The Gunpowder Plot

Step inside history's most daring conspiracy

Step inside history's most daring conspiracy


From May 2022

Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00-18:30


Tower Vaults, next to the Tower of London.

Ticketing information

The Gunpowder Plot excludes admission to the Tower of London.

Ticket prices:

Standard tickets: £60 - £30

Children (under 16): save £10 per ticket

VIP tickets: £110 - £90 

This event is suitable for ages 10+

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Layered Reality™ and Historic Royal Palaces present The Gunpowder Plot, a thrilling new immersive experience, opening May 2022 at Tower Vaults.

London, 1605. A city divided. The fuse of rebellion is lit. The peace of the nation balances on a knife edge.

Step into a world where spies and informants hide in every shadow. Your mission is to unmask the mysterious figures behind history’s most daring conspiracy. Go undercover and infiltrate their web of treason and plot. But when you’re surrounded by ‘traitors’ who can you trust?

Inside the world the plotters inhabited, you are immersed in an unforgettable, fully 360 environment. You’re thrown into the heart of a story in which you are the protagonist. You’re not just watching. It’s happening. Using a combination of live action and digital technology you will journey back in time and experience the deception first hand, but will you stop the plot?

Get Ready for A New Layered Reality™ Experience

Experience London as it was in 1605. Your five senses will ignite as you make a dangerous attempt to escape the Tower, uncover a secret safehouse and make the daring journey along the Thames towards the Houses of Parliament. You’re not just witnessing history, you are part of it.

“It’s like somebody made a brilliant movie version of The Gunpowder Plot and it came to life around you and exploded in your face with bits of Jacobean London flying at you.”

- Danny Robins, Writer

“Think extraordinarily detailed 360 sets that you can touch and feel and smell. Think boundary breaking immersive technology paired with cutting edge theatrical innovation. Everything we are working on is to make this dark and superbly rich world come to life, and this experience utterly

- Hannah Price, Creative Director

Discover an Award-Winning New Form of Multi-Sensory Entertainment

Layered Reality™ experiences combine the latest digital tech (Virtual Reality, projection mapping and volumetric holograms) together with live theatre (live actors, movie-scale sets, and special effects) plus real physical sensations (touch, temperature, smell, sound and music, physical movement, and taste) to create an unique immersive experience that is truly memorable.

Layered Reality’s production of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience is #8 of All London Nightlife and rated 5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor, winning multiple awards within months of opening, including Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice 2021, a THEA award (the Oscars of the industry) and Epic Megagrants Recipient (awarded by Fortnite developers, Epic Games). Layered Reality’s first experience SOMNAI also ​​won gold at the 2018 London Design Awards and Best Use of Next Generation Technology at ScareCon Awards 2018.

★★★★★ “The future of entertainment.”

- Design My Night on Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience 


★★★★★ “The best fully immersive show I’ve ever seen. We exited with massive grins on our faces and the knowledge that we had just lived through something amazing.”

- LondonTheatre1 on Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience 


★★★★★ “London's most anticipated immersive experience”

- The Nudge on Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience

“An assault on all 5 senses... I jumped out of my skin!” - Metro on Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience 


“A total must-see" - The Mail on Sunday on Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience 


“The trippy VR show that takes you to dreamland” – The Guardian on SOMNAI 


“A dreamy immersive VR experience” – Time Out on SOMNAI 

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