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The Dungeons Edinburgh Review ~ A Horrible History Lesson

Updated on December 16, 2014
The Dungeons
The Dungeons

For Halloween This Year, I'd Love To Go Back To The Dungeons in Edinburgh

There is NOWHERE more appropriate to lose your head than in The Dungeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. I lost my head there this summer (2010) and it was, believe it or not, quite an enjoyable experience. For those not in the know, you should be aware that this was not the first time I've ever lost my head. Last summer I had the privilege of losing it in The Dungeons in Amsterdam.

Yes, I enjoyed myself that time and yes, I would love to do it again!

Those Of Us Who Dared Enter This Dark Dungeon Of Torture, Disease And Death - (And she who lost her head.)


Enter At Your Own Peril!

What Awaits Those Who Dare Enter The Dungeons In Edinburgh?

Those who dare to enter The Dungeons in Edinburgh will experience torture, disease and even death as a group of actors guide you through a series of rooms. If you go, be prepared for the following (and more) horrible experiences:

  • JUDGEMENT OF SINNERS: Be tried for your crimes
  • TORTURE: Learn about torture methods in the torture chamber.
  • THE CAVE OF SAWNEY BEAN: Learn about the cannibalistic Bean family and ride through his lair.
  • BURKE AND HARE: Learn about the business of murder through the enterprise of Burke and Hare.
  • MARY KING'S GHOST: Face Mary King's Ghost.
  • WILLIAM WALLACE: Learn about the fate of Scotland's brave William Wallace.
  • EXTREMIS: Scream as you ride the long drop to doom.
  • LABYRINTH OF LOST SOULS: Lose your way in the labyrinth of mirrors.

The Dungeons are recommended for children aged 10 and up although The Dungeons does not set a minimum age. I'm not sure if my second son would have enjoyed this at the age of 10.

In Edinburgh's Dungeons, You'll Learn About Burke and Hare

Who supplied fresh bodies for the 1820s medical profession...

At The Dungeons in Edinburgh, you will learn about the profitable business of two of Edinburgh's killers as they found new means to supply the medical profession with fresh corpses in 1820s.

The Flesh and the Fiends, is a 1960s Peter Cushing horror movie about the duo of Burke and Hare. In this fictionalized account of the story, they rob graves and, when a visitor in Burke's rooming house dies, they discover a unique opportunity.

Considered one of the best horror movies of the 1950s and 1960s, J. Tompkins says that it boasts a " very spooky atmosphere, a superb cast and is a fact-based film." The perfect precursor to your visit to haunted Scotland and The Edinburgh Dungeon.

Click here to order your copy of The Flesh and the Fiends from Amazon.

The Dungeon in Edinburgh, Scotland,

is part museum, part theatre and part amusement park!

Tours cost different prices according to age and time of day but keep your eyes open for discount coupons on city maps and tourist brochures.

Frommer's Edinburgh & Glasgow Day by Day Travel Guide

A great travel guide like Frommer's Edinburgh & Glasgow Day by Day will help you plan your visits to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Travel guides are a very important part of any vacation. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a vacation, make sure you buy at LEAST one great travel guide. They tend to be inexpensive and they will save you a lot of grief when you are at your destination!

Over the years, I have had a lot of luck with the guides from Frommer's. They are definitely amongst my favorites and are very reliable sources of information for planning a great vacation.

Horrible Histories Blood Curdling Gift Box Set For Your History Loving Children - "Nasty bits of history that your teacher never told you." ~~ C. Bruce

What a collection and what a great gift set it would make for children around the ages of 9 through 12. All of the awful books from the "Horrible Histories" series are gathered together here in this horrible boxed set. That means you receive twenty books including Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors and Awesome Egyptians.

Click here to order your Blood-curdling Box of Horrible Histories from Amazon.

In Summary

A few years ago, we would have skipped this kind of gimmicky tourist attraction. However, we chanced to visit The Dungeons in Amsterdam when we were tired of touring and just looking for some light entertainment and we loved it. That means that if ever pass by any of the other four dungeon locations, we will definitely be visiting which is, of course, exactly what happened this summer when we were in Scotland and The Dungeons in Edinburgh did not let us down. This attraction was equally fun and naturally a perfect choice for anyone travelling with teenagers!

In my page about The Dungeons in Amsterdam, I asked, "Would we go again?" and replied, "In a heartbeat" and we did, albeit this time to The Dungeons in Edinburgh, Scotland.

How about you? Would you dare to visit the Dungeons? Or maybe you have already been?

Are you scared to visit The Dungeons?

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  • lollyj lm profile image

    Laurel Johnson 

    6 years ago from Washington KS

    Fascinating lens about a scary place. Well done!!

  • tandemonimom lm profile image

    tandemonimom lm 

    9 years ago

    Sounds suitably spooky. And we love Horrible Histories at our house!

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    9 years ago

    Oh wow! Just found a new UK holiday destination, thanks Brenda!

  • CastleRoyLisa profile image


    9 years ago from Rhode Island

    Have never been but would love to wonderful lens lens rolled and featured great lens!!!

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    9 years ago

    Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

  • LisaAuch1 profile image

    Lisa Auch 

    9 years ago from Scotland

    My family would love to put me in the stocks...looks fab, I have never been but will make a point of visiting next time we go.

  • SusanDeppner profile image

    Susan Deppner 

    9 years ago from Arkansas USA

    I've never been and certainly wouldn't have considered it on my own, but with your recommendation I'd certainly give the Dungeons a try!

  • BuckHawkcenter profile image


    9 years ago

    This sounds fascinating. I would love to "lose my head" at a place like this. Must mark it for future reference, IF I ever get back to Europe!

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    Robin S 

    9 years ago from USA

    I would love to go to the dungeons! What a fun trip you had!


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