Does not disappoint. it is a little pricey but still worth it. Great place for children. Always something different. Book tickets online at their website to avoid long lines. They have different package deals. You can save up to 50% off online. If it is super busy and at capacity you will wait no matter what.
I did enjoy my day at Madame Tussaud's, however, it wasn't the best day trip that I have had. I didn't mind going as I was paid for, but if I had have paid I wouldn't have been best pleased with the experience.
I get that it is supposed to be exciting, being able to take pictures with your favourite or least favourite people that are made out of wax and it's pretty amazing how they make them, but it just gets boring.
Then there is the serial killer part where it is no longer wax, it's real people that scare the living day lights out of you, that people under 12 cannot go in, though I would rate it people over 25 who have had life experience and don't mind dying of shock horror should go in there.
There is a nice little ride after that in the historic city of London, which is very creative and relaxing, then more wax figures (which gets boring believe me) and then a random 4D experience towards the end? It doesn't even relate to anything, it's literally just there so that they can charge more money.
The best bit of my visit was definitely the queue before going inside, the Dj (yes they have a queue Dj) made everyone laugh and smile with his chart songs and his big personality.
I would recommend this to people who have kids as I guess it would be quite fun for them, although my 9 year old cousin had no interest whatsoever.
I'm not a wax museum fan, but several in my party are. This is very different than any wax museum I have ever visited. Yes you have was figures of celebrities that you can interact with and have your pictures taken. That is if you can get in front of the other tourists angling to do the same. There are also themed areas, a horror area and superhero area. There is a "4D" multimedia movie and a Disney-esqe dark ride. Very busy, congested and noisy. If you are a teenager or twenty something you might enjoy this.
Beware of unethical sales practices by Madame Tussauds' staff:
While at MadameTussauds we purchased fast pass tickets for the London Eye . At the London Eye we were informed that our tickets are not fast pass but require us to wait in line. Multiple staff members confirmed that this unethical sales practice is used routinely by Madame Tussauds.
Madame Tussauds' customer service dismissed our case as an "isolated incident" and refused to take any ownership arguing that we didn't have to wait in line that long.
Please note that both Madame Tussauds and the London Eye are owned by the Merlin Entertainments Group. So they are cheating their own customers to increase ticket sales.
I recommend spending your money at the many other fantastic and honest sights in London.
Update 10/5/14: once I raised this issue to Merlin Entertainments Group I received a call from Madame Tussaud's general manager. He took my concerns very seriously and I believe that he will indeed review current processes. I very much appreciated that.
Why am I shocked? (It is a bit surprising that Yelp Elite members would give this 5 stars)
I'll preface this by saying that we did not make it inside. Having done what you are supposed to do and purchased tickets before hand, I expected to actually be able to get in the "museum" within, say 10 minutes of arrival. Why would that be unreasonable?
My kid wanted to see it, so here I was.
What I found was a que several blocks long and 4 or so people across. There were literally a thousand (or more) people waiting in just the ticket holders line. It's £28 with a discounts to get in a line that will eat up hours of your day. There is no chance I'm waiting in that. Maybe I'd do it for the Churchill War Rooms. This is wax celebrities that I can see back home.
I did get my pounds back from the ticket seller in the Piccadilly Tube station, which I have to say was a little shocking--try returning tickets in the US--after wasting time going out there and figuring out that the huge line was for ticket holders.
Honestly, why are tourists wasting so much time waiting in line to see this? There are locations in NY and DC, just to name two places. But even there, there are so many cultural and historical attractions in these cities that I can not understand what everyone is doing in line waiting to see dolls of famous people ?
One Elite Yelper mentioned "history". Yikes. You are in Europe--they made most of the history--and it's all mostly still here. Go see it for yourself. There is nothing wrong with being a tourist--that puts you in a class of people who want to learn. But to get all the way here, spending literally hundreds to thousands a day you need to make It count.
Sure, it's touristy - but I was a tourist! This museum was a LOT of fun. I definitely recommend going with a friend (or several) so you can take pictures of one another with the wax celebs. I don't think it would be nearly as much fun by yourself.
