Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is located in Piccadilly Circus, London and I would say is one of London’s slightly lesser known attractions, even despite its very famous London location. Its home to hundreds (over 700 in fact) of quite weird and wonderful things. My other half finds these sorts of strange things very fascinating, so I bought two tickets as part of his Christmas present and we headed to London for a day, browsing the peculiar selection that was on offer.
So when we arrived, we were directed toward some lifts which transported us to room of strange and curious items. Amongst these were a number of deformed animals that had been perfect preserved. Animals with more than one head, animals with more limbs than you would normally expect to see – strange! They also had a full scale megalodon shark jaw, which belonged to the prehistoric relative of the great white. The jaw was over 13 metres in height. Wow!
Amongst the quite odd collection, was also an opportunity to go into the mirror maze. I love a good mirror maze and this had us wandering around for a while. The layout of the maze, with the lights lining the floor, made it particularly confusing to work out what was a mirror and what wasn’t. We were slightly advantaged (or disadvantaged perhaps, if you like wandering around lost) as that there had clearly been a few children wandering through the maze who had been ‘feeling their way’ to avoid walking into the glass. You could see little hand prints further down the glass. Nothing a little polish couldn’t rectify.
I was truly amazed at the artwork that was there. I’m not a particularly artistic person, so I would struggle to make even standard art represent what it’s supposed to be, but these pieces were something else. There was artwork made out of chewing gum, bottle tops, car bonnets, you name it someone had tried it and in almost all cases succeeded. One artist had even painted Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper on a single grain of rice. This was done using a high-powered microscope and a single human hair as a paintbrush. You have to view this through a microscope, but it is extremely well executed. I was particularly impressed by the artwork hand-painted on the pipal leaves. They were both delicate and beautiful.
I thorough enjoyed our day in London and our afternoon wandering around looking at all the odd things that Robert Ripley has collected during his life. All in all, I think this is a great day out for children and adults. As an adult I was fascinated by most of the exhibits and the hard work that had gone into these. I would imagine for a child who has an inquisitive nature this would be a great place to visit. And for kids that don’t really appreciate museum-style attractions, there is a laser beam challenge, called the Impossible LaseRace and of course the mirror maze.
Tickets to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not start at around £23 for adults and £17 for under 15s. There are some saver packages available, including an evening ticket which saves you a bit on the adult price (£15) and some dining packages.
Take a look at the ticket options as there is also an offer if you are visiting with children, where children can enter for just £1.
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