Frequently Asked Questions
Please note all prices shown on this website are for tickets purchase 24 hours in advance online. If you are purchasing for less than 24 hours prices will increase at checkout.
Q. What are the benefits of buying a London Big ticket?
A: You make great savings compared to buying individual tickets to the attractions. Just use our ticket builder to see what you can save. You also save by buying in advance online.
Q. Which attractions are included in the London Big Ticket?
A: The London Big Ticket allows you to combine unmissable London attractions, including the Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London, DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London, London Eye River Cruise and Big Bus 1 day or 2 day tours.
Q. How much can I save with the London BIG ticket?
A: The more attractions you see the more you save. Our biggest saving on individual adult tickets is our London Big Ticket – 4 attractions for the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon and Sea Life London saving you £93.85 per adult when brought in advance online (based on prices on the 11th July 2017). Just use our ticket builder to see what you can save.
Q. What are the prices to enter each attraction separately?
A: Prices are different for each attraction and it’s cheaper to buy in advance rather than waiting to get to the attraction. Find out more by selecting an attraction: Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London or DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London
Q. How much does a London BIG Ticket cost?
A: It’s £40 for two attractions, £55 for three and up to £65 for four attractions. These are the prices for buying in advance online. Just use our ticket builder to see what you can save.
Q: How long do I need in each attraction so I can plan how many attraction I can visit?
A. On average we say allow a couple of hours for each attraction in the London Big Ticket. Therefore you can use a London Big Ticket with 2 attractions in a day but remember the London Big Ticket is valid for 90 days so if you are coming back to London its worth buying a 3 attraction or 4 attraction ticket.
Queues times differ depending on attendance levels and attraction which is why we ask you to book time slots. Guests waiting to purchase tickets on the day of your visit, be advised that the ticket office queue can be long so we advise booking in advance online (you also save more money this way).
- One rotation on the London Eye will take around 30 minutes.
- The London Eye 4D Cinema Show is approximately 5 minutes.
- Madame Tussauds London and Sealife on average take 2 hours to enjoy however this depends completely on you and how long you would like go around them.
- The London Dungeon is 110 minutes long consisting of 19 interactive shows, 20 live actors and 1000 years of history.
- DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London lasts for approximately 75 minutes. There is an interactive area at the end of the tour where you can meet your favourite friends from other DreamWorks worlds of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon; you may spend as long as you want practising your martial arts skills with Mr Shifu, testing your strength with Gloria the hippo and hopping aboard a plane with those crazy penguins.
- The London Eye River Cruise is a 40 minute circular sightseeing tour.
- Big Bus has 3 different routes. The Red route takes about 3 hrs to complete without getting off, the Blue route takes 4 hours and the Green route takes 1 hour 15 minutes. The first bus at 8am on the red route and last bus is 6pm.
Q. Can I book a time slot for all the attractions?
A: We are working on this. At the moment you can only select a time slot for your starting attraction online but you can book time slots for your remaining attractions from any of the ticket offices (even if they are not included in your ticket selection). Time slots are subject to availability so we recommend booking these as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Start building your ticket with our ticket builder.
Q. How do time slots work and what time should I arrive?
For Coca-Cola London Eye the time slot you select is your planned boarding/entering time, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you will be on/in the attraction at the time selected. To save time on the day you can use your barcode from your email confirmation to head straight to the boarding queue to have your tickets scanned or print your tickets at home. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your time slot.
For all the other attractions your time slot is when you can arrive to enter the attraction. Please note there may be a queue so notify a member of staff of your time slot.
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Q. How do I find out the attraction’s opening times and closing times?
A: Opening times vary throughout the year and are different for each attraction. Find out more by selecting an attraction: Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London or DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London
Q: What is the latest time I can get into the attraction?
A. For the Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London and DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London the last admission is the same as our opening hours which can be found on the attraction pages.
London Dungeon and SEA LIFE London the last admission is 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.
Coca-Cola London Eye River Cruise last cruise departs 7.45pm and Big Bus last bus is 6pm.
Q. How do I buy a London BIG ticket?
A: You can buy a London BIG Ticket here. Simply add the London attractions you would like to visit in the next 90 days to your basket with our ticket builder. We will display any upgrades available on your combination and then ask you to select the first attraction you would like to visit. You will then go through to our online store on your first attraction website to purchase your ticket, selecting your time slot to visit.
Q. Is there any benefit in buying the London BIG ticket online now?
A: by buying your tickets online you make extra savings compared to buying them at the attraction ticket desk. For two attractions you save £5 per adult (£40 v £45), for three attractions you save £9 per adult (£51 v £60) and for four attractions you save £10 per adult (£55 v £65) buy buying them in advance on this website. See how much you can save with our ticket builder.
Q. I’m trying to use a discount or promotional voucher?
A: There are no promotional offers on London BIG tickets as you already make great savings by not buying individual tickets. The lowest price can be found online from this website. See how much you can save with our ticket builder.