The line to get into the museum proper was very long and too a while to get through. Luckily, there were plenty of "making of"-type attractions along the way so we didn't get bored. The museum itself was what you would expect - various themed rooms with thematically-appropriate celebrities in thematically-appropriate dress (an awards event area with celebs in ball gowns, a sports area with all sports stars in their uniforms, etc.). The best part, though, was the ride at the end that takes you through some history of London. That was SO much fun, and an awesome surprise to round out the experience!
If you're into Pop Culture, this is a very touristy, but fun thing to do in London. It's quite fun to see the wax models of famous people throughout history including political figures, celebs, and athletes. Be sure to bring along your camera and snap loads of pictures; it's half the fun! Don't forget to pose for a picture with the Queen!
It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete a visit of Madame Tussauds, including SCREAM and the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience. However, I'd budget about 2 hours inside, so you see all the figures and snap some photos, and also be sure to leave some time for the queue to get in, as during high tourist times, the line can be very long.
Also make sure to look for a deal on tickets. There's often 2-for-1 tickets!
Madame Tussaud's was a nice exhibition in London.
But it wasn't as good as I had expected! In some way all the wax ladies and men were a bit boring! It felt totally pointless to walk there.. It would have been nicer if the celebrities had been alive =D
If you've been in one wax museum, so you have seen all, I think. At least I have!
I have been to Madame Tussaud's twice now and I have to say my recent visit left me feeling somewhat meh.
The server who took our payment was incredibly rude, he was more interested in conversing with his colleagues (idle chit chat, rather than work-related.)
We then made our way through the various zones. Some of the models look better than others... I appreciate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to bring together the many wax works but I wonder if some of the 'stars' get better treatment than others!
Patience is a virtue. We visited at a reasonably quiet time and didn't have to wait too long to take pictures of some of the figures there. You will definitely need it through busier periods.
The "Scream" experience isn't for young children, those of a nervous disposition and heavily pregnant women. Although some of the cast make you jump out of your skin, it's underwhelming. For such thrills try the London Dungeon. Much more chilling and owned by the same group.
We skipped the Marvel 4D experience. If you want to do the same just ask a member of the team to exit through the shop.
All in all. Once you've done Madame Tussaud's you've done it.
I know this is a tourist 'trap'. but this was absolutely one of the best things to take my mother in law as she was visiting from India. We enter, and BOOM, theres a whole Bollywood section, which I very willingly took pictures with my Indian movie superstar crush. We then went on to check out all the other celebs including sitting on a couch with George Clooney, having tea with Audrey Hepburn, to playing tennis with Nadal and posing with the royal family and Marilyn Monroe.
There was then a scary theme, where there were no wax people but actual humans, which was a bit cheesy but still entertaining. After that we sat in a 'black cab' which took us through a history lesson of London, which was actually quite interesting.
After that was a Marvel '4D' show, which was quite cool with special effects in addition to the 3D movie, and really was an entertaining show. All in all, I think worth our moola and a good way to spend an afternoon!
You know what?
If you haven't been on the dame podium with Marilyn Monroe, haven't hugged Leonardo DiCaprio, haven't touched Johnny Depp's butt and haven't sat with Audrey Hepburn - you haven't seen the real London!
If you can't imagine that spending around 60$ (you can find tickets cheaper online though) won't be worth it - you're wrong! Madam Tussaud's is the best adventure you can experience (which deals with Hollywood superstars of course).
Where else you can kiss Daniel Radcliffe in the chick, answer Obama's telephone, touch Einstein's hair and play imaginary guitar with The Beatles?
Oh my god, you can't lose it!
Good times, really quiet in the mornings!
We arrived at nine with our pre-sale ticket and got in very quicky! There was no line inside, we could take pictures with who ever we wanted. The horror-thing was really funny and cool too. Both rides were awesome too!
