Go in search of the big green ogre in a fast-paced, immersive adventure on the South Bank
The Shrek’s Adventure! London experience starts the moment you’re greeted by hosts and hostesses in 1950s-style uniforms at the entrance. Your ‘Dreamworks Tour’ group is briskly ushered up into the main departure lounge and from here, your chosen trip, ‘the Shrek Adventure’, is due to set off in a red double-decker bus. Only thing is, something seems to have gone wrong with the technical details…
Your hostess, Princess Fiona (played with pacey, panto-style humour by one of a cast of actors), hastily encourages you to take plan B: don some 3D glasses and board a different bus. This turns out to be the breathtaking 4D opening scene of your adventure.
Flying through the air (the virtual reality effects cost millions, apparently), you leave the South Bank and are soon hurtling through the sky to Far, Far Away. But uh-oh, Rumpelstiltskin’s witches have decided to invade your airspace, and when your magic bus (driven by Donkey, by the way) accidentally knocks Rumpelstiltskin’s girlfriend off her broomstick, you have to make a crash landing and the tour becomes a thrilling chase.
Getting off the bus, the icky smells and the squidgy ground beneath your feet tell you that you’ve ended up in Shrek’s swamp. But where is the ogre himself? Knowing that Rumpelstiltskin and his witches are on your trail, you must take your orders from a down-on-her-luck Cinderella. But can she help you find Shrek and make your way home again?
Shrek’s Adventure London has been devised by the team behind other attractions like the London Dungeon and it works in a similar way – you are ushered around a series of scenes and find yourself part of a new story, having to solve clues, join in the occasional impromptu song, and generally do silly things in order to reach the end of the tour and, hopefully, a happy ending. With excellent set design and something unexpected around every corner, it’s an engaging and amusing trip into a wonky fairytale world, where you meet a few Shrek characters along the way – Doris the barmaid, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and the Gingerbread Man. The Adventure has been created in collaboration with Dreamworks, with brand new animations part of the experience.
There isn’t an age limit, but it has its scary moments, so it’s best for ages six to 12, and for grown-ups who are willing to throw themselves into the panto spirit on a 75-minute romp.At the end of the tour, if you find your way out and escape the clutches of the evil Rumpelstiltskin, you’ll be rewarded with a Dreamworks finale: walk-through scenes from ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Kung-Fu Panda’, plus a chance to come face to face with Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.
|Venue name:||Shrek's Adventure! London||Contact:|
Westminster Bridge Road
|Opening hours:||Open Mon–Wed, Fri, Sun 10am–5pm, Thu 11am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Westminster or Waterloo|
|Price:||£27 (£18.90 online), £21.85 under-16s (£15.30 online).|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:22
- 4 star:13
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
Awesome, shrektacular!! Full of surprises, twists and turns, an amazing ride( won't give away a spoiler but its better than Thorpe park)great characters with fun interactive features. Lots of photo opps nb decent camera better than tablets or phones as lighting is very atmospheric ! My granddaughter was the only child on our ' tour' so she was delighted to operate the red button and was an enthusiastic vocal participant throughout. Me, loved the mirror maze. Take yourself, take kids, take mates. I defy you to be disappointed.
Went to the late opening and it was absolutely fab! I wasn't sure what I was expecting but there is so much scenery along the journey to look at and the actors were hilarious- the fortune teller actually had me in tears laughing. I'm sure it's awesome for kids during the day, but personally I would definitely recommend as a fun and different thing to do on one of their late openings if you can
I visited the Shrek Experience as it opened last summer and this was my second visit. It's OK, but nothing to write home about and certainly falls way short of my expectations for something charging the sort of admission prices they do. It's hard to see how you'd spend more than an hour/hour and a half there. A lot of waiting around to get started, although on the evening "after hours" visit last week it was nice to be served with a drink. The cast members are friendly, but it does get a bit monotonous and pantomime - ish after the initial play-alongs. The 4D bus trip is now only 3D (water sprays missing) and is rather short in duration. Then you walk between scenes as the story begins to evolve. The ending is rather lacklustre before the self-guided section through the selfie photo opportunities with DreamWorks characters and then, of course, the chance to purchase the (very, very) expensive photos (which last week was not working) and the equally as expensive gift shop.
It's ok, but I really don't think its worth the entry fee and will not occupy enough time to justify the admission.
I loved the 4D bus ride and the Hall of Mirrors. The actors were also very entertaining. This was great fun even for adults and I would recommend a visit for everyone. The only reason I do not give 5 stars is because there is no cloakroom.
