FOLKLORE has it that you are never more than six feet away from a rat, but at the London Dungeons this week I got the chance to get up close and personal with the furry beasts.
As Sun Superdays begins its offer tomorrow for two FREE tickets to the attraction, I went behind the scenes for an exclusive rat-handling session.
Famous for its ghoulish romp through the capital’s gory past, the London Dungeon looks as chilling as ever.
For health and safety reasons, visitors aged 11 and over have to wear face masks inside. But wandering through the dimly-lit corridors, the masked faces only added to the thrilling sense of menace.
The London Dungeons is the only UK dungeon with live-in rats. Look carefully on your next visit and you may see five females in their rat house.
While visitors can’t touch them, their presence is enough to add that extra touch of menace.
I met male rats Cromarty and Malin in the Dungeon schoolroom and was nervous as they were placed on my shoulder. Rats are scratchy, but their furry bodies are surprisingly soft.
It took a bit of getting used to, but soon the rats were racing up and down my arm and whipping their tails.
As well as wearing face masks inside, fun social-distancing markers have been placed throughout the attraction and visitors will have to have a temperature check on arrival.
But the overall ghoulishly fun experience – with visitors encountering characters from Sweeney Todd to Jack the Ripper – will stay the same.
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General Manager Catherine Pritchard said: “The London Dungeon remains a truly immersive experience, where guests can see, hear and even smell London’s perilous past in the safest way possible.
“We’re proud that alongside the new safety measures we have also maintained the magic of our attraction so guests can still expect a terrifying day out.”
2 FREE TICKETS
NOW you too can explore the dark depths of the London Dungeon, thanks to Sun Superdays.
Starting Saturday, readers can grab two FREE tickets worth £60.
Or for those who would rather visit the kingdom of Far Far Away, choose two FREE tickets to Shrek’s Adventure! London instead.
Board the magical 4D flying bus, on a quest to find Shrek in this uniquely magical attraction, where you will meet DreamWorks characters, such as the Muffin Man and Pinocchio.
Just collect NINE Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed daily in the paper from Saturday.
Or collect TEN printed tokens and book using the form inside Saturday’s paper.
Collect with Sun Savers to get priority booking over other readers, meaning first choice of the best dates and times.
Don’t miss Saturday’s Sun for our special London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure! London pullout.
In the meantime download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk so you are ready to start collecting.
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