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The Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience is now open in London
Step into the thrilling world of informers and spies in the Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience. This new experience takes you back in time to 1605 London where you’ll be witnessing history and experiencing it.
Using the latest technology and live theatre, the Gunpowder experience will transport you to the heart of the story. As the protagonist, you’ll get immersed in a 360-degree environment where you’ll experience deception first-hand.
As you step back into 1605 London, the experience will ignite your five senses. This multi-layered experience will make you feel like history is happening around you in the present.
Every November 5th on Guy Fawkes Day, people remember the Gunpowder plot of 1605. Basically, Gun Fawkes and fellow Catholic conspirators attempted to blow up Parliament.
Everybody knows Guy Fawkes was the man behind the mask. He was caught in the act and imprisoned. Later, they tortured him and his fellow conspirators at the Tower of London before they suffered a tragic death in Westminster.
This new attraction offers an experience similar to the Gunpowder Plot. Even though not every participant is familiar with the story, they will surely enjoy the experience. It takes traditional re-enactments a step further thanks to the use of digital technology with live theatre. As a new way of experiencing history, visitors will infiltrate the Gunpowder plotters and earn their trust.
The show consists of three elements – live theatrical performance, special effects, and virtual reality. The story starts and ends at the Tower. You will journey through the streets of 1605 London as you immerse yourself in the 360 environment.
As you go undercover, you’ll get to unmask the mysterious figures behind the historic infamous plot. While doing so, you’ll feel your senses ignite as you attempt to escape the Tower or make the daring journey along the Thames towards the parliament.
At one point of the experience, you’ll be riding down the Thames on a boat feeling the waves beneath you and experiencing the smells of historic London. In fact, you’ll experience the smells as you watch the Tower of London as it looked back in 1605. This is what makes the experience immersive.
It’s often claimed that Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators met and hatched their plan at the Duck and Drake tavern. They swore an oath on the bible to assassinate James I of England and blow up the Parliament. During the Gunpowder Immersive Experience, you’ll enjoy an interval cocktail or drink in a specially recreated Duck and Drake.
However, this is only accessible to plotters. When you go inside the recreated tavern, keep your wits with you. This is because you don’t know who you may bump into as you explore the tavern.
The Gunpowder Plot Experience will take place in a purpose-designed immersive theatre in Tower Faults. Located at the UNESCO World Heritage Tower of London, it was last opened to the public over two decades ago.
The vaults sit beneath the Tower Hill site. This specially converted vault space consists of 20,000 square feet of space and has three separate levels. It’s here where Guy Fawkes’s audacious plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament was foiled. When they discovered Guy Fawkes in the cellars, he had 36 barrels of gunpowder, and he was about to light the fuse.
They arrested him together with his fellow conspirators and took them to the infamous Tower of London. Here, they tortured and imprisoned them and on January 1606, they executed Guy Fawkes in Westminster’s Old Palace Yard. They did so in full view of the building that Guy was planning to destroy.
You can access Tower Hill by Tube, boat or road. The closest tube station is Tower Hill District and Circle. Other locations close by include:
- London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee
- Fenchurch Street
- Monument (Circle and District)
- Tower Gateway.
If arriving by boat, the closest pier is the Tower Millennium served by the City, RB2 and Uber boats. You can also take a bus to Tower Hill. The closest bus stops are the Tower of London (Stop TB), Great Tower Street (Stop TU), St Katherine Docks (Stop TN) and St Katherine (Stop TS).
If you prefer driving to the venue in your car, there are car parks available. The closest car parks are Minories Car Park and Tower Hill Coach, and car park. Each is less than a 2-minute walk to the venue.
The Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience will be opening in May 2022, and the opening hours are as follows:
Wednesday: 10.30am to 9.30pm
Thursday: 10.30am to 10.00pm
Friday: 10.30am to 10.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 10.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am to 8.00pm
Note, that the opening hours are subject to change. The experience lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval. We recommend arriving at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start time on your tickets. In doing so, you’ll enjoy a drink at the venue’s themed bar. Not only that.
Arriving early will give you plenty of time to get checked in, sign the waivers, and store your belongings. The venue offers free to use lockers. However, the venue does not admit latecomers.
How To Buy Tickets…
Tickets to the Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience are currently on sale. To buy your ticket, head to the Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience website. Click “Book Now” at the top right corner of the page.
The site will redirect you to another page where you can buy tickets. Currently, you can book up to 16 tickets per order. To book more than 16 tickets, contact the support team.
Tower Hill is a COVID secure venue and comprises all government-approved safety measures in place. This ensures a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone.
The Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience is a fun and thrilling experience for people 10 years and over.
The attraction contains surprises, moments of suspense and shocks. As such, people will not find it scary at all. Since it’s an immersive experience, we recommend that you wear flat trainers and comfortable clothing. Avoid flip flops, high heels and others for safety reasons.