On our trip to London last week we stopped off at Madame Tussauds, as neither my husband nor I had ever visited so thought we would treat Charlie and go and see what this famous attraction had to offer.
We had fast track tickets which we were grateful for when we saw the snaking queue outside. It was heavily raining as arrived so I think the lure of an indoor attraction made it so incredibly busy. Despite having fast track we still had to wait around 10-15 minutes to get inside but as I say I don’t think the poor weather helped the huge volume of people.
Once inside you go in and show your tickets – if you want to attend the Star Wars exhibition it is an extra £3 per person which I felt was a bit naughty considering our tickets already were priced at £78 for two adults and a 6 year old, but with two huge Star Wars fans we paid for them and headed inside.
On entering Madame Tussauds you walk into different rooms which have different themes including showbiz, sports, famous figures etc. Some of the figures have a designated photo point where you have to queue to have your photo (One Direction, the Royal Family etc) which seemed much more organised, even though you were expected to buy the prints afterwards, than the slightly chaotic free for all statues. Adults ending up jumping in front of Charlie in their quest for a selfie or 10! But it’s all part of it all and going at 11am on a raining Monday morning in the summer holidays it is to be expected to be busy.
We steered clear of some of the very popular ones and managed to get lots of lovely photos and Charlie got to see some of his favourite football stars. I was a tad star struck by the Amy Winehouse one as it was incredibly lifelike – this was my favourite as I am a big fan.
There is also a Chamber of Horrors scary area which we sadly avoided as Charlie didn’t feel brave enough to go in but my husband and I were itching to see what it was all about, so if anyone has been please fill me in!
Both my husband and I agreed that the Marvels 4D, Star Wars and “taxi ride” were the best parts as it was the areas that Charlie really knew what was going on. The 4D cinema was excellent and by far the best 4D film I’ve ever seen as the graphics and he interactive parts were amazing. The taxi ride ride was also lots of fun as it takes you on a tour of London’s history which was lovely as it showed you some of the sights that we were to see and also was a talking point for Charlie.
All in all we had a great time. I think if we had timed it better it may have been slightly less manic and we would have been able to wander around and take our time. I did get rather annoyed with people taking about 40 photos at once and literally pushing my kid out of the way! Saying that, Charlie loved it and I have to admit a few left me feeling star struck which I didn’t expect as they were just so realistic.
We visited Madame Tussaud’s thanks to Avios and they are running a reward points scheme where you receive points for your everyday spends on groceries, petrol and even wine! You can then spend these points on holidays and wine and experience vouchers at various places including London Zoo, the London Eye, Madame Tussaud’s like us and many more – so why not #DoMoreWithAvios!
Disclosure – We were given complimentary tickets in exchange for this post. All views, photos and opinions are my own