I always remember visiting Madame Tussauds as one of the most fun experiences I had in London. Do not miss this magical place, especially if you are traveling with family or friends, where you will laugh, hallucinate and discover more than 250 characters.
the best tickets to Madame Tussauds in London with access to all rooms
Pose with the most famous characters in the world in this fantastic museum. Enjoy the different sections such as the one dedicated exclusively to the Star Wars saga.
In the hilarious Madame Tussauds museum in London you can take the best pictures with the most popular characters in the world. Get your tickets for the wax museum and get up close and personal with the countless hyper-realistic figures. From Madonna to Albert Einstein to Johnny Deep or Queen Elizabeth II.
Enter the magical Star Wars universe and take a selfie with Yoda or Princess Leia. You can also ride the classic London black cab and take a tour through the history of the city, with the Spirit of London Ride, included in your tickets.
Recommended if... you are going to London with family and friends and want to have a few laughs.
How far in advance should you buy your tickets?
I recommend you to buy your tickets in advance online, as the queues are huge every day. You can choose between standard (general) or premium tickets. And if you are going to spend several days in London, you can buy the London Explorer Pass, which includes this ticket and many others.
Buying your ticket at the Madame Tussauds ticket office is possible, but it is a museum that attracts 2.5 million visitors a year and queues can last up to 3 hours. My advice is that if you are thinking of buying your ticket there, go very, very early.
What does the general admission ticket include?
With this ticket for the wax museum you will enjoy a tour of the entire wax figure exhibition. Plus, you'll get to sit in a typical London cab as you virtually ride through the history of the city on the Spirit on London Ride.
And you can also immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy with Yoda, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in a breathtaking exhibit created in collaboration with Disney and Lucas Film.
- Spirit of London Ride Taxi Ride
- Immersive Star Wars experience
What does the premium ticket include?
Looking for direct access to Madame Tussauds Museum and all its activities? Get the Premium Ticket and enjoy a VIP experience. With this ticket you will skip the queues and get the most out of your visit to the museum.
The premium ticket will open the doors of the Madame Tussaud's museum and all its immersive experiences. You can attend the Sherlock Holmes Experience, live a cinema trip to the Star Wars saga and enjoy free popcorn while watching a 4D movie with the mythical characters of the Marvel comics.
- Direct entrance to the Madame Tussauds museum.
- Access to the Sherlock Holmes Experience
- Fast-track access to the Spirit of London Ride
- Free popcorn during the viewing of the Marvel 4D Experience
- Fast-track access to the Star Wars Experience
Is it advisable to purchase a tourist pass to visit Madame Tussauds?
There is also a third possibility to access the Madame Tussauds museum, which I encourage you to consider if you are going to spend several days in the city. As you will discover in this other article I have written on London Passa tourist pass is really practical, as it includes access to the main attractions of London saving a lot of time in queues and quite a lot of money in tickets.
The London Explorer Pass is the must-have pass in London, as it offers the possibility to choose up to 7 attractions among the 31 available, including Madam Tussauds.
The Magic London Pass, on the other hand, is the best pass for family trips, as it includes access to 4 dream places: London Eye, the spooky rides you will discover with the London Dungeon tickets, the fun adventures of Shrek's Adventure and the impressive London aquarium, Sea Life London.
Vicky's Top Traveller Tip
Consider purchasing a tourist pass to save on your trip if you want to visit other attractions such as the London Eye.
The best of Madame Tussauds
As for the distribution of the Madame Tussauds museum, I will tell you that it is divided into several thematic sections, all equally interesting, but I leave them here so you can organize your visit and emphasizing the characters that you most want to know.
This is the collection that includes immersive experiences in the Marvel and Star Wars universes, and where you can see the singer Dua Lipa and Princes Harry and Meghan up close.
It features characters from the spheres of film, social life and music, and where you will verify the measurements of the rooms on which Kim Kardashian rests. You will take selfies with the incombustible Beyoncé, the delicate Audrey Hepburn and two of nature's primes like George Clooney and Brad Pitt, among many others.
