My Top UK Escape Rooms #Review

My Top UK Escape Rooms #Gifted

Escape Rooms have been trending now for some time and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.  In fact, Escape Rooms are becoming more technical, magical and super cool meaning for us lucky game players, we get to experience immersive game play at its very best.

From Manchester, Chester, Leeds, Harrogate Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh to London, I have been up and down the country to find my best Escape Room brands.  In no order, here you have my Top UK Escape Rooms…

Chester

Breakout – Excalibur

Breakout Chester is an amazing city centre Escape games brand with rooms such as Dark Magic – I highly recommend, along with Exchalibur.

Brave warriors, prepare to fight the fight, as myself and my fellow knights had been kidnapped from Camelot.  Being held captive in a tower whilst the intruders are disguising themselves as us.

The challenge was to find our way out of the tower, back to the round  table and prove our worth by being the true king by removing the sword from the stone…

Manchester

Escape Reality – Bank Job

Escape Reality, located within the Printworks in Manchester city centre, has a whole range of games to play such as Alcatraz, Enigmista, Tortuga Pirates, The Asylum, Legend of the Mummy and Bank Job.

We grabbed our elite squad of highly skilled bank robbers, as we were amongst the chosen few who had been challenged to infiltrate the security systems at the world’s most protected bank vaults. 

Escape with the diamond within 60 minutes or face life in prison! An exhilarating, exciting and entertaining experience, will your team diamond bank balance go boom or bust!

Escape Hunt – Escape the Wild West

Exciting Escape Hunt Manchester, located in Manchester city centre, is where all the action takes place, as they have a whole range of game themes including Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, The Last Vikings, The Last Samurai, Blackbeard’s Treasure and Escape the Wild West.

Howdy partners, the wild west tiny frontier town of East Victoria, has struck gold, so celebrations throughout town are rife.  Not everything that glistens is gold though, as with this news, the bloodthirsty Bill French Gang are riding their way into town to claim the gold and kill everyone in East Victoria.  You best get the gold, before it’s too late or you’ll be shot at dawn.

Breakout – Forsaken

Manchester City centre is the exciting location of Breakout, a fun interactive Escape room experience brand that is a must do.

Wandering further and further into the woody forest, we finally found our distant relatives’ cabin. Nestled in behind the trees, the cabin looked idyllic and tranquil, but as the night skies turned darker, the cabin felt more eerie.

Wood chopping sounds, creaks in the floor, we soon realised that things aren’t what they first seemed.  It appears we have been invited to a ceremony, that we never wanted to be a part of, but they plan to use us as their sacrificial object.

Now, its time to get out of these wooden walls of hell before it’s too late.  We just escaped, but do you dare to go down to the woods today to see if you can escape this scare spooked 5-star game?

Lucardo – The Prison

Lucardo Manchester city centre have exciting escape games such as University of Magic, Gem Runner and NEW for 2019, The Prison, an exciting, interactive and immersive escape game experience.  Including not just a full background story, but a continuing story development throughout your game play.

My gang of dodgy and underhanded criminals are down for being banged up into a Category A prison facility in Manchester after allegedly committing a series of crimes…of course we are innocent haha.  After a little convo and persuasion our connections on the inside are going to stage a riot providing the ideal opportunity for use to escape and get back to what we do best – crime!

We need to get out fast don’t get caught, as you will be banged up for life, think like Michael Scofield and Co from Prison break, this enabled us to smash it, but the question is can you?

Liverpool

Breakout – Spellbound

Liverpool city centre, the location for some excellent escape game play including themes such as Shipwrecked, The Heist, Cursed Carnival, classified, Sabotage, the Facility, The Detective Office, Warped, Outbreak and Spellbound.

Swish your wand and prepare to be spellbound, as a dangerous magical artefact has gone missing.  Summon your team of Witches and warlocks to find the artefact, before it ends up in the wrong hands.

It’s the Old Magical Academy annual school reunion, the ideal time for you to sneak into the school, enter the abandoned classroom and escape with the artefact orb in hand, as this time a detention could be deadly!

Birmingham

Escape Reality – Iron Kingdom

Escape Reality Birmingham, located in Birmingham city centre offer escape games such as Alcatraz, Enigmista, Machina, The Asylum, Legend of the Mummy, Bank Job and Iron Kingdom.

Seven Kingdoms, the largest continent in the World, is home to seven Nobel families.  However, the Iron Throne in the heart of this Kingdom, has created conflict, war and bloodshed.

Now brave warriors, you must step forward into the fold and prepare to arm yourself and fight your way to victory.  Team Falcon fought through hard times and we rightfully become the heirs to the throne, but the question is are you going to contest this and bring your best game…you decide?

