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London is the most expensive city in Europe for cultural activities, a survey has suggested.

A visit by two people to an art gallery, a museum, a heritage site, the opera, the ballet and a classical concert costs a total £256.

The survey, by Post Office Travel Money which looked at 12 major European cities, said London was even pricier than Paris for tickets.

It said the cost was high despite some art galleries and museums being free.

Warsaw in Poland was found to be the best value of the cities polled, with cultural trips costing £70.

That was followed by Budapest at £80, Prague at £93, and Dublin at £102.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said prices varied dramatically across the 12 cities surveyed - all of which boasted world-class cultural attractions.

"This means culture vultures can save hundreds of pounds by doing their homework before booking and swapping expensive cities for cheaper ones," he said.

Two tickets for the Royal Ballet in London cost £91, while a pair of opera tickets would set people back £117.50.

London Culture costs in London have dropped by 21% from 2009

A couple buying ballet tickets in Budapest could expect to pay £15, while a pair of opera tickets in Warsaw would fetch £20.

While London was deemed the most expensive of the 12 cities surveyed, even though costs were found to have dropped by 21% since 2009.

Culture prices in Rome and Vienna were also down from 2009 - by 36.1% and 27.3% respectively.

Costs in Amsterdam rose by 37.3% - the highest rise among the cities.


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    Comment number 108.

    You can always go and watch Drama at a theatre pub, a live band and enjoy relatively good food, this is without leaving Highbury and Islington. You could go down the Kilburn High Road and do the same at The Cock, listen to music at Powers Bar and eat Thai food without spending more than 20. There is plenty to do outside the main attractions, you just have to know how to scratch the surface, mate

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    Comment number 72.

    I was born and brought up in in London, I left nearly 30 years ago. I rarely go back these days as London is just an expensive unfriendly pit. I believe many of the museums are free. But theatre and the like only the affluent few can afford it. Last time I went to london, I took my wife to a show and had dinner + Hotel, little change from £500. It's geared up for the rich and to fleece tourists

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    Comment number 47.

    Of course London is expensive if you want to make it so! There is no city in the world that offers the equivalent of
    - the Science Museum
    - V&A
    - Natural History Museum
    - National Gallery
    - National Portrait Gallery
    - Museum of London. and
    - British Museum. totally free.

    You can buy expensive tickets at Covent Garden ... or you can buy cheap ones. It is daft to spend a lot and then complain.

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    Comment number 41.

    A couple buying ballet tickets in Budapest could expect to pay £15, while a pair of opera tickets in Warsaw would fetch £20

    Why include these 2 & not mention their LOW wages & not mention H&S & other advanced nation costs.

    Everything is relative, if one bothers to include the relative

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    Comment number 32.

    I work in London and personally am relieved to get on a train out of there every night. Only the elite class are welcome in London, and the pricing is there to enforce that.


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