I went to the late show, for adults, and it was a lot of fun. The acting was great and packed with jokes, the "4D bus tour" was very cool. Since the attraction is entirely in English (and there isn't much to do besides listening to the actors), I would avoid going there as a non English speaking tourist. An enjoyable moment - recommended, but try to get a voucher if you can to make the rather high ticket price more palatable.
A brilliant, original fun-packed night out. (I went to the 'grownup's' late show).
The 4D journey at the beginning is genuinely breathtaking and the guides are talented comedians.
LOLS! This is fun. I was sceptical about a converted City Hall turned Dreamworks attraction, yet it's been done very well. It's a 3D bus ride (excellent), and a series of rooms/experience areas following a 'Quest' (needs a bit more emphasis for the big kids!). There are visuals, aurals and smells (Shrek appropriate) abundant. The actors are creme de la creme (loved Soothsayer and Doris)! I would go again and again. And again!
I loved it.
Went with my boyfriend and it was super fun!
I thought we might be out of our element here being as it's meant for kids and I'm not really a Shrek fan but had a blast!
The ride to Far Far Away was unlike everything I've ever experienced before! The characters were amazing and super amusing!
Overall a great experience and have already recommended to friends!
This was definitely regression-fantastic! I absolutely loved it and had a great time. Take someone fun with you that don't take themselves too seriously. It lasts about an hour and is centrally located that I feel both are a plus. I would have liked more photo opportunities and perhaps some interactive objects to play with. Smell of the space has some space for improvement but overall I would definitely recommend this to all child like people.
Went to the late and thought it was hilarious, felt like I was on some kind of psychedelic trip. The actors were great and I liked how they had adapted the script for adults. I would have liked to have more photo opportunities, we were able to at the end but for Kung fu panda which didn't really make any sense. I'm not sure how much I would pay for this as an adult as it doesn't last very long and I'd prefer some rides but I'm sure kids would love it.
We were quite disappointed with the Lates Experience.
- There was nowhere near enough Shrek for it to be called "Shrek's adventure"
- The group of 40 adults was far too big for the experience. We were tightly crowded into each room, and it left for minimal interaction with the actors.
- One of the rooms was empty, where we were supposed to meet an actor so we had to pass straight through
- The target audience was wrong for an adult experience, there can't have been much change to the script from the children's version.
However, the 4D bus at the beginning of the experience was really great. I can imagine that if we had taken children they would have really enjoyed the experience overall. A group of 40 which included children would have been much better.
We were lucky enough to have free tickets to this experience but I think that it is overpriced for those available online. I would have rated the experience 2 stars but the bus was great.
Went to the late with my mate, it was fun, we really enjoyed almost everything (except the swamp juice cocktail), I think be really great for kids and have told my friends to go! Surprised at the negative reviews, I'm a negative person & I think it was shrektacular!
We loved it!!! Every minute!!! I guess it depends how connected you are with your inner child, and my friend and I have a really good connection with ours, jiji.
Whilst this does have some fun elements to it the whole experience felt very rushed. You get thrown from room to room without any real interaction, each scenario has a character who recites some lines and then you move on. Spent more time moving around than not! If you are a kid or have kids in your group they'll probably love it as it's bright and colourful however we went with TimeOut to an adults only 'lates' evening and was a little bit cringeworthy...
What a Shrektacular time we had - 5 ladies in their mid-fifties - this attraction is not just for the kids! We were very impressed with the amazing bus ride and all the places that we visited in the land Far, Far Away. There were lots of clever touches and the actors were mostly very good. The only drawback - the photo book of your adventure was £30 which seemed a bit steep especially as this was the only option to get the photos (you can't take your own photos until you meet Shrek) - other attractions offer various packages which would seem like a good idea. However, that was the only downside.
