Madame Tussauds and Planetarium, London
Thinking of visiting Madame Tussaud's? I know it appeals to some but it costly and you can see many (if not all) of the same historical figures at the National Portrait Gallery. Save your money and experience real history and art instead.
Unique Suggestions: At least eliminate the line by booking on-line.
Fun Alternatives: As noted, the National Portrait Gallery has many of the same historical figures. You may not going to find Kylie, Becks etc. at the gallery but does that really matter?
Madame Tusaud's wax museum is overpriced and over rated. Yes, it's fun to visit, but I expected several hours of entertainment of the price of the ticket, whereas I'd seen everything within 2 hours.
Unique Suggestions: Look at the web site first: http://www.madame-tussauds.com/site/london/frontdoor.htm. Tickets are cheaper for admission later in the day.
The planetarium was the best part, but I don't think you can do it alone
Fun Alternatives: There is a lot you can do in London for £20 ($30) for an adult ticket!
Why go to one of the world's most buzzing cities to look at wax versions of famous people? The queues are endless and just full of noisy school classes and the entrance fee would almost give you a whole night out...
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the craftsmanship - the dolls are well made - and visit the Chamber of Horrors.
Oh God, if there was ever a tourist trap, then this would be it! Located along Marylebone Rd., the unfortunately world-famous Madame Tussauds is known for it's "life-like" reproduction of dead and living famous people. I walked past this place while I was going to find the Sea Shell Restaurant. I considered going inside just to see what the whole fuss was about, but when I looked at the price of one adult being almost £20 (yes, that's about $32 US per person!) I said "Forget it."
But if you really, and I mean really want to see wax figures of Brad Pitt's and Kylie Minogue's butts, George W. Bush, Henry VIII, and Kate Moss, then please come here. If you don't, I'd avoid this place and save yourself £20 .
The website for Madame Tussaud's is at: http://www.madame-tussauds.com
Fun Alternatives: Pick something like the British Museum or the Tate Modern instead. If you're still in the mood for something kitchy, by all means please pick something that won't cost you that much quid!
My kids insisted on going here and they loved it. However, they did not pay the entrance fee! The price was way over the limit. (about $30 each)
Unique Suggestions: Take lots of pictures and try to pass them off as "real" celebrity sightings to your friends.
Our tickets included the planetarium. Since it was our first full day and we were sleep deprived, ALL of us fell asleep during the show! Nice little pick-me-up!
Fun Alternatives: Here's the facts:
Madame Tussaud made waxwork models of guillotined victims of the French Revolution. In 1835 she opened an exhibition of her models at Baker Street. Today, Madame Tussaud's still has some of her original exhibits. (And she was really, really small---4ft. something, I'd say.)
This is where all the tourists go: Madame Tussaud's wax museum. I just don't understand why people would want to pay £17 (ok, £16.95) to see a wax rendition of Kylie Minogue in a kinky position or David Beckham in a kicking one. The fact that in summer it is so busy that you can't see the building because of the tour operator buses doesn't help.
Unique Suggestions: Have a bottle of water with you for the long queue and don't look at the price of the ticket. A redeeming quality of your ticket is that it also includes an entry to the Planetarium.
Fun Alternatives: If it's a rainy day, you absolutely want to see a museum or you've got kids with you who want to have fun, go and see the Egyptain mummies at the British Museum or the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Both are free. Another option, still cheaper than Madame Tussaud's and much more fun, is the Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
If it's a sunny day, go to Regent's Park, a 5 minutes walk away, where you can go to the zoo, rent a rowing boat and have fun on the lake or anything else you'd do in a park.
overpriced and usually verrry crowded, this is the queen of tourist traps, no doubt! a lot of the figures do look a lot like who they're *supposed* to be, but still...
Unique Suggestions: if you go, at least take comfort in the fact they have a most excellent Chamber of Horrors here, down in the basement, if I remember correctly. just be careful when you're walking near the guillotine here...OUCHHHHHHHHH!!!
Madame Tussauds Waxworks. Totally not worth the time, effort, energy or money. It is pretty darn uninteresting other than with most of the exhibits playing the game of 'Who the ...... is that supposed to be' Really don't bother.
Maybe I'm eccentric (grrr...) but I don't have much patience for long queues. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is recommended by virtually every tourist guide out there, but personally I don't think it's worth the wait and the cost. Every sights and sounds outside are better than dumb and deaf mannequins, albeit very life-like ones. Save yourself some aggravations and skip this one. If you absolute must go to one, check out the ones in Amsterdam and Las Vegas, much shorter queues :)
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Rock Circus. Great if you have an insatiable desire to hobnob with celebrities, (the wax figures are extremely lifelike) but if not then these museums are very overpriced and crowded. I learned more about the museum on the Discovery Channel last night, which was much more fascinating than visiting the museum itself. Here is a picture of actress Joanna Lumley, better known as Patsy Stone, sweetie darling.
Madame Tussauds - oh puh-lease! Why ever this attraction gets consistently high visitor numbers I do not know! A bunch of waxworks? Yeah right. Don't waste your money, I beg you! Especially if you're from the US - I'm ashamed at the things we peddle here as exciting! Get a load of what the UK does well - history, pageantry, architecture, yet more history....buy nothing, unless you are Japanese! London is EXPENSIVE!
Madame Tussaud's is a waste of your time and money. Go see the nearby London Zoo instead. It's far more interesting than looking at fake people. The bigger waste of your time is the Rock Circus in Piccadilly Circus. It's like Madame Tussaud's with a lower budget.
I have to say Buckingham Palace and Madame Tussauds is a complete waste of time and money. Sure they belong to site seeing places in London, but they really aren't all that.
Buckingham Palace is a castle, go there, take a picture and that's it!
Madame Tussauds is completely over rated, you can ask anyone who's been there and they'll say the same. It's so small and not very many wax figures.
London have so many nice and interesting museums and Madame Tussauds just isn't one of them!
We went to Madame Tussads for my daughter but I was pleasantly surprised..it was fascinating..the Pic os of Diana Princess of Wales.
..Tussads can be extremely crowded on weekends...go on a mid winter weeknight!
Madame Tussaud s is probably one to avoid. Huge queues and expensive entry prices . Try London Dungeon on Tooley street for better value attraction