This place is so crowded and what is all the fuss about? I turned to my hubby with my mouth hanging open, saying "we must go back to the hotel and change! The Queen is here!" Oh my, there is Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. The Duchess of Cornwall and Lady Diana in the same room? I still think she is a Princess. Look who all they have invited to greet them!
Tony Blair, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Charles Dickens, Rod Stewart! I am definitely under dressed, but so is everyone else. Hubby look, there are the Beatles all together again! This place is magical.
Madame Tussaud arrived in England in 1802. Today there are nine Wax Museums worldwide and four of them are in the USA. Hollywood, Las Vegas, NYC and Washington, DC. Madame Tussaud was the first to create wax figures that would be displayed in a Museum. Thanks to Lulu for pointing out the one in NYC! That is a hop, skip and jump away! I love that girl! She is a Professional Dancer and has even danced for a President and no, not Bush. She also Yelps.
Great world leaders such as JFK, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others come to life in their own settings. Many Sports stars like Tiger Woods and Muhammad Ali challenge you as you gape at the extraordinary work of wax art. Hollywood stars and TV stars change periodically to keep up with who is happening.
One of my favorite wax displays was The Chamber of Horrors. I do hope they kept it. A full room of horror it was with Jack the Ripper on a dark and wet cobblestone street, lurking in the shadows of the tall buildings. Scenes depicting how they used wooden and brass mechanisms, the Garrotte, to slowly apply pressure to choke someone. Hangings, the Electric Chair and my favorite of all were the two heads of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette with the very same bloody guillotine blade that beheaded the French Queen. I am not sick, they are!!
Oh my, they do love Michael Jackson, always have and always will, he being "the King of Pop".
It was here at Madame Tussaud's that President Barrack Obama was in the Oval office on January 15TH. Five days before he stepped into Washington's Oval office, as President of the USA.
I wonder what they did with Bush? Sent him to the Chamber of Horrors or did they melt his ass?
I've been to Madame Tussauds many times.
Alot of people don't realise that this is a very popluar tourist attraction and they should pre book their tickets so that they can avoid the very long lines of people trying to get in and also get discounted price instead of paying full price.
The museum is full of wax images of hollywood stars, sport stars, political figures, royalty, musicians, and UK stars. The difference between this wax museum and others I have been to is that all of the wax figures are displayed where you can pose with them for photographs.
Fun for kids
You can take pictures
Some amazing wax models
Long lines at the entrance if you don't have pre booked tickets
Pricey at a whopping 25 quid
Horror section is not scray at all
Gets very very crowded so you can feel like a sardine in a can
Tourist season is not the time to visit
Go early to avoid lines
Pre book your tix and get the 2 for 1 deal.
Madam Tussauds continues to be one of the top tourist attractions in London as the long queues at the box office will confirm. So tip number 1 is to pre-book your tickets. I got in with my Merlin annual pass which also covers a load of theme parks and the London Eye.
I think I may have got more sceptical with age or maybe my eyesight has improved but on my latest visit, the waxworks didn't seem to be as life-like as they were when I visited in my childhood. They try to bring some celebrities more by using voice recordings or putting them into certain surroundings. The waxworks are divided into rooms by category
Being a bit ghoulish, the chamber of horrors is probably the most fun. There's also a walk through experience (optional) where people will jump out at you and shout boo!!
The experience ended with a ride when I last visited - the Spirit of London.
There used to be a planetarium attached to Madam Tussauds but this has now closed which is a real shame.
Tip number 2 is to look out for fun waxworks dotted around sitting on benches etc.
Ok. Let me start by saying that I had NO desire to visit this place. A wax museum? Get real. How touristy can one get, let alone how boring. Of course, I couldn't express these sentiments as my partner was quite proud of herself for getting the tickets ("online, in advance, so we don't have to wait"- great, babe, I so want to rush right in), so I sucked it up, plastered a fake, but not fake enough to be detected, smile on my face and away we went.
