Museums worth visiting in London
As you’d expect from the Capital city of England, London is packed with all sorts of weird and wonderful Museums. This densely populated city has one of the world’s highest concentration of museums per square mile.
With various levels of comfort in London hotels all over the city you will easily find one to fit you budget and taste. You can, if you’re fit enough, pack in a whole lot of museums in a day thanks to their proximity to each other, or maybe a weekend if you’d prefer to pace yourself a bit more. Here’s our pick of some of the best museums in London.
Probably the most famous museum in London and the first of its kind. Madame Tussauds is easy to find on Marylebone road and just a short walk form Baker Street underground station. For over 200 years this museum has been amazing millions of visitors with its shockingly life-like waxwork models. You’ll find all the latest celebrities, royalty and historic figures here, including some exciting themed section. The “Scream” section is sure to get the heart racing and the 4D Super Heros experience is good fun.
- Open times: Usually from 9:30am – 5:30pm
- Ticket price: £30 for adults, save 10% online or arrive later in the day and get 50% off.
- Best way to get there: Underground train to Baker Street
- Visit madametussauds.com/London
Tower of London
One of the most iconic medieval buildings you’ll ever see. The Tower of London has stood for over a thousand years and is perfectly placed in the heart of the city. A great spot for sight-seeing and strolling along the Thames.
While the grounds are interesting and the history is quite gruesome, the real reason for visiting is the crown Jewels. In the heart of the Tower you’ll find a collection of dazzling and sparkling sceptres, crowns and other jewellery that are quite breathtaking.
Be sure to have your photo taken with a beefeater, the men dressed in bright red uniforms that act as guides around the grounds.
When you’ve finished at the tower be sure to visit the Tower Bridge museum too, located inside the famous bridge. You can explore the inner structure of the towers and get some great views of the city from the walkway. There’s also a tour of the massive hydraulic system beneath the bridge that lifts the road for passing ships.
- Opening times: 9am – 5:30am. opens 10am on Sundays.
- Tickets: Online rate £18, £20 on the day.
- Best way to get there: Underground train to Tower Bridge
- Visit hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon
One of the most action packed and exciting museums in London. It’s maybe less of a museum more of an entertaining couple of hours. While it is factual you’ll probably have the information frightened out of you! This impressive setup features live actors, scary themed rides and a thousand years of gruesome but true London facts.
The tour usually takes around 90 minutes and the dungeons are located close to London Bridge station making it easy to get to and quickly.
- Opening times: Usually 10am – 5:30pm, Open until 7pm around Halloween.
- Ticket prices: £15 online, £24 on the day
- Best way to get there: National and underground trains to London Bridge. 1 minute walk way, usually with ghoulish actors hanging around the station entrance.
- Visit the-dungeons.co.uk
Other museums worth visiting
Here’s a quick selection of other centrally located museums you could cram in to your day. Most are near other places of interest in London too.
- Churchill’s War Rooms – Underneath Whitehall government buildings. Get the underground to Westminster
- London Transport Museum – At Covent garden. Get the underground to Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
- Science Museum – At South Kensington.
- Natural History Museum – Also at South Kensington, signposted from the underground station
- V&A museum – opposite the Natural History Museum
- British Museum – Amazing artefacts from around the world. Get the tube to Tottenham Court Road or Holborn
If you do plan to cram in as much sight-seeing as you can then we highly recommend getting a London Pass. A 1 day pass will cost £80 but gets you in to all sorts of museums and exhibitions. Tower bridge and the Tower of London are included as is St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, Westminster Abbey and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. For more information visit londonpass.com