Escape Hunt – Our Finest Hour

Escape Hunt Birmingham city centre has games ranging from the Fourth Samurai to Our Finest Hour.  So, step back into 1942, a time the world is at war, intel has confirmed that the Nazi has developed superweapons that could literally wipe Britain off the map.

We were recruited as MI6 top agents to find and destroy this weaponry, within 60 minutes, reporting back to clue HQ with our successes. This is not the time to be distracted, focus and move onwards into victory.

Escape Live  – Time Machine

Escape Live Birmingham, under the arches, on Henrietta Street was the place where time didn’t stand still, as we prepared to time travel and be vortexed off into different dimensional parallel worlds.  Think cool retro quirky game play with various themes such as the 90s including Sega & Spice Girls.

You and your team must take Jamie’s prototype Time Machine, follow in his tracks and get him back, within 60 minutes, to present day before it’s too late, as he will be lost floating around different time zones for eternity.

Edinburgh

Escape Reality – Machina

Fountainbridge in Edinburgh city centre is the home to the excellent Escape Reality brand, offering games such as Jungala, Tortuga Pirates, Nosferatu, The Asylum, Alcatraz and Machina, you are spoilt for choice

Machina themed around science and the Machina experiment, ushered into a secret headquarters, we noticed something was odd, as scientists were disappearing and an increase in robots showing human traits.

On trying to leave, to report these strange happenings, the door is bolted tight, we are locked in with the rest of the team.  One question remains, will you leave victorious as a human or stay as a machine?

Escape Team Building – The Magical Emporium

Located on Morrison Street in Edinburgh city centre, Escape Team Building have The Magical Emporium escape game along with the detective style 221 Baker Street game a whole host of other exciting scape game experiences.

Marvellous, magical and mysterious, Wizards worldwide had been notified that, the dazzling and delightful renowned supplies shop, Garbo’s was suspiciously closed.  Suspecting Evil forces, it was up to us to use our magical mystical marvellous powers to investigate Ms Garbo’s disappearance and escape.  Question is can you?

Can You Escape – Operation Odyssey

Can you Escape Edinburgh city centre, has several escape games to play including an out of this world adventure with their space themed escape game mission: Operation Odyssey.

An out of this world, galactical space adventure for all you budding astronauts out there.  Lucky to become Space cadets, we embarked on our solar system star gazing mission on the International space station, but things soon took a drastic turn. “Houston, we have a problem, the escape pod needs to be fixed”.  Can you fix the pod and escape before time runs out.

York

Can You Escape – Operation Hero

An exciting, electric and engaging experience in the centre of York, escape room brand “Can You Escape?” provide you with the opportunity to play the Lone Eagle mission and also become a superhero legend in their new game Operation Hero.

Team name decided; Fire Foxes, and my personal superhero name chosen; Forkward Fire Flame, it was time to don the superhero cape and mask and prepare for a battle like no other.  Without giving too much away, this high tech filled room had gadgets and games galore to get your heart and mind pumping.

A truly unique, exhilarating and immersive “must do” experience right in the heart of York City. Are you a Superhero and Can You Escape?

Mind Lock – Valhalla

Located in the heart of York city centre, opposite Clifford’s Tower, MindLock Escape Rooms, offers a unique and immersive experience.  Games are designed for 2 – 6 players and offer a variety of fabulous fun themes such as Cluedo and Valhalla.

Feel and embrace your inner Viking as you take on the Viking Valhalla room.  Your strong army of Vikings have battled courageously to earn their right to be dining with the Gods in Valhalla, but upon awakening your hord are in limbo.  Please the gods, like we did, and crack the critical tasks to earn your place alongside them in Valhalla where Thor and Odin await your Viking army.

Harrogate

Clue HQ – The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun

An exciting, entreating and exhilarating escape game experience awaits in Harrogate centre.  Prepare to play The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun, as just over one month ago the long-lost tomb of Cluetankhamun was unearthed for the first time in over 3 millennia.

A team of explorers had the task of going into the tomb to find and recover the Cluetan Crystal which is said to have the powers of the river Nile.

However, the explorers are no where to be seen, so now it was our turn to take on the intrepid adventure, as the sands of time slipped away, we just managed to retrieve the crystal, but the question is can you?

Leeds

Tick Tock Unlock – Project Pandora

Location Leeds city centre, prepare yourself to take on the challenge of Tick Tock Unlock’s immersive and exciting Escape room experience.

We have since discovered a top-secret laboratory was running an experiment, to try and halt the ageing process making participants immortal, called Project Pandora.  For good reason the experiment failed all clinical trials. Now we found ourselves in danger, as locked in a cell within the laboratory, it was our turn to find the cure, within 60 minutes, before it was too late.

