London Europe's costliest city for culture

London is Europe's costliest city for cultural activities. It is even pricier than Paris when it comes to tickets for such attractions as ballet and opera, according to a survey.

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Best value European cultural trips

Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS

The survey looked at cultural costs in 12 major European cities. This was based on visits by two people to a museum, an art gallery, a heritage site, the ballet, the opera and a classical concert.

While London, the most expensive, comes in at £256, the best value trips were:

  • Warsaw - £70
  • Budapest - £80
  • Prague - £93
  • Dublin - £102

Tickets for two to the Royal Ballet in London cost £91 and opera £117.50.

In contrast, a visit by a couple to the National Ballet in Budapest cost just £15, while the Polish National Opera in Warsaw was only £20.

Capital is cultural centre on any budget

Visitors enjoying learning about mammoths at the Natural History Museum Credit: Cyril Villemain/ABACAPRESS.COM

Despite the research, London & Partners - the official promotional company for London - says tourists on any budget can enjoy some of the world's best art and history here in the capital.

London is one the most popular tourist destination in the world, with people coming from around the globe to experience its exceptional cultural mix of history and heritage, museums and art galleries, and theatre and dance.

Not only do we have world-class attractions such as the Royal Opera House, the English National Ballet, and many superb theatres, but many of our museums and galleries are completely free.

This means that people on any budget can experience some of the world’s best collections of art and history – at leading institutions such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, or National History Museum – at no cost at all.

London’s cultural offering is extremely competitive with that of cities such as Paris and New York, as shown by the record number of tourists that we continue to see coming here to enjoy what the city has to offer.

– Gordon Innes, London & Partners

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Over £250 for a cultural trip to the capital

The cost of culture is high in London despite some museums and art galleries being admission-free Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The cost of culture is high in London despite some museums and art galleries being admission-free.

The survey, from the Post Office ad Travel Money, looked at cultural costs in 12 major European cities. This was based on visits by two people to a museum, an art gallery, a heritage site, the ballet, the opera and a classical concert.

London, at £256, was the most expensive, with tickets for two to the Royal Ballet standing at £91 and opera setting a couple back £117.50.

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