We have been Merlin Annual Passholders for years and sometimes I get asked why we continue to renew them. You see even if you have visited an attraction once you will be surprised at what can change in such a short period of time. Earlier this summer we had a bit of free time when we were in London so we booked some tickets to go to Madame Tussauds London. Now I would always recommend using the online booking system for Madame Tussauds London as it is one of the busiest Merlin attractions and booking online means that you are guaranteed entry.
We love visiting Madame Tussauds London and particularly enjoy the Star Wars and Marvel Avengers areas. We walk pretty quickly through the other bits as the girls are not really interested in popular culture or history and these bits always seem really crowded. We were impressed to see some new exhibits which they did enjoy such as the Kong: Skull Island which includes an eighteen foot animated Kong face. They both also had fun jumping on a bike with ET.
However, the new area that got us really excited was The Sherlock Holmes Experience. We embarked on an adventure to find Sherlock Holmes as we visited a variety of scenes in this immersive theatrical experience. Starting in Sherlock Holmes drawing room we were told that there was a case to solve and that Sherlock Holmes was missing.
We agreed to help and headed to the Docks were we met a very strange policeman and a severed leg. All was not as it seemed and the evidence on the leg meant that our next stop was the morgue.
After a visit with the mortician, we found a clue that meant we had to travel to the moors. We journeyed through the Victorian streets and on to a train where we headed out to the moors where we met with Dr Watson and hid inside a crypt to escape the ‘demon’ hound who was howling.
From inside the crypt, we witnessed a terrible site projected on to the mist in the doorway. Sherlock Holmes was in trouble and he fell from the cliff before bursting into the crypt and helping us to escape and find out way back out to the streets of London.
The special effects on the journey were spectacular, the train ride felt and sounded realistic and the sights and smells of the different areas that we visited were very well done. I liken the experience to Shreks adventure where you meet different characters and obtain information in different settings but this is a shorter more sinister plot.
The Sherlock Holmes experience is not for the faint-hearted and I wouldn’t recommend it to children under the age of 8 as it is creepy at times. I also think that the bigger the group you are in when you do the experience the better it would be as there were only two adults and four children taking part in our group so the kids were more reserved with the actors who were taking us on the journey.
We loved it and we can’t wait to return and journey through the Victorian streets all over again. To find out more visit the link below