The Ultimate Guide to visiting Attractions in London

London Attractions


When thinking of a famous London tourist attraction to visit, The London Eye is probably at the top of any London itinerary. But the popular tourist attractions in London don’t just stop there.

Whether you’re hoping to do a fun family activity with the kids, share barrels of laughter with friends – or even get up close and personal with a waxwork figure of Justin Bieber – when it comes to finding a perfect tourist attraction to visit during a trip to London, you won’t have to look very far. Offering everything from family-friendly attractions, unbelievable attractions, and even downright creepy and horrifying attractions, you’re bound to find some sort of London attraction that will leave you with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Besides The London Eye, other popular tourist attractions in London include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! (which is packed full of all sorts of interesting, fascinating and creepy artefacts from all over the world), as well as Madame Tussauds (which is home to countless waxwork figures of famous celebrities, politicians, royal family members, and much more).

History buffs will especially enjoy attractions like the HMS BelfastThe London Dungeon and The Tower Bridge Exhibition, and there’s also a handful of attractions in London tailored specifically for children as well, (like Kidzania and Shrek’s Adventure). And no matter what your age is, you’re bound to have a fun day out getting up close and personal with the adorable animals at The London Zoo and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

If you’re only in London for a short time and want to visit as many attractions as possible, or even if you’re interested in learning more of what London’s many attractions have to offer, here are some tips on visiting London’s most popular tourist attractions:

Where to find Attractions in London

Luckily the majority of London’s tourist attractions are located in central London, so you could easily visit a few in one day, or even one before or after a visit to London’s most famous landmarks.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Is located directly on Piccadilly Circus and is within walking distance to Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Chinatown, while The London Zoo and Madame Tussauds are located close to the Camden Markets and The Sherlock Holmes MuseumThe London Bridge Experience is near The HMS Belfast, and The London EyeShrek’s AdventureThe London Dungeon and the SEA Life London Aquarium are all a stone’s throw away from each other as well.

Prices for London Attractions

Although prices for London’s tourist attractions may vary, many are often a tad on the expensive side. So if you’re on a strict budget but still want to see as many attractions in London as possible, you may want to purchase tickets online beforehand to save money on admission costs. (Entry into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, for example, can cost up to £27.95 at the door, but tickets booked 14 days or more in advance cost around £14).

No only that, nearly all of London’s attractions offer discounted tickets for students, seniors, adults with mobility issues and groups or families, and some even offer free admission for children under the ages of five.

The most expensive attraction in London remains to be The London Eye (costing anywhere from £22 to as much as £50 depending on which ticket type or package you choose), while the cheaper attractions are the HMS Belfast (around £16) and The London Bridge Experience (£12.95 online).

Many attractions offer cheaper prices during off-peak seasons or during the week. Children’s tickets for Kidzania, for example, cost around £32 during the weekends and school holidays, but drop down to around £29.50 during the off-peak seasons and weekdays. Some attractions may ask for an extra donation (like the HMS Belfast), however this is optional.

If you plan on visiting more than one attraction, some places offer combined tickets so you can save money by visiting more than one place. You can combine your ticket to The London Dungeon with four other London attractions like the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and The London Eye for £39, and you can also purchase a “See London Your Way” ticket (which costs £39 for adults), so you can visit The London Dungeon, The SEA Life London AquariumThe London Eye and Shrek’s Adventure for a fraction of the cost.

Opening hours for London attractions

The majority of London’s most popular attractions open around 9:30 a.m. and close around 7 p.m. (with last entry at least one hour before closing), and are usually closed between December 24th and 26th every year. However, if you have a specific attraction in mind you may want to visit their official website beforehand.

Many attractions are open seven days a week, and have later opening and closing times on the weekend. Some attractions may even close earlier and/or open later during the winter season (such as the HMS Belfast and The London Dungeon).

Tips for visiting London attractions

The majority of tourist attractions in London have toilet facilities, however only a handful have their own restaurants and/or cafés, so you may want to grab something to eat before you visit.

Try not to bring any large or bulky items with you, as some attractions (like the Sea Life Aquarium or The London Dungeon) do not have cloakroom facilities to store your luggage.

Be aware that some of the more popular attractions in London can get incredibly busy with children during the school holidays or summer season, so try to arrive as early as possible to avoid waiting in a long queue. Meanwhile, other attractions may not be suitable to visit during rainy or windy days (like the HMS Belfast) so you may want to wait until a sunny afternoon for your visit.

Also be aware that attractions like The London Bridge Experience or The London Dungeon do not allow the use of cameras or phones inside, and The London Dungeon may not be suitable for small children as well.