OMG! People, listen to me. I had a BLAST! A bloody blast, mates, I tell ya! I actually can't recall the last time I had so much fun at a tourist attraction. The figures were simply stunning, all the people standing next to them clicking photos were even more stunning (okay, so I took a photo with Nicole Kidman and Prince Harry), the RIDE inside is GREAT, and well, we just really enjoyed ourselves.
Four things: do NOT drive to this place, there is NO parking. Take the tube. Second, do not be in a rush- this takes awhile. Third, buy your tickets in ADVANCE, online. Fourth, just GO. I know it's probably not on your top 3 things to do in London (or in life), but trust me on this one- GO. You won't be sorry.
Wax people creep me out. I've seen enough horror movies to know what those things get up to at night when the lights are out. But...for creepy wax people, these are by far the best that I've seen. And yes, I've seen a lot of creepy wax people.
These figures are incredibly well-made--I have photos of myself with a very realistic Robin Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio and even Mr. T. My personal favorite part is the 'horror' section...you can see horror movie characters, serial killers and Jack the Ripper's bloodied corpses. I'm morbid.
So the place is expensive, and you can easily spend half a day just waiting to get in, but it's a touristy experience you don't want to miss!
I'm embarrassed to say that I had far more fun here than I expected.
The wax figures are VERY impressive. I'd say that they look better in person than they do in photographs. They're very detailed, too. Susan Sarandon and others even had freckles! Apparently, many of the figures are created by actually bringing the celebrities in and taking their measurements. I doubt they did that for the Adolf Hitler figure, though.
There's something here for everyone. While my wife and sister-in-law got pictures taken with Johnny Depp, Audrey Hepburn, Lady Gaga, William and Harry, Princess Di and the Queen, I got my picture taken with Stephen Hawking.
They also have figures of William Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Charles I, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, the Beatles, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Mustafa Ataturk, Pope John Paul II... and many others that I don't remember.
There's a haunted-house like "Chamber of Horrors" that I didn't go into, and a ride called the "Spirit of London." At the end you go into an auditorium that, at the time, was playing a cheesy Marvel superheroes 4D movie. Not sure what that has to do with wax figures.
I think tickets are cheaper if you book online, and furthermore you don't have to stand in line for tickets. So you may want to consider doing that.
Let's face it - when you go to London, you are itching to snap at least one famous person.
Sadly, those guys don't always come out of the woodwork for your eyes only. If you don't have your best sight goggles on, you might miss the stars entirely.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that's when a visit to Madame Tussauds is in order.
Where else can you go over paperwork with Obama, have dinner with Tom Cruise, become the secret 5th member of the Beatles, get funky with Mozart and get chummy with the Royals?
The waxworks are constantly changing with cultural trends and political events. Whn I was 5, I got to meet Lenny Henry and Dame Edna here, as well as try to pull John Major's long face into a smile. Last time, I liased with Obama while my boyfriend decided to make faces at Hitler (he deserved it).
Now, I hear there is a Robert Pattinson waxwork....thank God he wasn't there last time, or I might've embarrassed myself.
No doubt poor R Pattz has to get hosed down with sanitiser every half hour due to heavy petting from his tour de force fanbase. But with this waxwork tribute to the "marble tribute of a Pagan God" (or words to that effect), Twihards can get cosy without having to be restrained.
I personally wouldn't have minded if he'd been there last time, but I had fun doing the London magical tour thing, going in the Big Brother Diary room where me and my boyfriend started snogging and got pulled up by Big Brother (turns out there are live people behind the lens), and ran away from the horror basement when one of the actors started sniffing me. One day I'll be brave enough to go down there.
Basically, worth every penny and an awesome pitstop!
The closest I'll ever get to J Timberlake and Obama...
1. I know, of all the fabulous places to visit in London, my fam and I decide to choose this place as one of them haha We used our 2 for 1 coupon so we thought why not? Def. do this if you can, otherwise the price is a rip off. But basically I"m sure you all know what this is all about if you choose to go here.
