Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Drop dead at Edinburgh Dungeon this Easter!

Feel the adrenaline pump and your heart pound as

Edinburgh Dungeon unveils the city’s first ever drop ride:

Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom.

Totally new for Easter 2009: Extremis Drop Ride to Doom
  • Adrenaline charged last drop in the dark
  • Ride drops 3 stories in 1 second flat
  • Based on Edinburgh City’s grisly Grassmarket hangings of the 17th and 18th centuries.
PLUS a whole attraction bringing history’s most horrible bits to life

AND a scary boat ride:
  • Splashingly scary water tunnel through cannibal Sawney Bean’s territory


Tickets: £14.95 for adults, £13.95 concessions, £10.95 for children

Advance bookings online at www.thedungeons.com

Open 7 days a week:

15th Jan -24th Feb: 11:00am-4:00pm Mon-Fri, 10:30am-4:30pm Sat & Sun.

25th Feb -14th Mar: 11:00am-4:00pm Mon-Fri 10:30am-4:30pm Sat & Sun

15th Mar - 20th Apr: 10:00am-5:00pm every day

Nearest rail: Waverley Bridge, Old Town, Edinburgh, 0845 711 4141 -

Visit www.thedungeons.com or call the Edinburgh Dungeon on: 0131 240 1001 for further information.

Edinburgh Dungeon has never shown mercy for those who dare breach its threshold, and this Easter is no exception as the Dungeon launches the likes of which the city has never seen before: the adrenaline charged Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom.

Based on the ghastly historic hangings that took place at Edinburgh’s Grassmarket during the 17th and 18th centuries, the three story ride will plunge visitors into oblivion within a second flat – in pitch darkness.

General Manager Iain Scouller says: “Edinburgh has never seen the likes of Extremis before. This is the first drop ride to be built the city – and what an introduction.

Extremis actually means ‘at the very point of death in Latin’ and trust me there’s no better name for this ride - plummeting down that fast in the dark leaves your stomach above your head, your heart pounding and your blood buzzing long after you’ve braved the drop.

I can’t wait to see our visitors up there. Quite simply, if you can survive Extremis you can survive anything” he promises.

The installation of the ride has meant major building works for the Dungeon this January and February: “We have had to move walls and even remove floors to make way for the ride” Scouller explains.

With the Edinburgh Dungeon already host to a damp, chilling boat ride, the installation of Extremis signifies a major investment into the Dungeon, which now boasts two rides as part of its fearsome dark tour of Edinburgh’s darkest, most horrible history.

The investment sees the Edinburgh landmark cement its place as one of the most ambitious tourist attractions in the Scottish capital.

Horrible hangings are very much in keeping with the Dungeon’s other frighteningly gory shows, with featured historical figures such as Scottish Hero William Wallace and Cannibal Sawney Bean meeting notorious deaths at the neck of a noose.

Extremis will provide a perfectly horrific addition to the actor led shows and interactive features the Dungeon is infamous for.

Travel trade offer to Southern Scotland’s treasures

The National Trust for ScotlandScotland’s leading conservation charity – and Dumfries House have joined forces to offer the Travel Trade an exclusive entry deal to some of Southern Scotland’s most stunning historic attractions.

For a limited period the National Trust for Scotland, in partnership with Dumfries House, is giving tour and coach operators the chance to visit its glorious Threave Garden and beautiful Broughton House, as well as the magnificent Dumfries House, for just £19.50 per person – a saving of £6.50 per person on individual admission prices.

This offer is only available to the Travel Trade through the National Trust for Scotland’s One-Stop-Shop booking service.

Pietro Cecchini, National Travel Trade Manager at the National Trust for Scotland, said:

‘With more people planning to holiday at home this year, there has never been a better opportunity to showcase Scotland’s treasures. By joining up with Dumfries House, we are helping coach and tour operators offer their clients the chance to enjoy the best of Scotland at the best possible price.’

Mike Schafer, Chief Executive of Dumfries House, added:

‘As well as being of great international, historical and cultural significance, Threave Garden, Broughton House and Dumfries House are simply wonderful properties to visit.’

These three properties are some of Southern Scotland’s most popular attractions, offering a great variety of experiences for visitors. The National Trust for Scotland’s internationally acclaimed Threave Garden in Castle Douglas is a gardener’s dream, boasting impressive formal gardens and wonderful woodland walks.

The charity’s beautifully restored Broughton House in Kirkcudbright, former home to the world-famous Scottish artist and ‘Glasgow Boy’ E A Hornel, offers a fascinating insight into the life of the artist, as well as showcasing many of his masterpieces.

Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire, is cared for by The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust. Its stunning interiors are home to a world-class collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale and many late 18th-century Scottish cabinet makers, as recently featured on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow.

Flexible packages are also available combining Dumfries House with a variety of other National Trust for Scotland attractions, including Culzean Castle and Burns National Heritage Park in Ayrshire; Pollok House, 3 miles from Glasgow city centre; and The Georgian House, in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

For all bookings and enquiries email the National Trust for Scotland at traveltrade@nts.org.uk or telephone 0844 493 2104.