Shrek's Adventure - A London day trip for kids

Shrek's Adventure - A London day trip for kids

It’s hard to believe it was 18 years ago when the original Shrek movie premiered here in the UK.


I remember the buzz around the film when it launched and how brilliantly it tapped into the cheeky sense of humour of both adults and children.

Almost two decades may have passed but fans of the green ogre himself, donkey, Princess Fiona and more can relive the magic as part of Shrek’s Adventure on London’s Southbank.

We were kindly given the opportunity to check Shrek’s Adventure out for ourselves so took our two young children (aged 3 and 5) along for the ride.

The attraction is melting pot of 3D illusion and acting role play. There’s a magical bus tour, the chance to decide the fate of Pinocchio on a spinning wheel of torture and to find your way out of a mind-bending maze of mirrors.

We were in a group of around 30 other adults and children which never made the tour seem too busy.

By far our favourite part of Shrek’s Adventure was the bus ride at the beginning. I won’t give too much away but this completely captivated our two little girls. After disembarking the bus we moved from room to room, meeting the weird and wonderful characters familiar and inspired by the Shrek films. I felt some of the jokes were a little lost on our small children but interactive tricks and games kept them intrigued.

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It’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for Merlin 2-for-1 passes (on cereal boxes) as this makes it a much cheaper day out.

If you’re a big fan of Shrek and the other DreamWorks movies, you’ll have a great time meeting and having fun with some of your favourite characters.

Thinking of visiting? Here are some tips/extra info

Can I take my young child? Our youngest is 3 and she didn’t find the experience scary or overwhelming in any way.

What if I have a buggy or wheelchair with me? There is a buggy park at the entrance to the attraction. When we visited a wheelchair user was in our tour group.

What if I/my child needs the toilet during the tour? I did notice a couple of people ducking out to the toilet during the room to room tour and they were able to rejoin when they were ready.

Are photos allowed? You won’t be able to take pictures or use your camera phone during the experience but you will have photos taken as you go along and these will be available to buy at the end.

When is a good time to go? We had pre-booked tickets for 10am on a Sunday when Shrek’s Adventure opened - this worked well for us. There was very little queuing. Once your tour begins there is a maximum number of people allowed per group so it’s never super busy.

Will I meet Shrek? There’s certainly an opportunity to meet and have photos during the tour.

How long does Shrek’s Adventure last? We were there for a little over an hour, allowing time for a little browse in the gift shop at the end.

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We were invited to Shrek’s Adventure in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and views are my own personal opinion.

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