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The Most Expensive Attractions in The World

Sightseeing can be a fascinating and rewarding alternative to a beach holiday, and remarkable cities around the world offer plenty to see and experience. Discovering thousands of years of cultural heritage, visiting world-renowned sights and wonders, taking photos of breathtaking skylines: these indulgences don’t come cheap. The following list reveals the 20 most expensive and unmissable tourist attractions around the world:

1. Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios

Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studios
Hippogriff figure at the Harry Potter Studios

An exhibition of numerous props from the famous film series
Location: 32 km northwest of London, Great Britain
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Entrance fee: £45.05 / $58.57

2. Hengdian World Studios

Hengdian World Studios
Hengdian World Studios | Photo: Kanegen – CC BY 2.0

“Chinawood”, the largest visitable film studio in the world
Location: Hengdian in Dongyang, China

Entrance fee: £44.21 / $57.48

3. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa
View at the Burj Khalifa

An 828-meter high skyscraper- the tallest building in the world
Location: Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Entrance fee: £42.80 / $55.65

4. Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London
Spider Man at Madame Tussauds | Photo: Karen Roe – CC BY 2.0

World-famous museum of life-size wax replicas of famous celebrities
Location: Marylebone Road, London
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Entrance fee: £35.06 / $45.58

5. Spyscape

Spyscape
Installation at Spyscape | Photo: spyscape.com

Interactive Spy Museum
Location: Manhattan, New York City

Entrance fee: £32.49 / $42.24

6. Trolls: The Experience

The Trolls Experience
Photo: trollstheexperience.com

An indoor theme park based around the Trolls movie
Location: Manhattan, New York City

Entrance fee: £30.61 / $39.80

7. Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Observation deck at the Empire State Building | Photo: Clemens von Vogelsang – CC BY 2.0

A 381-meter high skyscraper and landmark
Location: Fifth Avenue, New York City
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Entrance fee: £30.60 / $39.79

8. Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock observation deck | Photo: Phil Whitehouse – CC BY 2.0

The viewing platform of the Rockefeller Center
Location: Manhattan, New York City
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Entrance fee: £30.19 / $39.29

9. Color Factory

Color Factory
Color Factory – a playground for Instagrammers

An interactive exhibition on colours, design, and contemporary art
Location: SoHo, New York City

Entrance fee: £29.08 / $37.81

10. Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster
Palace of Westminster

The seat of the British Parliament
Location: London, Great Britain
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Entrance fee: £28.04 / $36.46

11. One World Observatory

One World Observatory
Observation deck in the One World Trade Center

The viewing platform of the new One World Trade Center
Location: Ground Zero, New York City
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Entrance fee: £26.78 / $34.82

12. Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Abengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Thor Room | Photo: JeffChristiansen – CC BY 2.0

An indoor theme park on the Marvel universe
Location: Treasure Island, Las Vegas

Entrance fee: £26.02 / $33.83

13. Perlan: Wonders of Iceland

Perlan: Wonders of Iceland
Perlan outside view | Photo: Tony Hisgett – CC BY 2.0

An exhibition about the unique natural wonders of Iceland
Location: Reykjavik, Island
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Entrance fee: £24.98 / $32.48

14. Tower of London

Tower of London
Tower of London | Photo: David Stanley – CC BY 2.0

A historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames
Location: Thames shore, London
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Entrance fee: £24.73 / $32.15

15. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
Visitors in front of the Buckingham Palace

The official residence of the British Monarchy
Location: London, Great Britain
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Entrance fee: £24 / $31

16. London Eye

London Eye
London Eye

Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel
Location: South bank of the Thames, London
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Entrance fee: £24.03 / $31.24

17. Potala Palast

Potala Palast
Potala Palast

The official residence of the Dalai Lama
Location: Mount “Mar-po-ri” near Lhasa, Tibet

Entrance fee: £22.83 / $29.68

18. Tokyo One Piece Tower

Tokyo One Piece Tower
Tokyo One Piece Tower | Photo: IQRemix – CC BY-SA 2.0

An indoor theme park for the animé series One Piece
Location: Tokyo Tower, Tokio

Entrance fee: £21.87 / $28.44

19. Guinness Store House

Guiness Store House
Guinness Store House

A brewery tour of the most famous Irish beer brand
Location: Dublin, Ireland
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Entrance fee: £21.65 / $28.15

20. Casa Batlló

Casa Battlo
One of Gaudí’s masterpieces | Photo: Soomness – CC BY 2.0

An Antoni Gaudi designed building in the centre of Barcelona
Location: Eixample, Barcelona, Spanien
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Entrance fee: £21.65 / $28.15

Methodology:

All the data was researched manually using a database that compares ticket providers and prices. The final result is the average price of the offers found.

About author

Anneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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