The Gunpowder Plot

Step inside history's most daring conspiracy

Step inside history's most daring conspiracy


Open Wednesday - Sunday


Tower Vaults, next to the Tower of London.

Ticketing information

The Gunpowder Plot excludes admission to the Tower of London.

Ticket prices:

Standard tickets: £70 - £40

Children (under 16): save £10 per ticket

VIP tickets: £110 - £90 

This event is rated 12a

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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

Opening times:

Wednesday - Saturday, 12.00 - 19.00

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 go undercover and unmask the mysterious figures behind history’s most infamous plot. But when you’re surrounded by ‘traitors’ who can you trust?

The Gunpowder Plot is a thrilling new immersive experience which takes place in a purpose-designed venue in the Tower Vaults next to the Tower of London.

The vaults sit beneath the infamous Tower Hill site where much of the prelude to the Gunpowder Plot took place before Guy Fawkes’ torture and eventual death. The gunpowder was even stored there after the plot was foiled.

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.

Creative Director Hannah Price says, “Everything we are working on is to make this dark and superbly rich world come to life, and this experience utterly unforgettable.”

You’re thrown into the world the plotters inhabited, immersed in an unforgettable, fully 360 environment. Using a combination of live theatre and the latest digital technology you will journey back in time and experience the deception first hand, but will you stop the plot?

The Gunpowder Plot writer Danny Robins says, “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.”

The Times called it a  “stunning virtual-reality experience” and says it is “…an experience to ignite the imagination.” The Evening Standard says “…this show is pretty astonishing…” and Time Out thinks the experience is  “streets ahead of London peers”. 

Make sure that you book early and join the thousands of people who have a "mesmerising"  (The Times) experience to look forward to in 2022.

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.

Your five senses will ignite as the latest digital technology is paired with live, immersive theatre and real, physical sensations. As you step back into 1605, this multilayered experience will make you feel like you are there. History is happening around you, and you are part of it.



The Times



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“The Gunpowder Plot has set a new gold standard”

Time Out


“Highly entertaining”

Broadway World





"Good fun"

The Sun

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