Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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York Dungeons, York.

12 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD, UK

A couple of months ago I was contacted by the Branston Beans team about their new collaboration with Merlin Entertainments and was invited to experience one of their attractions. The primary thought was to go to Thorpe Park but with a massive fear of rollercoasters we opted for a trip to York to experience the York Dungeons.

My 'pre visit judgement' on attractions like The York Dungeons are that I nearly always avoid them as an option for something to do. I just tend to believe they won't be that good and could possibly be quite tacky.

Having experienced the York Dungeons it has completely changed my perception and it was something I would definitely experience again and urge others to do too. 

The 75 minute journey allows you to discover more than 2000 years of York's horrible history. With the help of a live cast, special effects, stages and scenes you are invited to experience it for yourself in a unique and exciting walk through experience. All of your senses will be at work during the experience as you see, hear, touch, smell and feel through the history.

This works by taking you and your companions through the story of York's darkest history through the use of 10 live shows as well as 9 live actors.

All of the experience is based on the exciting parts of real history where you will come face-to-face with sinister characters from York's grusome past, including Guy Fawkes and the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin (who made me jump out of my skin!)

You'll get plenty of theatrical storytelling and authenticity from the 360° set. Throughout your journey you'll meet many wonderful characters, including the resident plague doctor, get lost in the Labyrinth of the Lost and learn about the legend of The Golden Fleece. 

The whole experience thoroughly surprised me and I ended up enjoying it more than I had thought. It was definitely scarier than I thought too, there was plenty of occasions where I had to seek shelter under Jordan because I couldn't hack all of the darkness and unknown which parts of the experience brought. 

The actors were absolutely superb at portraying each individual character to the best of their ability. I enjoyed experiencing how they took on each character and portrayed it to the audiences. I also thought the diversity in the experience made it a really fun experience and allowed you to explore and learn new things. All of the companions we walked around the experience with definitely got stuck into the experience as much as we did.

I felt like the time spent in the dungeons was enough to grasp as much from the experience as possible! I would definitely visit the attraction again, they also had an awesome gift shop too which lots of different bits and bobs for you to take home. Jordan was fascinated with the hats available whilst I got very excited about the gigantic mug and plenty of stationary goodies too!

York Dungeons is definitely the experience your looking for when you visit York, especially for families and rainy days when you can't jump on the sightseeing bus! You'll learn so much about York in this attraction and it's not one to be missed. 

Disclaimer: I was contacted by Branston Beans to review the York Dungeons in return for this post to be published. The photos are credited to the photographer but all views are mine. Thanks to the  Branston Beans team for working with me to produce this content. 


  1. Aha, these photos are so funny! I've never been to anything like this, they never really appealed to me, but I feel like I have to go at least once! xx


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