Q. Do you do a London BIG Ticket for schools or groups?
A: At the moment schools are able to get a great discount to other attractions when they visit the Coca-Cola London Eye. Find out more here. Groups of 10 people or more can save more by combining the Coca-Cola London Eye and Coca-Cola London Eye River cruise for £27.20 here.
Q. What payment types do you accept for an online booking?
A: You can use PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and American Express
Q. If I order online how do I receive my ticket?
A: You’ll receive an email containing your tickets. There is a bar code per person. We recommend your screenshot these so you can show this on your mobile device or tablet to enter the attractions. You can also print these at home to save you having to queue to collect your tickets.
Q. Can I buy the London BIG Ticket when I am in London?
A: Yes, tickets can be brought at the ticket offices for the Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, London Dungeon, DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London and SEA LIFE London; however you make bigger savings by buying in advance and avoid queuing to get your tickets. You can also save your tickets on your devices to scan to enter the attractions or use our print at home option.
Q. Why haven't I received my email confirmation?
A: Your email confirmation should normally arrive in your inbox a few minutes after completing a purchase online. If you haven't received an email confirmation then we recommend you check your spam filter or junk folder. If you still cannot locate an email then please select your starting attraction from the drop down below and complete our form quoting your order number:
Q. I’ve lost my ticket, can you help?
A: Please select your starting attraction from the drop down below and complete our form giving as much information as possible:
Q. Can I buy a London BIG Ticket as a gift for someone else?
A: The London BIG Ticket doesn’t print with any names, making it a great gift. You will need to select a time slot for the starting attraction but then the ticket is valid for 90 days. You will need to print the tickets at home or forward the e-ticket as they will need several forms of identification to collect them at the attraction.
Q: Can I take a buggy to your attractions?
A. For SEA LIFE London, you are more than welcome to bring your buggy or pushchair into the attraction, however it must be kept with you at all times. Any unattended items are likely to be removed by our security team.
For DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London there is a buggy park provided on the first floor of before your tour begins. In the interests of all guests health and safety, you will need to leave buggies and push chairs in the buggy park and not take them through the tour as some of the areas of Far Far Away can be narrow and we don’t want anybody getting stuck in the Spooky Forest or down the Village Streets.
For the Coca-Cola London Eye buggies can be left inside the Ticket Office behind the Fast Track Ticket Desk located at the front of the building. Space is very limited and no bags or personal items can be left with the pushchair/buggy.
For Madame Tussauds London buggies are not permitted and will need to be stored within our cloakroom facility at door number 6 free of charge.
The London Dungeon tour takes place over three levels, with narrow passage ways, uneven flooring and tight corners. Although we allow buggies and pushchairs inside the attraction, we would recommend folding them down and leaving them in our designated buggy bay. Please note there is no lift access for buggies and pushchairs and you will need to carry them at certain points, if you choose to bring them into the attraction.
Q. When is the best time to visit the attractions?
A: We recommend that a quieter time of the day to visit can usually be found towards first admission or later on in the afternoon towards last admission, however we cannot guarantee that this is always the case. Weekends and school holidays are also busy periods. Start building your ticket with our ticket builder.
Q. How long is the ticket valid for?
A: Each ticket is valid for 90 days from the date of your first attraction visit. Start building your ticket with our ticket builder.
Q. Will the price of the London Big Ticket change?
The prices shown on this website are for buying 24 hours in advance and during our peak / busy dates. Slightly lower prices can be found on dates outside the school holidays. Tickets for immediate use can be purchased but prices will increase to £45 for 2 attractions, £60 for 3 attractions and £65 for 4 attractions.
Q: Are there any dates when a London Big Ticket cannot be used?
You ticket is valid for 90 days from visiting your first attraction. Unfortunately we know we have high demand at the London Dungeon on Friday 27th October and Saturday 28th of October due to Halloween so we would ask that London Dungeon is your first attraction in your London Big Ticket so you can book a time slot to guarantee entry.
Q. How do I change the date and time of my visit?
A: You’ll need to send a request to our customer service team. Please select your starting attraction from the drop down below and complete our form:
Q. Can I change the order I visit the attractions?
A: We will try our best but we strongly advise you select the correct order when buying your ticket. Time slots are subject to availability and we may need to charge a re-booking fee. You’ll need to send a request to our customer service team. Please select your starting attraction from the drop down below and complete our form:
Q. How do I get to the attractions?
A: Directions are at the bottom of the homepage or see a map for each attraction by selecting an attraction: Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London or DreamWork Tours: Shrek’s Adventure London
Q. Does the London BIG ticket cover transport?
A: You can add a BIG Bus tour to any London BIG ticket which includes the Coca-Cola London Eye. BIG Bus tickets can also be added at checkout, choosing from a 24 hour or 48 hour ticket. Find out more with our ticket builder.
Q. How many times can I use the Bus Tour?
A: After your first bus trip you have up to 24hr or 48hrs.
