Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The View from the Shard for your family

Tips for visiting the Shard
By Mark Fitzgerald

The Shard is one of London's newest attractions.  It opened in 2012 and is the tallest building in Western Europe.  The Shard is a beautiful looking building and has a viewing gallery and observation deck that looks awesome (called the View from the shard).

People have complained about 3 things
The Shard at Night.  Some rights reserved by Peter Glenday on Flickr.  Used through Creative Commons.
The Shard
  1. The glass gets in the way of decent photography
  2. There are not that many bathrooms and they are all at the ground floor
  3. It costs £25 for an adult to go up
Reservations and web purchase of tickets are highly recommended to get in. This lets you skip the lines. If your reservation ends up being at a time with poor visibility, ask about rescheduling. The public entrance is down Joiner St and will feel like it is in London Bridge Station.

The Guardian reviewed the View from the Shard on YouTube.  It gives you a great feel for what it is like:

While the cost of this seems steep it is somewhat in line with other venues - The Space Needle in Seattle is $26, The SkyDeck at the Willis Tower in Chicago is $40 and the Empire State Building with express pass is $64.50.

There are some neat features, such video screen telescopes. It will let you zoom in on a feature and it will tell you what you are looking at. Even so for a family of 6 we will probably pass on the Shard this trip.

Map of the Shard:

The View from the Shard website is:‎


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