This post contains everything you need to plan your visit to Madame Tussauds London, including tickets and how to find money-saving deals, tips to plan your visit and what to expect.
As a local tour guide and resident of London, I’ve visited Madame Tussauds more than once and I’ve enjoyed it quite a lot!
Since guests on my tours often ask me about going, I make sure to have the information they need to decide if a visit to Madame Tussauds is worth their time.
Also, at the bottom of this post, I've included some of the opinions from members of our popular London Travel Tips Facebook group.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT
This section includes hours, directions, and other helpful information to help you plan a smooth visit to Madame Tussauds.
Madame Tussauds London is situated on Marylebone Road next to the junction with Baker Street at Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, UK.
Regardless of how you get here, we recommend using this Google Maps link to get directions from your location.
- Baker Street Station
If you are new to the London subway system, then read our guide on navigating the London Underground.
- Marylebone Station
- The Baker Street stop on routes 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 295, 274, 453
Multiple hop-on-hop-off tour buses have routes with stops close to Madame Tussauds.
- Baker Street
- Regent’s Park
When to Visit
Madame Tussauds London is open every day of the year, though their opening hours change by the season.
Open hours change monthly, but only by a slight variation. Check the calendar for the day you plan to visit to be sure but, in general, these are their hours:
- Monday - Friday 9:00 or 10:00 am - 16:00 or 17:00 (4:00 or 5:00 pm)
- Saturday - Sunday 9:00 am - 17:00 or 18:00 (5:00 or 6:00 pm)
When is the best time to go?
Madame Tussauds is one of the rare London attractions that is better to visit in the afternoon.
Queues are largest at the beginning of the day as many coach groups and tourists start their day here before heading into Central London.
If you can plan to arrive around 15:00 you'll find the queues shorter and your ability to get photographs of the waxworks without other people in your way significantly better!
How much time will I spend here?
Depending on how many photos you want to take, you should expect to spend two or more hours getting through the exhibits.
The Marvel Super Hero 4D Cinema, the Chamber of Horrors and the Spirit of London ride will add more time.
Can I take photos or videos?
Yes, you can take all the pictures and videos you like of all regular exhibits - the exception is for the special exhibits and add-on experiences.
TIP: If you are using a selfie stick, keep the camera at the wax figure’s eye level, which will make it look more realistic.
Madame Tussauds has various pit stops throughout the attraction that sell soft drinks, beer, wine, and other snacks such as popcorn.
However, these tend to be expensive so we recommend eating before or after your visit.
Can I take large bags or luggage to Madame Tussauds?
No. For security and space reasons, Madame Tussauds will not allow large bags inside or be left with the staff. Smaller bags will also be searched upon entry.
TIP: You can temporarily store your luggage at various points around the city.
Check out our post on where to store bags in London.
Will children enjoy this attraction?
Most kids love the interactive exhibits, especially with their favorite sports stars, singers, and superheroes.
Toddlers may be overwhelmed or scared.
Things to Do Nearby
There are several great tours and neighbourhoods to see close to Madame Tussauds.
Since it is on Baker Street and close to the museum, there are Sherlock Holmes tours just up the street!
Hop-On-Hop-Off buses also have stops at Baker Street and Regent’s Park.
MADAME TUSSAUDS TICKET PRICES
Here are the online prices for Madame Tussauds tickets.
You may purchase tickets in person, but same-day entry is not guaranteed and tickets may be approximately £10 more expensive.
These prices are up-to-date as of February 2024.
- Adult (16+) starting from £37
- Child (2-15) starting from £33
- Guaranteed entry during your time slot.
- Includes all the main wax galleries and interactive exhibits, Chamber of Horrors, Marvel Universe 4D experience, and a ride on the Spirit of London.
Fast-Track Standard Ticket
- Adult or Child (16+) starting from £54
- Child (3-15) starting from £50
- Includes all the attractions as a standard ticket but with a Dedicated Fast Track Entrance.
14 DEALS ON MADAME TUSSAUDS TICKETS
Madame Tussauds offers quite a few deals, such as combo tickets, so there are multiple ways to save money on your visit.
1. Tourist Attraction Passes that Include Free Entry to Madame Tussauds
Free entry to Madame Tussauds has been included on 3 tourist attraction passes in the past.
Tourist attraction passes save you money on individual attractions by allowing you to purchase one ticket upfront that bundles multiple attractions which can save you up to 55% off.
These passes can also save you time by allowing you to skip the line at select London attractions and tours.
NOTE: As of February 2024, none of the major passes include Madame Tussauds.
That said, this has always been one of the attractions offered with these services in the past, so there's a very good chance it will be added to at least one tourist pass in the future.
2. Bundled and Combination Tickets
Madame Tussauds offers combo tickets for the wax museum plus additional, popular attractions.
The more attractions in the bundle, the better the savings.
You can save between £3 and £8 per bundle on the online prices, and more on the in-person prices.
Madame Tussauds + London Eye + SEA LIFE
- Prices: £80/Adults | £72/Children (Ages 2-15)
- Includes Standard Ticket to Madame Tussauds.
- Includes admission to the London Eye.
- Includes admission to SEA LIFE.
London's 5 Top Attractions Combo Pass
- Prices: £80/Adults | £72/Children | Ages 4 and younger are not permitted.
- Includes Standard Ticket to Madame Tussauds.
- Includes admission to the London Dungeon.
