Recently, my boyfriend Charlie and I, took ourselves from our lazy pit on a Sunday (which is rare for us) to venture into London’s Piccadilly Circus where we witnessed the weird at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. For the bargain price of £11 each with daysoutwithkids.co.uk, it would be pretty silly to turn down and was incredibly good for value for money, is perfect for both families, friends and couples and we even learnt a thing or two (check us geeks out) in the interactive quiz.
Robert L. Ripley (1890-1949), cartoonist, explorer, adventurer and collector, is the man behind the foundations of the exhibition. Travelling 201 countries in 35 years, Ripley set out to look for the unusual and unexplained and I could not be more jealous that I didn’t think of a life plan like that myself. The exhibition doesn’t disappoint, with endless floors taking on a different theme from history to hollywood. Although Ripley’s should be saved for the element of surprise, I couldn’t go and not take any snaps. I sing it’s praises for something different to do, a fun day out that gets you talking, guessing and finding things out some other way than Google. Grab a ticket and see for yourself but until then, it would be rude not to take a little nose on some of my favs.
World’s Largest Rocking Chair
London Bridge made entirely from toothpicks
Weirdest Coffin Exhibition
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Ripley’s, which I suppose is the whole point. I was impressed with the size of the exhibition though and the details put into every single theme. For the kids, you’ve got games and things you can fiddle with, for the adults you’ve got hidden facts and a coffee and cake stop at your half way point. Of course, not everything’s free; the Impossible Laser Race costs a good price of £3 but has a hefty queue and of course, they would be fools if they didn’t include the “basically can’t say no to this pencil” gift shop. They also offer the chance to get a family photo and present you with your own photo book for £20 – personally I’d rather buy 20 pencils and take my own photos…
Overall, I’ll be giving the Believe It or Not! museum my recommendations for sure. As a couple, we had a cute afternoon and ended it in the only way we know how – stuffing our faces with Mcdonalds. We are not even sorry.