Over the last month or so we have been testing out the Merlin Magical London Pass. We live in London and thought that it would be a cool thing to buy to do something a bit different for date days. Plus, it meant that we were able to visit a few attractions we may not have necessarily visited before.
The London Dungeons was the thing that started it all for us. We wanted to go one day and realised that it was closing soon so couldn’t make it. This had me looking online at ticket prices for next time we wanted to go, the tickets range from £21 online to £40 on the door. So when I saw that the Merlin Magical London Pass is only £55 for five different attractions we were all over it.
The dungeons was definitely both of our favourite place to visit, it was eerie with just the right amount of scare. It was great to walk around the past doings of London, from Jack the Ripper and Sweeny Todd to being part of the plague.
It was a fun attraction and it is definitely one we would love to go back to again. I don’t think it’s suited to children under 10/11 though and some families had bought along younger children who were getting a little scared. It was also hard to get right into the spirit of things when every five minutes you had to hear a parent tell a young child “It’s all fake, don’t worry it’s fake”. This is another reason why we would like to go back again so that we can fully immerse ourselves into the characters.
Sea Life London Aquarium
I am a massive fan of the London Aquarium and it has always been a place that makes me happy. I love seeing the Sea Turtles and could sit there for hours watching how mesmerising they are.
Sea Life had a Rainforest Adventure when we went and it was quite interesting to see something a little different in the aquarium. There was a mix of different spiders, snakes and other rainforest creatures, this was a great new feature and one they didn’t have the last time I went. This made the aquarium seem new and exciting for me.
Prices into the aquarium online start at £20.40 with on the door prices being £26.
The London Eye
The London Eye has never really tickled my fancy as the thought of being locked with strangers in a pod really isn’t my thing. Anyway, it was included in the pass and it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
We went on a really clear day quite late in the evening (8pm) and it was a really nice way to end the day. It was nice to be able to spot where we live and see the rest of London from up high.
Tickets to the London Eye cost £22.95 and £27.00 on the day.
For Shrek Adventure we bought three extra single child tickets and took the kids with us. They had been banging on about going for a while and we thought why not as we already had our passes.
We actually all loved it and it was great to go through the whole attraction. They had a great 4D bus ride that takes you to Far Far Away. We then bumped into a bunch of characters like Princess Fiona, Cinderella, Puss in Boots and even the big guy himself.
This is honestly a great place to take the kids and a must for any Shrek fan!
Prices to Shrek Adventure start at £19 online and £27.50 on the door.
This was our worst attraction.
For what you pay for Madame Tussauds on the individual priced ticket it definitely isn’t worth it. I mean it was great seeing all the wax figures and really interesting seeing how they were made but, they let far too many people in at one time and it’s not enjoyable when people are spending nearly £40 a ticket. Also anything remotely interesting there is an added cost – like seeing the Queens wax figure for instance is inside an ‘afternoon tea room’ that you have to pay £15 to enter and get a mini sandwich with drinks at an extra cost.
Madame Tussauds was highly unorganised and the way it flowed wasn’t very visitor friendly. You would think for a main London attraction they would try to make it friendlier and a better experience all round.
I would say if you’re thinking of visiting as a lone attraction maybe leave this one out but if you get the pass just pop in as it’s included.
Tickets to Madame Tussauds cost from £24.50 online to £35 online on the day and for walk ups.
I actually think the pass is great value for money and you can get to see the main London attractions for a fraction of the price. If you take into account from the prices online you are saving a huge £52.85 and a whopping £100.50 of on the door prices.
The pass can be purchased on any of the attractions websites and you pick it up at your first attraction or download the tickets onto your phone. You can choose all your dates and times to go to the attractions, this means no queuing up and the pass lasts for 3 months meaning you can really space your visits out.
For a bit more information take a look at the Merlin’s Magical London website.