Oh why come to London, queue all round the block, and pay good money to see wax statues of celebrities and historical figures.
It may be clever, it may be popular, but you surely have better things to do with your time and money - like watching real living people!
It costs 20 or 25 pounds per adult.
Unique Suggestions: Take a box of matches ;-)
Fun Alternatives: Try Life.
Give a few pounds to someone who needs it more than you, buy yourself a picnic, some nice food and wine or beer, go sit in one of the Parks, feed the ducks, have fun, and have money to spare.
They will still be queuing after you've done all this. (The same is true for many tourist attractions!!!).
If you want to look at a load of lifeless dummies, then why not visit the House of Commons ? or Luton.
I fail to understand how this attraction is still at the top of many tourists "Must see" list.
I've been a couple of times (usually taking friends who have insisted) in the past few years and have been quite disappointed at having to part withstupid amounts of money to see a few waxworks. (current price TWENTY EIGHT QUID !)
It's not even as if much humour is injected - such as with the "Spitting Image" puppets that were displayed a few years back elsewhere.
The main problem is the crowds (although they must limit numbers for fire reasons), that create a great swarm of humanity moving through.
I believe there is a new "interactive" section which mainly involves Brittney Spear's or Kylie's cute arse rotating - this must show quite how low the level of the I.Q of the average visitor must me.
Go to Baker street tube, and join the Queue if you really have to.
Unique Suggestions: Look in the section where they show how the models are made : actually quite interesting. The rows of heads labelled up here (as they are not currently on display) is also worth a look.
I've already written about quite what an awful tourist trap Madame Tussaud's is, but in December 2004 they managed to drop to an even lower, publicity grabing low of tawdry tackiness...My advice is take a portable radiator and stand it next to the whole insult to taste. May I thus refer to the following News report :
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Church leaders united on Wednesday to condemn a Christmas Nativity tableau depicting soccer star David Beckham as Joseph and his pop singer wife Victoria as the Virgin Mary.
Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians called the exhibit at Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum in London a new low in the cult of celebrity worship.
In the tableau, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue hovers above the crib as an angel while "Posh Spice" Victoria lays her shawled head tenderly on Beckham's shoulder.
Tony Blair, George W. Bush and the Duke of Edinburgh star as The Three Wise Men. The shepherds are played by Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, British actor Hugh Grant and camp Irish comedian Graham Norton.
The Vatican was not amused.
"This is worse than bad taste. It is cheap," an official Vatican source told Reuters in Rome
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!
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.)
It would have to be a very wet day for me to spend £22.50 per person to see this exhibition. I thinks it's very overpriced and overrated.
Plenty of other things to do in the wet!
Unique Suggestions: Spend as long as possible in the warm and dry, you have paid for it!
Well, it's really really really really expensive!!!
21,50 £ (around 30 €, 35 $) And it last around 2 hours!
Well, for us it's expensive!
May be if you are in a group it's lower price, but I still think the ratio : interest/price is low
Fun Alternatives: Go to the pub ;)
Both over priced the Zoo is £14.50p the Waxworks will set you back £25.
Fun Alternatives: Winston Churchill's museum and Cabinet War Rooms.
You will find it at the end /foot of St James Park.
Hampton Court £13 and Kensington Palace £12.
And for FREE V&A Museum: British Museum; Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Bank of England Museum.
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!!!
Yes, the people are incredibly lifelike. Yes, it's fun to take pics like you are posing next to the "real deal", but knowing how incredible London is and everything else it has to offer, don't waste your time. It's also expensive for what you are doing.
Unique Suggestions: Take lotsa pics and ham it up - but know that the photographs flash reflection will make it obvious this is not the "real deal" and is just wax. Also, the website allows you to book in advance at a discount (with limitations, of course like entrance after 5pm, etc). That helps ease the pain on the price.
The waxwork museum has only one problem...it's the price of admission. If it was a quarter of the price then maybe it would be worth the while, but at a cost of over £45 for two adults I think you money would be better spent elsewhere.
Unique Suggestions: However, if money is not a problem then it is quite interesting to walk around in the so called company of celebrities and royalty from around the world. The staff try and get you involved in various activities, which can be annoying or fun depending on your point of view.
I took around one of their pda's which was supposed to help with the visit, but I don't think that it was really worth the effort.
Fun Alternatives: A better way to spend the money would be a trip on the London Eye.
An over-priced, over-rated collection of waxworks. The amount of people milling about the place make it difficult to take any photos, or to have a good look at the models. We were herded through the place at a rapid pace, carried along by the hordes of tourists who are usually quite rude and behave as if they own the place (not surprising, I suppose, as you'd think you'd purchased shares in the company given the high entrance fee!).
Unique Suggestions: If you do decide to try the place, at least pay the extra and see the Planetarium, probably the best part of the exhibition and, not a piece of wax in sight!
A word of warning though, try to sit in the middle or towards the back of the room. The action takes place on the domed ceiling, so you can appreciate it more if you're sat further back.
Fun Alternatives: London Dungeon is much more fun. Although maybe a little too scary for the youngsters.
Very expensive, crowded, touristy and boring. There are so many better things to do. We didn't do this one on our 2002 trip but I'd been forced into it on a tour many years ago.
Unique Suggestions: If you must go, get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Fun Alternatives: See Westminster, St. Paul's, the Tower of London, the British Library or one of the many fantastic museums. Your money will be much better spent.
If needing to pick one "touristy" attraction, make it the London Eye. It's fun for all ages and the view is fantastic.
Before I went to Madame Tussaud's I was very excited - then I got there and saw the line.
After spending a full hour in line, we finally got to the ticket counter - 3 minutes before they switch to the evening prices. Once inside the museum, it was so crowded you couldn't tell who was a real person and who wasn't.
Unique Suggestions: Go later in the day - after 3 pm. It will most likely still be crowed, but it is much cheaper. Also, try to go during the week.
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.