Address: The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA
One of the top places to head to for visitors to the English capital, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a world-renowned attraction that will have guests bowled over with the vast array of curios and interactive exhibitions that it offers.
With outsider art, weird and wonderful curiosities, play areas, exhibits and much more, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy at this world-class attraction.
Great fun for all the family
Featuring more than 700 exhibits from across the span of global culture, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! covers six floors and includes 19 amazing galleries.
The Gallery of the Greats offers the chance for visitors to enjoy some unusual artworks made from a range of everyday materials, including a bust of Michael Jackson made of sweets and a canvas of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton made entirely from lipstick kisses.
However, this is just the start of the extraordinary sights on offer at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, with other exhibits including curiosities from around the world – real Amazonian shrunken heads anyone?
History also plays a crucial part in educating all those that visit this popular London attraction, with an unbelievable collection of exhibits that span the ages.
Guests can see the ill-fated Titanic made from more than 147,000 matchsticks during their trip, as well as a Christmas card to Prince Charles from Prince Philip, a range of first edition books from author Agatha Christie and much more.
The tour would not be complete with an exploration of the wonders of nature though, with the macabre sight of a calf born with two heads and an albino alligator just some of the weird and wonderful exhibits that guests will see.
Visitors can also enjoy a range of interactive features during their time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, ranging from the Marvellous Mirror Maze where guests can get lost in a crazy array of see-through walkways, mirrored dead ends and much more, through to the Impossible LaseRace – a Mission Impossible-style challenge where guests must jump, twist and crawl their way through a dastardly laser maze.
The Black Hole is another interactive attraction that will have guests in awe, with a mind-boggling rotating room serving to disorientate all those who enter. The digital graffiti wall is also a great way for visitors to leave their mark, with the chance for kids of all ages to let their creativity run wild.
There truly is something for everyone when enjoying a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.
Opening times and admission
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is open 365 days a year from 10 am until midnight (last entry 10.30 pm).
Tickets cost £26.95 for adults (aged 16 and over), while children can gain entry for £19.95. Meanwhile, families can save by booking a group ticket (two adults and two children or one adult and up to three children) for £79.95.
In addition, all those planning a day out at this popular attraction can gain significant discounts by booking up five days in advance of their visit.
Travel tips for visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
For anyone hoping to take a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the London Underground offers a swift and stress-free way to travel around the English capital. Here are some of the closest Tube stations that travellers may wish to make use:
- Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
- Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
- Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines)
- Tottenham Court Road (Northern line)
- Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
- Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
In addition, visitors planning journeys to the area might like to make use of the extensive array of bus services to this busy part of London. Bus services run around the clock to nearby Piccadilly Circus, with the main available routes including 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139 and 453.
For individuals planning to use overground rail services to reach Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the nearest National Rail station to this popular attraction is Charing Cross (approximately ten minutes’ walk).
Where to park near Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
For anyone planning to drive during their time in the English capital, a number of local parking options are available:
- Q-Park Chinatown (0.3 miles, six minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Titan Car Park (0.2 miles, three minutes)
- Trafalgar Car Park (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
- Broadwick Car Park (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- NCP Car Park London – Grosvenor Hill (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
Individuals planning journeys into the capital via car are advised that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day, most notably during the morning and evening rush hours. This means spaces can be limited.
Other nearby attractions
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is far from the only attraction that visitors to this busy part of central London can enjoy though, with a wealth of other great places to see and activities to enjoy in the local vicinity.
Here are just some of the many fantastic offerings available for visitors to the area:
- Madame Tussauds London (1.5 miles, ten minutes’ travel time via public transport)
- Buckingham Palace (0.8 miles, 12 minutes)
- London Eye (1.1 miles, 11 minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (one mile, 15 minutes)
- The National Gallery (0.4 miles, four minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (0.9 miles, 13 minutes)
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum (1.7 miles, nine minutes)
- IWM (1.7 miles, 13 minutes)
- The British Museum (0.8 miles, 11 minutes)