Arguably London’s favorite tourist destination, Madame Tussauds has seen a footfall of 500 million people since it first opened, and continues to attract more than 2.5 million tourists each year. If you are in London, you should not leave without taking the ultimate Madame Tussauds London Tour.
Madame Tussauds needs no introduction. This museum features 400 realistic replicas of some of the most popular icons in the world ranging from politicians and actors, religious figures and historical geniuses, to even murderers.
The museum was named after the famous wax Sculptor Marie Tussaud. She was born in Strasbourg, France in 1761 and made a name for herself carving life-like sculptures of notable personalities like Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson, and Sir Walter Scott.
Madame Tussauds first opened in London in 1835 on Baker Street but in 1894 it was moved to its present location on Marylebone Road.
If your long standing dream has been to take a selfie with Barack Obama or with Prince Harry, Madame Tussauds is the only place that can help you come close to your dreams. Here you can even hug the replica of Prince Harry and you won’t be thrown away by the security.
The waxwork in Madame Tussauds is divided into different sections. You will meet your favorite movie stars in the Hollywood section. Take this opportunity to get clicked with Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, or Adele. In the Royal Family section, you will come across the replicas of Wills, Kate, and Queen Elizabeth.
There is an entire section dedicated to political icons like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and even religious figures like Pope John Paul have found a place inside the museum.
If you are at the Madame Tussauds, you should not leave without venturing inside the Chamber Of Horrors. If you feel gutsy, you can explore this section where you will see the likes of Adolf Hitler, Guy Fawkes, Vlad The Impaler, the head of Stalin, and the death masks of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Ah, and before we forget- there is an entire section dedicated to Star Wars inside the museum. You can go there and relive your star-wars excitement.
Besides being a celebrity wax museum, Madame Tussauds also gives an insightful take on the history of London. The museum offers taxi rides showcasing London’s historic tales (called ‘the Spirit Of London), and a Marvel Superheroes 4-D Mini Movies experience for children.
Tube Station Near Madame Tussauds
Before visiting any landmark site, it is important to find out the best way to get there. The closest tube station to Madame Tussauds is Baker Street. It is a short 5- minute walk from the museum, and access to the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines. If you are taking the National Rail services, then the nearest station is London Marylebone.
- If you are a fan of Star Wars or Marvel superheroes, it would be a wise decision to purchase a Standard Ticket online before your trip to get the complete Star Wars and Marvel 4-D experience.
- If you wish to club Madame Tussauds with other nearby attractions, the best way to do that is through the ultimate Hop-On Hop-Off London Madame Tussauds tour. This tour will take you to other major attractions of London such as the London Eye and Big Ben, while allowing you to spend as much time as you want exploring the sites.
Visiting Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds encompasses within itself centuries of history and culture. It takes at-least three to four hours to explore each and every aspect of this museum. If you are planning to visit the museum during peak tourist season or on a weekend, be prepared for huge crowds.
If you have not bought a priority ticket beforehand, then you should arrive way before the museum opens (9.30 am on weekdays and 9.00 am on weekends), as queues can be extremely long, sometimes lasting longer than two hours.
One thing to keep in mind is that there are seven different entry doors to the museum, which may cause some confusion to the first timers. If you have a ticket and/or a promotional voucher head directly to Door 1. If you booked your ticket online and have been given a confirmed time slot, then you should head to Door 3. VIP Stage Door ticket holders and disabled visitors are required to enter from Door 5, and people traveling in groups of 15 or more should use Door 7.
Cost Of The Ticket
The cost of Standard Tickets is £34 at the door, and £22 online. For children aged four to fifteen, the cost is £29.50 at the door, and £18 online.It is recommended to book your tickets online because you would end up saving a lot of money that way.
Besides the above-mentioned tickets, there are variety of tickets that you can purchase if you wish to explore further-
- Priority Entrance Tickets starting from £50, allow you to avoid the queues and directly gain entry into the Star Wars Section.
- The Stage Door Fast Track Entry Ticket (available online for £70) gives you the permission to visit anytime and avoid all long queues during the visit. This ticket also gives you access to the Star Wars experience, Spirit Of London taxi ride, and VIP seating with free popcorn for the Marvel Super Heroes 4-D experience.
- There is another ticket that caters exclusively to adults. It is called Fashionably Late At Madame Tussauds. It costs The Stage Door Fast Track Entry Ticket £29 and is available online. It gives adults access to the bar with one complimentary cocktail.
If you wish to have a complete and immersive experience of the museum, you can book the Hop-On Hop-Off London Madame Tussauds tour.
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