Visitors can either purchase tickets at the door or pre-purchase priority entrance tickets, which allow them to jump the line and enjoy fast-track entry to the dungeon. Once inside, costumed actors guide participants as they make their way through the spooky sets, and onto the rides. The experience typically lasts for about 80 minutes.
Things to Know Before You Go
Edinburgh Dungeon is a thrilling way to get acquainted with the more macabre chapters of the city’s history.
The subterranean dungeon, which can be scary for young kids, is recommended for those age eight and older. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The dim lighting and narrow passageways make it unsuitable for claustrophobes.
Most areas of the dungeon are accessible to wheelchair users via lifts. The boat ride, however, is not, and the Drop Dead ride is only accessible to those who can transfer to the seats unaided and adequately brace themselves against the motion.
How to Get There
Edinburgh Dungeon is situated in the heart of the Old Town, within easy walking distance of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, North Bridge, and Princes Street. Take the train to Edinburgh Waverley and make the 2-minute walk from there to the entrance on Market Street.
When to Get There
Edinburgh Dungeon is popular attraction; long lines form during vacation periods, such as summer breaks, Halloween, and Easter. To save yourself the hassle of waiting, book a skip-the-line ticket in advance.
The Dungeon’s Thrilling Rides
Included as part of the Edinburgh Dungeon experience are two optional theatrical rides. First, there’s the 5-minute Boat Ride, which carries you down a river to the Caves of Galloway to the cannibal Sawney Bean. Then there’s Drop Dead, an exhilarating ride that recreates the sensation of a vertical free fall.
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