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News release - Issued by York Dungeon

There’s a lot at stake at The York Dungeon this Halloween

It’s big, it’s bold and its new spine-tingling show is sure to make you laugh in the face of fear! The Home of Halloween, The York Dungeon, will bring you face to face with the infamous and most Wicked Women of York from Monday 17th to Monday 31st October.

Visitors will be plunged into a cool, cloudy day in York’s Market Square, in 1649. The Spring Assizes are underway and 21 criminals are awaiting their fate. Nostrils are filled with the revolting smell of fire and death and reports of witchcraft are rife!

Among the 21 are stranglers, poisoners, arsonists and child murderers, but none are as disturbed as 32 year old Isabella Billington. Nobody knows what lead Isabella to crucify her mother in Pocklington on the 5th January. After nailing her mother to a cross she even sacrificed a calf and cockerel. She must have been a witch after all!

Can you evade the questions of the Witch Pricker; nasty, vindictive and filled with a sense of righteous fury. The Pricker sees witches everywhere and is suspicious about the smallest things. Will you be accused of being a Witch? Will you escape the same fate as the convicted witch and temptress Isabella?

If this wasn’t enough, visitors will be immersed in a world-first bloody Viking battle in the brand new interactive show, Vengeance of the Vikings, where guests can get to know the torturous techniques used on Saxons, including public blood-eagling and a viper pit!

Visitors will be on edge as they’re taken through 10 live interactive shows and are put to the test by the witches, torturer, courtroom judge and even the plague doctor that they meet along the way. Senses will be on fire as guests see, hear and even smell the horrible history that comes to life around them.

The attraction has been completely revamped from bottom to top, with new scripts, sets and state of the art special effects following a £1 million investment. It’s more thrilling than ever with new and improved themed rooms and shows that leave visitors trembling but wanting more.

Even better, the attraction is located in the heart of York, so there’s no excuse not to delve into York’s gruesome past.

The Dungeon is a unique attraction that has had a complete overhaul after the flooding from December and it will take you back to the past’s most horrible bits. See, hear, smell and feel the city’s darkest hidden stories as they come to life before your eyes as frighteningly funny characters transport you through time. You’ll laugh, you’ll jump and you may even find yourself in the dock…

Avoid horrible disappointment by pre-booking tickets online before your visit

For regular news, updates and competitions, The York Dungeon is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Michelle Ivins – Senior PR Director:

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Note to Editors:

The York Dungeon is located on Clifford Street in the heart of York. A uniquely thrilling attraction that takes you back to York's most horrible bits, The York Dungeon delivers an unforgettable 75 minutes of edgy entertainment and 10 live shows. Alongside the Fear of the Vikings and Vengeance of the Vikings shows, brand new for spring 2016, the revamped Dungeon takes visitors on an adventure with 360 degree sets and state of the art special effects. A tour of The York Dungeon includes frighteningly funny encounters with some of the city's most despicable and murderous rogues from Guy Fawkes to Dick Turpin, then step into an appointment with the plague doctor and discover exactly why The Golden Fleece is York's most haunted pub...

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