Savings and discounts on days out with leisure passes

Andy Stevens / 06 February 2015 ( 17 May 2018 )

How to save money all year round and take advantage of big discounts by buying leisure passes for days out, events and attractions.



Enjoy discounts with The London Pass

The London Pass is probably not as well known as it should be, as it offers a winning combination of convenience and value for money. This pass gives you access to a choice of more than 80 of the city's most popular attractions and tours.

It offers you not only savings but speedy, fast-track entry to some of London's tourist hotspots, including St Paul's Cathedral, London Zoo, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens and Tower Bridge Exhibition. 

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Passes can be bought for one, two, three, six or 10 days; worth bearing in mind if you go to London several times throughout the year.

Visit The London Pass to find out more about the big savings you can make when you next savour the sights of the Smoke.


Enjoy discounts with the Merlin Annual Pass

Your grandchildren will be thrilled if you buy a Merlin Pass. This pass will be your ticket to more than 30 events and venues across the UK, such as theme parks and sealife centres, with the focus firmly on fun days out for the family.

You can purchase your Merlin Pass online, where there's also a monthly calendar of events so you can plan ahead.

There are currently two different types of passes available: Standard and Premium (there is a VIP level but this has a waiting list). Both passes run for a year and offer substantial discounts on the usual cost of individual and family tickets.

Depending which pass you choose, the perks that come with it include discounts on food and drink, plus priority entry to attractions. And if one member of the family upgrades to a Premium Merlin Pass, you can benefit from free parking without having to buy Premium passes for the whole family.

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Enjoy discounts with the National Trust

More than 500 places of historic interest and natural beauty in all parts of the country are yours to explore when you join the National Trust.

Members benefit from free parking and entry to more than 500 historic houses, gardens, countryside beauty spots and coastal spaces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus you'll be sent regional handbooks, newsletters and the National Trust magazine. You can also use your membership card at National Trust for Scotland sites. 

If you are over 60 and are interested in senior membership (to be eligible for the 25% discount you need to have had individual or joint membership for at least five of the last ten years ); phone 0344 800 1895, or email the National Trust.

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Enjoy discounts with English Heritage

Annual membership of English Heritage  will help you save money if you are a regular visitor of historic sites. English Heritage membership entitles you and up to to six children per adult member free entry at more than 400 places of historical interest, and members also receive a handbook, membership card, car sticker, members' magazine, entry to hundreds of historical events, and money off other attractions.

An adult membership is £56. An individual annual senior membership for people aged 65 or over is £49, while a Joint Senior membership for two adults aged 65 years or over is £74.

Find out more at English Heritage or call 0370 333 1182.

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