In the early hours of Saturday, October 17, Blackpool entered into tier three of Covid-19 restrictions.

For a seaside town reliant on tourism, it has been a real kick in the teeth for attractions, pubs and bars and other businesses

But Blackpool has a long and proud history and has adapted to survive many changes including two world wars.

Its attractions have stood the test of time since the late 1800s and during the Coronavirus pandemic that is no exception.

One such attraction that has done remarkably well and has adapted to the "new normal" is Blackpool Tower Dungeon.

It still houses not just an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects and scenes, but it also has a job to do of telling the dark and bloody history of Lancashire in a way that no other can.

As part of our current history, its challenge is to still be a walk-through, interactive experience despite social distancing rules and limited capacity.

LancsLive reporter Catherine Mackinlay visited the Dungeon to find out exactly what changes have been made and gives her verdict on the experience below...

Upon entering it is a relief to be submerged by its dark and brooding atmosphere and transported to somewhere back in time and be reminded of harsher and more ruthless times that have gone before us.

First up is what is known as the descent where you meet your host, the Jester, in a dark and foreboding chamber. Here you are told what group you are with names such as "The Doomed" which determines where you will stand in each room.

Social distancing markers at the Dungeons

You are left in darkness with your fellow group members, before your host begins to randomly appear to address different people. The rules of the dungeons are explained to you in a sinister, but playful way and you are then separately foisted into what is a working lift.

The descent then begins as you hear the clang of medieval chains lowering you down several levels until your jester friend appears at the door to scare the living daylights out of you.

After being led through eerie darkness to the chapel you're greeted by a monk where its genuinely hard to tell if he's a hologram projection or a real person.

An intense and fiery display in the holy chapel tells the history of the Fylde Coast, from bloody viking invasions to the War of the Roses. Visitors are asked if they are carrying any deadly diseases which is a little too close to home for 2020.

In keeping with this level of poignancy, you are then led to the plague doctor and separated out onto benches to ironically, avoid anyone with a cough. Transported straight onto Plague street in the 1300s signs of the Black Death are everywhere as well black rats and escaped leeches which you can feel slithering underneath you.

The medic performs an educational and butchered autopsy on a rotting dead body before chopping up an audience member too whose blood spurts out onto everyone else, quite literally.

Plague Doctor removes parts at Blackpool Tower dungeon

Once you leave the surgery you're taken on an oppressive and claustrophobic trip down to Lancaster castle to see the torturer.

This man has many tools and he loves to show you where you can stick them. Pray he doesn't single you out for his demonstrations.

Next up is Judge Blackheart in his courtroom where the tone turns a little more Carry On film. This serves as a little light relief from the dark atmosphere of the previous rooms however.

The guilty here are singled out, accused of witchcraft, having your "way" with a sheep or being from Leicester. Before you enter the court just make sure you have an alibi for where you were when you were allegedly spotted naked at the top of Blackpool Tower.

The Pendle Witch, Alizon Device, tells her tale in her own words

Upon leaving you're diligently asked if you have any sensitivity strobe lighting or have epilepsy as you're about to be committed to the Labyrinth of Lost Souls. Which is quite nice to get a warning beforehand.

A mirrored maze then awaits you which is genuinely disorientating and feels as if you're going around in circles.

Once you find your way out, or be found, it's time for the Smuggler's Cave, which really does smell like a cave. There are some periods of silent darkness in this experience so it's definitely not for the faint-hearted.

You experience where the Skippool Smugglers work and are made aware of Captain Johnson who will come and get you. Sound comes from every direction and you never know when he is going to scare you right out of your seat.

It's then time for Lancashire's most notorious folklore figures, and it wouldn't be a show without, the Pendle witches. After being lured into the woods, you're told the story of a Pendle witch herself, Alizon Device, who may just appear right in front of you. The set design for this scene is amazing and you're treated to an interactive show of moving objects, sounds and flickering lights.

Pendle Witch at Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Once you're through with the performances, it's time for the ultimate interactive experience which is the Drop Dead Ride. If you had no prior knowledge to what the Dungeons have in store, you would have no idea what to expect when greeted with this contraption.

You are quite literally hoisted up to feel what it's like to pulled up in front of the Judge, Priest, and executioner before catching sight of the noose before you drop.

This takes you to the end of, which is on the whole, an intense and visceral experience that's not for those of a nervous disposition. Some elements of performances were unable to take place due to Covid restrictions however this does not take away from the fun time that you will have there.

Social distancing is maintained throughout and even the masks the actors wear are cleverly incorporated into the themed costumes. The actors give it their all with each performance and the time and effort it has taken to adapt the attraction during times of lockdowns and restrictions shows.

The changes come across as almost effortless and it still provides an atmospheric and unique experience. There aren't many safe ways to enjoy Halloween this year, however the Blackpool Tower Dungeon may be one.