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15 Fiendishly Tricky Escape-The-Room Games In Britain

Can you beat the clock?

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1. Time Run, London

What's the challenge? You've got 60 minutes to solve a mystery by travelling through time. This steampunk-inspired adventure is impressively thorough and quite tricky. If you get stuck, there's a helpful robotic assistant who'll pop up when you need him.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 3-5 people, and prices range from £24 each (off-peak) to £29 each.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

2. Keyhunter, Birmingham

What's the challenge? Appropriately located on Sherlock Street, you've got 60 minutes to solve a mystery of your choosing. There are three different levels, from Bronze to Silver and Gold. Don't expect the Bronze to be a pushover though – they're all challenging.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-7 people, and the price per person decreases the larger your team is. It's £22 per person for two and £11 per person for seven.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

3. Dr Knox's Enigma, Edinburgh

What's the challenge? An engaging puzzle, which weaves in Edinburgh's spooky history. You can choose from two puzzles – Wilson's Revenge, or The Barclay Collection. Both are the same level of difficulty, and there are two sets of each – so you can race another team if you like.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-5 people. Each room costs in total £70 super-off-peak, then £75 off-peak and £95 at other times.

Not sure? Here's a helpful spoiler-free profile.

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4. Escapalogic, Nottingham

What's the challenge? A locked-room game, with a few outcomes to choose from. You can choose the Contraption room or the Cryptic room. The mood is dramatic, mysterious, and totally absorbing.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-5 people, and the price per person decreases the larger your team is. It's £40 for two, and £80 for five.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

5. Puzzlair, Bristol

What's the challenge? A mystery-solving puzzle with two rooms. Choose from solving the murder of John Monroe or turning over a scientist's lab for clues. Top tip? Bring a bottle of water, you'll work up a sweat.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-5 people. The price per person decreases the larger your team is. It's £25 per person for two and £17 per person for five.

Not sure? Here's a helpful spoiler-free review.

6. Tick Tock Unlock, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool

What's the challenge? A detective-themed escape-the-room game – you have 60 minutes to solve the mystery and "reveal the darkest secrets that have never been shared". They recommend a group of at least three, but if you're determined to do it as two they won't stop you.

How much does it cost? Unless you're doing it as a pair, you'll need a team of 3-6 people. The price goes down slightly the bigger your team is. It's £16 per person for three, and £14 per person for six.

Not sure? Here's a helpful spoiler-free review.

7. Hint Hunt, London

What's the challenge? You've got 60 minutes to solve the mystery and escape a locked room. There are two rooms to choose from – JM's Office or the Zen Room. There are three sets of JM's Office, and two of the Zen Room, so you can race another team if you want. Just a note, they recommend a group of at least three, but if you let them know in advance, you can do it with two.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 3-5 people. Off-peak, it's £75.60 for a team of three and goes up to £102 for a team of five. Peak tickets start at £79.20 for a team of three, and go up to £108 for a team of five.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

8. Breakout, Manchester and Liverpool

What's the challenge? The usual 60 minutes to crack the case applies, but you're spoiled for choice here, with seven different rooms to choose from. Which to choose? It seems silly to resist the Madchester room, even though it's their hardest game. Their Liverpool location has four rooms, two of which are different to those in the Manchester location.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-5 people. Prices start at £18 per person for two, and go down to £13 per person for five.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

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9. Breakout Games, Aberdeen and Inverness

What's the challenge? A locked room challenge, with a few rooms to choose from. You can go for the Lock and Key, or the more challenging V 75. As there are doubles of some rooms, you can race another team concurrently.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-6 people, and the price per person decreases the larger your team is. It's £22 per person for two, and £12 per person for six.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

10. Exit Strategy, Liverpool

Exit Strategy

What's the challenge? The location for this locked room game is particularly cool – the old Victoria Street court cells. There's only one room at the moment (The Illuminati), but they're promising a second room soon.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-5 people, and it's £15 each, no matter what time.

Not sure? Here's a helpful spoiler-free profile.

11. Lost and Escape, Newcastle

What's the challenge? You've got 60 minutes to solve a mystery, and get out of the room. There are two very different rooms to choose from – one set in the 1900s, and another set in the National Museum.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-7 people. For teams of two, it's £50 per game, and at the moment there's a summer sale, where it's only £70 per game for teams with 4-7 members.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

12. Clue HQ, Blackpool and Warrington

What's the challenge? A high-concept game. In Blackpool, there are two rooms to choose from, both with perilous backstories. Track down a criminal in Detonation, or escape from a government Lab in Quarantined. Note that Quarantined isn't playable with a team of two. In Warrington, there are three totally different rooms.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-6. For a team of two, it's £21 per person, and the prices decrease the larger your team is. It's £15 per person for a team of six.

Not sure? Here's a helpful spoiler-free review.

13. Lady Chastity's Reserve, London

What's the challenge? Lady Chastity's Reserve is a little different, billing itself as an immersive team game. There's problem solving and puzzles, but also a firmly interweaved storyline. It's best you go check it out for yourself.

How much is it? You'll need a team of 2-5 people. Tickets are £19 per person.

Not sure? Here's a good spoiler-free review.

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14. Bath Escape, Bath

What's the challenge? Bath Escape offers two kinds of experiences. Firstly, you can take a real-life detective tour – you must scavenge all over Bath for clues to solve a mystery. If you'd rather stay put, there are also two live escape rooms – Six Locked Doors and the Haunted House. The choice is yours.

How much does it cost? The games are charged per group, and most accommodate 2-6 people. The detective tours start at £59 per group, and the escape challenges start at £78 per group. You also get complimentary tea or coffee in all games.

Not sure? Here's a helpful spoiler-free review.

15. The Crystal Maze, London

What's the challenge? It's the Crystal Maze! A crowdfunding project has reached its goal, and is bringing a live-action Crystal Maze to London, with all the zones (Aztec, Future, Industrial, Medieval) included.

How much is it? You take part in teams of eight, but you can attend solo (or in a pair, trio etc) and you'll be formed into teams with other attendants. Tickets will be £50 per person, including a booking fee.

Find out more here.

For a comprehensive list of (nearly all) escape-the-room games in the UK, click here.

This post has been updated to show that Breakout has branches in Manchester and Liverpool.

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