What is The San Francisco Dungeon?

Experience San Francisco's Hysterically Horrible Past

The San Francisco Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious, fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary. 

We love it. We know you will too. Here's why:

  • Gripping storytelling in 360º themed sets
  • Ten interactive shows about San Francisco's dark and sinful past 
  • State-of-the-art special effects
  • Laughs, screams, and top-notch actors

We're the dark comedy of attractions; dark, atmospheric and very, very funny. If we were a movie (we aren't!) we'd likely be PG13.




The San Francisco Dungeon is a 60-minute journey through San Francisco's past from the Gold Rush to Alcatraz. You and your companions walk through the Dungeon, moving from show to show, guided by our professional actors. 

The shows are based on real San Francisco history and legends (minus the boring parts). You'll get up close and personal with sinister characters including Sam Roberts, the leader of the Gangs of San Francisco, and the infamous bar owner and crimper Miss Piggott and her partner-in-crime (literally), Shanghai Kelly.

It's a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, special effects, and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you'll pass through the narrow streets of San Francisco's Chinatown, Sutter's Mill, scene of the start of the 1849 Gold Rush, the fearsome torture chamber... and see (and feel!) what your life would have been like if you had been sent to Alcatraz. Believe us, it's better than a sightseeing tour of the city!


Here’s the list of stories you’ll experience on your tour:

  • The Descent
    The gripping tales of the Bay Area’s authentic past await you! Drop into the depths of the Dungeon to begin your journey.
  • Gold Rush Greed
    Violence and corruption dominate the American frontier, as you are immersed into the clash between natives and new settlers.
  • Lost Mines of Sutter’s Mill
    Don't get trapped in the dizzying and disorienting mirror maze as the dynamite explodes!
  • Streets of San Francisco
    The Hounds are out to find political traitors! They may "Know Nothing," but they sure know how to get some answers…
  • The Court of San Francisco
    Guilty or very guilty? As Judge Meade always says about heinous criminals: “Give ‘em a fair trial and hang ‘em high!”
  • Miss Piggott’s Saloon
    Come in for a drink on the house! Miss Piggott's got one heck of a business.
  • Shanghaied!
  • Miss Piggott has betrayed your trust. Shanghai Kelly has ordered you to a life of hard labor.
  • Chinatown Plague Street
    The Plague strikes San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century! Lucky you!
  • The Ghosts of Alcatraz
    These prison walls hold the most dangerous military fugitives. Did you hear something?
  • Escape Alcatraz Drop Ride
    You've been mistakenly imprisoned in Alcatraz! Team-up with Prisoner 13 to outwit Sgt. Gunter. Make the leap from the cliffs of Alcatraz into the icy depths of the San Francisco Bay. 


Haven't I seen you somewhere before..?

Maybe… We have The Dungeons in 8 locations throughout Europe: London, Edinburgh, York, Blackpool, Warwick Castle, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Hamburg. But this one is the first in North America… Congratulations, San Francisco!

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