Published on: 13/10/22
This week we’re ‘waxing lyrical’ with the only place in the world where you can take a selfie with Kim Kardashian, chat with new King Charles III, and shake hands with David Attenborough- at least, all in one day! The home of famous fun, Madame Tussauds is a leading family fun attraction, where you can meet and take selfies with all your favourite celebrities in one building. Okay, their waxwork versions- but looking so real, you’ve still got a good chance of convincing your friends and family that the photo of you hugging Prince Harry is legit!
Nowadays, it’s an honour to be invited for a sitting at Madame Tussauds, but during the French Revolution, aristocrats (the celebrities of their day) hated the thought of ending up in Madam Tussauds, because it usually meant that they’d lost their heads and she was casting their ‘death mask’- lovely!
Expanding into waxworks and creating a travelling show, she eventually settled in London. Since opening its doors in 1835, the iconic and original Madame Tussauds has left visitors in awe of its glitzy array of A-list residents, providing a fascinating history of celebrity through the centuries. One of the most iconic tourist attractions in the country, it was joined in 1900 by a second museum in Blackpool, opened by Louis Tussaud, great-grandson of the original Marie.
Entertaining, educational and simply great fun visitor attractions, Madame Tussauds takes you from Marie’s grisly beginnings, through historical figures, very much up to the modern era. Continuing to sculpt the biggest- and most notorious- celebrities of the day, here is where you can come face to face with famous figures from Alfred the Great to Lizzo, and everyone in between! Tussauds know the picture’s the thing, so unlike the real celebs, it’s close-up selfies all the way, with no minders shoving you out of the way!
With multiple themed zones, you can zone in on film, TV, music, sport, celebrity and more, and you don’t need to stay in the real world, or even on the planet! Step right into the action in favourite films like Aliens, explore the jungles of King Kong’s Skull Island, go off-planet with Jedi knights and blaster-toting rebels from the Star Wars universe, or adventure alongside your favourite comic book and film heroes in the Marvel Zone. With sense-tingling 4D film spectaculars, it’ll take your hyper-real Tussauds experience to a new level of hyperspace!
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Home to the glitz and glamour of the West End, London is a top world destination for film premieres, top designer catwalk shows, and magnificent pageantry. For spotting stars, royalty, top sports people, the great, the good and the notorious, it’s hard to beat! But leaving it to chance is no guarantee of success, so why not head to somewhere they’re lined up waiting for you, and selfies are actively welcomed!
One of six fabulous top attractions you can explore for lots less dosh with our favourite Big City Saver attraction pass, at Madame Tussauds London, a combination of centuries-old crafting methods and pioneering modern tech gets you up close and personal with the stars in spectacular fashion. With 11 individually-themed zones, and home to over 150 lifelike figures from celebrities and the Royal family to sport stars and world leaders, are you ready to step into the home of famous fun?
On your marks, get set, go! The sports zone is your chance to feel the adrenaline rush of meeting Olympic legends Usain Bolt, Mo Farah CBE and Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, fourteen-time grand slam singles champion Rafael Nadal, World Heavyweight Champions past and present: Anthony Joshua and Muhammad Ali, and many more.
Step straight into the movies with some of the greatest icons of film history, mingling with the greats of the silver screen as well as much loved movie characters. Or for a fairy-tale story come true, step out alongside the most famous family in the world on that iconic balcony, or try on the crown and see what it’s like to be King for the day!
Get your backstage pass to the music event of the year in the music zone, posing for duets alongside Queen B, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga alongside many other music super stars. Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of an international fashion event? Strut your stuff on the catwalk alongside Kendall and Cara, the camera loves you! Or pose for the paparazzi, take to the stage as an award winner and mingle with your favourite A-listers at the hottest after-party in town, the glitzy Awards Party.
Imagine a festival where all your favourite artists, past and present were on the same line up, where your favourite bands were still together, and where artists from different genres performed together! What about a festival with no mud, no set clashes and perfect lighting for all your selfies? Impossible, right? Not anymore. Step through the gates of the Impossible Festival zone and party like it’s 1999, 1976, 1962... Home to Madame Tussaud’s newest figure, immortalising Bowie's infamous alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, grab your access all areas pass now!
It’s not all stares and selfies; get closer to the action with incredible immersive experiences. Test your bravery in Alien: Escape, explore the jungles of Kong: Skull Island, before making the jump to light-speed and exploring a galaxy far, far away with the force-wielding Jedi knights and blaster-toting rebels from the Star Wars universe. Feel the power of your favourite Marvel Super Heroes in Madame Tussauds London’s new thrilling 4D movie! Assemble with the Avengers and experience wind-chilling, water-soaking, and face-flinching special effects as you get closer than ever before to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, the Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man and The Wasp. From superstars to exploding stars, are you ready to step into the spotlight?
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At Let’s Go Out we’re all about exploring the fabulous destinations the whole of our fantastic country has to offer. With great TV studio venues like buzzing Media City at Salford and lots of exciting film set locations across Yorkshire and the Like District, we know the North is a destination for stars and star-spotters alike.
But rather than standing on a wet and windy pavement in hope, why not take advantage of the highest concentration of stars North of Watford Gap? Millions of people have flocked through the doors since Louis Tussaud first opened his attraction here in 1900, and thanks to modern stars and technology, it remains just as popular today.
There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good old-fashioned curiosity, and a visit to Madame Tussauds Blackpool is guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a little star struck! In this engaging and interactive attraction you’ll come face-to-face with uncannily real stars from the worlds of entertainment, comedy, sport, music, film; even an audience with royalty without having to curtsey! Perennial favourites like Jack and Vera from Coronation Street, Keith Lemon, Bear Grylls, Ed Sheeran and Mo Farah are joined by the glory of Ru Paul, and brand new resident: YouTube star, music artist, and professional boxer KSI.
Burst right into the action alongside your favourite comic book and film heroes in the Marvel Zone, with four distinct zones to explore. Enter an ice cave to come face to face with Thor, can you lift his hammer? Discover your power with Captain Marvel, then fight your way through debris and destruction to test your strength against The Incredible Hulk! Lift off with Iron Man and hang out with Spiderman before lining up next to Rocket and Groot.
Travel through space and time into the regenerated Doctor Who experience. Taking inspiration from the TV series, the show has entertained generations since 1963 and the immersive area at Madame Tussauds Blackpool is the ultimate Doctor Who fan's dream, featuring plenty of photo opportunities. Come face to face with the 13th Doctor, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, in her trademark Doctor's long coat, rainbow t-shirt, striped socks and signature braces.
Meet on-screen companion Dan Lewis, portrayed by actor, comedian and proud Liverpudlian through and through, John Bishop. Dare you step into the dimension-defying TARDIS- who knows where it may take you? You may even come face with a Weeping Angel: as old as the universe itself, arch-enemy of The Doctor, and specially loaned straight from the TV set of Doctor Who!
Leave time to cast your votes in the Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity zones, or step from the Coronation Street cobbles into the interplanetary world of Doctor Who. Make sure your phone’s fully charged, as this is selfie heaven!