jack the ripper walk of terror opens in brighton
If you’re in the mood for a little bit of scare, then this might be for you! The Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures puzzle rooms have added a new attraction to their stable: the Jack the Ripper Walk of Terror. We had a sneak preview and, just as you might expect from the name, it’s pretty scary, not to mention graphic. In short, it’s not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. Reckon you can take it? Pah, we’d place bets on you jumping out of your skin at least once before the end of the tour…
The Ripper’s got a bit of a rep – in fact, he’s possibly the most notorious serial killer in history. Adding to the spine-tingling factor is the fact that his identity was never totally proven.
So what can you expect from the new 30-minute ‘attraction’ (we know, possibly not the best word given the subject matter)? Well, as a group of 10 (safety in numbers and all that), you’ll leave 21st century Brighton far behind to walk the mean streets of 19th century East London. The entirely immersive experience (seriously, you can expect to forget where you are) tells the unfortunate tale of five prostitutes murdered by Jack the Ripper and features actors, intense audio and scarily impressive sets costing over £1,000,000 (and built by the crews that worked on the Harry Potter and James Bond film sets, fact fans).
Even the dank, narrow and dimly lit tunnels we walked through smelt exactly as history lessons on the 1800s led us to believe they would. You know, pretty bad. Don’t worry though, you can let your heartbeat return to its normal resting rate afterwards over drinks and light snacks upstairs.
Director Graham Owen told us the attraction aimed to pay homage to the women killed by the Ripper and offer people the chance to step back in time and discover an infamous and prolific serial killer, who was never brought to justice.
And we weren’t the only ones who found it an entirely realistic experience, either. As retired murder squad detective and Ripper mystery fan, Trevor Marriott, said: “It’s about as authentic as you could possibly get in terms of crime scenes.” So there you go.
Just a word of warning, though: while the puzzle rooms have family and adult versions, this scare attraction is not suitable for those under 18 or anyone with poor vision and heart or respiratory conditions. You have been warned…
Jack The Ripper Walk of Terror
Friday 5.00pm – 8.00pm, Saturday 10.00am – 8.00pm and Sunday 10.10am – 5.00pm; £12.50 per person
Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury Industrial Estate, Brighton, BN1 8AF
Words by: Rebecca Possart