Friday, 17 March 2017

Annual Passes Are they Worth it?

Zoo Membership - Covers London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo

Price £65 per year (individual)

It is £22.50 to go into Whipsnade Zoo and a little more for London Zoo so after three visits you are saving money. What could be nicer that popping into the Zoo each week to see the animals.

Getting close to the Lions at Whipsnade Zoo - Isabella


 Price £208.80 per year per person

It is £7.20 to go into the cinema so if you went once a week that is a saving of a least £150.  You would probably go more often though and you can go any day you like. No waiting for cheap nights early in the week.

National Trust 

 (individual) £65.00 per year  

From fabulous houses and gardens to coastal paths and forests the National Trust does an amazing job protecting it all.  Once you have your pass you can park free at National Trust Properties and enjoy viewing houses and gardens etc free all year.

National Trust protects coasts as well as forests, Houses and wildlife

 English Heritage 

 (1 adult and up to six children) £52 per year

 Castles are just some of the fabulous places to visit


Merlin Card 

 (individual) £179.00

Cheaper if you are buying a family card

London Eye,Theme Parks, and the London Dungeon are just some of the places you can go to with a Merlin Pass.

Madame Tussauds  - singing with Freddie

Approx £600 per year -  or £50 per month. That is the social live sort though! You wouldn`t be wondering what to do with yourself and it is easier to budget.

Legoland  go all year with a Merlin Card

Add a Tastecard ( around £40 a year) for half price meals or just take a packed lunch. 

I think they are all very good value.

I know it is more expensive if you have a family but you do get family discounts too. Add free parking with the Merlin and National Trust cards, discounts on food and drinks and over a year it has to be cheaper than paying each time you go out.

You could just buy a zoo membership, or an English Heritage Membership and have great days out throughout the year. I buy these and the National Trust Card.

family fun - Legoland

I paid £450 for a family Merlin Premium Card (2 adults 2 children) in January when Merlin offered a discount. The year only starts from when you first use the card. Which was March for us when we went to London for the day.

Last year when we did this we used our Merlin Card over 20 times during the year. That meant a massive saving and the bonus of no long queues as you get fast track entrance to places.

Grab a cheap place to stay and hit the theme parks for a few days.

University Rooms to Churches - best budget places to stay

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