There are so many different family attractions in London and we’re always looking for something different to do. Along the South Bank you’ll find some wonderful things to do, including Shrek’s Adventure!
Where is Shrek’s Adventure?
Shrek’s Adventure London is situated on the London’s South Bank, next to the lastminute.com London Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament and close to other attractions such as the London Dungeon.
Nearest underground stations: Waterloo and Westminster are a 5 minute walk away.
Westminster Bridge Road
Shrek’s Adventure tickets and prices
(Prices correct as of June 2022)
Shrek’s Adventure offers a few different options when it comes to tickets. A standard ticket to Shrek’s Adventure London starts at £30 if you want to buy them on the day of your visit. You can get discounted tickets on the official Shrek’s Adventure where they start from £24 for adults and £19 for children. With these tickets, you need to choose a 15-minute arrival time.
You can also buy tickets which allow you to enter at any time during a certain day although these are more expensive than standard tickets. You can also buy multi tickets which allows cheaper entry to other attractions such as the London Eye and Sea Life London Aquarium.
Sites such as buyagift.com often have offers on experiences for Shrek’s Adventure so be sure to check their prices too.
How long does it last?
Shrek’s Adventure is an immersive walkthrough experience and it lasts around 70 minutes. There is a small area at the end where you can take photos with other favourite Dreamworks characters, such as Kung Fu Panda, so this could add on some additional time.
About the experience
Shrek’s Adventure is aimed at children aged 6+ but there were younger ones there during our visit. You are not allowed to take prams or pushchairs past a certain point but there is a buggy park. This is something to consider if you’re planning to visit with smaller children. There are toilets available before the experience starts but not again. The nearest toilets after the experience are in the main ticket building for the South Bank attractions.
Before our visit we really didn’t know much about Shrek’s Adventure, or what we were even going to do.
Once upon a time…
Shrek’s Adventure is an immersive experience and not something you can just do at your own pace. There’s an opportunity to have your picture taken in front of a green screen before the whole thing gets started, which you can buy in the gift shop at the end if you like souvenirs like this. In groups of maybe 20ish people, you start off with an introduction and you’re then taken to the flying magic bus, ready for an adventure going to the hidden world of Far Far Away. The bus ride was great fun and such a good way to kick off our visit. If it’s your first time at Shrek’s Adventure, you’ll not really know what you’re in for until it happens and that’s great for a tourist attraction like this.
From there, you go through various different rooms from Rumpelstiltskin’s carriage, and Shrek’s swamp, to the Poison Apple pub just to name a few. The mirror maze of insanity was a particular favourite of mine! There are live actors throughout the experience, playing some fantastic characters and really bringing the whole thing to life. For me, I think the actors were one of my favourite parts of Shrek’s Adventure and they really are the stars of the show. You’ll get to meet all kinds of fun characters from the films such as there gingerbread man, Princess Fiona, the Muffin Man and of course, there’s a good dose of Donkey for good measure.
Be prepared for some audience participation from both adults and children. I really liked how this was done and it was nice that some people really got to be a part of the story. This is optional of course but no one said no during our experience.
What’s the right age for children to go?
There’s a good reason for Shrek’s Adventure being aimed at children 6+ as there are some fairly scary sections. Each room is really interactive and gets the audience to be a part of the experience. Some things that happen range from air blasts, a water spray and other special effects. Erin was absolutely fine with most of it although she did stay quite close to me a couple of times. There’s nothing too scary but there are loud noises at times and it might be a bit much for younger children.
Pictures and videos are not allowed during the experience, so as to not ruin it for others. The images in this post are either from the entrance to Shrek’s Adventure or in the photo op area at the end.
Would we go again? Yes probably because Erin has already asked to go back. If you pay full price then it’s quite an expensive family attraction for the time it takes to go around. However, as we all really had a great time, it’s something that’s worth going to if you can get discounted tickets or find an offer somewhere. Remember, watch the Shrek films before you visit and you’ll find it a lot more fun!