Previously, we have played Alice in Wonderland and Project Pandora which are sadly no longer available, but the good news is that they have have an amazing new games experience The Library of Broken Books which we can’t wait to try out.

London

Escape Rooms London Bridge  – Pharaoh’s Chamber A Cursed Tomb

Escape Rooms located right in the heart of London city at London Bridge has escape games ranging from Room 33 to Pharaoh’s Chamber A Cursed Tomb.

Think Egypt and do not get cursed, find the treasure and escape the game before you become mummified.

Exciting, excellent and immersive Escape Game brand, all worth a whirl for sure!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

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Escape Reality Edinburgh Machina and Nosferatu Escape Games #Review

Escape Reality Edinburgh Machina and Nosferatu Escape Games Review: September 2019

Edinburgh city centre, the location for an exciting escape game experience at Escape Reality Edinburgh.

Alex and the team, super accommodating, welcomed us warmly and made us feel instantly relaxed, getting us in the zone and ready to game play.

Machina

A team of expert scientists and programmers had been painstakingly sourced and put together to perform ground-breaking experiments in order to create the first true artificial intelligence on Earth.

Accepted onto the team and quickly ushered into their secret headquarters, we noticed something was odd, as scientists were disappearing and an increase in robots showing human traits.

Escape Reality Edinburgh Machina and Nosferatu Escape Games Review 2

On trying to leave, to report these strange happenings, the door is bolted tight, we are locked in with the rest of the team.  Escape or become part of the Machina experiment.  We smashed it, but the question is can you?

Nosferatu

It’s 1841, a time of dark happenings where vampires exist in a small region of Romania, West Transylvania.

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Red Bus Bistro Harry Potter Themed Afternoon Tea #Review

Red Bus Bistro Harry Potter Themed Afternoon Tea Review: September 2019

Witches and wizards leave your broomstick and wands behind, as Red Bus Bistro will work their magic and fly you around Edinburgh…on the wheels of a fabulous vintage 1966 Routemaster bus of course!

The 70 – 90 minute tour takes in Edinburgh Castle, the Elephant café, along with many of the locations that inspired J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of book such as Spoon Café, greyfriar’s cemetery and George Heriot’s school which is believed to be the inspiration for the Hogwarts architecture.

The Red Bus Bistro team will sort you into your house, whip up some wizarding incantations and spells to create a magical mouth-watering Harry Potter themed Afternoon tea…swish and flick.

With lighthearted, fun and factual Harry Potter themed commentary from our wizarding Mr Potter, I am sure you will score his performance much more than 9 ¾!

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Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh #Review

Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Lovely luxury indulgence, from time to time, can be good for the mind, body and soul.  However, the focus for me is about affordable luxury to enjoy a luxury rail trip up to Edinburgh.

Travel in Style

Trainline – First Class TransPennine Express

Get things off to a super start and let Trainlines dedicated 500+ team take care of all your travel needs.  By booking your tickets with Trainline, a one stop shop whereby can search for all the best fares with a variety of train operators, to bag yourself a bargain.  You can book online or via their app, making searching for affordable fares easy and a simple experience.  Sit back and enjoy the view.

Opt for physical tickets to collect or e-tickets, the smart ticketing choice for travel on the go.  App tickets especially ideal for the wet and wintery weather, as no need to worry about wet or loss of tickets too! Plan ahead and first-class fares may not be out of reach, with many operators such as TransPennine Express covering the Edinburgh route.

Where to Stay

Novotel Edinburgh Centre – The Sensational Suite

Book into the Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel, for a few nights, located on Lauriston Place, is a contemporary cosy hub, ideal for business, couples or family trips.  The Royal Mile, Princess street and Edinburgh Castle, literally on your doorstep, and are just a short walk away by foot.  The hotel offers a range of onsite facilities including the Tap bar and restaurant, fitness centre and a sensational indoor heated pool with colour changing mood jacuzzi, hammam and sauna.

Make your stay super-duper and opt for the sensational suite, the perfect accommodations with a relaxed and homely atmosphere, that offers a well-designed large space, for up to two adults and two children.  An incredible balcony with breath-taking and incredible views across one side of Edinburgh with a living room, two flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi.

The bedroom, with the stunning Scottish artwork mural, bathroom with power shower, complimentary toiletries, slipper and bathrobes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

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Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel #Review

Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel Review: November 2018

The Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel, located on Lauriston Place, is a contemporary cosy hub, ideal for business, couples or family trips.  The Royal Mile, Princess street and Edinburgh Castle, literally on your doorstep, and are just a short walk away by foot.

Want to make you stay super-duper, well opt for the sensational suite, that offers a well-designed large space, for up to two adults and two children.

The suite has an incredible balcony with breath-taking and incredible views across one side of Edinburgh.

