Experience the ultimate energy rush of bungee jumping! What could be more exciting than watching the earth rush towards you as you accelerate from 0-60mph in under two seconds attached to a elastic rope? As the saying goes, you don't have to be mad to bungee, but it helps!
Bungee jumps are now available all over the UK and include the traditional outdoor jump, as well as some jump experiences with a twist, such as an exciting indoor environment, a seriously high platform or even an iconic bridge. Whichever you choose, this activity is still one of the best adrenaline experiences available at unbeatable prices. Read more...
Let's destroy the common myth first: you don't have to be a student or antipodean to enjoy bungee jumping! As long as you're in good health (over 50s need a medical certificate) and up for it, anyone from the age of 16 can throw themselves off a platform at least 160ft off the ground either solo or as a tandem.
Quite why you'd want to bungee has always mystified us, but as one of our perennial best selling experiences, it seems there's no shortage of daredevils all over the UK who want to fall through the air.
How bungee jumps work
The concept on all jumps is the same. At ground level you'll be given a body harness to wear, then weighed so that a suitable ankle harness can be selected for you. This involves calculating your weight, the height of the jump and factoring in velocity, which all goes to ensure that when you head overboard, your rope doesn't stretch so far that you touch the ground
Once you're on the platform with the ankle harness attached, you're hooked up to the pre-measured bungee cord. Then it's a case of 'One, two, three…bungeeeeeee' as you dive head first into the abyss. The law of physics dictates there will be a few seconds of free falling as there is nothing to slow you down, until the rope is at full stretch and it curtails your speed. And that's when you might be propelled back up again and you feel like you are bouncing up and down, before the jump technicians can catch you and release you, leaving you with both feet on the ground and blinking in disbelief at what you've just achieved!
The UK has all sorts of places to bungee jump from or off!
So that's what happens, but where will you be jumping? In most cases special cranes reaching up to 160ft in the air are placed in suitable open areas. You will be transported skywards in a cage and then you step out onto the aerial platform suspended over the ground. If you've got any fear of heights or vertigo going on, this is where it's going to kick in, bit don't worry, the crew is really patient, encouraging and generally brilliant at giving you the confidence to take that step.
We do have some very unique places in the UK where you can bungee. You can jump in the shadow of the impressive O2 Arena in the heart of London, you can fall at full speed in the midst of the Titanic quarter in Belfast or even have a go at some crazy indoor jumping stunts.
For those who are a bit 'Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt' we've got some serious extended height action ready to scare them silly as they step into the void at a dizzying 300ft off the the ground. But the ultimate in UK bungee jumping locations has to be in Middlesborough.
You will be climbing the 210 steps up to the top of the famous Transporter Bridge to take the almighty leap of faith over the impressive River Tees below, as seen in this thrilling ‘onboard’ Transporter Bridge jump footage. You even get taken back to shore in a boat on this one and there's a great viewing area for spectators to watch your expressions of sheer terror as you jump.