Inaugurated in 1884, Madame Tussauds Museum in London displays wax statues of celebrity from all over the World.
Over the years, Madame Tussauds wax Museums have been inaugurated in many cities but the Madame Tussaud at London remains the most popular of them all.
In short, it is an opportunity to click selfies with 250+ popular lifelike wax figures from all walks of life.
How to get to Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds London is on Marylebone Rd, Marylebone in London NW1 5LR.
Marylebone Road is an extension of the A40, which is one of the major routes in and out of London.
By London Underground
Madame Tussauds is just two-minute walk away from Baker Street tube station.
To get to Baker Street underground station, you can get on any of the following Underground Lines – Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City.
Marylebone Station is about 10 minutes walking distance from Madame Tussauds.
Euston, St.Pancras, Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross mainline stations are all within five stops away from Marylebone Station.
If a bus is your preferred mode of transport in London, get onto bus numbers 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274 and 453.
All of them pass via Madame Tussauds London.
The best way to drive to Madam Tussauds is by firing up Google Map and following the directions.
Even though the Wax Museum is situated outside the Congestion Charge Zone, they don’t have any parking.
Madame Tussauds London’s hours
Opening hours at Madame Tussauds London vary throughout the year.
Madame Tussauds in London opens either at 9 am or 10 am and closes either at 4 pm, 5 pm or 6 pm depending on the day’s schedule.
Without looking at their schedule you can plan a visit to Madame Tussauds between 10 am and 4 pm.
Best time to visit Madame Tussauds London
The best time to visit Madame Tussauds London is as soon as they open at 10 am or in the afternoon, between 2 pm and 3 pm.
Since visitors usually take two hours to explore the London attraction, even if you start your tour at 3 pm, you will be done before the Wax Museum closes.
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday are the best days of the week to visit Madame Tussauds in London.
When NOT to visit Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds London is a highly rated attraction and is almost always crowded.
If you don’t prefer crowd, it is better to avoid weekends.
During the summer holidays and school half-terms Madame Tussauds in London gets really crowded.
Important: Always buy online tickets in advance. During peak times, visitors end up waiting up to 2 hours in the ticketing counter lines. During non-peak times this wait can be up to 20 minutes.
How long does Madame Tussauds London take
According to Madame Tussauds officials you need two hours to explore all the exhibits at the wax Museum, including the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie and Star Wars experience.
Since the wax Museum is meant for an at-your-own-pace walk among your favorite celebrities, there is no time limit on your ticket.
You can be inside the Museum for as long as you want.
Teenagers are known to spend a lot of time taking selfies with their favourite celebs.
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Madame Tussauds London ticket price
Tickets to Madame Tussauds London can be purchased both online as well as at the attraction’s gate.
While buying online tickets, you can book them in advance or buy same-day tickets.
The price of Madame Tussauds London ticket, if booked in advance, is £28.50 per adult.
When you book Madame Tussauds tickets at least 24 hours before your visit, you save 7.5 pounds per person on the ticket cost. Buy Now
Purchasing your tickets for Madame Tussauds London online will also save you the hassle of standing in the ticket counter queue.
The average waiting time at Madame Tussauds’ ticket counter is one hour, which can even go up to two hours during peak times.
Same day ticket prices
Madame Tussauds London same day tickets are costlier, even if you purchase them online.
On the day of your visit, the regular Madame Tussauds entry ticket for an adult costs £36 per person – £7.50 more than if you had booked in advance.
Even if you reach Madame Tussauds London, it is still better to purchase the tickets online – at least you can avoid waiting in the ticket counter lines. Buy Now
Important: You don’t need to print online tickets. You can show them on your mobile and walk in.
Madame Tussauds London discount
Madame Tussauds in London offers discounted tickets to children up to 15 years of age.
Kids two years and below can enter for free.
On advance tickets, children aged 3 to 15 get a £4.50 discount on the adult ticket and pay only £24 to enter.
On same-day tickets, they get a £6 reduction on the adult ticket and pay only £30 to enter.
However, the most significant ticket discount at Madame Tussauds is available on advance online purchases. Buy Advance Tickets
Madame Tussauds London tickets
When you buy your Madame Tussauds tickets online, they get delivered to your inbox.
