FAQ

WHAT IS THE NIGHTMARE REALM?

The Nightmare Realm is an award winning scare event held every October in Dublin, Ireland. We hold the title of Best European Independent Scare Attraction 2019 and #1 in the world by Unilad Adventures 2018. Its the only event worth going to for your Halloween experience!

We’ve been innovating our show and thrilling our victims for over 10 years. We are a live immersive walk through horror maze. We can sometimes be controversial, but it’s always thrilling. We will push you outside your comfort zone, challenge your expectations and blur the boundaries between of entertainment and fear.

WHERE IS THE NIGHTMARE REALM?

We are located at the RDS, Dublin. Enter through the main RDS gates on Merrion Road and follow the signs from there!

DO I NEED PROOF OF VACCINATION TO ATTEND?

Yes, all customers will be required to present proof of vaccination at entry.

IS IT COVID SAFE?

Due to the current ongoing Covid 19 pandemic we are waiting from government guidelines on whether we can proceed with this years event. We will keep our fans and customers updated as soon as we know!

HOW DO I GUARANTEE ENTRY?

Due to Covid 19 we have a limited capacity this year.
The only way to guarantee entry is to book online and provide proof of vaccination at entry.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED IN AT A TIME?

For our 2021 show we are offering pod groups of 4, 5 and 6 as well as Teen Pod groups of 6 and Student Pod groups of 6.

CAN THE ACTORS TOUCH YOU?

No, we are a no-touch haunt and always have been.

This goes both ways, the customers are to respect our performers and keep their hands to themselves. We have security on premises at all times and have Gardai on duty for any serious incidents.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPENING DAYS?

We’re open every Wednesday to Sunday night with limited capacity.
We’ll be open every night for Halloween week.
Watch our Instagram and Facebook page for updates, offers and special events.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPENING HOURS?

Our opening times vary from 6pm-10pm depending on the night, Please check the tickets page for our opening times, and watch our Instagram and Facebook page for updates, offers and special events.

HOW LONG ARE YOU OPEN?

The Nightmare Realm runs for 19 nights October with limited capacity.
Please book your tickets in advance before arriving at the RDS.

WILL I HAVE TO QUEUE?

Yes, each pod group will have to queue socially distant from other pods to enter the mazes.

WHAT DAYS ARE BEST TO GO?

Our busiest nights are the Peak days: Fridays and Saturdays and mid-term week, which usually SELL OUT.
For a more intimate experience we recommend going on our off peak nights (Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays)

SHOULD I TURN UP EARLIER THAN MY TIMED TICKET SUGGESTS?

We recommend turning up for the time allocated on your ticket, no earlier. We aim to get everyone in to the mazes within your 30 minute time slot depending on peak and off-peak times. Due to covid limitations during peak times (weekends and mid term) the queues may be longer so you may be waiting an extra 15 minutes.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THROUGH THE REALM?

It takes approximately 45 minutes to go through the realm but it depends on how busy we are on the night and ultimately its the pace you go at yourself from maze to maze.

HOW MUCH ARE THE TICKETS AND HOW CAN I BOOK THEM?

Please book your POD tickets online to guarantee availability, due to government guidelines we are operating at 60% capacity so availability will be limited. After the 22nd if the government relaxes the rules we will be able to offer walk ups and single entry tickets from our ticket desk at the event entrance, subject to availability and all tickets purchased subject to T&C’s.

IS IT FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED?

Yes. We do recommend booking in advance online as there is limited capacity this year due to Covid 19. With our booking system, you can choose your preferred time slot, which will reduce your wait time on the night.

Weekends are extremely busy at the Nightmare Realm with longer wait times on Fridays and Saturday nights, so we advise you pre-book tickets online to guarantee entry.

DO YOU DO GROUP PACKAGES?

Yes we do group packages, please email info@thenightmarerealm.ie with a message heading ‘Group Booking’ to arrange your booking directly with us.

CAN I RESERVE TICKETS?

We are not able to take reservations on tickets. We can let you know the price and availability at the time of your query, once we receive payment in full we can make the booking and confirm your order with you. If your preferred time and/or price is no longer available when payment is received we can offer you an alternative or refund your payment.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?

We are an over 13s event. Under 12’s must be accompanied by a guardian.

ARE YOU WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, we are wheelchair accessible but we cannot accomodate mobility scooters.

WHAT IF I WANT TO LEAVE HALF WAY THROUGH?

Not everyone is brave enough to make it through the entire attraction, however everyone gets a second chance to try if they can’t make it through the first time.
There are also security staff on hand to guide you out and emergency exits too if you really want to leave.

WHEN WILL THE PICTURES FROM LAST NIGHT GO UP?

Only sold photos go online. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page – They are uploaded within 24hrs. Please only message us if you can’t find your photos more than 1 day after your last visit.

HOW MUCH IS A GROUP PHOTO?

Group photos are 10 euro!

CAN I SEE MY PHOTO ON FACEBOOK?

If you purchase it on the night it will also go up on Facebook, within 24hrs. Only sold photos are uploaded to the Facebook page. Please only message us if you can’t find your photos more than 1 day after your last visit.

CAN YOU REMOVE MY PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK PLEASE?

Yes, please private message us on Facebook and we will do so – make sure you link to the photo you want removed so that we can find and remove it.

IS IT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY?

We advise against it as we do have strong strobe lighting through out the show.

IS IT SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT PEOPLE?

If going into labour in a haunted house surrounded by monsters is your thing!
In all seriousness, No. We strongly advise against this.

IS IT SUITABLE FOR THE ‘OLDER FOLK’?

Yes! However anyone with heart conditions are not recommended to go.

IF YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION SHOULD YOU GO?

We strongly advise against it.

WILL THERE BE CLOWNS?

Yes, there will always be clowns. But we have monsters far scarier than silly Clowns inside our haunts..

WILL YOU REVEAL WHO YOUR ACTORS ARE UNDERNEATH THE MAKEUP?

No. Given what their job entails, our performers safety is our number one priority. For the privacy and safety of all of our scare performers, we never reveal who our Characters and Icons are underneath the makeup.

ANY JOBS GOING?

Available jobs are advertised on our Auditions/ Recruitment Page. We recruit performers, make-up artists, admin staff etc. Drop us an email! We are always on the lookout for new talent.

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO WORK FOR THE NIGHTMARE REALM?

16 years old is the legal age to work. If you’re 16 before the event starts in October but not in time for auditions, then you’re still welcome to come along to our auditions workshop.

ARE YOU IN CORK?

No, since they knocked our building down we haven’t found an available site venue for The Nightmare Realm, but we will not give up on our Cork audience! Until then, it’s a good excuse to road trip to Dublin for the weekend 🙂

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