We must have been at a different attraction to everyone else! Firstly we had to wait for 15 minutes while people were being photographed and told to stand in 3 different poses, then we were handed a photo wristband. I thought this would just be for the end of the tour! Then we walked down some corridors and ended up at another queue! This time another 10 minute wait whilst people were photographed next to Donkey. We were asked for the wristband so it could be scanned. I suppose at least using a bit of tech helps at the end to find your photos. I was beginning to think that that was all there was going to be to the attraction, photos! Anyway we eventually got to see Fiona, who attempted to get us to sing, and as soon as a few people started singing the music faded. Fiona looked like she was just going through the motions. Then another guy stood on the podium and fumbled his lines. This wasn't looking too good. Next to the Bus Tour. This looked promising. We sat in the "bus" and off it went. This was looking more than good! Zooming around corners made you feel like you were zooming around corners. However as soon as the bus took off it seemed to stop giving you the 4D effect. There was no movement. Just the film being shown around you which was OK, and a slight sprinkle of water. Had the ride miss-functioned? I didn't get to ask, as the only people around were the actors. After that anticlimax we were then shuffled from room to room, seeing various actors in their costumes playing various roles from Shrek. Some were better than others, e.g. the fortune teller, however it was all rather lame. No interactive features to speak of, and just the handing of notes or fur balls or gold teeth to various people on the tour to hand to the next actor in a new room, to attempt to make people feel involved in the storyline, if you can call it that. Apart from the photo opportunity with a Shrek actor after leaving the last room, Shrek only appeared as an animated projection. I'm sure that if Pinocchio had been asked what he thought of the attraction, and given a line to read, then his nose would have grown so big it would have reached at least as far as Big Ben on the other side of the Thames! Very disappointing. And guess what? Yes, at the end they tried to sell you the photos! And they didn't try very hard. Probably because they realised that the book containing the photos you'd posed, which ONLY cost £30, wasn't worth the money!!! Obviously Shrek's Adventure is a money making enterprise, and I have no problem with that at all, but it's nice to feel that you get what you pay for. In this instance you got very little of anything. Shrek needs to get his act together. This is the worst Merlin attraction I've been to, and I've been to most of the others.
Only one word for this, and that is "Shrekacular!". Highly recommended for fans of Shrek. I was really surprised how well the 4D tour was made and it's definitely a place to take the children. Perfect for a family outing, perfect for a date and pretty much perfect on the whole experience.
Best part was the bus ride (won't give any spoilers there)
Really liked the 4D - 360 Bus, that was incredible. Never seen something like this before. Definitely worth it for this both adults and children.
It was shrektakular! You can really immerse yourself into Shrek's world and feel part of that fantasy land. The simulation ride was the best I've experienced: 4 d, using all your senses to make the magical ride as realistic as possible. It was amazing! The characters were really entertaining, everything was crafted nicely to every detail: the decoration, the mirror maze, the pictures we took... Even the shop was great! I'd definitely recommend it to all ages!
Shrek’s Adventure brings out the smile in you!
Leave the cares of reality behind and enter the wonderful world of Shrek’s Adventure. The attraction starts you on a quest to find Shrek, and during your magical adventure you encounter many much-loved characters from the Shrek films including Donkey and Puss-in-Boots, as well as from well-known fairytales. The narrative transports you to another world via the childlike wonder of the 3D London Routemaster bus journey. Buy into this enchanting alternative world in order to create the best experience, because the more you put in the more fun you will have.
Among many positives about the attraction, it is the infectious enthusiasm and commitment of the cast that really creates the feeling that the film has been brought to life, and that you have a role to play in it. Children will be enchanted by the wonder of this fantasy world, and adults will relate to the refreshing self-awareness of an attraction that is not afraid to laugh at itself (or to use the odd double entendre!)
Thank you to Time Out Card for this unmissable experience.
Very enjoyable adventure. Loved the bus ride and the actors and actresses were very good and friendly. Highly recommended!
It was fall of surprises the staff was helpful its a very nice day out to go with family or friends loved it so much would go back again
Despite the (intentionally) corny actors I enjoyed it more than I would have expected - though not as much as my 11 year old so I'd say its more for kids.
We got in free and got 2 free photos. We'd give it a generous 6 out of 10. I think it costs about £23 for an adult ticket; if we had paid we would have been disappointed. There is a 4D bus ride which is the highlight, it lasts about 5 minutes. The rest of it wasn't that great. The actors were the usual standard but it all felt a bit like a pantomime but without the atmosphere.
Great attraction. Best part is the 4D bus tour at the beginning. The actors were all very convincing and it would be a great day out for a family.
Can't comment on value, however, as I got free tickets
Absolute amazing adventure with Shrek and friends. perfect for small, big, young and old everyone one will have a shrekiffic time! make sure you go before it ends this is one experience you really dont wanna miss!
It's great fun, really innovative and about 90 minutes' worth of entertainment. I was in a group of mostly adults and they all seemed to be enjoying it so it's not just for kids. Very imaginative and well worth a visit.