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Price & Hours

27 pounds (about $38) for adults; 22 pounds (about $31) for kids 3-15; free for kids 3 and younger
Hours vary by season

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The London Eye (the giant Ferris wheel found in many London panoramas) located on the River Thames is meant to deliver great views – not a thrilling ride. It circles around slowly, offering an unbeatable bird's-eye perspective of London's South Bank. However, those with a fear of heights should beware: When you're more than 400 feet high, the 360-degree views can be a bit disconcerting.

While some travelers say the London Eye is an absolute must-do, others found the experience to be overrated. Some recent travelers said the lines were too long (upward of a couple hours) and the ticket prices too high. However, many others were amazed by the views, especially Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Visitors were keen to note that this ride is not a fast one, with the average rotation of the wheel at least 30 minutes long. 

Ticket prices range depending on the type of package desired, but the standard admission for adults starts at 27 pounds (around $38). Keep in mind that if you book your ticket in advance online, you'll save a few pounds. To see a complete list of ticket options, or to book your ticket online, head to the London Eye website. Also, check the website for opening times, which vary by season. You'll find the London Eye (also known as the Millennium Wheel) off the Waterloo Tube stop.

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#1 British Museum

The British Museum is both an architectural beauty and a trove of some of the world's most noted antiquities. In fact, many travelers it's the best museum in all of London. What's more, it's free to visit. From the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles to the Lindow Man, the British Museum is a history buff's dream containing artifacts in the millions. The immense collection can make an initial museum visit seem overwhelming: Pick the exhibits that most interest you, and plan return trips if you feel so inclined.

If you want a little help navigating the museum's 8 million objects, consider tagging along on a guided tour. Several, including the daily eye-opener tours and weekly lunchtime gallery talks and Friday evening spotlight tours are free. You can also book a highlights and special early morning tour for 14 pounds (around $20) and 30 pounds (less than $45), respectively. Audio guides, which cost 7 pounds (less than $10), are also available to rent daily.

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