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Madame Tussauds London Review: Weird & Waxy or Just Wacky?

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As I’m sure you’ve discovered in planning your London itinerary, there is no shortage of things to do and it’s impossible to do it all on your first trip – or even repeat visits. Parsing through the attractions, experiences, and tours is a daunting task – but that’s where I’m here to help.

Through my own experiences visiting London – usually with my family in tow – I’ve come to discover which London attractions are worth it, and which are worth skipping. Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on Madame Tussauds London waxwork museum.

If you know anything about Madame Tussauds, you know the premise: its a museum of lifelike waxworks of famous figures. For some people, that’s fascinating – for others, it’s freaky. If you’re somewhere in between and trying to decide whether to visit Madam Tussauds in London, read on for my review.

Bonus! As part of the London Pass, you can receive free admission to Madame Tussauds (valued at £47pp in 2024!). Click here to read my London Pass review and click here to buy your own London Pass and save during your London trip.

Basics of Visiting Madame Tussauds London

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Photo courtesy of Madame Tussauds in London via Facebook

If you’re thinking of the heart of London, it doesn’t get much more centrally located than Madame Tussauds, but that’s not all you need to know to visit. Here are all the basics to help you plan a trip – should you decide it’s worth it.

Location, Transport & Tickets

While it might not top every list of “must-dos” in London, Madame Tussauds is actually one of the easiest London attractions to visit; it’s located on Marylebone Road in Central London. The nearest tube station, Baker Street, is just a two-minute walk away. 

Madame Tussauds is open from 10am to 3pm every day, so it’s great no matter when you visit London, and perfect if you’re looking for a last-minute rainy day activity. Standard tickets start from £33 if purchased online, and £42 on the day. 

Food Options & Facilities

If you’re feeling peckish, there are a variety of food and drinks outlets throughout the Madame Tussauds attraction, including Grab and Go stations and a specialist chocolate fondue station where you can get all your favorite treats dipped in mouthwatering chocolate…yum! 

Restrooms and baby change facilities are available on each floor of the attraction. 

Gift Shop & Souvenirs

Many travelers just can’t resist the urge to take something home from a gift shop. Luckily, there is an excellent Gift Store at London Madame Tussauds. As you may imagine, it is packed full of all sorts of cool and quirky souvenirs and memorabilia.

Read on to learn about our experience at this iconic attraction with our honest and helpful Madame Tussauds London Review.

My Experience at Madame Tussauds London

I was excited to visit Madam Tussauds as I had heard so much about its fascinating quirkiness! I was amazed to discover that Madame Tussauds London location opened way back in 1835. Since then, it has become a must-do attraction for visitors to England’s capital. It is definitely best suited to those who are particularly interested in the world of celebrities and also those who love a selfie!

The attraction is split into seven specific zones; within these areas, there are over 150 waxwork models. My family and I discovered film stars, sporting heroes, and members of the Royal family! (It has to be said that some of the waxwork figures were more lifelike than others, with some of the less accurate ones giving us quite a giggle.)

Some of the waxworks are more popular than others. We came across long queues at the Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hardy, and Kim Kardashian models, which was a bit frustrating. It can sometimes feel a little crowded and almost claustrophobic in certain parts of the attractions, at times. 

In addition to studying the waxwork models, there are also some interactive experiences to enjoy at Madame Tussauds. The newest is the Marvel Universe 4D movie which was our favorite. It really felt like you were up close and personal with your favorite Marvel characters and the special effects are awesome!

I also enjoyed The Spirit of London ride where I was able to hop aboard an iconic London taxi and embark upon an exciting journey through the city’s history. It’s a fantastic – and different – way to witness the important and influential events that have impacted London and its evolution.

Photo courtesy of Madame Tussauds via Instagram

So, is Madame Tussauds London worth it? Well, it’s always hard to give a definite answer as it depends on so many things. Hopefully, my Madame Tussauds London review has helped you to decide if you should add this iconic attraction to your London itinerary. However, if you are still in two minds then here are my final thoughts:

  • Madame Tussauds is a unique and fun way to spend a few hours in London, and the waxwork figures are extremely amusing! Many people say it is something you should do once, for the novelty and amusement. 
  • However, it does get very busy and crowded, particularly towards the middle of the day, when it can almost become quite chaotic, particularly around the more popular figures, such as Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. 
  • Also, it is relatively expensive given the fairly short amount of time you can enjoy there, and it can feel like that money wasn’t well spent if you spend most of your time in a queue just to catch a glimpse of a wax version of Ariane Grande. 

Keeping all that in mind, it’s really up to you. I hope that sharing my own experience at Madame Tussauds in London can help you plan your London itinerary, whether you prioritize a visit to see your favorite celeb or royal, or you decide this isn’t for you. Have any questions about visiting Madam Tussauds London location or my review of visiting? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget! As part of the London Pass, you can receive free admission to Madame Tussauds (valued at £47pp in 2024!). Click here to read my London Pass review and click here to buy your own London Pass and save during your London trip.

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Vikki grew up in south east London and enjoyed all aspects of the city for many years before she left to travel the world. She still has family in the city and brings her kids back to enjoy all the wonders of London whenever she can.

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