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.
1. Where to buy tickets
I recommend buying tickets in advance on the internet: the queues are huge every day. You can choose between standard (general) and 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.
- London Explorer Pass, From $ 50
At the box office
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 its queues can last up to 3 hours. My advice is that if you are thinking of buying your ticket there, go very, very early.
2. General or standard admission
With this ticket you are assured access through a faster line than the rest of the visitors. In addition to enjoying a tour of the entire wax figures exhibition, the general admission ticket to Madame Tussauds gives you access to an interactive 4D experience with the Super Heroes of the Marvel universe or you can sit in a typical London cab while you virtually travel through the history of the city in the Spirit on London Ride attraction.
You can also immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy with Yoda, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in an impressive exhibition created in collaboration with Disney and Lucas Film.
What does the general admission ticket include?
- Fast-track entry to Madame Tussauds London museum
- Access to the Marvel 4D movie
- Spirit of London Ride cab ride
- Immersive Star Wars experience
What is not included in this general admission ticket?
- Pick up and drop off at the hotel.
- Sherlock Holmes Experience (pass can be purchased there for approximately £5).
3. Premium Ticket
Looking for direct access to the 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 you will be able to enjoy your visit to the museum to the fullest.
The Madame Tussauds Premium Ticket opens the doors to the entire Madame Tussauds and all its immersive experiences. You can attend the Sherlock Holmes Experience, a theatricalized passage full of actors, sound effects and emotions that will transport you into the universe of the most famous detective in history.
The Force will accompany you on your journey to a galaxy far, far away in the interactive exhibition of some of the most emblematic scenes and characters from the Star Wars saga.
Finally, you can enjoy some free popcorn while watching a 4D movie with the legendary characters from the Marvel comics and travel through the key episodes and places of London's history aboard a typical cab on the Spirit London Ride.
What does the Premium Ticket include?
- Direct entry to Madame Tussauds Museum
- Access to the Sherlock Holmes Experience
- Fast-track access to the Spirit of London Ride
- Free popcorn while viewing the Marvel 4D Experience
- Fast-track access to the Star Wars Experience
What is not included in the Premium Ticket?
- Pick up and return to the hotel.
4. London Explorer Pass and other passes
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 can discover in this other article I have written about London Pass, a tourist pass is really practical, as it includes access to the main attractions in 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 out of 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 5 dream attractions: the London Eye, the spooky rides of the London Dungeon, the fun adventures of Shrek's Adventure and the impressive London Aquarium at SEA LIFE London.
Vicky's Top Traveller Tip
Consider purchasing a sightseeing pass to save on your trip if you want to visit other attractions such as the London Eye.
5. The best sections of Madame Tussauds
As for the layout 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, 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'll check out the measurements of the quarters 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, as well as being able to compare your height on a catwalk with some of the biggest top models in the world, such 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.
6. A little history about 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 led her to be known as 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.
7. Organize your visit
How to get to the Madame Tussauds Museum
The museum is perfectly connected to the city's public transport lines. Located on Marylebone Rd, you can reach Madame Tussauds by 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 it, check its website to know the schedules according to the date of the calendar in 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 Madame Tussauds Museum
- Restrooms on each floor of the museum.
- It is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator for the mobility of people with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available for loan, subject to reservation and availability.
- Gift store.
- Cafeteria located in the gift store and a snack and beverage stand.
- Luggage room, for a fee, to store items such as coats, backpacks, bags...
- Baby changing facilities.
8. Surroundings of Madame Tussauds
As if that were not enough, you can take advantage of your visit to the Madame Tussauds museum to visit 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.
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.
Sherlock Holmes House Museum
Just 200 meters from the museum, at 221b Baker Street, you can discover where Arthur Conan Doyle's most astute detective lived. Converted into an exhibition, the Sherlock Holmes Museum building, dating from 1815, has been furnished exactly like the apartment described in the books.
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.
If you have shopping to do, take the opportunity to stop by London's 'Fifth Avenue'. A little more than 1 kilometer from Madame Tussauds, on 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 decorated with 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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I hope I have solved all your doubts about the museum, how to organize your visit, the best of its surroundings... But if you are thinking of visiting any other attraction, my recommendation is that you value the London Eye. Here you have an article where I collect all the information about London Eye Tickets.
It is also a great idea to take a one hour cruise on the Thames, as it will allow you to rest a bit after your long walks while you continue contemplating the London Skyline from the water. You have all the information in this guide about Thames River Cruises in London.
But if in addition to leisure you want to take a little more of English culture as a souvenir, I encourage you to visit other historical places like Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London. You will find all the details on how to visit them in these two articles: London Westminster Abbey Tickets and Tower of London Tickets and Tours.
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to visit all the Madame Tussauds in London?
In total, it takes approximately two hours to see all the exhibits and sections of Madame Tussauds London, however there is no time limit so you can stay in the museum as long as you wish.
What makes the Madame Tussauds museum in London so special?
Madame Tussauds Museum was the first wax museum, opened in 1835 and moved in 1884, and is the same museum you can visit today. While there are now more smaller Madame Tussauds wax museums around the world, Madame Tussauds London is the original wax museum, and can boast of being over 200 years old.
What is the best time to visit the Madame Tussauds Museum in London?
Considering that large crowds can form at the museum, it is best to avoid Madame Tussauds on weekends, and generally the earlier in the morning the better, as you will avoid running into younger visitors who don't want to get up early. Late afternoon is also an option, but you run the risk of not being able to access the museum or of closing time arriving in the middle of your visit.