2. Tons of wax models, I think this is either the biggest MT museum in the world or the first one ever? Something like that. Mostly American wax models like J Timberlake, Obama, JLO, Leo, Britney, Nicole Kidman, Brad and Angelina, Julia Roberts, etc....plus some Brits like the Royal family, The Beatles, and The Beckhams. It was fun taking pics with all of them. My fave was me kicking Miley Cyrus.
3. The "scary" section was kinda lame and the random ride at the end was pointless. Did they run out of things to do with this space? It was sooo crowded in the first room with all the American wax models. But it thinned down towards the end. Would I go again? No. But I don't regret going ;-)
maybe 3.5 stars....
Ahhh..the famous wax works near Baker Street station.
If you are foolsih enough to drive by then you will almost always see a gazillion people outside.
It's touristy and pricey but that doesn't deter the crowds. It's a novelty and worth visiting once, unless you have different friends visiting at different times then you have to go multiple times!!!
Some of the creations are better than others (some are dated and need some upkeep). and they change some of the current affairs people around fairly regularly so there is at least some reason to come back.
It's another of those places to visit when you visit London. And there are many of those!!
This is another place I had to look at what the yelp stars meant to decide what to rate this place. A-OK sounds about right, so it'll have to be 3 stars instead of 4. I can't remember exactly why my friend and I decided to go here, but it probably had to do with wanting to see one Disneyland type of entertainment section while in London.
We did not pre-book tickets on a Saturday afternoon and probably stood in line/queue for an hour. The line, however, moved quickly and there were plenty of things to look at while moving through. There were plenty of refreshment machines on the way to the place where you buy tickets as well.
The wax models were for the most part amazing. Most looked eerily like their real-life inspirations. The Helen Mirren's struck me as the most well done. Separate rooms for different cultural figures suitably divided the collection.
I'm used to people being orderly and lining up naturally at events (save during a concert). I almost expected to see crowd surfing happen in the first room as people pushed and shoved in front of each other to get photographs taken. We accidentally went into the Chamber of Horrors and had the employees screaming at us from behind, which is to be expected, but also blowing on my exposed neck and yelling an inch from my face. Not the most pleasant experience. The last ride, the Spirit of London, seemed kind of strange, too. The announcer was barely audible with the sound effects so I only had a vague idea of what was going on in the last section of the ride.
Despite these nuances, the wax figures were a lot of fun to see for their detail. The demonstrations of how the figures were made were pretty impressive. Overall, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, but I'm glad I went at least once.
Omg. When I had the chance to go back to London I HAD to go because I wanted to go back to Madame Tussaud's. It is the BEST part of London. Okay, I mean tower bridge and Big Ben are cool and I guess people get a kick out of the changing of the guard and seeing all that bird shit in Trafalgar Square. But really, if you can't grab wax Brad Pitt's butt or pick wax Obama's nose, what was the point of even going to London?
It costs like $60 US to get in. The hours are absurd and they strongly adhere to closing at 5:30 pm and not letting you in A MINUTE late.
You can breeze through the exhibits, ride the cab through historic London ride, and watch the superhero 3D movie in under an hour. But. It's so fun.
Once, when I only had a day in London, I made the time to go. This fall, I almost cried when it didn't seem I'd be able to make it until time mysteriously freed up on the day of my flight home. Seeing wax people in London and going home to my dog in Boston in the same day? BEST DAY EVER.
Tip: pose with the wax. Touch them. You're allowed. Memories will last a lifetime. Hilarious photos ensue.
I have the feeling that most people are familiar with this place. If not then here it is: famous people fashioned out of wax.I was once forced to go there with a couple of Swedish friends who were not in town for very long. I tried convincing them that a little English pub culture would be better for them, they didn't buy it.
I'm not going to complain about how bored I was, I am however going to tell you an embarrassing story. There was some kind of Alexander the Great theme at the time I went, and I was somehow roped in to being an actor a play involving swords and shield and all sorts of crazy things. The point of the story is, if you approached by someone that works there, run away.
It is expensive and it can take a long time to get in. If you are going to go, book in advance.
