London’s museums offer “best value” in Europe

But city's wider cultural offer is most expensive
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London’s museums are among the best value institutions in Europe according to a recent survey, which also suggested that the UK capital is the most expensive European city for cultural activities.

The Cost of Culture report, published by Post Office Travel Money, compared the price of single tickets for ballet, opera and classical concerts, along with an adult admission fee for each city’s “top museum, art gallery and heritage attraction”, in 12 European cities.

Warsaw is the cheapest culture destination with prices totalling £69.95 while London topped the poll with a tally of £256.25.

But the high cost of ballet and opera in London (£91.00 for Manon at the Royal Opera House and £117.50 for Otello at the London Coliseum) makes the city the most expensive option.

The British Museum and Tate Modern, where admission is free, were listed among London’s cultural highlights. The heritage site selected was Buckingham Palace, which costs £19.75.

In Paris, admission to the Louvre costs £9.90 while the most expensive museum is found in Rome (the entry fee at the Vatican Museums is £13.20). The priciest art gallery, the Van Gogh Museum, is in Amsterdam (£12.38).  

Two Dublin-based institutions, the National Museum of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland, which are free to the public, also feature in the survey.


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