London attraction, museum, and city-tour prices for 2011
On one hand, London can be one of the world’s most expensive cities for tourists. Unless the British Pound happens to be extremely weak, prices for food, drinks, hotels, and attractions can seem outrageous to visitors. However, London also actually has more free major tourist attractions than any other city on earth, so the trick is to balance your favorite of the pricey ones with plenty of the free ones.
The list below will give you up-to-date prices for all the major attractions along with a list of the major free museums. These prices are all displayed in pounds, but you can see them automatically converted in today’s exchange rate for US dollars or any other currency on our main London prices page.
Check the London travel prices page for these attractions converted into today’s exchange rates.
London attraction prices
(updated May, 2011)
Just below we’ll get to all the major paid London attractions, but to start off here’s a list of the most popular free museums in London.
Free London museums
- British Museum
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Tate Modern
- Museum of London
- Natural History Museum
- Imperial War Museum
- Bank of England Museum
- The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green
- National Army Museum
- National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory
- RAF Museum
- and many more
London Eye Ferris Wheel – Take a slow spin for excellent views
- Adults: £19.98
- Ages 4-15 years: £11.83
- Seniors: £14.30
Discounts and other options are available if you book online in advance.
Tower of London – London history and more
- Adults: £18.70
- Ages 4-15 years: £10.45
- Students, seniors: £15.95
Discounts and family passes are available with online booking.
Madam Tussauds – Extremely popular wax museum and attraction
- Adult: £28.00
- Child: £24.00
- Family (includes free Guidebook): £99.00
Save 10% and skip the ticket queue by buying online.
Hop-on, hop-off doubledecker sightseeing bus tour
- Adult: £25.00
- Ages 5-15: £12.00
- Family (2 adults and 3 children): £86.00
Save at least 10% by booking online in advance. This is included in the London Pass, which is worth looking into.
St. Paul’s Cathedral – London’s most famous church
- Adults: £12.50
- Seniors: £11.50
- Students: £9.50
- Children (6-16yrs): £4.50
- Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): £29.50
Westminster Abbey – Many famous folks buried here
- Adults: £15.00
- Concessions: £12.00 (Over 18 students and 60+)
- Schoolchildren (11 – 18 years): £6
- Child under 11 free accompanied by an adult
- Family: £30.00 (2 adults and 1 child)
- Family:36.00 (2 adults and 2 children)
- Family:42.00 (2 adults and 3 children) +£6 per extra child
Buckingham Palace – Queen’s Gallery
- Adult: £8.75
- Over 60/Student (with valid ID): £7.75
- Under 17: £4.50
- Under 5: Free
- Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s): £22.00
Many other collections and packages are available. This is just for the main Queen’s Gallery itself.
Tower Bridge – London’s most elaborate bridge
- Adults: £7.00
- Children (aged 5-15): £3.00
- Students (with ID): £5.00
- Seniors (aged 60 +): £5.00