I remember when I was about nine or 10 years old, and my parents took me to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in San Francisco. There were so many weird exhibits. I absolutely loved it. So I was thrilled when Ripley’s London invited my family for a visit a few weeks ago.
When Moozles and Dubz asked where we were going, I didn’t know how to explain Ripley’s, so I said it was a museum. I guess it is. A museum filled with lots of random, interesting things.
We saw a giant dinosaur, the toot-sweet machine from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, lots of cool sculptures and paintings made from different medium (we loved the robot made of old toys and the bottle-cap Michelle Obama). Our favourite part, as a family, was the mirror maze. You walk along corridors of mirrors in the almost-dark, trying to find your way out. Our second favourite was the Black Hole – a rotating, twisting tunnel. We went through it twice!
The only section which my children did not like was the dungeon section. We had to quickly walk through that bit (Moozles made me cover her eyes while we walked through). But there is a sign beforehand warning that it might not be suitable for young children. Afterwards we arrived at the Alice in Wonderland pop-up gallery (which is open until September). It is so cute, and Moozles loved it. I hope they keep it longer as it is such a lovely exhibit.
Ripley’s is located right outside the Piccadilly Circus tube station (exit four). It is open from 10am to midnight, 365 days a year. Tickets are much cheaper if you buy online – for a family of four it costs £59.96 if you buy 14+ days in advance, as opposed to £79.95 at the door (children three and under go in free). If you go after 5pm, tickets are only £14.95. There’s a cute cafe, but we didn’t eat there so cannot comment on prices or quality. We did have a great time at Ripley’s London. Poor Husband didn’t want to leave.
We were invited to visit Ripleys for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.