Alton Towers Dungeon: Boat ride confirmed

Alton Towers Dungeon

The Alton Towers Dungeon experience will be around 45 minutes in length and feature a “hideously scary” boat ride.

Five actor-led shows will include themes based on the local legend of the Burslem witch, Molly Leigh.

She was accused of witchcraft in Stoke-on-Trent area during the 17th and 18th centuries, reportedly keeping a blackbird as a pet.

The Bishop of Stafford also will feature as a courtroom judge in the Dungeon.

The boat ride will utilise the hardware of the former Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride, which previously operated as Toyland Tours and originally as Around the World in 80 Days.

‘Spookiest tales’

A spokesman for Alton Towers was quoted in the Birmingham Mail as saying: “Guests will be screaming with laughter whilst being sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, surviving the plague, enduring the torturer and also making a stop at the Witch of Burslem’s haunted cottage.

“The Alton Towers Dungeon will draw on the best of the Dungeons’ brand and apply Alton Towers’ expertise in family entertainment to bring to life some of the spookiest tales from the local area.”

The attraction opens along with the Alton Towers’ main season on 23 March. It will have a £7.50 (£5 when pre-booked online) admission charge on top of theme park entry.

It is Merlin Entertainments’ latest Dungeon attraction, with its others in the UK being at London, York, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle and the Blackpool Tower.