Compendium Escape Rooms: Bedlam

By | June 30, 2019

by Compendium Escape Rooms (website)

1a Crompton St, BL9 0AD


2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

Bentham Asylum has been standing since the 1900's. In 1950 Bentham was given the nickname Bedlam because of the events that happened in those 50 years and in 1974 cell P23 was mysteriously locked without an explanation as to why. Bedlam has secrets that need to be uncovered. You and your team are top journalists and experts in your feild, you have been tasked with uncovering the secrets that are held behind cell P23's walls. Can you go undercover, get in the cell undetected and escape with the documents that will uncover the secrets of Bedlam?
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Overall rating

Rated between 3.5 and 4.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 33 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Anonymous expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
great hosting
Scotus0 expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 30 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: ~53:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Asylum Secrets

Compendium were offering money off their Gift Vouchers, and so I brough a friend to do two rooms back-to-back.


As journalists, step into Bentham Asylum and uncover the secret behind Cell P23, which was locked long ago with no explanation.


A mixed bag that you need to think logically for. Cooperation is also key!


Very good! The obsolete, unassuming space delivered on ever so slightly eerie, abandoned asylum vibes.

Final Comments

We got out with around 7 minutes left on the clock.

Tom experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: December 2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 43.45 Outcome: Successful escape!

Return trip to Bury with the friends that recommended it to try their new room (although another one is already being built too .. exciting!)

Very cool room, everything inside was very authentic. Lots of clever puzzles with a lot of effort that has gone into the room. Good variety of things to see and do and a good story too. Loved it

Brit Of An Escape Habit blogger rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 29/10/2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

Really good room with a twist from the team at Compendium. We were put a bit off track by the order logic of the props and puzzles but felt completely immersed in another greatly decorated room! Definitely worth the visit to Bury, we're looking forward to try their other rooms. πŸ™‚

πŸ”James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 17/06/2021 Team size: 2
Another well themed room from Compendium, this time investigating a mental asylum.  Be warned there is some crawling in this room with some surprises along the way.  The room is well done and a nice logical flow to it.
🦑cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Ronnie Meade experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 4 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 48:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingintense
Another great room from Compendium with immersive themeing and design. Starting in a padding room with the game expanding from there. A lot has been crammed in to a relatively small room which is clever and a testament to Alex and his partner for building a fun, challenging room in the space available. The puzzles may throw you off in terms of order but I felt that was part of the design and intensity to the escape. Will definitely be back to complete all the rooms
Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 30 Aug 2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 34:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Visiting Compendium to binge all four of their games as part of a larger schedule, we started with the insane asylum theme, which I guess is rather suitable for anyone trying to do eight escape rooms in a day. All the rooms in the venue looked good, and Bedlam made an immediate good impression: rather than clinical bare white decor or being derelict and dirty, it uses padded walls to great effect, and lighting that’s low enough to be atmospheric without being a problem.

We got off to a slightly...

With excellent set design, fantastic game flow, and satisfying puzzles, Bedlam stands out amongst its peers as my favourite game at Compendium. (Okay, maybe it’s tied with UI-55, but that game is an entirely different beast, and not quite your traditional escape room.) 

I am really not a horror fan. I am a massive coward, so the idea of doing not just one, but two β€˜scary’ rooms was a little daunting. However, we spoke to the Compendium team prior to booking who assured me there would be no live actors or jump scares, so we went ahead and booked. Bedlam definitely fits into the β€˜creepy’ and suspenseful area of β€˜scary’, with atmospheric background music/sounds that felt extremely immersive. I actually found myself really enjoying this! The combination of dingy lighting, a chair with handcuffs, and random screams in the background helped set the mood and get the adrenaline running before any puzzles have taken place.

Another excellent game from Compendium. Good puzzles, good theming and a nice humorous twist.

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