Advantages Photo Opportunities, Visit just the once.
Disadvantages Queuing, Bustle inside, Coffee prices.
Upon a recent visit to London, I visited the World famous Madame Tussauds which I have wanted to do for many years. Madame Tussauds is one of London's and indeed the country's leading attractions - did it live up to expectations or was it as fake as the dummies ?A brief history ......
Madame Tussaud, born Marie Grosholt in Strasbourg, was born in 1761 and became a courtier in the famous court of Versailles in her early years. Being a member of the aristocracy in the turbulent times of the French revolution, she came to London to avoid the hostilities. When she did return to Paris, she married Francis Toussaud and finally became Madame Toussaud. In 1802 she brought her exhibition of waxworks to London for the first time and in 1835 opened a bazaar in Baker Street not far from its current location. Unfortunately she died in 1850 at the grand old age of 89 but her Grandson kept her work going and moved the waxworks to its current location in Marylbone Road in 1884. The Works had it's problems last century including being devastated by fire in 1925 where it lost many of the exhibits - luckily it was restored three years later. It was bombed in World War two and again most of the exhibits were lost - interestingly enough Adolf Hitler survived though!! Over the last fifty years, the waxworks has time and again been one of Londons most famous and popular attractions and still thrills people to the current day carrying on the work of Madame Tussaud in the process.Location
Madame Tussauds is situated in Marylbone Road in central London. It is an impressive dome shaped building which is hard to miss. The nearest tube station is Baker Street, one minutes walk, which is a main junction on the underground serving the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and city lines. The site is also well served by buses being on a main road - buses 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 159 and 274 all stop outside as well as all of the tour buses of which there are many.Opening Times and queuing
On weekdays Madame Tussauds opens at ten O'clock and closes at five thirty. At weekends it's a bit earlier at nine thirty opening. Bear in mind the opening times can fluctauate depending on seasonal variances. The only day they are not open for business is Christmas Day. With regards to queuing, this attraction is hugely popular, especially at weekends and the queue can stretch right around the whole building for two hundred metres or more so you can literally wait for over an hour to get in! You may think by getting there early will get around this problem but you'd be wrong because a lot of people think this too, so the queue can be quite long an hour before opening. Unfortunately because of it's popularity this is a problem that will not go away BUT don't despair I have my best bit of advice of the whole op if you're planning a visit - either book online or pre-book so you have your tickets in hand prior to your arrival THEN simply walk straight past the queue into the pre-paid entrance.
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