Video: First look inside York Dungeon after the floods

York Dungeon's jester and gong farmer (a Tudor term for a cleaner of street dung) outside the attraction. Photograph: York Dungeon / Anthony Chappel-Ross
1 Mar 2016 @ 9.46 pm
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The scale of the damage caused to York Dungeon in the Christmas floods was revealed today – as it prepares to reopen complete with a big new attraction.

The basement of the Clifford Street building flooded to a depth of a metre after being inundated on Boxing Day.

That meant 70 per cent of the public areas were seriously affected. These included the mirror maze “labyrinth of the lost”, the Viking show, the Judge’s Chamber, the torture room and Dick Turpin’s condemned cell.

It is the third time since 2000 that York Dungeon has been flooded, and it was last closed by river water in 2012.

On Tuesday (March 1) operations manager Andrew Turner revealed the extent of the problem – and the plans for the rest of 2016.

The Dungeon will reopen some time in spring, but not until after Easter. When it does the popular shows will return, and it will “introduce one very big and spectacular surprise for visitors”.

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Inside York Dungeon at the height of the floods

Flashback: Cumberland Street in the floods. York Dungeon is on the left
Flashback: Cumberland Street in the floods. York Dungeon is on the left

For updates on the reopening see the Dungeon’s Facebook page or the Twitter feed

Andrew said that since the flood “we’ve been really busy working behind the scenes to get some exciting new plans underway for our re-launch in spring.

“Guests can be reassured that their favourite shows will be back but with a fresh new twist, and we’ve also got one incredible new addition that we can’t wait to start shouting about – all will be revealed very shortly!”

He put the cost of the restoration at hundreds of thousands of pounds.