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Gunpowder Plot

Step inside history's most daring conspiracy

Step inside history's most daring conspiracy

Gunpowder Plot is a thrilling immersive experience created by Historic Royal Palaces and Layered Reality.

With explosive surprises around every turn, descend into the vaults and experience a ground-breaking combination of live action, virtual reality, and cutting-edge technology as you are transported back to London 1605 and at the heart of the Gunpowder plot.

With motion simulators, physical sensations and stunning special effects, live actors, combine with a digital cast lead by Harry Potter’s Tom Felton in this feature length experience where you can discover history like never before!

Crown or Barrel - what would you decide?

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was Guy Fawkes and fellow Catholic conspirators attempt to blow up Parliament and assassinate James I of England.

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 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”.


Thursdays to Sundays. Check the Gunpowder Plot website for details.

1 hour 40 minutes


Tower Vaults, next to the Tower of London. The Tower Vaults are not located inside the Tower. 

Ticketing information

Gunpowder Plot is a standalone experience and excludes admission to the Tower of London. Various ticket options are available. Please see our tickets and prices page for details.  Advance booking is advised. This event is suitable for ages 10+. 

See Gunpowder Plot website for opening times and more information.

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Meet the plotters

Guy Fawkes wasn’t the only conspirator in the 1605 plot. Others included his cousins Catesby and Wintour, Wintour’s brother Robert, their brother-in-law John Grant, Catesby’s second cousin Francis Tresham and more. No one in the group knew much about gunpowder, apart from Fawkes, an explosives expert from his military days and was chosen to set the fuse in the cellars underneath the Houses of Parliament.

Throughout the experience, meet characters based on the real-life conspirators as you take on the extreme steps for freedom. Experience tensions rising, feel the impact of life under religious persecution and interact with characters as you ask them for yourself why things are the way they are.

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.

The Gunpowder Plot Immersive by Layered Reality showing photographs of visitors at the experience.

Walk through history

Gunpowder Plot 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.

Fawkes was brought to the Tower of London to be imprisoned and interrogated. Sir William Waad, Lieutenant of the Tower, led much of the interrogation in the Great Hall of the Queen’s House, a 16th-century timber-framed building that overlooks Tower Green.

At the time, the monarch or Privy Council had to authorise any form of torture. James I himself wrote the royal warrant: ‘If he will not other ways confesse, the gentler tortures are first to be used upon him, and then step by step you may employ the harsher, and so speede youre goode work.’

The Gunpowder Plot Immersive by Layered Reality showing photographs of visitors at the experience.
The Gunpowder Plot Immersive by Layered Reality showing photographs of visitors at the experience.

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.



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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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