Alton Towers Dungeon: Additional charge confirmed

The Dungeons, Merlin Entertainments

The Alton Towers Dungeon will attract an additional cost of admission on top of park entry when it opens next season, it has been confirmed.

The upcharge was widely expected following park operator Merlin Entertainments chief executive Nick Varney describing the Dungeon as a “second gate” addition in a trading update last month.

A combined ticket for theme park entry and access to the new walk-through attraction is listed in marketing material being released by Alton Towers.

The price of the new combined ticket, and for that of season and annual pass holders has not yet been revealed.

The Staffordshire theme park will begin its 2019 season on 23 March.

The new Dungeon will be the latest UK addition to Merlin’s portfolio, alongside the existing Dungeons at London, York, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle and the Blackpool Tower.

At Warwick Castle, holders of Merlin’s premium and VIP annual passes do not pay an additional charge for entry to the Dungeon on top of general admission to the castle.

Dungeons tend to feature a combination of actor-led scenes featuring both local history and more generic British medieval history such as torture, execution and scenes concerning the bubonic plague.