My family and I were thrilled to be asked to review Professor Humboldt’s Chamber Of Time, which is a pop up visitor attraction in the Merrion Centre in Leeds. The attraction takes visitors on a 5000 year tour of British history, starting from the mythical origins of Stonehenge through to Tudor times. The experience lasts for 45 minutes and is totally interactive with professional actors and special effects adding to the authenticity and excitement.
Our Verdict …
We had no idea what to expect and my children (8,8 and 15 years) were a little nervous at the beginning. We needn’t have worried though as the fabulous “front of house” staff were so friendly and welcoming. We arrived a little early and spent an enjoyable few minutes dressing up as vikings.
Once the experience started we were directed into the first room, where we were introduced by Toni – the museum curator, to Professor Humboldt. We were then taken on a tour through time, meeting different characters from history including Remus Sparta, a Roman interior designer and Berkley the court jester for King Henry Tudor Vll.
The actors were amazing and it was astonishing how they remembered the script! The whole experience was a real adventure and was both funny and informative. It’s really hard to describe what to expect without experiencing it first hand, but if you can imagine Horrible Histories combined with escape rooms and the York Dungeon (although not as scary) you’ll be on the right track!
We would definitely recommend a visit during the summer holidays to Professor Humboldt’s Chamber Of Time. It runs until 1st September 2019 and is situated in the Merrion Centre opposite the magnificent Triceretop dinosaur, which is part of Leeds Jurassic Trail – also running until 1st September.
The attraction is aimed at age 6+ – adults, my twins are 8 and enjoyed the experience, there was plenty of interest for my 15 year old son (which is no mean feat!) and my husband and I found the experience to be totally engaging. I think older children will get more from the experience, which is great as often attractions are geared towards a younger audience.
If you would like to book tickets, the website is here :-
Enjoy – we certainly did!
*for the purpose of this honest review we received free entry to Professor Humboldt’s Chamber Of Time. All words and opinions are my own