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Madame Tussauds – a major tourist attraction in Central London.




Madame Tussauds London is a major tourist attraction that is situated in Central London. This attraction is housed in the former London Planetarium.

Overview of madame Tussauds

• It is famous for recreating famous people, or celebrities, in wax.
• It is the original Madame Tussauds attraction.
• This is situated on Marylebone Road since 1884.
• It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.
• It is operated by Merlin Entertainments.

Madame Tussauds has branches in 9 major cities. The cities are:
– Amsterdam
– Bangkok
– Berlin
– Hong Kong
– Shanghai
– New York
– Las Vegas
– Hollywood
– Washington, D.C.
– Vienna
– Blackpool

Zones within the Attraction

1. A-List Party
• This was formally called Blush.
• This is the first room on the tour.
• This is the room with the Big Brother experience.
• It is designed to make the visitor feel as if they have stepped into a celebrity party.
• There are wax figures dispersed throughout the room. There are figures of:
– Robert Pattinson
– Morgan Freeman
– Leo DiCaprio
– Johnny Depp
– Miley Cyrus
– Nicole Kidman
– Brad Pitt
– Angelina Jolie
– Tara Palmer-Tompkinson

2. Warhol’s Women
• The Warhol’s Women zone contains the figure of Andy Warhol.
• The female celebrities are famously portrayed which include Liza Minnelli and Jerry Hall.

3. Premiere Night (Movie Room)
• This zone houses celebrities from Hollywood.
• These include the celebrities:
– Steven Spielberg
– Harrison Ford
– Jim Carrey
– Audrey Hepburn
– Julia Roberts
– Jennifer Lopez
– Whoopi Goldberg
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
– Marilyn Monroe (in the classic pose where her skirt is blown upward)
It also houses six Bollywood figures. They are:
– Amitabh Bachchan
– Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
– Shah Rukh Khan
– Salman Khan
– Kareena Kapoor
– Hrithik Roshan
– Madhuri Dixit

There are several fictional characters:
– Shrek
– The smallest wax figure ever made, Tinker Bell.

4. Sports Zone
• The Sports Zone has several interactive elements.
• Visitors can step up:
– To the crease with batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
– Putt a golf ball with Tiger Woods.
– Stand on boxing scales next to Mohammed Ali and see what ‘weight’ they would qualify for in boxing.
– Take a penalty on a virtual reality screen.
– Test their driving skills alongside Lewis Hamilton.

5. A Royal Appointment
In the Royals, there is an opportunity to stand next to:
• Diana, Princess of Wales
• Elizabeth II
• The Duke of Edinburgh
• The Prince of Wales
• The Duchess of Cornwall
• Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
• Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
• Prince Harry

6. Cultural Zone
• A mixture of cultural icons fills this area. These include:
– William Shakespeare
– Albert Einstein
– Stephen Hawking
– Pablo Picasso
– Charles Darwin

7. Music Megastars
• A mixture of music stars from across the decades appear in an area.
• They are with a music stage complete with glitter balls. Music icons include:
– Michael Jackson
– Beyonce
– Britney Spears
– Madonna
– Christina Aguilera
– Leona Lewis
– Kylie Minogue
– Lady Gaga
– Amy Winehouse
– Gary Barlow
– Tom Jones
– Bob Marley
– Cheryl Cole
– Robbie Williams
– Justin Timberlake
– Rihanna
– Freddie Mercury
– Justin Bieber
– The Beatles

8. World Leaders
• The World Leaders area of the attraction contains political and spiritual leaders of the world, past and present.
• The new figure of Barack Obama dominates this area.
• Other leaders in this area include:
– Margaret Thatcher
– Winston Churchill
– Nicolas Sarkozy
– Ronald Reagan
– Tony Blair
– Benazir Bhutto
– Martin Luther King
– Eleftherios Venizelos
– Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
– Mohandas Gandhi
The World Leaders area is also noted for its inclusion of controversial figures like:
– Adolf Hitler
– Yasser Arafat
– Saddam Hussein
– Robert Mugabe
– Mother Teresa

9. Chamber of Horrors and Scream
• The Chamber of Horrors showcases serial killers and murders.
• Included in this area are:
– Guy Fawkes
– Dennis Nilsen
– This area also exhibits the original guillotine blade that killed Marie Antoinette.