Culture and History
Here you will travel through history through its Spirit of London Ride and the looks of some of the characters that marked it, such as Albert Einstein, Hitler, Van Gogh or Nelson Mandela, besides being able to compare your height on a catwalk with some of the biggest top models in the world as Cara Delevigne.
Thanks to this section, you can come face to face with the dreaded Alien or King Kong and his animatronic head over 5 meters tall, and become Sherlock Holmes or a real YouTuber for a day.
Learn about the history of Madame Tussauds
Who would have thought centuries ago that Marie Tussauds, born in France, would end up becoming one of the most popular names in the world when she learned to mold in wax while working as a housekeeper. From her first exhibition in 1776 at the Royal Palace in Paris, her success was such that she was called to work as art teacher to the sister of King Louis XVI and ended up living in the Palace of Versailles itself!
When her mentor died, Tussauds inherited his entire collection of wax figures and her fame and recognition gave her the nickname of Madame Tussauds and to inaugurate and install, in 1884, what today is the largest collection of celebrity figures in the world, the Madame Tussauds Museum.
Tips to organize your visit
To help you make the most of your visit, here are some useful information.
How to get to the Madame Tussauds museum
The museum is well connected with public transport lines in the city. Located on Marylebone Rd, so you can get to Madame Tussauds through various combinations of subway, train or bus:
- Subway: Baker Street Station.
- Train: Marylebone Station is a 10-minute walk away.
- Bus: lines 13, 18, 27, 30, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274 and 453.
Public transport in London
The best way to get around London is with your Oyster Card, a season ticket that you can buy and recharge at any of its subway stations. Nowadays, you can also use your contact-less debit or credit card on London's public transport (subway or bus) and the fare will be deducted from your bill.
Madame Tussauds opening hours
Madame Tussauds is open every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday, but before venturing to visit check their website for opening times according to the calendar date on which you travel. Within the opening hours from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, opening hours may vary depending on the months and days of the year.
Services available at the Madame Tussauds Museum
- Restrooms on each floor of the museum.
- It is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator for people with reduced mobility. Wheelchairs are available for loan, subject to reservation and availability.
- Gift store.
- Cafeteria located in the gift store and a snack and beverage stand.
- Left-luggage office, for a fee, to store items such as coats, backpacks, bags...
- Baby changing facilities.
What can you see around Madame Tussauds?
- Marylebone: As if that were not enough, you can take advantage of your visit to the Madame Tussauds museum to get to know other attractions offered by the district in which it is located, Marylebone. This area, south of Regent's Park, has the largest concentration of Georgian houses in London. Several terraced houses by John Nash, the famous English architect, embellish the southern end of the busiest royal park in the city.
- Regent's Park: To complete a perfect day of sightseeing and relax a little after your long tour of the museum, you can not miss a visit to Regent's Park, less than 900 meters from Madame Tussauds. Its beautiful Queen Mary's Gardens are fabulous to spend a pleasant summer afternoon, as well as its lake, with a variety of waterfowl.
- The Sherlock Holmes House Museum: Just 200 meters from the museum, at 221b Baker Street, you can discover where the most perceptive detective in history lived according to Arthur Conan Doyle. Converted into an exhibition, the Sherlock Holmes Museum building, dating from 1815, has been furnished exactly like the apartment described in the books.
- Marble Arch: A little further away, but only a kilometer away from Madame Tussauds, you can discover the Marble Arch, a great triumphal arch that witnesses a whirlwind of daily traffic and, also designed by John Nash in 1827, once served as the entrance to Buckingham Palace.
- Oxford Street: If you have shopping to do, take the opportunity to go through the 'Fifth Avenue' of London. A little more than 1 kilometer from Madame Tussauds, in Oxford Street, you will find almost anything, from the most basic souvenirs to the latest fashions of great designers. It is a must at Christmas, when the streets are decked out in lights and decorations creating a really special atmosphere.
Vicky's Top Traveller Tip
Take advantage of your visit to Madame Tussauds to discover its surroundings: a wonderful park and a typical English neighborhood that tourists always overlook.
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