When I first heard about Madame Tussaud's, I was like meh because I didn't expect a museum of waxed-up celebrities to be anything spectacular. However, Madame Tussaud's completely took me by surprise on an amazing journey and experience!
My family pre-ordered our tickets online and showed an electronic copy of our tickets (which are cheaper but time-specific, so make sure you book a time that you're sure you can be there) to the workers, foregoing the long line of people who wanted to buy tickets on the spot. Yay!
We took an elevator upstairs and I really have to give Madame Tussaud's points for gussing everything up to the best of their ability. The minute you step outside the elevator, there are fake reporters and flashing lights everywhere as though you're really on a red carpet. Then as you walk into the room, you see "celebrities" everywhere. I was so excited that I wanted to pose with every single celebrity, even ones I don't even care about (ie, the Twilight guys, who have their own little photoshoot section with a real employee to help you take professional pictures with them). I definitely would not have expected myself to get so giddy over celebrity wax figures.
Aside from the A-List room, there were also rooms for athletes, singers (I was surprised Tussaud's switches up their outfits, which match the singers' latest most popular music videos), politicians, classic movie actors/actresses and singers (Audrey Hepburn's wax figure was very pretty), movie producers and directors, scientists, the British royal family, President Obama, etc. I'm pretty sure we spent at least 30+ min in every room!
After all the famous people was a room dedicated to horror story figures, such as Frankenstein and Vlad the Impaler. Then, you get to choose whether you want to experience Scream!, which is basically a haunted house with apparently both wax figures and real employees jumping out at you, or escape to the room behind Scream!. Well, I decided that I didn't want my nerves jumping everywhere (the employee at the divide said he'd rate it a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being extremely scary), so I joined my mom and sister and escaped to the safe zone, where we watched a video of Beyonce talking about how Madame Tussaud's made her wax figure. My dad gave us an update on Scream! and said that it was probably a good idea that I didn't go in the haunted house because he had not been expecting real people jumping out at him and got caught off guard several times.
After that, we got to enjoy a nice short 4D movie of The Avengers, which was a good ending to our trip to Madame Tussaud's.
TL;DR: Very worth our money! Make sure you buy your tickets online to save money and forgo the long line outside!
I have been to a few wax works over the years, and this is bar far the best for realism of famous people. I think they can cram a few more in, they seem to be spread out. You get caught out a fair bit, thinking someone is standing next to you/looking at you and it turns out it's a wax model. A bit pricey, but a must at least once in your life. I have been twice, the first time, I bought tickets online and chose to go when it first opened, (the times were staggered). I took my time and it wasn't crowded. The second time, we waited in line for tickets for ages, and it was so busy. The first time I went through the chamber of horrors, and was promised the actors would not touch me, (I get scared easy), but they did. The second time, I asked if I could bypass this and go straight to the death masks made by Madame Tussaud and the guillotine used on Marie Antoinette etc, but was told no. What about old people or children who can't handle frights? This is not fair. Finally, make sure you go on the ride through London history, it's great, it sums up everything this city has accomplished and gone through over hundreds of years in around ten minutes.
I freely admit, I visited Madam Tussauds on a Bank Holiday weekend, so that was a mistake. Despite having pre-purchased tickets, I still had to queue up in a line that double-looped and took about an hour to get to the museum door. Super annoying, but not nearly as annoying as the inside of the museum.
Truly, I don't understand why there isn't some way to manage the number of people allowed to be in the various rooms at one time. Hockey players have been elbowed less than I was inside this place. People thought nothing of jumping in front of those waiting to snap photos of the wax figures and the only areas where this conduct wasn't happening was in the areas where there was an obvious spot to line up (such as the Robert Pattinson figure).
I'm sure that if I had attended during an off weekend or during the week, the experience would not have been as bad, at least I would hope so.
On the up-side, the wax figures looked fantastic. Very realistic.
This was my second time at Madam Tussauds. It was really FUN this time. I went years ago as an adolescent with my mom and don't remember having this much fun.
