Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Blackpool

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Blackpool

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Blackpool
3.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Daryl T
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK567 contributions
Oct 2021
Ripley's Believe It or Not is a 'museum of oddities' located as part of Blackpool's Pleasure Beach complex. Located a short tram ride away from the centre of Blackpool itself, it is ideal to visit if you are already heading up that way for Pleasure Beach or the waterpark which is located across the road and further down towards the town. We were not going to Pleasure Beach (it was too cold and wet) but we did set out to go to Ripley's as we had been there before and wanted to see if anything else had changed since our last visit.

It costs £12 each and you can also purchase a guide at an additional costs which acts as a moment and gives some history behind Ripley's and some of the different exhibitions. Once you have paid, you then take yourself on a self-guided tour around the museum which is a mixture of collected items, replica cultural artefacts and uniquely collected pieces that the museum has sought out the exhibit. There are things that are interesting and quirky as well as some things that are a bit disturbing but it is quite interesting to see and learn about different cultures and lifestyles.

Not much had changed since our last visit but I think it was still worth the £12 each for us both to go because it kept us out of the rain and gave us something to do for an hour. I appreciate that if you have younger children and are paying as a family, it may not necessarily provide good value because I am not sure how much younger children would benefit from the exhibits which involve a lot of reading in order to understand what you are looking at.

I would recommend Ripley's for anyone who has never done it before and who is curious about life in general. Like other museums, it is self-guided and relies on your own ability to entertain yourself so if you are bored easily or, like my husband, cannot concentrate for significant periods of time, this may not be ideal for you.

Overall though, we both enjoyed it. It's just a shame it is a bit out the way and it almost feels like it has been left without much care or attention.
Written November 7, 2021
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lizaanddilly
86 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Very over priced, even with my blue light card (10% discount), really thought the woman on desk was an part of the show she was so unhappy with her life/job! Was done in 30-40mins and this was taking our time. No mention of stair cases (2) which wasnt great for a older lady with a walking stick (my mum). Wouldnt bother again in all honesty
Written December 6, 2021
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Kim O
37 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Fun interesting and informative also gruesome . Worth a visit but very expensive considering you will probably only spen about 30 to 40 min there . Though would visit there other sites and probably visit again sometime
Written February 15, 2023
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Shannon
6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Honestly save your money and go elsewhere! This place is an absolute rip off. We paid £24 for 2 adults and we were around and out in 14 minutes. We went to the desk to actually check that was it and the lady at front said how some people could manage to make it last them 30 minutes…! Outdated facts, bad flow and full of machines inside that you have to pay extra for so they are filling whole areas of ‘pay to play’ machines. To top it all off I walked to ‘see the chained man’ and was suprised by a moving platform that rolled my ankle and I was unable to walk for the rest of my holiday. Please take it from me and visit Madam Tussads, Sea Life or Blackpool Tower experience as they are far superior and only a little more to pay! You really won’t regret giving this a miss! £5 entry would be pushing it for value for money but £12 per adult is daylight robbery!
Written August 3, 2021
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Emma Holmes
13 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I have visited here over the decades and always loved it, though not much has changed and some facts are outdated. There are definitely interesting facts but most artefacts are replicas/ models to show scales or sizes of facts. It would definitely benefit more if it contained more "real" items as a museum would. Once you've been once it's not an attraction you need to keep revisiting. I could get a family of 4 in for £20 at my last visit in 2019. Now adults are £12 children are £10 (£44 is a LOT when there's so many other things you'd like to fill your day with in Blackpool). I wouldn't mind if it lasted half a day but you can walk around this incredibly quickly if you're not careful. Covid has been tough on us all but many will write this off in future if prices stay like this.
Written August 9, 2021
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Lorraine
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
It was a nice day but there are a few things that could be improved upon, to start it was expensive on the way in. For one adult and child it was £25. As we went around we soon realised that the exhibits could be changed. We expected more oddities and strange things rather than historical pieces of ripley’s travels. As it was supposed to be a believe it or not it should have been surprising and to say the least it wasn’t. It was more of a museum of “things” which only a select few may find interesting. As my photo shows, the things inside are quite interesting but not as “believe it or not” as I expected. But that isn’t for all exhibits through I want to say, some are really good! Don’t take my example for the whole place but just for a select few things. I did enjoy my day though and the room at the end with the spinning walls through me off a little! If I was to give some advice, the improve it I would make it cheaper, and add more strange things in there! I get that animals with extra heads or the world fattest person is interesting but things like people with oddities will relate more to actual people and be interesting rather than what you have now. Also the gift shop was quite regular (as you would expect) but to change it up a bit maybe add some more ripley-related products? With my brief look around at the gift shop I wasn’t that impressed. To finish of through ( like I said earlier) I did enjoy today throughly and just wished they improved more for future people. I hope this review helps a little. ( Reviewed by child age of 11)
Written July 30, 2022
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Nikki F
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
£40 to be round in 15minute!! Absolute rip off!
We were the only people in there (now I know why) My 10 year old was absolutely terrified of everything and cried the whole way round. The only thing she enjoyed was the tunnel at the end.
Definitely not for younger children and nothing 'exciting' to see or do, mostly old facts that half the time youre that bored you can't even be bothered to read them.
Wouldn't recommend and won't be back.
Written August 1, 2022
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belfast1
Belfast, UK166 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We added this on with our pleasure Beach tickets, £24 for 2 adults and it was finished in 20 minutes. Absolutely awful, closes at 7pm but so does the pleasure Beach so we left it at 6pm thinking the extra hour would do us to take our time in ripleys.. Definitely not by 6.19pm we were standing outside ripleys wondering why on earth we'd just wasted a last hour in the pleasure Beach on this terrible excuse of an attraction. Definitely nothing compared to others in Amsterdam etc and definitely not worth the money
Written August 11, 2021
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Zoey
Worcestershire, UK25 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
This museum is full of horrors and interesting facts, if that’s your sort of thing. There are scary mannequins and stuffed disfigured animals, and puzzles and brain teasers to keep you interested along the way. It took around 30-40 minutes to walk through it, so in that sense you’re getting your money’s worth, but it’s a lot of looking rather than doing so I can see where other reviewers are saying the price is steep. But if you like weird things, you’ll love this!
Written August 17, 2021
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Abberline1888
Glasgow, United Kingdom22 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Unlike literally every other Ripley's museum on the face of the planet, this one has all its exhibits behind sheets of glass. So no comparing hand size with the world's tallest man, no posing with the lizard man and no photos with the vampire woman. Is Ripley's implying that people in Florida, California, New York and Tennessee are inherently better than those in Blackpool and thus can be trusted to not paw at the exhibits like animals? A shame, because what is on display is all very fun and classic Ripley's stuff. A shame they feel that we aren't worthy of the full experience.
Written September 28, 2020
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