Alton Towers’ new Dungeon attraction delves into dark history taking you on a wickedly mischievous trip back through the centuries

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I AM in a crowd, booing, hissing and chanting for one of my fellow “peasants” to be strung up after hearing of his copious crimes.

Judging by his bewildered expression, that is the first he has heard of them too.

Alton Towers has opened its new Dungeons attraction where you can experience a live-action adventure into Staffordshire's dark history
Alton Towers has opened its new Dungeons attraction where you can experience a live-action adventure into Staffordshire’s dark history

Welcome to the marvellously malevolent court house of Alton Towers’ new Dungeon attraction, where the swift justice “spewed forth” by the bellowing Bishop of Stafford is literally a joke.

The Staffordshire theme park has delved into the area’s dark history for a wickedly mischievous trip back through centuries in this live-action attraction.

And they’ve thought of every rotten trick in the book to get you fully immersed in the medieval mayhem – right down to the stenches of festering flesh and stale ale that waft around. There’s even a Black River ride part-way through if you’re not creeped out enough.

Central to the attraction’s success are the actors who ramp up the fun – and fear factor – and had us sniggering and squirming throughout the 45-minute experience.

The experience is so immersive that guests can smell rotten corpses and burnt flesh
The experience is so immersive that guests can smell rotten corpses and burnt flesh

And boy do they look the part, with grizzled features thanks to West End theatre specialists and costumes more distressed than any one of Dick Turpin’s victims.

And talking of the famous highwayman, he too makes an appearance in a sketch featuring the delightfully disconcerting Welsh Harp Inn landlady.

A terrifying torturer had us chuckling – and my husband Pete wincing – at his revelations, while a plague doctor’s stomach-churning run-down of the Black Death, featuring one of the disease’s victims, couldn’t help but hold our attention.

As if I hadn’t screamed, laughed and cowered enough, the eerie antics in the kitchen of the final setting almost sent me as potty-mouthed as Gordon Ramsay himself.

Meet a terrifying torturer, get a gruesome run-down of the Black Death and be judged by the dishonourable Bishop of Staffordshire all in the creepy dungeon
Meet a terrifying torturer, get a gruesome run-down of the Black Death and be judged by the dishonourable Bishop of Staffordshire all in the creepy dungeon


“Proper scary” was how Hollyoaks actor Will Mellor recently described it, when he and I’m A Celeb’s Jorgie Porter and Corrie’s Lucy Fallon and Ryan Clayton were among the first to brave the attraction.

And I’m inclined to agree, I thought, as I and my family hunkered down for the night at the Alton Towers Hotel – right next door to the new accommodation opening soon, wooden Stargazing Pods.

And after a fun-packed day, not even the bellowings of a biased bishop could keep me from the land of nod.

The actors truly make the experience as they ramp up the fun and the fear factor throughout
The actors truly make the experience as they ramp up the fun and the fear factor throughout

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