London Bridge Experience
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What you'll do
Explore the underground tombs and brave the haunting tales of the city’s notorious past at the London Bridge Experience.
Visit the London Bridge Experience with The London Pass®
- Visit the scariest attraction in London.
- Learn about the rich history of gruesome, gory Britain.
- Enjoy an interactive experience with real-life actors and animation.
- Experience a two-part attraction including The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs.
Explore the underground tombs of London Bridge and brave the haunting tales of the city’s notorious past at the London Bridge Experience.
- You'll receive a 20% discount in the Creams Cafe, the London Bridge Experience’s American-style ice cream parlour, and waffle house.
- Enjoy 20% off at the Bermondsey Bierkeller (located next to the attraction) when showing your pass.
London Bridge History
London Bridge has been built and destroyed many times over the centuries. If you're interested in its long-standing history, you can even buy London Bridge tickets for an in-depth tour. As fires engulfed the city, wars raged between Romans and Saxon invaders, rulers were overthrown, and new conquerors took their place, the London Bridge stood as a witness to it all. Initially, the first London Bridge was a military-style pontoon built in 53 AD in Roman Londinium, only to be destroyed seven years later. In 100 AD, a new bridge that connected the South Works in Southwark to Londinium was built, and it wasn't until 1190 that the first stone bridge was erected.
In 1305, William Wallace, a Scottish Knight, was the first traitor to have his dismembered head displayed on the London Bridge, giving the bridge its gruesome reputation. The present bridge was built in 1971, right next to Rennie Bridge, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened it in 1973. For those eager to compare, Tower Bridge Experience tickets are also available.
Today, the London Bridge Experience offers a fascinating interactive journey through London's dark history. This is not to be confused with the Tower Bridge Experience, which is more focused on the engineering and panoramic views. When you're at the London Bridge, you're actually exploring 2,000 years of London Bridge London history. From the Great Fire of London to Welsh invader Boudicca’s battle against the Romans, or even the infamous Jack the Ripper, this tour is not for the faint-hearted.
Those who dare can descend into the bowels of the Bridge for a frightful experience. You'll learn about life in London starting from Roman times up to 19th-century pickpocketing thieves. The disused railway tunnel, the traitor’s Gate House, and the Chapel of Thomas Beckett are all stops along the way.
Unearthed in 2007 during construction of the attraction, hundreds of bodies were discovered on-site. As a former 16th-century plague pit, The London Tombs boast an unbeatable scare factor. Walk through these Tombs and learn about the gruesome past of London Bridge.
London Bridge Experience highlights
- Visit the attraction voted, London’s Scariest for 11 years running.
- Learn about London’s dark history of war spanning over 2,000 years.
- Delve into the mindset of some of England’s most notorious characters, including Jack the Ripper and William Wallace. Experience medieval life first-hand through Interactive displays, animations, and real-life actors.
- Once you have fully immersed yourself in London’s history with The London experience, step forward in time with a visit to The Vault, voted the UK’s scariest attraction. Test your nerve in the scare maze, featuring characters such as clowns, doctors, zombies, and more.
- Younger visitors of 11 and under can benefit from the Guardian Angel show, a ‘fun immersive scare experience with far less bite’.
London Bridge facts
- The legend of the disfigured Master Brother’s vengeful murders haunts London with the killings of four men on Tower Bridge.
- Workers at The London Bridge Experience have reported hearing children’s eerie cries and have witnessed poltergeist activity while on shift.
- The Great Fire of London (1666) has no official death toll, but the heat of the fire may have cremated many Londoners, leaving their remains unrecognizable.
- The murders of Jack the Ripper have inspired many studies and analyses on each case, now coined as Ripperology.
- Many phantom cries can be heard at London Bridge. They are rumoured to be ‘traitors’, whose heads were dipped in tar and stuck on pikes, executed between 1305 and 1660.
- The current London Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1973, was purchased by an American entrepreneur, Robert P. McCulloch, in 1968. He had it dismantled and transported to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it was reassembled and still stands today.
- The first London Bridge was built by the Romans in AD 50, and it was made of wood. Over the centuries, it was rebuilt and replaced several times, with the most famous version being the stone arch bridge that was built in 1831 and later sold to an American businessman.
Don’t Miss Out on the Scariest Attraction in London with the London Bridge Experience
See hear and smell what it was like throughout the ages with the London Bridge Experience. As professional actors take you through each setting, learn about London’s dark past from Jack the Ripper and The Head Snatcher, Sir John Rennee and William Wallace. This immersive theatrical experience delivers history with an extra side of terror.
Travel into the lower vaults of London Bridge and experience the UK’s scariest attraction, The Vaults. The London Tombs is well known for its sinister past which visitors can witness during the show. This immersive scare maze uses a variety of special effects. Interactive sets and professional actors to deliver the best scare of your life.
Guardian Angel Tour
For the younger guests, the Guardian Angel tour provides a light-hearted alternative with just enough scare and even more fun. Children under 11 can experience the sights and sounds of the London Tombs, but without the ghoulish ‘characters’ that might pop out to say hello or chase you. The Guardian Angel tour offers the perfect opportunity for children to enjoy the experience to the fullest without being scared.
Please ask a guide at the entrance of The Tombs for the Guardian Angel Tour.
Discounted tickets for these experiences are available through The London Pass®, including London Bridge tickets + access to over 100 more popular London attractions.
Know before you go
Getting in: entry to the London Bridge Experience is opposite The Mug House pub. Your pass will be scanned and validated by a member of the team at the admissions desk, which is immediately inside the venue. Once validated, just take a seat in the waiting room, directly opposite the ticket desk, until the next available show (usually, no more than 20 minutes).
London Bridge Experience tickets help
Simply ask our help team if you have any questions.
For more information please see the London Bridge Experience website.
Where you'll be
2-4 Tooley Street, London, GB
Sunday - Friday: 12PM - 6PM (last departure)
Saturday: 11AM - 6PM (last departure
Closings & holidays
Closed Christmas Day
Opening times vary from December 22, 2023 to January, 1 2024. Please check the attraction’s own website for the most up to date details and availability.
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