Easter fun for kids at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

That exclamation mark in the title isn’t just me being jazzy, it’s actually part of the name of the attraction. It’s like Ripley’s are saying ‘we are so much fun, even our name is bonkers!’


Belle has been wanting to go to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London for a while – she loves weird facts – so given that quite a lot of her Easter holiday is going to be spent amusing herself while I sit in a corner of the living room working and telling her to sshhh, I thought a nice day out at the beginning of the break would be a nice treat for her, and win me some much needed ssshing points.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London boasts over 700 weird and wonderful exhibits from across the world including the world’s smallest car, the original Toots Sweet Machine from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a collection of toilet paper wedding dresses. Come on, who wouldn’t want to see a collection of toilet paper wedding dresses?

There is also a rather scary dungeon area, so if watching slightly too realistic electrocutions is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed. Funnily enough, it isn’t actually Belle’s thing, so she stood outside that bit waiting for me looking worried. She was also a little on the terrified side when we came out of the lift on the fifth floor and found ourselves face to face with a dinosaur, but she had a little sit down in the world’s biggest rocking chair and soon recovered.

Ripleys Believe It Or Not - London Piccadilly

Giant rocking chair

Here are some of our favourite things from our day out:

Lamb with two heads

The lamb with two heads

junk duck

A duck made of junk

"horse painting"

A painting done by a horse, apparently of a horse and rider…

"Robert Wadlow"

I’m not quite as tall yet as the world’s tallest man. Maybe when I grow up.

"world's fattest man"

Belle probably needs to pack away a bit more brioche to catch up with the world’s fattest man.

"mirror maze"

The mirror maze

I do suspect that the top highlight of Belle’s day may have been making me dance in public to The Time Warp in the games area of Hamley’s, but Ripley’s definitely came a very close second.

There are loads of special activities going on at Ripley’s over the Easter holidays –  from mastering the art of balloon modelling, to learning how to juggle or practising magic tricks – so now is a great time to visit. Taught by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London’s line-up of expert performers and street artists, including renowned escapologist Rob Roy Collins and ‘Man of Danger’ Spikey Will, kids and parents alike can make their friends jealous by showing off their new skills.

Free masterclasses will take place in 30 minute sessions between 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm between Monday 1 – Friday 5 April 2013.

·         Monday 1 April 12.00 – 2.00 pm: Juggling with Spikey Will

·         Tuesday 2 April 12.00 – 2.00 pm: Magic with Steve Faulkner

·         Wednesday 3 April 12.00 – 2.00 pm: Balloon modelling with Hazel Anderson 

·         Thursday 4 April 12.00 – 2.00 pm: Plate spinning with Spikey Will

·         Friday 5 April 12.00 – 2.00 pm: Yo-Yoing with Richard Sullivan



  1. Sam
    28 March, 2013 / 10:51 am

    Actually looks like its worth a visit. Always walk past it and think I must have a google up and see what people say. You have saved me doing so – thanks! Sam x

    • admin
      29 March, 2013 / 2:19 pm

      My pleasure! Glad to be of service :-)

  2. 28 March, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Next time I am in Ldn I will go there for sure. The horse’s painting looks too awesome.

    • admin
      29 March, 2013 / 2:18 pm

      It’s definitely worth a visit Alexandra – so many weird things!!

  3. 15 April, 2013 / 10:54 am

    We went to Ripleys last August when we were in London, loved it xx

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