Yes, Thero was let loose amongst the visitors at Madame Tussauds…
I know I’ve been a little quiet for the past two weeks, as I’ve explained in an earlier post, with my birthday and some much needed time off. One of my days away from my computer was spent at Madame Tussauds in London. This would actually be one of two days I spent in London, but I’ll talk about day two in another post. Now I’ve been to Madame Tussauds a long while ago, almost twenty years ago (yes, that makes me feel old), so it was interesting to see what had changed and what I could remember from before.
What I didn’t remember was the incredibly long queue and the incredibly long wait to get inside. Even though we had booked in advance, we still had to wait about half an hour to get inside. This would actually be my first bit of advice to anyone visiting: Book your tickets in advance. Because the queue for the on-the-door tickets was even longer, and its cheaper to buy the tickets earlier.
Once inside, you get to go through series of themed areas, like the film area and the royal area. There were alot of people, even on a weekday, inside so be prepared for a wait if there is a particular wax model you want to see. Also, be warned there are a lot of seriously rude people who like to shove to the front of the queue and who can’t control their children (you know who you are…). Here comes my second bit of advice: Don’t buy the snacks with Madame Tussauds. These are not worth the money you pay and you can buy them in any of the shops nearby.
Something that has changed since my last visit is the inclusion of some ‘interactive experiences’. Most of these are included in the ticket price and are worth doing. The first you will come across is the new Sherlock Holmes experience, which takes you into Sherlock’s world. It is very similar to the London Dungeons, with actors, sets and special effects. The next experience is more of an indoor ride called The Spirit of London, where you ride in a black cab through London’s history. The third experience is the Marvel 4d Experience. This was actually really well done and competes with the Sherlock Holmes experience as my favourite part of the whole visit. The final experience is the Star Wars experience. To be honest, I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, so this would appeal more to other people but it was a nice addition to the visit.
Overall we spent about three hours in Madame Tussauds and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think we were fortunate it wasn’t too busy, as this would have impacted on how much we could see. So my final bit of advice would be: avoid visiting during the school holidays, try to go mid week. Like I said, it was a great day and Madame Tussauds is worth visiting.
Have any of you guys been to Madame Tussauds? Please share your experiences in the comments!