They do lose one star for the crowd!!!!! It was a bit much and people were getting veryt ense about taking pictures with some of the figures. I think they should have a limit of how many people can enter at one time. Besides that, we had a great time!
Tip! By your tickets online! Cheaper and you dont have to wait in the long line
Some of us like to watch movies. This is understandable. However, some of us like to go to a building where they have made pretend movie stars out of wax. This is a little more difficult to understand.
I must admit though, that once you're in there - it is strangely intriguing. I mean, where else can you go and afterwards say "I got to touch Adolf Hitler on the nose" or "I got my picture taken with Sadam Hussein"?.
At first, it is enjoyable. As you run around with your friend saying "oh look, it's Johnny Depp!" - but after a while it really hits you that it's not Nicole Kidman, but in fact just a piece of wax molded together to look like her. And then you have the really troubling stuff - like scary old men trying to get a little too friendly with the Miley Cyrus wax model. You can see in the eyes of the Madam Tussauds employees that they've seen it many times before.
Also, you run the risk of missing out on your favourite pretend celebrity. When I went I saw this guy completely lose the plot with a manager because he'd come all the way from America to see Michael Jackson. I was going to interject with the news that he actually lives in the USA but then realised the guy was actually after the pretend Michael Jackson. On being informed by the manager that Michael Jackson's model was actually touring Berlin, I'm not sure if the guy booked a flight to Germany.
Overall, a fun day out for tourists. For locals? I'm not sure. Maybe a day on facebook might be more fun, it's certainly less expensive.
It has been a year or two since I was there but I suppose my comments still hold good :)
Luckily we didn't have to queue very long at all but maybe we were lucky. The exhibits are astoundingly in general and although I am just of average height I was surprised how short a lot of the famous really are!
A good day out.
A few year's back, I took my Mum and wee brother to Madame Tussaud's. They wanted to do some cheesy London tourist stuff and this was the perfect place to take them.
The museum is always pretty busy, we booked our tickets in advance though. Once we were inside, the place was pretty mobbed - as you can imagine. Some of the waxworks were pretty good actually. I was surprised to see how tiny Penelope Cruz was and just how pert J-Lo's bum was! My Mum and brother had a great time and we took so many great photos.
Their waxworks are ever changing to keep the museum contemporary. There are some historical waxworks there too though. Presidential / government figures, world leaders, the royal family. This place was really fun.
I'd say, if you want to do something really fun and tourist-like then this is one of your number one hot spots. It's not mind-blowing and doesn't engage your brain too much but I guarantee you'll have a good time.
So a friend had a spare free ticket to Madame Tussaud's and I figured that, having lived in London for the better part of a decade, I should finally check this phenomenon out. It was fun and gawk-worthy but I'm not sure I'd have been as pleased with my visit if I'd had to pay for it.
It was interesting to get up close and personal with whom was represented in waxwork and to see how many of the selected whom I actually had no idea were (I think I live under a pop culture rock). Some of the mannequins/statues were downright eerie they looked so real. Others, not so much.
I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed the Marvel 4-D film (four stars for that!). It was fun and made me fondly remember the comic book collecting kid I used to be.
Not sure who I'd rec this too, but lots of people there seemed to be having a blast. There's always a queue to get in. So the Madame must be doing something right!
Somewhere I had always fancied visiting but had never bothered before so thought I would do it last month when I went to London.
I wish I had not bothered and had spent the money getting fast pass tickets to the London Eye instead (did not wait as the queue was massive!)
It was so so busy, they just seemed to let so many people in and we were walking around like cattle! Everyone was pushing and bumping into the children all the time. When we did take photos people just walked in front of the camera and stood next to the children so they could get their picture taken next. The only ones with any order were when the staff took the pics - Johnny Depp, Miley Cyrus, The Queen, Amy Winehouse. These pics were not a bad price at £7 each and £1 off each additional one you got.
The scream / scary section, although was an additional charge they seemed to let anyone in regardless of if they had paid or not - I did not as it said was unsuitable for under 12's.