On the day of your visit, you can show the email on your smartphone to gain entry. No need to take printouts!
There are three types of Madame Tussauds London tickets.
All these three types of tickets include access to the below given special experiences at the Museum.
- Star Wars Experience
- Marvel Super Heroes 4D Cinema
- Spirit of London ride
- The Skull Island
- The Glow Room
- Alien Escape
*Since these are refundable tickets, you get a full refund if they are cancelled 24 hours before the visit
1. Standard Admission ticket
This is the Madame Tussauds London ticket you should book if you want to visit the Museum BEFORE 3 pm and you are booking at least one day in advance.
While booking the ticket, you must choose a time slot from 10 am to 2.45 pm.
Adult ticket (16+ years): £28.50
Child ticket (3 to 15 years): £24
On the ticket booking page, select the option “Standard Admission – Advance Booking”
2. Late afternoon ticket
This is the Madame Tussauds London ticket you should book if you want to visit the Museum AFTER 3 pm and you are booking at least one day in advance.
While booking this ticket, you must choose a time slot from 3 pm to 4.45 pm.
Adult ticket (16+ years): £28.50
Child ticket (3 to 15 years): £24
On the ticket booking page, select the option “Late Afternoon – Advance Booking”
3. Same day Admission ticket
This is the Madame Tussauds London ticket you should book if you want to visit the Museum on the day of the booking.
Since this is a last-minute booking, the advance booking discount is not applicable here, thus making the ticket costlier.
Adult ticket (16+ years): £36
Child ticket (3 to 15 years): £30
On the ticket booking page, select the option “Standard Admission – Same day Booking”
Madame Tussauds combo tickets
Madame Tussauds’ tickets can be bought in combination with many other London attractions.
If you are on a long holiday, these combo tickets come in handy because they help you save anywhere from 15 to 40% of the total cost if the experiences were bought individually.
1. Madame Tussauds + London Eye + SEA LIFE
With this single ticket you get to visit three of London’s most iconic attractions.
This combo helps you save 40% of the ticket cost, over what you would have paid if you bought them individually.
Adult Ticket (16+ years): £45
Child Ticket (3-15 years): £36
Kids below 3 years of age walk in free.
2. Merlin’s Magical London Pass
This is one of the most popular combo ticket bought by London tourists – especially families with kids.
Besides Madame Tussauds, this one ticket also provides access to the following attractions in London:
– Shrek’s Adventure! London
– Sealife London Aquarium
– The Coca-Cola London Eye
– The London Dungeon
This ticket helps you save £87 per person and is valid for 90 days from the time you visit the first attraction.
Adult Ticket (16+ years): £70
Child Ticket (4-15 years): £56
3. Madame Tussauds and London Eye tickets
Many London tourists plan to visit both Madame Tussauds and London Eye on the same day.
Maybe because the distance between the two attractions is just 5.6 KMs (3.5 Miles) and the drive takes only 15 minutes depending on traffic.
Besides the Merlin’s Magical London Pass, there are two other ways to combine Madame Tussauds Museum and London Eye.
From Madame Tussauds to London Eye
If you plan to visit both the attractions on the same day, it is better to visit Madame Tussauds in the morning and then head out to London Eye.
The easiest, of course, is to take the London Tube.
From the Baker Street Underground station, you can reach the Waterloo Underground station in 17 minutes. Thereafter, just walk to London Eye.
You can also take the bus from Baker Street to Waterloo. The duration of this journey will be approximately 40 minutes.
If money isn’t an issue, we recommend calling a Taxi or Uber.
What to see at Madame Tussauds London
At Madame Tussauds London, you will come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces.
For a change, you won’t be standing behind the ropes but will be able to touch, hug, kiss and be close to over 250 celebrities.
Besides the wax statues of celebs there are fantastic experiences as well.
This London attraction has seven unique experiences suitable to the whole family.
1. Marvel’s Super Heroes in 4D
Don’t miss the thrilling Marvel Super Heroes in 4D adventure film where the superheroes join forces to save the world from evil.
2. The Sherlock Holmes Experience
This section is a re-creation of the world of detective Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street.