We were warmly welcomed, with a lovely light up display and lots of Scottish sweet treats, a nice personalised touch.

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Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Fourth Floor Restaurant Lunch #Review 

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Fourth Floor Restaurant Lunch Review: November 2018

Located in an enviable postcode, the fabulous Forth Floor Restaurant, at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh city centre, offers diners an exquisite experience with sensational views including the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

On the menu included super service along with a showcase of sensational and innovative dishes using the finest Scottish produce.  For example, all steaks are Scotch beef certified and sourced locally from Shaw’s Fine Meats based in Lauder, 25 miles south of Edinburgh.

A lovely lunch began with an unexpected pre-course, with the most amazing Artisan bread, delicious soup and fresh butter beautifully displayed on a pretty pebble.  Enjoyed with still water and the Harvey Nichols, Sparkling Chardonnay, Australia, NV, a nice non-alcoholic adult alternative to wine.

Starters included the yummy Pumpkin hummus, pumpkin seed dukkah, harissa, Greek yoghurt, grilled flatbread and also the show stopping Hand-dived Orkney scallop, roasted langoustine, oxtail croquette, beetroot gel, apple, and vanilla bisque.

Mouth-watering mains included the Super-food salad, a mix of grilled courgette, quinoa, baby spinach, tender stem broccoli, avocado, edamame beans, pomegranate and lemon dressing.  Also the brilliant Boarders beef fillet, sweet potato chips, sautéed garlic mushrooms, roast plum tomato, pesto, onion ring and peppercorn sauce.

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Can You Escape Edinburgh Operation Odyssey #Review

Can You Escape Edinburgh Operation Odyssey Review: November 2018

Can you Escape Edinburgh opened their escape room brand back in 2014 and has since won many awards and accolades including Scotland’s best family day out, has been named the best performing small business by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and received two TripAdvisor certificates of excellence.

Mission: Operation Odyssey, an out of this world, galactic space adventure for all you budding astronauts out there.  Lucky to become Space cadets, along with our commander, we embarked on our solar system star gazing mission on the International space station, but things soon took a drastic turn.

“Houston, we have a problem, the escape pod needs to be fixed”.  Somewhat a muffled and crackled radio signal, but luckily Houston received our distress signal and concluded that an unexpected meteor shower struck the main ship.

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Red Bus Bistro Edinburgh Afternoon Tea #Review

Red Bus Bistro Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Review: November 2018

Get on board with the Red Bus Bistro, a brand who offer a unique dining experience, an Afternoon tea tour on a fabulous vintage 1966 Routemaster bus right in the heart of Edinburgh.

The iconic and innovative, Route Master introduced by London Transport in 1956 was in full service until 2005, but then sadly decommissioned.  These lightweight aluminium angels of the road used techniques developed in aircraft production during world War II.

Red Bus Bistro’s routemaster RML 2549 originally started service in 1966, fitted with a new engine in 1991, refurbished in 1992 and went through a variety of sales and owners until Red Bus Bistro became the proud owners, who converted and spruced the vehicle up with the help of South East Coachworks.

The 70 – 90 minute tour takes in all Edinburgh’s key attractions including the old town, Palace of Holyroodhouse and of course Edinburgh Castle, all while you sit back, relax and indulge in Afternoon Tea delights.

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Noughts and Coffees Board Game Café and Escape Team Building Edinburgh: The Magical Emporium #Review

Noughts and Coffees Board Game Café and Escape Team Building Edinburgh: The Magical Emporium Review: November 2018

Morrison Street, an exciting site location featuring a contemporary noughts and coffees board game café and the location of Escape Team building Edinburgh.

Time for some spellbinding spectaculars, as we grabbed our gown and wand to swish, flick and cast our way into The Magical Emporium, an exciting escape room game by Escape Team Building Edinburgh.

Wizards worldwide had been notified that, the dazzling and delightful renowned supplies shop, Garbo’s was suspiciously closed down.  Suspecting Evil forces, it was up to us to use our magical mystical marvellous powers to investigate Ms Garbo’s disappearance.

An immersive, interactive, and spellbinding experience whereby we had 60 minutes to chant, cast spells and incantations to find Ms Garbo.

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The Dome Edinburgh Afternoon Tea #Review

The Dome Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Review: November

The Dome, a marvellous building proudly flying their three flags; Great Britain, Scotland and of course the Dome itself.  Inside, the Georgian Suite, was to be the location for an amazing Afternoon tea, providing a plush, opulent and magnificent setting to indulge in this quintessential tradition.

DOME 1a

Absorb and admire the sumptuous and splendid interiors, with the black and gold wall panelling, upholstered cushioning on the elegant ebony chairs, crystal chandeliers and crisp white linen with all the bells and whistles.

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