The taxi ride around old London was worth the short wait and was enjoyable, but mainly because no one was able to push into you whilst you were in the taxi!
I don't know if it would be this busy outside of school holidays but I will never find out as it really put me off going again.
On a positive side the most of the models were good and for children the Harry Potter, Kylie and Miley Cyrus ones are a must see
I have never been, but know it is very expensive
Not really my idea of a day out!
Madame Tussauds in my opinion is one of the London attractions worth flying for. It's a place where you can see almost all celebrities' wax reproductions. They're are amazing.
The ones I liked most were Kylie Minogue, The Royal Family (with wonderful princess Diana) and a photographer in the pose of taking a picture. When was there I turned my back and saw this man (trying to take a picture) and I said
-Oh sorry sir,sorry sir!-
Then I thought - why isn't he moving? How long does it take to snap a picture?!-
Then I realised it was a wax recreation. I laughed out loud. It is a nice place for family, friends and artists.
There so much to see; I spent most of the afternoon there but unfortunately did not finish to view it all.
Quite a cool place to go, especially if you're someone who gets star struck easily Having your photo taken with a 'celebrity' can look amusing if you're in a silly pose etc, you can have a lot of fun here and new models are continually added.
A bit pricey, but it does depend what you're looking for.
Very convenient to get to as well as it's situated right next to Baker Street tube station.
I'm not a Londoner - in fact I visited for the first time last year and Madame Tussauds was on my list of things 'to do' during my stay. We pre-booked tickets online which cost around half of the price that it usually costs and the children had Blue Peter badges so got in for free. In all honesty I think that if I had paid full price entry I would have been very disappointed.
The place is over hyped and overpriced for what you actually get to see. Obviously the waxwork celebrities, politicians, etc are impressive and it must take a very skilled and patient person to create such displays, however, I found it quite boring and was expecting there to be more to see and do. It's not really the sort of thing that a child can really appreciate or enjoy. We had a thorough look around but all in all, it took us about 1.5 hours to see it all. Personally it was not my cup of tea -- there are plenty of other more interesting cheap/free exhibitions in London. Save your money!
The place is a bit of a mixed bag for people with access needs, its near public transport and there is a drop off point, if you let them know you've arrived they'll let you in without queuing, admission is reduced and your companion is free of charge, Big However, they only allow three wheelchairs in the building at any one time, so beware, and the ride is not accessible also.
Still worth a visit, they have a special lift so all floors can be seen.
Although this is an established London attraction it is clearly not worth the money they charge for it. I do not deny that it is in fact interesting but it is far busier than I would like it to be, having left me without that feeling of accomplish from seeing everything, I couldn't almost move and look at the sculptures properly due to the high influx of visitors. That might be a good sign for business but it isn't for a visitor that wants to view everything, after having pay a princely sum of £25 you would expect more, wouldn't you?
The best part of the exhibition is the Horror chamber in the way that it shows the first sculptures Tussaud made. It was quite nice to see Marie Antoinette's head there. Other than that was actually a run of the mill exhibition, not even the taxi ride within the attraction made it better.
I got out of there a bit disappointed, but with the feeling that it is one of those attractions that you have to be there at least once. Just try to find out what is the calmest day to go!
On hot April day, we decided to head for Madame Tussauds on our cheap Tesco tickets. Not knowing what to expect, there were some highs and lows:
- The prices of admission (OK we had vouchers, but still it 'cost' a large sum),
- The additional money required to see the Marvel 4D movie
- The Marvel 4D movie; brilliant!
- The temperature queuing, with no shade for around an hour,
- The number of rude non-British tourists being rude and obnoxious,
- The quality of most of the exhibits,
- The London Taxi ride at the end
- The quality of some of the (older?) exhibits; The Beatles, notably
- The time it took to get round; didn't expect we would do the whole thing in under 2 hours
- The number of places to sit down.
Well worth a visit, if money and time is no object, and if I might suggest going in the afternoon; there was no queue when we left...
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