Looking for a unique thing to do with your children in London? Love the silly character of Shrek? There’s only one attraction that overlaps between those two: Shrek’s Adventure! Located on the Southbank right near a number of other attractions, Shrek’s Adventure combines interactive exhibits with scenes from a beloved family classic. It’s a great way to visit in this part of London and keep your kids entertained, especially if you visit any other attractions in the area at the same time.
Several years ago, I took my kids to this attraction as part of a London trip (during half term, so there were definitely crowds) and was pleasantly surprised at how an experience that is so typically “touristy” was still fun for everyone – kids and parents alike.
If you’re a parent (or grandparent) trying to decide whether Shrek’s Adventure is worth it, I’m here to help. Below you’ll find a detailed Shrek’s Adventure Review; it covers all the logistics of visiting, plus my own experience and some final thoughts and tips to help make sure you have a great time. Ready to decide if this experience should be an essential part of your London itinerary? Off to “Far Far Away” we go!
Basics of Visiting Shrek’s Adventure
Before jumping into my personal experience (and how much my kids enjoyed our time) at Shrek’s Adventure, I want to cover some of the basics you need to know in order to visit in the first place.
Location & Transport
Let me start my Shrek’s Adventure review with some practical advice regarding your visit. First off, let’s talk location: the attraction can be found on the south bank of the Thames, next to the London Eye.
While it is possible to drive to Shrek’s Adventure, as it is in the center of the city, it is advised that, for your own sanity, you use public transport! The public transport links here are excellent. If you’re coming by Tube, both Waterloo and Westminster stations are just a five-minute stroll away. Plus, there are plenty of bus services from all over the city that stop in the vicinity of Waterloo or Westminster Bridge Road.
If a car is your only option, then you can get cheap parking at both the National Theatre Car Park and Q-Park which are nearby, as long as you prove you are visiting Shrek.
Hours, Admission & Tickets
Opening hours vary by day, but here are the basics of when Shrek’s Adventure is open:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 10am to 3pm
- Thursday: 11am to 3pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 4pm
These may vary for seasonal holidays and bank holidays, so be sure to check the website as you plan your London itinerary just so your plans aren’t disrupted.
As with many London attractions, Shrek’s Adventure offers different ticket options. A standard ticket starts at £30 if you purchase them on the day of your visit. Discounts are available if you book online in advance; prices start from £24 for adults and £19 for children.
If you are hoping to enjoy more of the attractions in the area, there are excellent discounts available if you purchase multi-attraction tickets. This way, you can enter either the London Eye or the SEA LIFE London Aquarium at a discount, too!
Be sure to check the website for current offers, too.
Food Options & Facilities
There are no food or drink outlets at Shrek’s Adventure although some refreshments can be bought at the gift shop. However, you’ll find plenty of restaurants nearby along the South Bank, so lunch before or after your time here would be ideal.
Let’s cover one very important detail for any family attraction in London: there are restrooms at the beginning of the tour, and again at the end. Be sure to insist on everyone taking care of “business” so your experience isn’t disrupted!
Pushchairs/ prams/ buggies are not permitted onto the tour at Shrek’s Adventure London. However, there is a buggy park provided on the first floor before your tour begins.
Disabled guests are very well catered for at this attraction. It is highly advised to book with them in advance with the details of your disability so they can provide you and your carers with the best possible experience when you visit.
Gift Shop & Souvenirs
A very well-equipped gift shop awaits you on your exit, with souvenirs to suit all budgets. I like the children to spend a few pounds of their pocket money at each attraction we visit, so they have a reminder of their experience. That’s why I find it so frustrating when supposedly family-friendly places don’t cater to pocket-money budgets – but Shrek’s Adventure gets this right for sure!
My Experience at the Shrek’s Adventure
While you now know all the basics, that doesn’t really give you a sense of what Shrek’s Adventure is like – or if it’s actually worth it. To that end, I thought I’d spend the rest of my Shrek’s Adventure review sharing my own experience visiting in
My family booked our Shreks Adventure tickets via London Attraction Passes (this is one of those services that allows you to book tickets for multiple attractions in one). We were able to get tickets for two other attractions at the same time (the London Eye and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium) and the prices were more reasonable for spending a whole day in the area.
Having read some reviews on Shreks Adventure I was a little nervous about my choice. Online opinions and Shrek’s Adventure reviews are a little mixed; some people say that the attraction was overcrowded and disorganized. Being half term (when British schools take a mid-term break), I figured we would be there at its busiest time and I was prepared for chaos.
Well, I didn’t need to worry: the entire experience was fantastically organized, well thought-out, and immense amounts of fun – even for us adults. I think, like with all of these places, some days you can just be unlucky and visit on a particularly busy or disorganized day.
We had booked for 11am, arrived at 10:40am, and the doors were opened at 10:50am. Quite a long queue had started to form outside at this point, so getting there early was a good choice. We had our tickets scanned and went straight on through. Everywhere had a clean, modern, and organized feel.
Now the experience itself. Once you scan your tickets, off you go on a fun-filled tour that takes place in Shrek’s home, the magical and mysterious Far Far Away. You navigate the experience of Shrek’s Adventure in a group – our group consisted of around 20 people.
You find yourself being transported to Far Far Away. Here you come face to face with some familiar faces (if you know the Shrek movies, of course) and one particular devious little character. Prepare to join in, to sing, and to dance. Each part is fantastically portrayed by enthusiastic, talented actors and actresses. There is plenty of opportunity for the children (and adults!) to participate. My 6-year-old daughter was in her element being so involved and immersed in the action. My 10-year-old son isn’t so keen on audience participation; he was a little on edge because of this and occasionally hid behind me to ensure he was not singled out to join in!
In terms of other parts of the experience – without giving away too many spoilers – the Shrek 4D bus ride is fantastic, fun, and exhilarating. It is not frightening unless you are particularly sensitive to motion/surprise. Also, watch out for the Shrek Mirror Maze. Our group took the wrong path on many occasions and ended up being rescued by Sleeping Beauty – all part of the fun, nothing to be concerned about!
Lastly, there are plenty of fun and imaginative professional photo opportunities but do remember that making videos and taking photos on your own device is prohibited.
Reviews state that Shrek’s Adventure is aimed at children aged 6 – 12 years, but there is no age restriction. You do come across a few scary (ish?!) characters, and there are a few bits that are designed to startle you although nothing at all sinister. Unless your child is particularly nervous, I think almost all visitors will love it.
Shrek’s Adventure Review: Final Thoughts
To wrap things up, here are a few other thoughts I had that didn’t quite fit in anywhere else in my review of Shrek’s Adventure:
- The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours. A bit pricey for the short duration but worth it in my opinion for the sheer originality and enthusiasm of the staff.
- There are well-sign-posted restrooms in good clean condition (and some top-notch toilet humor to accompany your toilet break!).
- Shrek’s Adventure is well situated next to The London Dungeons, SEA LIFE, and the London Eye, so it’s very easy to fill your day once you have finished up. There are also a few fast food restaurants within easy walking distance if you want to plan lunch, although, between 11am and 1pm, the queues were huge. Keep that in mind if you’re also booking timed visits to the other attractions.
On the whole, I think Shrek’s Adventure is a great experience for the whole family. I was uncertain when first booking, but in the end, we had a great time, and I think you and your family will too.
Have any other questions about Shrek’s Adventure and or any parts of my review? Let me know in the comments below!