Review of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – London

A Fascinating Family Day Out 

At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not London

We were up early with two excited girls ready to travel to London to take in the sights of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, a huge collection of over 700 astounding artefacts from all over the world, many of which were collected by Robert Ripley himself. Ripley was a pioneer and an explorer, a man devoted to travelling and discovering oddities from all around the world, and now his legacy lives on within the 33 Ripley’s Attractions globally, just waiting for a family like ours to open the doors to discover.

My Family Ties

Feeling quite short next to the tallest man!

For Siobhan’s 15th Birthday we said she could choose a place to go to celebrate and this is where she decided to go, she always asks for the Ripley’s books every Christmas without fail, and has an amazing recall for all the facts she reads in the diverse and often bizarre books.  Siobhan has autism and the attraction to the whole series of Ripley’s books are the amazing facts themselves, so to go to see many of the oddities themselves was really a huge treat for her.

The most glitzy Mini Cooper I have ever seen!

Ripley’s fabulous robot!

We were concerned that Lara, Siobhan’s 8 year old sister would not be as enthralled as Siobhan. We needn’t have worried at all, as she thought it was amazing too.  Prepare yourself for the unexpected, with many amazing facts and bizarre oddities, there are also plenty of interactive treats in store and plenty to keep children and adults occupied and interested. Without giving away all the sights and sounds , you will experience plenty to make this an unforgettable trip, with a lot of shocking and unusual facts and a lot of laughter too.  

Possibly the cutest car in the world!

A tiny Peel Trident

A tiny girl or a huge chair?!

Easy to find and centrally located in Piccadilly Circus Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is the home to six floors of the wonderfully bizarre and amazing artefacts from all over the globe, you just can’t take your eyes off the displays as you want to take all the interesting and odd information in, before you move on to the next one. 

Check the shutters, but open at your own risk!

Don’t forget to check all the doors for lots of surprises and have a look around you might find some little holes to peer through to find more oddities.

Don’t forget to look in every unexpected place to find some amazing oddities!

The friendly staff are on hand to help at points around the attraction,  and there are photo opportunities for you to experience during the tour should you want a professional photo with a fun Ripley’s themed background.

A knitted Ferarri !
When you begin the tour you take the lift to the top floor and work your way down,  we spent a fun three hours exploring all that Ripley’s had to offer  You won’t be having a quick look around each floor I can guarantee that you will want to, as we did,  have a really good look at all the interesting and bizarre artefacts that Ripley’s has on display. Don’t forget that as well as all the oddities you can plainly see there are also a few treats and surprises that are a little concealed but our eagle eyed children spotted them to their delight, another wonderful way to keep the visitors engaged.
Robert Ripley meeting Shirley Temple
Robert Ripley’s honorary degree
Many awards and photos of Robert Ripley

I took so many photo’s to remember the trip, it was really hard to choose what to include in this blog post, as I wanted to share them all! So I’m not going to apologise for the amount of photo’s I included as I just love looking at them myself and remembering the day and I hope you do too.
A portrait of Michelle Obama made entirely from bottle-tops
Beautiful shadows cast by one of the amazing sculptures
A hologram message from the great explorer himself

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a museum style attraction and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the whole experience as much as I did, we all enjoyed it so much as a family, which is really great as usually it’s a bit of a hit and miss with everyone agreeing. Getting feedback on the way home from the girls and my other half it was a resounding yes to going back to Ripley’s for a second visit, how fantastic that we all agree on a day out!
So much to look at and be fascinated by
John and Paul on car bonnets!
Made entirely of stamps
Up-cycled duck, one of my favourite exhibits of the day!
Where has my body gone?
Robert Ripley’s Portrait made entirely out of gum-balls
A piece of history, the Berlin wall

Before we ended our visit to Ripley’s we had to visit the Gift Shop – for kids it is the cherry on the cake to be able to get a souvenir to mark a day out, and they weren’t disappointed with plenty of choice they ended up choosing a spy pen, to listen out to far flung conversations! They also came away with a spiral liquid timer toy, both of these kept them occupied for ages and they spy pen was put to good use when we went out to lunch afterwards!
The Maze of Mirrors not as easy as you think!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our family day out to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not London  I can recommend this as a really fun and interesting day out for both adults and children, my daughters are 14 and 8 and both really enjoyed the day and got a lot out of it, and we are planning on going back to for another visit soon.

