The York Dungeon

Things to do in York | The York Dungeon

From Viking invasions to witches’ covens, step back in time and watch some gruesome history come to life in York Dungeon. Since opening in 1986, York Dungeon has attracted visitors who want to take a trip around 2000 years of York's horrible history and meet lots of frighteningly funny characters along the way. From famous plotter Guy Fawkes and the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin to executioners and plague doctors, this live action interactive horror show brings to life some of York’s darkest history.

The York Dungeon

The York Dungeon


Top tip

Want to make a day of it? You can have two great visits for the price of one when you buy a combined ticket for York Dungeon and Sea Life Sanctuary.


Eating and drinking

If you need to take a break after all those scary stories, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafés in the city centre where you can refuel.

Stop for a pint and some pub grub with a riverside view at the The Lowther. Enjoy some high street chain favourites, like Pizza Hut or sit down to a hot meze of Turkish food at Reina. You’ll find lots on the menu near York Dungeon.


Getting to York Dungeon

Located opposite the Grand Opera House, around the corner from Clifford's Tower, York Dungeon is at the centre of the city.

By car
There are several car parks a short walk away, but if you don’t fancy tackling the city centre roads, the park and ride service will drop you off right outside the dungeon.

By bus
With a choice of stops close by, jump on a bus to the city centre and you’ll find your way to the dungeon without a trouble.

By train
Just a 10-minute walk away from York railway station, you’ll be enjoying some horrible history in no time if you arrive by train.


Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Our  Blossom Street North and Blossom Street South hotels are right in the city centre. And our York North hotel is a mile further out and our Premier Inn York North West hotel is a few miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.