10. Scream Experience
• The Scream experience (formally Chamber Live) is a live-action, actor-led scare maze.
• It is based on the premise that several serial killers have been let loose in the chamber.

11. Behind the Scenes and History of Madame Tussauds
• This area shows the history of Marie Tussaud.
• About how she started creating wax figures.
• It also has an area on how the scupltors make the figures, using Beyoncé as an example.

12. Spirit of London ride
• The Spirit of London is a sit-down ride.
• The visitors sit in London taxis and are taken on a journey through the history of London.
• The ride starts in Tudor times and ends in the 1980s.
• The ride has commentary in a few languages.
• A photo is taken near the end of the ride which can be purchased when disembarked.
• It passes through the times of:
– Shakespeare
– The Great Fire of London
– The Industrial Revolution
– The Swinging Sixties

13. Marvel Super Heroes 4D
• Marvel Super Heroes 4D starts off in the Command Centre.
• Here you will see the likes of:
– Wolverine (portrayed by Hugh Jackman)
– The Incredible Hulk
– Iron Man
– Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
– Spiderman, who is on “the roof” of an upside-down room
– Housed inside the old planetarium is the Marvel Superheroes 4D film
– This is a nine-minute movie complete with special effects.

Entrances to Madame Tussauds

There are several entrances to Madame Tussauds.
• General admissions queue if you do not yet have a ticket and need to buy one on the day.
• Priority Access Entrance if you have pre-paid or pre-booked tickets, for example tickets bought online or through our call centre.
• If you wish to buy or enter with a Merlin Annual Pass, please also use this entrance.
• Group’s entrance: for groups of 15+ guests, or 10+ if booked in advance.
• The exit to Madame Tussauds is by Door 5.

Online Advanced Tickets
• Faster entry into the attraction
• Entry to Marvel Super Heroes 4D
• Free guidebook with every family ticket purchased
Ticket On the day price* Online price from* Saving up to
Adult £30.00 £22.50 25%
Child £25.80 £19.35 25%
Family £108.00 £81.00 25%

Flexi Tickets
• Flexi Tickets are perfect if you’re planning a trip to London but aren’t sure what day or time you’ll visit Madame Tussauds.
• Valid for one visit within seven days, no restriction on entry time.
• Use of the dedicated Priority Access Entrance.
• Entry to the exclusive Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience.
Ticket Online Price*
Adult £33.00
Child £28.80

Late Saver Ticket
• If you book online in advance and arrive at Madame Tussauds later in the day your tickets can cost as little as £15.00. That’s 50% off the standard on-the-day adult price.
• Valid after 5pm off peak and peak.
• Use of the dedicated Priority Access Entrance.
• Entry to the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience.
• Tickets are subject to availability at all times and only a limited amount are available for each day.
Ticket Online Price*
Adult £15.00
Child £15.00

All Inclusive Ticket

• With an ‘All Inclusive” ticket you are guaranteed a truly star studded day out!
• Valid for one visit, anytime in the year, from date of purchase – perfect for a gift!
• No fixed time or date – just turn up and meet the stars.
• Use of the dedicated Priority Access Entrance.
• Entrance to the exclusive Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience.
• 50 page guidebook – a great souvenir.
Ticket Online Price*
Adult £45.00
Child £40.80

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London
• The attractions are mostly open all year round
• July and August are the height of summer
• These would also be the most expensive months
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In peak summers, there is light till 22.00.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there to Madame Tussauds?

Address
Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LR

• Madame Tussauds is a two minute walk from Baker Street tube station.
• Baker Street underground station is on the Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, making it a short, easy journey from anywhere on the central London tube network.
• Marylebone Station is within 10 minutes walking distance of Madame Tussauds.
• Euston, St.Pancras, Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross mainline stations are all within five stops on the tube.
• The following bus numbers travel to Madame Tussauds: 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274 and 453.
• There is a coach drop off and pick up point situated on Marylebone Road.
• Marylebone Road is an extension of the A40, one of the major routes in and out of London.
• Marylebone Road joins up with the Euston Road which passes by Kings Cross.

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Madam Tussads London

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