on May 29, 2011
The Edinburgh dungeon is a spin off of the other dungeons which already exist in other parts of the UK as well as in Amsterdam and Hamburg, Germany. They are suppose to be educational as well as fun exploring the dark and sometimes macarbe history of the cities in which they are found but after visiting a couple of the dungeon in different locations I went to the Edinburgh one expecting it to be a little tacky, fun but certainly not scary and that is exactly what I got. The dungeons aren't real dungeons obviously but are instead recreations of ghoulish parts of history. They are designed to be interactive and the staff dress up as ghosts and historical figures and leap out at you to give you a fright. For a bunch of adults that should know better my group were jumping along with the children and thouraghly enjoying it. You start off by getting your picture taken with your head in some stocks and then it's off to the courts where there is a judge who might even accuse you of some horrible crime. There are some exhibits on the great fire of Edinburgh that swept through the old town and the autopsy room was a real highlight with an interactive show. It is a shame to spoil too much of what happens inside the dungeon as a lot of the fun is in the element of surprise but do not be surprised if you are pulled out of the audience to participate so if you are the sort of person who wouldn't enjoy that make sure not to stand near the front. Even though the dungeons are fun you will also learn a lot about the dark history of the city but it's told in such an entertaining way that it doesn't feel like you are being forced to learn something. One thing about the dungeon is that it's not for people who are claustrophobic as it can get pretty cramped in there and with the darkness it can feel even smaller. There is also a so called ride in the dungeon called the Extremis which lifts you up and then drops you back down. Think of this as an extra to the dungeon and not a real fairground ride as otherwise you will end up being very disapointed. I really enjoyed myself at the Edinburgh dungeon. It was so much fun but it's not scary and instead of coming out scared I came out with a huge smile on my face instead. I think younger kids would absolutely love it and although they may get a little scared I am sure they will enjoy it so long as you explain to them that it isn't real. The Edinburgh dungeon is pretty easy to find and is very near to waverly train station and the old town and is well signposted so you should have no trouble finding it. It is pretty expensive to visit at £16.50 for an adult ticket and £12.00 for a child but it takes a couple of hours to go around the dungeon and for the sheer enjoyment I have to say that I thought it was worth the price.
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