- Includes admission to Shrek's Adventure.
- Includes admission to the London Eye.
- Includes admission to SEA LIFE.
3. London 2 For 1 Deal
Madame Tussauds is included with the London 2 For 1 Deal.
This means that if you travel by train to get here, you can get two tickets for the price of one.
4. Child Discount
Tickets for children between the ages of 3-15 are usually at least £4 off.
If you're coming with more than one child, then consider the family ticket instead.
5. Family Discount
When purchasing tickets for at least two children and 2 adults (max of 5 people), you are eligible for a special reduced rate of £31 for both adults and children, which represents a savings of between £2.50 - £6 per person.
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6. Group Discount
Parties of 10 or more are eligible for up to 30% on standard ticket prices.
7. Book in Advance Online
When you book your tickets ahead of time on the Madame Tussauds website, you can save 10% off the normal ticket price.
8. Money-Saving Websites
Services such as Groupon often provide deals on tickets for Madame Tussauds, allowing you to save 20% or more on admission.
9. School Discount
If you're acting as a chaperone for a field trip or other school event, you might be eligible for either a free ticket or a reduced rate.
It's also worth noting that tickets for students on field trips are 40% off or more!
10. Disabled Caregiver Discount
If you are the caregiver of a disabled visitor, you are eligible for free admission to Madame Tussauds.
Documentation of the disability is required and tickets must be purchased in advance.
11. Senior Discount
There currently is no reduced rate for seniors at Madame Tussauds in London.
This may change in the future, but it is not currently an option.
12. Military Discount
Madame Tussauds of London does not currently offer a reduced rate to members of the military, but this may change in the future.
13. Student Discount
University students are not currently eligible for a reduced rate at Madame Tussauds of London, but they might provide this type of savings in the future.
14. Free Days
There are currently no free tickets to Madame Tussauds, and they do not offer any free days, as some other London museums do.
That being said, there are ways you could essentially get free tickets with one of the other deals above.
For instance, if you use a tourist pass for enough high-value attractions, you can easily reach the point where the pass has paid for itself and any additional activities would essentially be free.
The 2-for-1 deal includes a free ticket since you get 2 tickets for the price of one!
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect to have fun! Madame Tussauds has been in the business of entertaining guests with life-like figures for more than a century!
Each wax figure is posed or displayed in an exhibit that makes the situation look even more lifelike.
However, if you aren’t into celebrities or historical public figures, this might not be an attraction for you.
How are the reviews?
Madame Tussauds London has a solid 4-star out of 5 ratings on Tripadvisor.
Most visitors say it is fun for the whole family and enjoy the experience of rides inside the attraction.
Guests enjoyed the freedom to take all the pictures they wanted, as long as they weren’t in a high-traffic time of the day.
However, they said that the staff did their best to keep the flow of people moving smoothly and in a way that allowed everyone to take an un-crowded shot with their favorite celebrity.
Some negative reviews thought the experience was too expensive for what it was.
But overall, Madame Tussauds London is worth it for those visitors who love stars, celebrities, and royalty as well as the chance to take pictures with them!
Read our section below, Tips from Locals and Travelers, to see what members of our London Travel Tips Facebook group thought about Madame Tussauds.
MADAME TUSSAUDS LONDON EXHIBITS
This location is the original Madame Tussauds, started by Anna Maria "Marie" Grosholtz who was born in 1761.
She became so successful in making wax sculptures that the royal family began asking her to make likenesses of them, as well as other popular political figures of the day.
Now, there are dozens and dozens of wax figures for visitors to enjoy!
Here are just a few of the exhibits you’ll be able to see:
Join the A-list celebrities at the biggest party of the year. You’ll find Colin Firth, Kate Winslet, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the Kardashians.
The Glow Room
This new experience is based on the award-winning pop princess Dua Lipa.
You can pose for the cameras and create a 3D GIF of yourself onstage!
Dance the day or night away with the biggest Bollywood stars right in London.
You’ll see Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, and Amitabh Bachchan.
The Sherlock Holmes Experience
This add-on experience takes you on a mysterious journey to find the missing Sherlock Holmes.
You’ll be led through 221B Baker Street, the Dartmoor territory of the demon hound, and the streets of London.
NOTE: This attraction was permanently closed in 2020, and is no longer available.
It wouldn’t be a visit to London without seeing the Royals! You’ll find Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Charles and Camilla.
The newest addition is Meghan Markle, next to Prince Harry!
Spirit of London
This black cab ride will take you through London’s history. You’ll see some of the main events that shaped the city into what it is today.
According to reviews, this is one of the highlights of the experience.
Marvel Super Heroes
This 4D film experience lets you sit back with 3D glasses in a 360-degree theatre.
You’ll join the Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man in a high-stakes battle.
TIPS FROM LOCALS AND TRAVELERS
Here are some thoughts on Madame Tussauds from locals and tourists who are members of our London Travel Tips group on Facebook.
The question most people planning a trip to London is, “Is Madame Tussauds worth it? Is it overrated?”
The answer depends on one’s interest in this sort of thing. We saw members felt positively about the visit but we did also hear from some disappointed members.
Keep in mind that what is worth something to one person may be a waste of time to another.
Here is what members who enjoyed it had to say.
Some adults said they went to please their kids but turned out to be pleasantly surprised.
As for negative replies, here are what some people said about setting aside time to go. Their opinions are less about Madame Tussauds as they are about how time in London should be spent.