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News release - Issued by The York Dungeon

BEWARE! The vengeful Vikings are about to capture The York Dungeon
Be prepared for battle, ready for re-opening on Friday 13th May

Bigger, bolder and more thrilling than ever, The York Dungeon is staring bad luck in the face and the revamped attraction will be opening on Friday 13th May. From this date, visitors will once again be able to experience the horrible history and frighteningly funny thrills guaranteed upon entry.

Those who passed through Parliament Street on Thursday 14th April will have spotted a mighty band of ferocious Vikings with their longboat run aground as the flood waters dispersed. Their next stop? The York Dungeon where a brand new interactive show, the Vengeance of the Vikings, will be unveiled.

Andrew Turner, Operations Manager at The York Dungeon explains: “Bearded, bold and fearless, the Vikings were masters of weapon-wielding and famed for their ruthlessness in battle. Our visitors will be able to journey through the revamped Dungeon and will find themselves in the heart of the Viking defences in the middle of a battle, before they experience a very close encounter with Snore Short Sword; Viking soldier and master weapon maker.

“They’ll learn all about the torturous techniques employed by this ruthless race, which was famed for its magnificent stature. Whipping, viper pits and the infamous blood eagling that was enforced on sneaky Saxon invaders, just make up part of what lies in store!”

Kate McMullen, Head of Tourism, Make It York, said: “We’re delighted The York Dungeon is back. As one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions it has been greatly missed. The Vikings hold a fascination with visitors from all over the world, so this new exhibition is sure to be an asset and adds another new reason to visit York in 2016.”

The York 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…
Make sure you’re first in line to face the Vengeance of the Vikings and avoid horrible disappointment by pre-booking tickets online before your visit

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

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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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