How Much Does an Escape Room Cost in the UK?
Escape rooms are a great activity for a small group of people, whether it’s a birthday get-together, family outing or work team-bonding activity. But how much do escape rooms cost in the UK? Well, it depends on the room itself, but escape rooms can vary in price from around £10 to £30 per person. £10 is a very reasonable price for a group activity, but £30 is more on the expensive side, so are they worth it? And is the price an indicator of the quality of the escape room?
Let’s analyse it in more detail.
Are Escape Rooms Expensive?
Escape rooms can vary greatly in price, depending on where in the UK you go and what type of room you’re in. Some can be considerably cheap, especially given rising prices from inflation, but some can seem like an awful lot of money for each person to spend.
At Escape Now, Birmingham’s number one escape room, we offer a choice of three escape rooms in the lower middle range of prices, from just £17.00 per person. But how do we work out the price? Well, there is a lot of effort that goes into designing escape rooms, from the puzzles themselves to the decoration and objects located within the rooms for the overall aesthetic and to provide clues and red herrings, not to mention the cost of renting the space and running the whole business operation. So we think £17.00 per person for an escape room is a very fair price.
Our three escape rooms are:
- Sherlock’s Secret
- Haunted Hollow
- The Getaway
All our escape rooms are fit for up to 6 people, so the more people you have participating, the cheaper the experience. But don’t worry, even for two people, the price isn’t extortionate, at just £25 per person.
Are Escape Rooms in London More Expensive?
Since London is one of the most expensive parts of the UK to live in, it’s natural that most things in London are more expensive than elsewhere in the UK. So, it’s no surprise that escape rooms in London are more expensive than in other parts of the country, at around £25 to £35 per person.
But, we would add, that with so many incredible things to do in London already, from museums to galleries to events, you would be much better off doing cheaper activities in London and enjoying an afternoon in an escape room somewhere else, like at Escape Now in Birmingham!
Are Escape Rooms Worth the Cost?
Since the price of escape rooms varies, and the cost of living in the UK is so high, we can’t really say whether it’s worth it for you to go to an escape room or not. But what we can say is that there are so many benefits of going to an escape room, that everyone should give it a go! Plus, when you consider the cost of other activities that you might do with your friends over an hour instead of having fun in an escape room, escape rooms are usually much cheaper!
For example, laser tag can cost around £10 per person but only take 20 – 30 minutes, while go-karting is around £60 per person for 30 minutes on the track, and going to a bar with your friends can be £5 – 10 per drink… So when you add up the total price, escape rooms can be a bargain.
Moreover, there aren’t many group activities that give you the benefits that escape rooms do!
Here are just some of the many benefits of taking part in an escape room:
- A fun group activity
- Encourage teamwork
- Challenges you mentally
- Releases dopamine
- Works out your motor skills
There’s no need to be put off by the relatively low success rate of escape room participants, as that’s all part of the challenge and the fun – that’s what makes them so popular! Think you’ve got what it takes to solve all the puzzles? Then prove it!
Who Can Take Part in Escape Rooms?
No one needs to worry that they’re not clever enough to do escape rooms, they’re a fun, mentally stimulating challenge for everyone to take part in. Some escape rooms can be too challenging for young children and they might get bored if they struggle too much, but anyone over 16 is guaranteed to have a great time. Under-16s can, of course, join in with their families, but they need to have a participating adult in their group.
Each escape room will have a difficulty rating to make it easier for you to choose which room is best for your group, whether you’re seasoned escapers with a strategy to win or beginners looking for fun.
What’s more, some escape rooms are horror-themed, like our Haunted Hollow room, so the contents of the room may be inappropriate for younger children and people of a nervous disposition. But escape rooms shouldn’t be confused with haunted houses – there won’t be anyone jumping out at you to give you a fright.
Groups tend to be between 2 and 6 people, as the rooms aren’t usually big enough for more people to enter, and with too many people, some will inevitably get left out and not enjoy the experience if they can’t take part. Although some escape rooms are larger and can fit up to 10 people, it’s safe to say that a group of 20 is too many people for one escape room. We also don’t recommend doing an escape room solo, as there are usually too many puzzles for one person to complete in the allocated time.
If anyone in your group has a physical disability, most escape rooms will make sure the rooms are wheelchair accessible and there aren’t any trip hazards, but it’s best to double-check with the escape room before you book your slot to make sure the one you’ve chosen is suitable for your group.
How to Prepare for an Escape Room
When getting ready for an escape room adventure, there isn’t much to prepare. Doing a few puzzles in advance certainly won’t hurt, but you don’t need to do IQ tests. However, it’s best not to be hungover so you can really get your brain in gear when you’re in there.
With that said, before you enter an escape room, you should make sure to do the following:
- Arrive in comfortable clothing
- Go to the toilet
Go to the Toilet First
Although you can leave an escape room at any time you feel necessary, such as if you’re having a panic attack or have a sudden urge to use the toilet, it’s best to use the bathroom in advance so you can make the most of your time in the room. Plus, we’re advocates of fair play, so if you do leave the room, you may not be allowed back in.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
You don’t exactly need to be energetic when you’re in an escape room, but you will need to move freely without your clothing restricting your movements. We can put your bags, purses and jackets in lockers before you go into the rooms so you don’t have to worry about your personal things, but it’s an escape room best practice to make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing.
You won’t be judged on your fashion choices, but if you can’t reach up to a tall shelf because of your tight shirt or shoulder straps, it’s going to impede your ability to play the game.
Book Your Escape Room Adventure Today!
Ready to escape? Choose from any of our three escape rooms at Escape Now in the heart of Birmingham, and try your hand at solving puzzles and challenges with friends, family or coworkers. Book your escape room adventure today!