You can book your tickets for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not here if you book online you can get a saving of up to 37% of the ticket price.  Don’t forget you have ample opportunity to visit as it is open 365 days a year, from 10 am – 10.30 pm, which is very handy, also they are always having special seasonal offers so it is useful to follow them on Twitter  and on Facebook  to keep up to date with their special offers.

Thank you for reading, if you liked what you read, subscribe to my blog by adding your e-mail address to the box on the right.  You will be the first to hear of my updates.

*Ripley’s Believe It Or Not London kindly provided us with family ticket’s for the purpose of this review however all views and opinions remain my own. *

My name in red 'Caroline"
I am linking this post up with Victoria’s blog Verity Victoria Vocalises and her linky #PoCoLo
Post Comment Love


  1. October 2, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    We're going to Ripley's at Halloween – delighted to read your review as I didn't really know what to expect! I think my son will love it! x

  2. October 2, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    We went here before kids and loved it although I think we got the tickets on offer as they seemed quite expensive full price x

    • October 3, 2014 / 9:25 am

      Cost is a consideration I agree, there are a lot of seasonal deals though which is good when you have a family to pay for entry, many thanks for your comment 🙂

    • October 3, 2014 / 6:05 pm

      I always longed for one of them, but sadly it was not meant to be! I love that that is a fact though, how fabulous!

  3. October 3, 2014 / 9:47 am

    I wandered past this so many times and never actually gone in, looks great and definitely an attraction I think my boys would love! Thanks for sharing..


    • October 4, 2014 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks Carly, It was a great trip I highly recommend it, let me know how you get on if you go 🙂

  4. October 3, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    We love love loved Ripley's (the adults almost more than the children). We got in free with Tesco's days out vouchers (I think we had to get specific ones for the venue). And you MUST do the laser race at the end….. It was hilarious…. I was way more competitive than the kids!

    • October 4, 2014 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks Kate, we had such a great time, and I love that you could actually enjoy it even if you didn't take the kids, sadly we didn't quite have enough time for the laser race, but we are planning to do it next time 🙂

  5. October 4, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    Amazing photographs it looks like such a great day out x

  6. October 4, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    What a great review and I love your photos too. I remember going to the Ripleys believe it or not when I was in San Francisco of all places! It is a fascinating place to go. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much Victoria 🙂

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:24 pm

      You will love it Jacqueline!

  7. November 13, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    I remember visiting Ripleys in Blackpool back int he '70's a fascinating place

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:25 pm

      It's full of interesting things to look at – we loved it!

  8. November 17, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    Brilliant pics and blog. This has been on my "to visit" list for ages.

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Thank you Debbie that is lovely of you! x

  9. November 30, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    We're going to London in February just the hubby and I … can't wait to go visit Ripleys now … we weren't going until I read this 🙂

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:26 pm

      I hope you have a great time Rebekah – it's a great day out!

  10. December 1, 2014 / 12:05 am

    Thanks so much, always wondered whether this attraction was worth a visit, you have convinced me it is and it will now be on our itinerary I am sure our 11yr old boy will love it as will we xxx

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      Oh lovely Tracey, let me know what you think!

  11. December 1, 2014 / 5:25 am

    Looks a fabulous place to wander round regardless of age

    • January 11, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      It certainly isn't just for kids, we had a great time there 🙂

  12. June 29, 2015 / 10:24 am

    what a fascinating place, looks great for any age

  13. LTabstar
    July 20, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    I've often wondered what this was like. Thanks for the review!

  14. July 27, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    I'm thinking we might go there this summer, or maybe leave it until half term (although it's felt like October these last few days!)

  15. August 6, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Isn't it brilliant there! We took the 10 year old last year with one of his friends for his birthday and had a blast! We used Tesco clubcard vouchers to get our tickets.

  16. August 23, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I always wondered what Ripleys was all about – and now I know!

  17. August 26, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I have never been to the London one, but the Blackpool one is fantastic. We dont have a Ripley's in Scotland unfortunately.

  18. August 31, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    I've never visited London before, sounds and looks great for both adults and kids alike, glad you enjoyed and thank you for the review.

  19. September 20, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Looks awesome

  20. Layla Thomas
    October 9, 2015 / 10:34 am

    Looks amazing!

  21. October 25, 2015 / 6:06 am

    Absolutely love Ripley's Museums. I always make it a point to visit if the city I'm staying in has 1.