History’s Most Daring Escapes 

Escape Rooms require ingenuity and clever thinking, after all you have to escape a room in under 60 minutes and work together as a team to do it. If you don’t then there’s not much chance, you’ll get out within the hour. However, there are other escapees in history who’ve worked with far more challenging circumstances. We’ve chosen 4 so you can have some inspiration and the next time you find yourself in one of our escape rooms, you’ll be motivated to try that little bit harder.

1.Ronnie Biggs.

You may be too young to remember the great Ronnie Biggs, but he was part of the one of the most daring bank robberies in history. This was way back in 1963 and following his escape lived for 36 years in Brazil, which I’d say makes him a successful escapee. 

He was caught following the robbery, but while serving his sentence in Wandsworth Prison managed to escape after only serving just under 2 years of his sentence. He did this by using a rope ladder to scale the wall which conveniently dropped right on to a van. He then managed to get to Brussels by boat and then to Paris before finally settling in Australia and then Brazil. Oh, and before that he had plastic surgery and got himself a new identity, sounds like a made for TV movie right and straight to DVD, but really it ACTUALLY HAPPENED. 

2. The Great Escape.

If you haven’t heard of The Great Escape then I really don’t know what you’ve been doing and what kind of history you learnt about at school, but it’s one of the most daring escape attempts of all time. Not one person but 76 airmen attempted an escape from a prisoner of war camp in Germany. What’s more this particular prison was considered one of the most secure with precautions taken prevent any tunnelling. Clearly a waste of time because they tunnelled their way out, a 30fit long and 300ft deep one to boot. They hid the sand they dug up so know one would know what was going on and the reason they dug so deep was so as to muffle any noise they were making, so deep was it that they were able to have light bulbs to light the way in the tunnel. The point of this story is that the 76 strong group had to think to work together as a team and think in unique and original ways in order to find their way out. Can you? Next time you’re in one of our escape rooms we’d love to see the same amount of ingenuity and intrigue…please.

3. The Texas Seven.

Not to be confused with the Secret Seven. This a more dubious group of criminals rather than an innocent group of rich boarding school children looking for mischief and intrigue on an island. The Texas Seven were a smart group of well, seven people who managed to overpower 16 people in a prison (yes, another one) and then take their clothes and credit cards and use them to impersonate them. In fact, so clever were they that 4 of the 7 stayed behind to make phone calls to the tower guards so they’d be distracted. They eventually raided the tower and took some weapons and a truck and then drove off. The bad news is that they were caught about a month later. Six of them went to death row while the seventh took his own life. 

4. Yoshie Shiratori.

As you can guess this gentleman was Japanese and escaped prison 4 times in a 3-year period. He was in prison after being successfully convicted of murder and was sentenced for life. On his fourth and final attempt he even dug a tunnel, just to make things a bit more interesting. Eventually, I think his relentless attempt at escape and his ingenuity were rewarded by having a death sentence revoked and being paroled following 26 years in prison.

Escape Edinburgh – always ready for the most daring escape attempts.

So now you have it, some of the most daring escapes in history. We hope it motivates and inspires you to formulate your own daring escapes from one of our rooms. We can’t wait to witness it so book your room by either calling us or book online.