The Sherlock Holmes Experience is a theatrical, walkthrough adventure suitable for the whole family.
This is a paid experience and is included in the Premium Ticket.
You can also buy the tickets which are priced at 5 Pounds/person, at the venue.
3. The Glow Room
The Glow Room is a new addition and is a path breaking photographic experience, which takes inspiration from Princess of pop Dua Lipa’s stage sets.
Visitors can pose with the pop star even as ten cameras fire sequentially to create a free 3D gif for you to share with friends and family.
4. The Skull Island
The Skull Island at Madame Tussaud’s London is a recent addition and is inspired by the 2017 movie called ‘Kong: Skull Island’.
This section features a giant animatronic head of King Kong (18 feet / 5.5 meters) high, giving it scary proportions.
The kids love this life-like moving model.
5. Alien Escape
You needn’t have seen any of the Alien movie series to get an adrenalin rush from ‘Alien Escape’ at Madame Tussauds London.
In this section, you will step on board the Covenant ship and come face to face with Xenomorph, the Alien.
6. Spirit of London Ride
Spirit of London Ride is included in all Madame Tussauds London tickets.
During the ride, you will sit in one of London’s infamous black cabs, even as the narration takes you through the historical and cultural events that shaped London over the years.
The Spirit of London Ride is approximately 5 minutes long.
7. Star Wars Experience
This visual treat was created in collaboration with Disney and Lucas Film, and consists of extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the heroes and villains of Star Wars.
Besides the figures you will see locations such as Swamps of Dagobah, flight deck of the Millennium Falcon, Jabba’s Throne Room etc.
Zones at Madame Tussaud
The wax statues of the celebrities are divided into many Zones.
While there are many Zones, we list out the top ten, which attract the maximum visitors.
1. Marvel Zone
The Marvel Secret Command Centre is inspired by original comics as well as the blockbuster Marvel movies.
Spiderman, Ironman, Hulk, Hawkeye, The Invisible Woman, Captain America, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Captain Marvel etc are some of the Marvel stars you will meet in this section of Madame Tussauds London.
Don’t miss the Comic Store zone filled with Marvel classics and miniature action figures.
2. The Royal Family
This Museum has the record of creating the most number of Queen Elizabeth II wax statues.
It gives a chance to meet Royals such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II etc.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the latest addition to the Royal family section.
3. The VIP Party
A party in the first hall of the Museum includes all the A-List celebs such as Morgan Freeman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hardy, George Clooney etc.
The Party Zone also has a Bollywood area, where you get to meet Indian movie stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan etc.
4. Fashion Week
One part of the Fashion Week section is a re-creation of the behind the scenes of an international fashion event.
Backstage you hang around with Super Model Kendall Jenner, and then get on the second part of this exhibit for a quick catwalk.
5. Film Zone
This Zone showcases interesting and memorable characters from blockbuster movies.
Some of the characters you will see here are – E.T, Terminator, Katniss Everdeen (from The Hunger Games), Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s) etc.
6. The Sport’s Area
If you love sports, don’t miss this Zone for it features the greatest sports stars in the world like Lionel Messi, Rafael Nadal, Mohammed Ali, Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Sachin Tendulkar, Jessica Ennis-Hill etc.
7. Culture Zone
In here, you will find life-like wax models of the greatest intellectuals, geniuses, writer and artists of our times.
This area is dedicated to the greatest minds of all time like William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Pablo Picasso, and Charles Darwin, among others.
8. Music Zone
The Music Zone is a collection of greats from International Music – a nice mix of the past and the present.
One can spot wax statues of stars such as Freddie Mercury, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Ed Sheeran etc.
9. World Leaders’ Zone
The strongest leaders with the greatest minds can be found in this Zone.
In this section, you get to rub shoulders with the likes of Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Nicolas Sarkozy, Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair, Martin Luther King etc.
10. Behind the Scenes Zone
In this section, you learn about the history of Madame Tussauds Museum.
Visitors also get to learn about Marie Tussaud (the pioneer of wax figures!), her first creations, and her last work.
The voice over of Beyoncé takes you through the different stages of wax figure making.
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