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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Breakout Liverpool Spellbound and Outbreak Escape Games #Review

Breakout Liverpool Spellbound and Outbreak Escape Games Review: August 2019

Liverpool city centre, the location for a truly magical and zombified escape game challenge.  Both game-masters Meg and Shannon, one of the creators of spellbound, were an absolute dream team and a delight to meet, making our experience even more immersive and interesting.

Spellbound

Swish your wand and prepare to be spellbound, an amazing quality magical and mystical game play experience.

Summon your team of Witches and warlocks, as a dangerous magical artefact has gone missing.  Grab your cloaks and wands, as you need 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 all to sneak into the school, but Shush…as you are not meant to be there, so don’t get discovered!

Enter the abandoned classroom, work out the riddles, locks, potions and clues to ensure you escape with the artefact orb in hand, as this time a detention could be deadly!

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Breakout Room Liverpool Cursed Carnival and Warped Escape Games #Review

Breakout Room Liverpool Cursed Carnival and Warped Escape Games Review: July 2019

Lovely Liverpool, location for an exciting escape experience at the brilliant Breakout Liverpool.

The Breakout team always make you feel welcome giving you that warm & fuzzy feeling.  Tom S and Sam, our games masters, did a cracking job.  Really nice guys; professional, enthusiastic and importantly came across as super genuine – ideal ambassadors for the breakout brand for sure.

Roll up roll up and enjoy all the fun of the cursed carnival.  Yesterday evening my squad went to the local carnival and luckily, we won a prize…or perhaps unluckily!

Our carnival puppet prize Frankie had that eerie feel.  Later that night, a strange dream turned into a nightmare, followed with a haunting and creepy voice saying that we must return our prize Frankie within 7 days.

Returning to the carnival on the 7th day, we entered the old workshop to break the curse. Don’t clown around too much though, as you only have 60 minutes to breakout, or all your nightmares will come true.  We escaped, but can you?

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Ghetto Golf Liverpool, Apocalypse Cow and Phooey’s Dim Sum #Review

Ghetto Golf Liverpool, Apocalypse Cow and Phooey’s Dim Sum Review: July 2019

Go crazy at Cains Brewery Village and step into a super stylish hub, that combines crazy Ghetto Golf, theatre, food, cocktails and DJs, showcasing the best street art and their writers.

Let your hair down and go crazy at this adults only venue, in this luminous Liverpool loveliness, as you go golfing Ghetto style.

Get the part started at hole 1, a Scooby do style cool camper, just under the mega fab golf club lighting.

Hit the bowling lane, pose with the Mona Lisa, bowl your friends over with a hole in one.

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24 Hours in Liverpool on a budget with Novotel Liverpool Centre #Review

24 Hours in Liverpool on a budget with Novotel Liverpool Centre – Review: June 2019

Novotel Liverpool Centre

Fancy a fabulous city break in Liverpool, that won’t break the bank, well the stylish Novotel Liverpool Centre may be 4 stars, but provides cosy accommodations with a reasonable price tag.

The great thing about this hotel is that they have a range of rooms to suit different budgets from standard to executive. So maybe with my money saving guide across the city, you will be able to treat yourself and upgrade.

Day 1

Our executive room offered a super snug bed with a brilliant functional desk / Vanity space.

Also, a cosy seating area with an amazing view of Liverpool cathedral.

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48 hours in Liverpool with Novotel Liverpool Centre #Review

48 hours in Liverpool with Novotel Liverpool Centre: October 2018

Destination Liverpool, a fabulous friendly city of culture offering visitors so many exciting activities to see and do.

Novotel Liverpool Centre, is perfectly situated for exploring all that Liverpool has to offer, check into your cosy city centre Novotel hotel – a 4 star home away from home.

Novotel’s nice executive rooms are the perfect homely hub, spacious with all the mod cons you need during your stay.

Unpack, relax and prepare to head off for your lovely Liverpool adventures.

Liverpool Cathedral

Morning began in a peaceful place of solace and worship, Liverpool’s majestic, ore inspiring Cathedral whereby ground floor entry is free, but donations are welcomed.

Designed by the amazing architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who interestingly was also commissioned to design a telephone kiosk to commemorate the Jubilee of King George V – hence the red iconic telephone box was born.

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Novotel Liverpool Centre #Review

Novotel Liverpool Centre Review: July 2018

Destination Liverpool, on Hanover Street, is the location of 4 star Novotel Liverpool Centre.  A stylish hotel, in a convenient, centralised position for you to take advantage of all that Liverpool City centre has to offer.

Executive accommodations provide a relaxed and focused experience where you already have everything you need to make your stay a smooth one.

The wardrobe had plenty of space for you to store all your wears along with complimentary slippers and a fluffy robe for the duration of your stay.  You will notice the door, behind which is a separate enclosed toilet area.

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Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool #Review

Magical Mystery Tour and The Cavern Club Liverpool: July 2018

“Help I need somebody, Help not just anybody, Help”.  Help yourself and get a spring in your step, by heading on down to Albert Dock Liverpool, and feel that marvellous magical musical melody.

Book yourself onto the Magical mystery Tour and get on board your very own “yellow submarine” for the Ultimate Beatles Fan experience. “She’s got a ticket to ride”…well I definitely did and could not wait.

Packed with larger than life Liverpool characters including our host Jay Johnson and driver Ross, I knew to be prepared for an action packed whistle stop Beatles tour with a lorra lorra laughs.

The Tour has many highlights including the childhood home of Ringo Starr, St Peters Church where John and Paul first met, John Lennon’s childhood home and Former schools and colleges of John, Paul, George and Ringo including the Art College and the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA)

Excitingly, there are four stops, where you can get off the bus, at key Beatles locations and snap away to your hearts content.  Walk with the boys (Fab Four Statue located at the docks) to the first of these stops which was Penny Lane.

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Breakout Room Liverpool The Heist #Review

Breakout Room Liverpool The Heist Review: July 2018

Location Liverpool, on Sir Thomas Street, lies a challenge like no other.  Choose your team and prepare your squad to take on Breakout rooms exciting escape room challenge – The Heist.

My marvellously daring team of expert elite bank robbers docked into Liverpool for a Heist of a lifetime.  Lovely Joe, our games Master guided us deep down into the legendary vault of, Locke and Quay Treasury, that is rumoured to hold the private depository of one of their famously rich and wealthy clients.

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Sapporo Teppanyaki Liverpool #Review

Sapporo Teppanyaki Liverpool Review: July 2017

The exciting entrance sets a precedent for the unique dining experience, that you are about to enjoy, displaying a piece of grand and impressive Tansu; traditional Japanese antique furniture, in the form of a fully functional corridor fire pump direct from the district of Kyoto circa 1890 – Wow!  Looking for a socially interactive dining scene, where you can immerse yourself in the world of Japanese culture and exciting entertainment, well lovely Liverpool’s Sapporo Teppanyaki is the hotspot for you. Seated with other anonymous diners, the chef prepared our Teppanyaki station, as we all engaged and eagerly waited for the Japanese action.

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