead, which is a drop ride that is guaranteed to scare!
Each section of the Blackpool Tower Dungeons uses good set design and special effects to create an atmosphere and make you believe you’re actually there. The quality and effectiveness is high and makes for an excellent effect.
If you like learning while being entertained and a little bit scared, the Blackpool Tower Dungeons is for you. Order tickets online to save on the door price.