On the weekend we were fortunate to be invited to Madame Tussauds in London. In short Madame Tussauds is a museum chain for life-size wax replicas of famous celebrities & historic icons in themed galleries.
I had not been to Madam Tussauds for a number of years and Dominic and Ita had never been at all. First impressions upon queuing were that the staff were very respectful of social distancing and were in PPE. There are marks on the floor too which helps remind people where to stand. We found that scanning the tickets from your phone was also really helpful and well thought out. Even going through security, you are excepted to hold you bag open and assist with searches which again, was really thought out and made me feel really comfortable.
We were also told to keep our masks on walking around but that we could remove them for photos (so long as you put them straight back on after).
Once we were inside, I was so surprised by how much space we had. We took the elevator (one family per lift) to the lower ground to begin our tour. We entered into Hollywood where we met some famous faces such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Kate Winslet and Tom Hardy. There is also a themed bar in this area which I was not expecting! You can buy snacks and drinks here… including champagne.
Ita absolutely loved the Marvel area and the lay out was fantastic for photos. It is a brand new interactive experience, where Captain Marvel joins the likes of Spider Man, Iron Man and Nick Fury in the attraction’s Marvel area. We did not get to experience the 4d cinema though and I wasn’t sure if it was closed due to the restrictions or not. There are no staff in this area to ask so we moved along! (I really hope we didn’t just miss it!).
Dominic loved the sports area and Star Wars too. Yoda looked brilliant!
It was here in these areas that we noticed how well Madam Tussauds was laid put for those with disabilities. There is access for wheelchairs especially so this attraction is perfect for an inclusive day out. (Please see below for further details for disability access).
There is also a ‘Behind the Scenes’ area… this terrified Ita! King Kongs huge head and loud roars made her run straight through! She was too afraid to even meet Tinkerbell. Ita is much like me in this respect, she is very jumpy. So if you do have a child who you think might be frightened, be prepared for this area.
My favourite photo however has to be of Ita with the Queen! I believe that in this area usually you can sit down to eat but it’s currently closed due to the Covid restrictions.
I have to say, I was expecting the models to look familiar but I was really so surprised by how life liked they looked. Especially Donald Trump and Kanye West. The work that goes into these wax models is incredible. There is actually an area where you learn about this from none other than Beyonce.
There are lots of food kiosks inside and one had an amazing chocolate fountain and waffle station. This is just before you enter into the Marvel section so hold out for this if you can! (It is worth it!).
There is a reduced capacity at the moment due to covid so you must book on line in advance. It is open daily from 10 – 4.
Tickets start from £28 for 16 years and over, 3-15 years from £24 and children under 3 are free.
All in all, we were only inside for about 45 minutes so if it is not too busy you might find the experience quite a quick one. This however was ideal for us. What I love about London attractions is that you can do combination tickets which really give you a better value for your money. So, if you did decide to visit Madame Tussauds then you could buy a combo ticket to include the following attractions.
Madame Tussauds is right by Baker Street station too which makes travel very easy. As we attended on a Sunday, we decided to drive and parked close to Marylebone Station for free!
There are also some really interesting VIP Experiences at Madam Tussauds. The Birthday Package is £20 and you get a bag full of themed goodies. There is also an Early Bird option where you pay £60 and gain access to Madame Tussauds 45 minutes before it officially opens. I would really consider this if you do have the money because as explained above, you would essentially have the entire place to yourself and be finished before it even opens!
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Don’t forget you can also get 2 for 1 tickets if travelling to London by train thanks to National Rail.
Check out this link for further info.
Link for information on disability access