One more look at the odditorium of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Here’s a short summary from our visit to the amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not, London.
Also here, is some useful info on its location, ticketing and more!
Here’s the Link to our very first coverage of the Ripley’s Believe It of Not in London.
Summary of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London opened at The Trocadero, Piccadilly Circus in August 2008.
It’s part of a global chain of odditoriums, as these museums are called, which has over 700 authentic, original, and unbelievable exhibits collected from all over the world, representing the places and cultures visited by Robert Ripley during his travels.
Each Ripley’s Believe It or Not! odditorium is unique in its collection of oddities and in their presentation.
About Robert Ripley
Robert Ripley, the globetrotting creator of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! cartoon in 1918, displayed his first collection of oddities at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, filling the exhibition hall with hundreds of genuine artifacts he had gathered from his travels to more than 200 countries.
Today, his exotic treasures can be seen in 30 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums worldwide.
The London Pavilion
1 Piccadilly Circus
Nearest Tube Station
The nearest Tube Station to the odditorium is; Piccadilly Circus.
From the station, use Exit 4 to Coventry Street.
Adult: £20+ / Children under four years old go free.
There is an additional charge for the Mirror Maze.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is open 365 days a year from 10am to 12 midnight, although the last ticket sold at 10.30pm.
Additional Info especially for kids
The exhibits appeal to people of all ages, both young and old.
Note, all children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Buggies are allowed in the museum, or you can use the free Buggy Park; located just after the entrance and before the gift shop.
Photography is encouraged at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London, however tripods, flash and lighting equipment should not be used here.
The maze consists of hundreds of mirrored reflections.
The more participants in the maze, the more confusing it is. All visitors have to wear disposable gloves as the finger smears could make it too easy to see where there were mirrors!
Keep a tight rein on children as you don’t want to lose them in there. Also, make sure they don’t run off as they may run straight into a mirrored wall!
There is an additional charge for accessing this attraction and you can buy tickets at the front desk, or decide later.
Note, you can’t only try the Mirror Maze by itself – you have to by a ticket for the museum too. We took us about 10 minutes to get through the maze. 🙂
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London takes up 24,000 square feet, over 6 floors at The Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus.
This area has seen many attractions come and go but Ripley’s London has a reported 25 year lease so hopefully we travelers can enjoy this attraction for some time…
Home to the weird, wonderful and just plain bizarre, there are more than 700 curiosities from all around the world to marvel at. The popularity of these odditoriums can be put down to basic human curiosity.
Have you even seen a two-headed calf? Want to see one?
I feel the only thing that may stop you from rushing down there is the high ticket price.
It’s not a bargain but then again, it’s well worth the money – where else can you see a portrait of Princess Diana made of laundry lint from a clothes dryer?
Answer? Only in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, London!
Notable Exhibits Include
- 4 meter model of Tower Bridge made out of 400,000 matchsticks
- 545-pound meteorite
- 27 inch hairball found inside a cow’s stomach
- 3,000 pound piece of the Berlin Wall
- Swarovski-Covered Crystal Mini Cooper worth £500,000
- 3 human shrunken heads from Ecuador
- The Last Supper painted on a grain of rice
- Famous sweater worn by Marilyn Monroe during her last photo shoot on the beaches of Malibu
- A mummified man
- Genuine moon rock
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