Savings and discounts on days out with leisure passes

Andy Stevens / 06 February 2015

How to save money all year round and take advantage of big discounts by buying leisure passes for days outs, 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 60 of the city's most popular attractions.

It offers you not only savings but speedy, no-queue entry to many of London's tourist hotspots, including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, Shakespeare's Globe and the Churchill War Rooms.

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.

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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 at, where there is also a monthly calendar of events so you can plan ahead.

There are currently two different types of passes available: Standard and Premium (with a further VIP level coming soon). Both passes run for a year and offer substantial discounts on the usual cost of individual and family tickets.

Depending which pass you choose, perks that come with your purchase 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.

The first three months' annual membership is free if you pay to join by direct debit, for individual or family membership, for example.

Members benefit from free parking and entry to more than 300 historic houses, gardens, countryside beauty spots and coastal spaces, plus you will be sent regional handbooks, newsletters and the National Trust magazine.

And there are also phone lines you can call if you are over 60 and wish to take advantage of senior membership; phone 0844 800 1895 or 0344 800 1895, or email


Enjoy discounts with English Heritage

Annual membership of English Heritage will help you save money if you are a regular visitor of historic sites. They also run a scheme where the first three months work out free if you sign up by direct debit.

English Heritage membership entitles you to free entry at more than 400 places of historical interest. Members also receive a handbook, membership card, car sticker and members' magazine.

Annual senior membership for people over 60 is, alongside the student rate, the cheapest available. And if you are a couple over 60, you can make a further saving with joint membership, rather than buying two individual ones. Find out more at

Get a further £10 discount on English Heritage membership by entering the code SG15W at the checkout.

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