Q. How can I avoid queuing to get into the attractions?
A: If you select Coca-Cola London Eye and Madame Tussauds London as your London BIG Ticket you will be offered an upgrade to include Fast Track entry to Coca-Cola London Eye and priority entrance to Madame Tussauds London . This ticket is only available online. Add these to our ticket builder. We do allocate time slots to your visit to help reduce queues.
Q. Can I visit the same attraction twice?
A: Currently the London BIG Ticket only allows entry to each attraction once. If you’d like to visit several times we recommend purchasing one of our annual passes. To find out more please visit: https://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk
Q. What is the age range for a child ticket?
A: Children are aged between 3 and 15 years. Children under 3 years are free. Start building your ticket with our ticket builder, and then select the number of adults, children and infants when you enter our online store.
Q. Can children visit the attractions on their own?
A: No, children under 16 must be accompanied by an over 18 year old. Start building your ticket with our ticket builder, and then select the number of adults, children and infants when you enter our online store.
Q. I require special assistance, such as a step free access?
A: We recommend speaking to our dedicated team and booking in advance. Select your starting attraction from the drop down below:
Q. What happens if I want to collect an order which is not in my name, or if I paid with a different card and the cardholder won't be present?
A: You will need the order confirmation email with the unique order ID number and the original credit card (if one was used) when you pick up your ticket. If the cardholder will not be present, please bring photo identification and a letter of authorisation if the order is under a different name. You will not be able to collect your ticket without these documents.
Q. Is it possible to extend or change the dates of my ticket?
A: You can change the start date subject to availability by contacting our customer service team. There may be a charge for changing your ticket if the price you paid was off peak and you want to come in peak. Please select your starting attraction from the drop down below. Once you’ve visited your first attraction you cannot extend your ticket and you have 90 days to visit your other attractions.
Q: I’ve seen on your social media channels that if you buy a London Big Ticket valid for 25th or 26th July and 1st or 2nd August you can get a free ice cream – how does this work?
A: Merlin Entertainments London Attractions limited edition ice creams and toppings can be redeemed free of charge by London Big Ticket holders, subject to stock and availability
- Valid on Tuesday 25th July and Wednesday 26th July, and Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd August only from 2pm - 5pm, or until stock is exhausted
- London Big Ticket (any ticket for more than one attraction, including Big Bus and the London Eye River Cruise) must be valid on the date of redemption
- You must present a valid photo ID that matches your ticket to redeem your free ice cream and topping
- The ice creams and toppings will be available at the following locations only and are strictly subject to stock and availability:
- Ice cream van on the South Bank in front of the Coca-Cola London Eye
- Trike bike in the Madame Tussauds London café
- Any allergies must be discussed with the vendor before consumption
- Strictly one scoop of ice cream / one topping per ticket holder
- All ice creams and toppings provided will be subject to availability and whilst stocks last
Q: I’ve seen that Dick and Dom are involved in the ice cream activity – will they be there?
A: Dick and Dom have helped us test the ice cream flavours and toppings with food scientists Bompas & Parr behind the scenes, but they will not be at the London Eye or at Madame Tussauds during this activity.
Q: I’m a MAP holder, do I qualify for a free ice cream?
A: Free ice creams can be redeemed on presentation of a London Big Ticket only and as this launch activity qualifies as a ‘Special Event’ unfortunately on this occasion MAP holders do not qualify for a free ice cream.
Q. What are the Ice Cream flavours and toppings?
A: The Summer Fun-daes Flavours (all vegetarian)
- Coca-Cola London Eye - Sunrise and Sunset Ice Cream (Honeycomb and Popping Candy) inspired by the London views from the Eye during the magical sunrise and sunset moments when London looks at its very best, with popping candy to represent the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks
- Madame Tussauds London - Bees wax, pollen and honey Ice Cream a dedication to the wax used to create the incredible figures that make this such an iconic attraction
- London Dungeon - Smoked Charcoal Ice Cream – a flavour inspired by the thrilling Great Fire of London show and the city’s murky history!
- SEA LIFE London - Sea Salt and Water Mint Ice Cream –inspired by the sea life and their habitat at the aquarium
- Shrek’s Adventure! London - Sour Apple Ice Cream - as any Shrek fan will know, apples are in abundance in the Shrek films and of course the bright green colour of Shrek was inspiration in itself!
The Summer Fun-daes Toppings (all vegetarian)
- Coca-Cola London Eye - Pearl Balls and Candy floss to represent the London Eye capsules and the clouds
- Madame Tussauds London- Edible glitter and stars inspired by the glitz and glamour of the celebrity-studded attraction
- London Dungeon - Strawberry coulis and black sugar pearls to represent London’s dark past!
- SEA LIFE London; Sea horse sprinkles to represent sea life and blackcurrant jelly cubes inspired by the brand-new Ocean Invaders jellyfish experience
- Shrek’s Adventure! London: Gingerbread crumb in honour of the Gingerbread Man and jelly worms to represent swamp life
A. Links to these important documents are just below in the footer of the site
Q. Any other questions please send us a request by selecting your first attraction below: