7 Key benefits of the London Pass

7 Key Benefits of the London Pass and What to expect when you buy the London Pass

The London Pass

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Save time and money when you visit London – pre-order The London Pass. The London Pass is a popular all-encompassing city of London pass giving you access to over eighty attractions for one low price over your selected number of days. A must-have city of London pass if you are spending a couple of days in London and you want to max your visits to iconic landmarks while saving money. There are 7 key benefits of the London Pass you need to know and here they are:

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Benefits of the London Pass

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See all that London has to offer with this valuable sightseer credits package giving you access to 80+ attractions, castles, tours and museums.

1 | Sightseeing credits package to suit your budget

Select your sightseeing credits package from 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 10 day duration and enjoy access to your attractions in one price. The London Pass helps you to plan ahead of the attractions you want to visit and to curate your itinerary to suit your budget.

2 | Touch free digital tickets

Once you have selected and paid for your sightseer package, you can download the digital ticket instantly. Pay nothing at the gate. Gain access to attraction by simply showing your digital ticket at the entry point or ticket office. Some of the best attractions included in the London Pass are the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey as well as “View from the Shard”.

3 | Enjoy skip-the-line access to some top attractions

Included also are skip-the-line access to some of the selected top attractions such as the London Zoo in Regent’s Park, St Paul’s Cathedral and Hampton Court Palace.

4 | Includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour and Thames River Cruise

The London Pass includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour for one day and a Thames River cruise.

5 | Free Guidebook

Your London Pass comes with a beautifully illustrated digital guidebook that includes lots of information on each of the attractions, map, valuable shopping, dining and West End theatre discounts.

6 | Flexibility to suit personal circumstances

If you are worried about last-minute changes to your plans, the London Pass has you covered – all passes are valid for two years from date of purchase and becomes activated from your first attraction visit, thereafter your pass is valid for the remaining number of days/attraction choices purchased.

7 | Great Value

The current value (as at April 2021) starts from £54.00 per individual – great value when you consider that a standard ticket to the Tower of London for an adult is £29.90 (without donation)! With the London Pass, you have a selection of 80+ attractions to select from and if selected well, you have covered the cost by visiting two attractions already. Of course, you gain lots more given that you can visit further sights in a day. Added to this is the great flexibility you have where you could select the number of days you need to suit your itinerary.

The current value (as at August 2021) starts from £59.00 per individual – great value when you consider that a standard ticket to the Tower of London for an adult is £29.90 (without donation)! With the London Pass, you have a selection of 80+ attractions and if selected well, you have covered the cost by visiting two attractions already. Of course, you gain lots more given that you can visit further sights in a day. Added to this is the great flexibility you have where you could select the number of days you need to suit your itinerary.


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What to expect from The London Pass

Once you have selected the ideal duration for your pass and have paid, you could download digital ticket and save it on your mobile device. Gain access to 80+ attractions by simply scanning your ‘ticket’ at the gate. Enjoy some of the most fascinating sights London has to offer, with skip-the-line access to glorious sights like St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Kensington Palace. Relax onboard a Thames River Cruise, and explore London onboard a hop-on-hop-off bus.

Select from 1 – 10 days credit package to suit your itinerary. Download your ‘ticket’ and London is for your taking!

Here are some of the unmissable activities included in the London Pass:

1 | Visit  Tower of London with the London Pass

The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has been a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo!

Please know that this activity requires prior reservations. Book your spot by following the instructions on the guidebook. Suggested duration is 2 hours but 3 hours is highly recommended for an immersive experience of this London’s landmark.

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2 | Enjoy the   Big Bus Tours

Hop and off as much as you want with a 1-day classic London Hop-on Hop-off tour. See all of London’s top sights at your own pace with this London sightseeing bus. Some tours include a knowledgeable guide on board who will point out the must-sees while explaining their cultural and historic significance as you go.

PLEASE NOTE: You need to pick either Big Bus OR Golden Tours services for the duration of your 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. You cannot use on both services and is valid for 1-day only.

3 | Journey UP –  The View from The Shard

Journey to a height of up to 800ft (244m); to the top of London’s tallest observation platform and premium visitor attraction.

Know that this activity requires advanced reservations and you can book your slot by following the instructions in the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

4 | Experience The Thames – Uber Boat by Thames Clippers – London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

Without a doubt, Thames river cruise is one of the best ways to see London! Relax in the comfort of a modern, all-weather Thames Clippers’ Uber Boat while you meander through the heart of the city, past so many of its most famous attractions.

Redeem your pass for a River Roamer ticket that allows you unlimited use for one day, and hop on and off as you like!

5 | Stop At:   Uber Boat by Thames Clippers – Greenwich Pier

This journey aboard a Thames Clipper makes travel in London an adventure. The river bus service stops at world-famous London landmarks every 20 minutes making sightseeing super easy.

Redeem your pass for a River Roamer ticket that allows you unlimited use for one day, and hop on and off as you like!

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6 | Visit the iconic  Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge is one of the most impressive structures and sites in the capital and has stood over the River Thames since 1894. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

7 | Visit the Palaces

Stop At:   Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is the former home of King Henry VIII. Visit this iconic landmark, just a stone’s throw of London and learn all about the Tudor living and the ghosts that walk the corridors of the Palace.

Know that this activity with the London Pass requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 3 – 4 hours.

8 | Stop At:   Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been home to the royal family since the 17th century. Now, it is the official residence to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Visit this extraordinary palace for a peek into Queen Victoria’s childhood and afterwards, time permitting, walk around the sunken garden to experience the peace and tranquility that surrounds this royal palace.

This activity with the London Pass requires advanced reservation and you could book your preferred time-slot by following the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 to 3 hours.

9 | Explore the dark side of London with the London Pass – Stop At:   The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience is a unique and interactive journey through the deep, dark history of London. Travel through time and take a look at 2000 years’ worth of history within London Bridge and the surrounding area. Recommended duration is 2 hours 

10 | Visit the   Westminster Abbey

This beautiful Gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Associated with kings and queens of England, the Westminster Abbey is a landmark not to be missed. Recommended duration 1 to 2 hours.

11 | Stop at the remarkable St. Paul’s Cathedral

Situated near the River Thames , St, Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most historic buildings, designed by Britain’s famed architect, Sir Christopher and one that should top every visitor’s list. Designed by Britain’s famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

Read: Why St Paul’s Cathedral is a special place to visit

12 | Stop At:   Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall London is one of London’s most prestigious historic buildings and tourist attractions. Few venues can rival the venue for the variety of world-class events that have taken place there – From Adele to Ali and Wagner to Winston Churchill. This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

13 | Stop At:   Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these magnificent London gardens, glasshouses, and galleries are a living exhibit as well as an important historical legacy. This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 to 3 hours.

14 | Stop At:   Royal Observatory Greenwich

Discover the past, present and future wonders of astronomy at the center of time! Take a fascinating journey through the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World and explore Flamsteed House, the original astronomer’s apartments. Recommended duration 1 to 2 hours. Plan your trip to co-incide with the ‘red-ball’ drop.

Read all about the ‘red-ball’ drop and the Royal Observatory + Planetarium before your visit.

15 | Take a breather at the  Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper, and the fastest and greatest of her time. Delve into the adventures of this iconic ship and her crew in an immersive experience that brings her fascinating history to life. Follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her, explore interactive displays that evoke the sights, smells and sounds of life at sea, enjoy sweeping views of the Thames, and walk right underneath the ship’s gleaming hull to touch a piece of world history. Recommended duration is 1 to 2 hours.

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16 | Experience the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with the London Pass

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an open-air playhouse built as a reconstruction of the building where the great playwright penned many of his plays. Recommended duration 2 hours.

17 | Stop At:  ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo has been educating and inspiring visitors since opening to the public in 1847, it’s a great family day out right in the center of Regent’s Park. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

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18 | Home of Windsor Castle, Berkshire

A short train ride to the outskirts of London sits the impressive and historic Windsor Castle, residence of the British royal family. Famous for its architecture, the Castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

Read: Windsor Castle and Windsor in 1 day

19 | Stop At:   ArcelorMittal Orbit

Ascend to two viewing platforms (at 76 and 80m high) and overlook the Olympic tracks where world records were set – and broken – and where top athletes drew blood, sweat and tears. The Orbit is the perfect attraction to get an exclusive insight into the iconic sporting structure and its nail-biting history. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

20 | Stop At: Handel & Hendrix in London

Make your way up the wonky, 250 year old stairs and step back in time into George Frideric Handel’s music rooms. This is iconic place where he composed, rehearsed and performed with the leading musical luminaries of the Baroque age. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

21 | Be blown away at  Wembley Stadium

A short journey from central London is Wembley Stadium, London’s largest and most prestigious sporting stadium. It is the home of the England football team, the venue for all domestic club competitions such as the world famous FA Cup and host of both the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

22 | The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to an astonishing and wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture and other works of art as well as a glittering array of priceless treasure held in trust for the Nation by Her Majesty The Queen. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

23 | The Household Cavalry Museum, London

Household Cavalry Museum is unlike any other military museum because it offers a unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of The Household Cavalry.

From a glazed screen inside the Museum, visitors can view into the working stables of The Queen’s Life Guard. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

24 | The Guards Museum with the London Pass

The Guards Museum London is a fascinating insight into the history of the military in the capital and is unique among London museums as it was not originally intended for public view. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

25 | Stop At:   The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, The Monument is one of the best ways to enjoy spectacular views of London while learning about an important moment in London’s history. Recommended duration is 1 hour or less.  

26 | Visit Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum

Part of the Chelsea FC Stadium Tour is a visit to the changing rooms where Chelsea’s world famous squad spends many tense and season-defining moments. You will also experience the atmosphere of this enigmatic space and relive the drama experienced there both in recent and historic games.

This visit requires prior reservation and you could book your slot by following instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

27 | The  Freud Museum, London

Recommended duration is 1 hour.

28 | Learn about transportation at the   London Transport Museum with the London Pass

Visit this lively exhibition and explore the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

29 | Visit the world-class Science Museum, Kensington, London

The Science Museum is home to a world-class collection that aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives. With its IMAX Theatre, transport to a place you’ve never been before. On a giant screen the height of four double-decker buses and size of 64 parked taxis, you don’t just see an IMAX film, you feel like you’re part of the action.

This activity requires prior reservation and you could select your preferred time by following the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 to 3 hours but if you have more time, will be great as there are lots to see.

30 | Stop At:   The Kia Oval

The Kia Oval is one of the world’s most famous sports grounds and has been home to Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845. The Kia Oval also boasts the title of the birthplace of cricket’s Ashes, the host of football’s first ever FA Cup Final in 1872, along with early rugby Internationals.

This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

31 | Beefeater Gin Distillery – one of London’s best kept secret!

The Beefeater Gin Distillery is the Home of Gin. The visitors centre hosts an interactive experience that lifts the lid on the extraordinary stories and events behind one of the world’s favorite spirits.

This activity requires prior reservation – please book, following the instructions in the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

32 |  London Bicycle Tour Company.

Enjoy a Bicycle Tour of London with an expert guide (multiple languages available), or choose a bike rental and go on your own. Bike Hires can be redeemed from 11am and requires prior reservation. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 3 hours.  

33 |  Charles Dickens Museum

34 | Imagine sailing the mighty seas – visit the Golden Hinde with the London Pass

Visit this living-history museum and find out what it was like to sail the mighty seas aboard an Elizabethan galleon during the adventurous days of the 16th century. Explore the full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s sixteenth-century flagship and interact with the crew of sailors as they tell tales of life aboard the Golden Hinde.

Recommended duration: 1 hour 

35 | Explore the Emirates Stadium, London

The Arsenal museum forms part of the self-guided tour which enables visitors to explore behind-the-scenes of Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club. The stadium tour includes access to the Arsenal museum but should visitors wish to go to the museum independently they can. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

36 | Twickenham Stadium, London

Nowhere in England is more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium, home to England Rugby and the World Rugby Museum (WRM) – this is the ultimate experience for the rugby enthusiast. Recommended duration – 2 hours. 

37 |  Curzon Soho with the London Pass

Infused with a heady mix of both celebrity and talent, this Soho cinema has three screens on three floors and is regularly used for industry awards evenings, private screenings and film festivals, making it a very special cinema indeed.

Recommended duration – 2 hours. 

38 | Stop At:   Curzon Mayfair Screen with the London Pass

One of the biggest in central London. This renowned cinema presents up to twelve premieres a year and many other gala events, so you never know which celebrity or Royal personage last sat in your seat. Duration: 2 hours.

39 | Stop At:   Curzon Bloomsbury

Recently refurbished to the highest technology and design, the Curzon Bloomsbury plays regular host to festivals, screenings, director Q&A’s and the London Socialist Film Cooperative screenings. Duration: 2 hours 

40 | Visit: The Postal Museum

From its beginnings 500 years ago to the Mail Rail and Great Train Robbery, explore the surprising story of communication at The Postal Museum.

This activity requires prior reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Duration: 1 hour 

41 |  Chelsea Physic Garden with the London Pass

Often cited as one of a few ‘secret’ London gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 and is still committed to research into ‘the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species’. Duration: 2 hours 

42 | Visit: Eltham Palace and Gardens

Eltham Palace is an impressive historical site that has been linked with a distinguished line of Royal figures since its construction in the 1300s. For hundreds of years it was a key residence for the monarchy, even housing a young Henry VIII.

This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Duration: 2 hours 

43 | Visit: QUEENS skate dine bowl with the London Pass

London’s only ice rink, established in 1931, QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl also has it’s own bar and café, 12 brand new ten-pin bowling lanes as well as a Retro Arcade Games Room, including favorites such as Mario Kart, Street Fighter II, Tron and more. Please note:

This activity requires advanced reservations and you could book your preferred time by following the instructions on the included guidebook. Duration: 2 hours 

44 | Stop At:   Jason’s Trip

Jason’s Trip is the original Regent’s Canal tour and has been operating since 1951. Jason is an authentic 108-year-old canal boat which was originally used as a cargo-vessel on the canals before being fitted with a diesel engine and converted to passenger-carrying duties. Duration: 1 hour 


And so much more!!

Plan ahead and buy the London Pass from your preferred tour supplier for immediate download.

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3 best group tours to the Isle of Wight

Group tours to the Isle of Wight from Central London

Recommended Group Tours to the Isle of Wight from London

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A short ferry ride from the ports in Southeast England is one of Britain’s best islands – the Isle of Wight. The incredible and alluring Isle of Wight has been a fashionable holiday destination since Victorian times. Host to a multitude of activities for the very young, young, mid-life travellers and retirees, the island is a favourite for visitors to the UK. Renowned for its finest landscapes, the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a treasured area home to unique woodlands, flora and fauna. One of the best ways to discover this diamond in the rough is by joining group tours to the Isle of Wight from central London.

There are numerous group tours to the Isle of Wight from London offered by various tour companies. Each tour is different offering unique experiences. Timeless Travel Steps recommends the following carefully selected group tours to the Isle of Wight to enhance your experiences on the island.

Before we share our selected group tours to the Isle of Wight, let’s take a look at the benefits of group tours.

Benefits of group tours to the Isle of Wight

TTS recommends group tours as a great way to explore the Isle of Wight for the following reasons:

1 | Value for money

Group tours are generally good value for money. For one encompassing price, the group tours to the Isle of Wight begins in London, takes you across the Solent and around the island. The driver waits for you at each destination and takes you to the next highlight. There is no need for public transportation and you probably do not have to walk very far to the car park either. This saves time. At the end of the tour, you return to London. All transportation costs are included in the tour price.

2 | Generally cover major highlights in the Isle of Wight

The tour covers major highlights of the island, with time to explore at each destination. A visit to Osborne House, the former palatial home of Queen Victoria is generally top of the list destination. Also, a visit to Alum Bay, home to the incredible Needles rocks and lighthouse along with other activities to indulge in. However, just note that not all tours will cover these attractions.

A day-long tour will have you visit a selected number of highlights to give you an overview of the island. A longer tour of a few days will inevitably be of more value to you. You will experience more of the island at a steady pace and stay overnight on the island.

Each tour is unique encompassing various destinations. When selecting the tour, ensure that the highlight you wish to experience is included.

3 | Relax and Enjoy

Relax and enjoy while on a pre-planned itinerary. You don’t have to think about hiring a car, driving rules and regulations, sorting out parking or hotel accommodations (if selected). A group tours gives you more time to enjoy and embrace the delightful scenic rugged coast of the Isle and countryside that England is famed for.


Recommended Group Tours to the Isle of Wight

Here is our selection of group tours for you:

The Isle of Wight day trip from London

The Needles Landmark Isle of Wight

A day tour from the city of London transports you to the windswept cliffs and tranquil woodlands of Isle of Wight. Visit the quintessential beach villages of Godshill and Shanklin. Spend some time on the sandy beaches at Sandown and finally visit Osborne House before returning to London.

This tour is approximately 12 hours and departs early at around 7:00 a.m.

Good to know about what is included:

Driver/Guide

Live commentary

Pick-up /Drop-off – central meeting point

Air-conditioned bus

Additional Info:

Book online

Instant digital Confirmation

Cancellation – All sales are final.

Suitable for most travellers.

From £109.00 (2021)

NB: This is a sell-out tour.

From £109.00 (2021) > book your day tour from London to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight weekend trip from London

Osborne House Isle of Wight bucket list

A weekend trip to Isle of Wight gives you so much more with plenty of time to explore independently as well. Experience the rugged shores and cliffs, of this beautiful island. Visit Shanklin and Ventnor, popular seaside towns in the Isle. You will also visit the unmissable and most photographed, The Needles landmark in Alum Bay.

Good to know about what is included in this multi-day trip

Driver/Guide

Live commentary

Overnight stay as selected

Breakfasts

Entrance to Osborne House

Pick-up/Drop-off – central meeting point

Air-conditioned vehicle

Additional Info:

Limited to maximum of 20 participants

Not suitable for wheelchair users

Book online

Immediate digital confirmation

Cancellation – All sales are final and in cur 100% cancellation fee. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be refunded.

NB: This is popular tour. Book early to secure your place.

From: £225.00 (2021) > book your weekend trip to the Isle of Wight from London

The Isle of Wight and Southern Coast tour from London – 3 days

Isle of Wight coastal walk | group tours to Isle of Wight

Relax and enjoy this pre-planned trip to Isle of Wight and the southern coast of England. Visit the historical landmarks and the main attractions on the island. On your return from Isle of Wight, visit the Bombay Saphire gin house.

Good to know about what is included in this 3-day trip:

Driver/Guide

2 nights accommodation (select type)

Breakfasts

Small group of 16

Minimum age is 5 years

Not suitable for wheelchair users

Air-conditioned vehicle

Commentary

Pick-up/Drop-off – central meeting point

Additional Info:

Book online

Instant digital confirmation

Cancellation – Cancellation rights varies depending on the tour provider is. Check prior to booking

Book with your preferred tour operator:

The Isle of Wight at a Glance

Coordinates: Latitude: 50° 40′ 30.59″ N Longitude: -1° 16′ 30.60″ W

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Basic facts:

Island: Largest island in England

Island’s city: Newport

Population: 141,538 | Second most populous island in England behind Portsea Island.

Landmass: The Isle is roughly 380.728 kilometer/147 square miles

County: Governed by one unitary authority.

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) | British Summer Time (BST)

High season: July – August

Religion: Christianity

Language: English

Money

Currency: Pounds Sterling (£)

Credit and Debit cards accepted.

Topography

Elevation: Maximum elevation: 242 m | Average elevation: 15 m | Minimum elevation: -1 m

Designation:

1 | Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve, United Kingdom

2 | Isle of Wight – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Why Visit:

Famous for: Ghosts, Dinosaur bones, Victorian villages, Cycling routes, Walking & Hiking + Healing & Wellbeing retreats

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2 Incredible Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

2 Incredible Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

Recommended | Highland and Steam Train Tour

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When you visit the Scottish Highland, there are some activities which you simply must experience! One of the best experiences awaits those who go on the Highland and Steam Train travel tours.


The Highland and Steam Train Travel Tours

West Highland and Jacobite Steam Train
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The Highland and Steam Train travel tours depart from Inverness and Edinburgh. You could select your departure point to suit your itinerary.

Which ever departure point you select, your tour encompasses picturesque views of the Highland with several stops for photo opportunities. The magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct awaits where you could see the Jacobite Steam Train, made famous by the wizardry world of Harry Potter chugging away on the Viaduct. Itinerary for each tour differs as the route dictates what highlights are covered.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, The Highland, Scotland | © georgina_daniel

The West Highland and the Jacobite Steam Train is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most scenic train journeys. The train ride take travellers on a nostalgic journey through misty lochs and sweeping glens with mountains in the backdrop. The route passes Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain and Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The trip between Fort William in the West Highland and Mallaig on Scotland’s west coast is 135 km (84-mile) round-trip. However, on this tour, it is a one-way journey, from Mallaig to Fort William.

if you are a Harry Potter fan or if your kids are, then this is a train ride that must be experienced. As for steam train enthusiasts, you know you want to be on this Highland and Steam Train tour as soon as you possibly can!

Ensure that you…

Read each itinerary before selecting what suits you best.

PLAN AHEAD: Train rides/tours available between May and October.

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“Just as I board the West Highland and Jacobite Steam Train”

Georgina: I love going on guided tours especially when I am on my first visit to a destination. I find tours to be great value for money activities and an excellent tool to get the best overviews of a region.

I went on a number of small group tours when I visited Scotland. Safety precautions were in place. Guides are Scottish who have first hand knowledge of the regions I visited. They shared fascinating stories of legends and history of the Highland, both the bad and the ugly! With this overview, and time on my hands, I explored specific areas of interests for a more personal experience.

My trip to Scotland was self-funded, and none of the activities were sponsored in any way. All opinions, views and experiences are my own which I happily share with you to inspire you to visit this magical land.

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The Highland and Steam Train Tours

From Inverness

Depart Inverness early and begin your journey along the world-famous Loch Ness, stopping for photo opportunities. Your journey continues West, and visit the Commando Memorial which overlooks the Nevis Range; home to the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. 

Next, set your sights upon the Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the iconic arches on the Glenfinnan Viaduct, before taking the stunning “Road to the Isles.”

Take the opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood in the fishing town of Mallaig, at your own expense. After lunch, board the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a scenic journey to Fort William.

The beautiful scenery continues into the evening with a stop in Fort Augustus to see the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness up close.

You arrive back into Inverness around 8:00 pm.

Includes:

Steam Train ride

Local Scottish guide

Roundtrip transportation to and from central Inverness

Instant Confirmation.

Book with your preferred tour operator:

From Edinburgh

Escape the city for a day and be whisked away to the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highland. During the journey, learn about Scotland’s connections to Harry Potter.

Journey north, passing the magnificent Forth Bridge. Admire the Glenfinnan Viaduct on a stunning drive up the West Coast.

Travel across its iconic arches from Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwarts Express.

After experiencing one of the world’s most beautiful scenic journeys, you shall head to Glencoe. Continue through the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor, listening to tales from Scotland’s past.

Jump back on the coach to return to Edinburgh, arriving back at the city in the late evening.

Includes:

Steam Train ride

Expert local guide

Roundtrip transportation to and from meeting point in Edinburgh.

Instant Confirmation.

Book with your preferred tour operator:


*Always check what is provided by each tour operator. Information is correct at time of writing but may be subject to change/modifications by the respective tour operators which TTS has no control over.

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For Independent Travellers seeking an Adventure

Travelling by train is one of the best ways to travel around Britain and UK. The UK has one of the best rail networks in the world. It is well connected from city to city and a swift journey along beautiful countryside is quite an experience to be had.

However, the train network is a little complex with 28 national train companies operating throughout the UK. To avoid confusion as to which train companies to select, it is best to focus on the route you want to travel on rather than the train company to travel with. For this reason I use Trainline in Britain and UK for all of my travels within the country. From local trips to cross-country adventures, I Trainline it! I use Trainline to book for Europe travels as well when not using an Interrail Pass.

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Explore Amsterdam with the superb value I Amsterdam City Card

Explore Amsterdam with the superb value I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card
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Experience the very best of Amsterdam with the official I Amsterdam City Card. With this official city card, you could visit world-class museums and attractions for free. Enjoy unlimited access to Amsterdam’s public transport, and one free canal cruise.

The I Amsterdam City Card is available to purchase online with options of 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- and 120- hours to best suit your itinerary. You do save on quite a few Euros when attraction hopping and dining. In some instances, you also get priority access, thus avoiding the long queues and saving time.

What to expect when you purchase the great value I Amsterdam City Card | Where to Use the I Amsterdam City Card

The great value I Amsterdam City Card includes:

1 | Free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Amsterdam;

Here is a list encompassing the popular sights in Amsterdam:

AMSTERDAM CITY

Allard Pierson Museum;

Amsterdam Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum;

Amsterdam Museum;

Amsterdam Pipe Museum;

ARTIS Royal Zoo;

Cromhouthuis Biblical Museum;

Cobra Museum;

Amstelveen EYE Filmmuseum;

Foam – Fotografiemuseum;

Amsterdam Geelvinck Piano[la] Museum;

Hermitage Amsterdam;

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age – Hermitage;

Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage;

National Holocaust Memorial – Jewish Cultural Quarter;

National Holocaust Museum Jewish Cutural Quarter;

Hortus Botanicus – Botanical Garden;

Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography;

Jewish Historical Museum – Jewish Cultural Quarter;

Klederdracht Museum – Dutch Costume Museum; 

ARTIS –Micropia  De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam;

Oude Kerk;

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Our Lord in the Attic;

Multatuli Huis – Multatuli Museum;

Portuguese Synagogue – Jewish Cultural Quarter; 

Museum Het Rembrandthuis – Rembrandt House Museum;

Het Scheepvaartmuseum – The National Maritime Museum;

Museum Het Schip – Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture;

Rijksmuseum; 

Science Center NEMO;

Stadsarchief Amsterdam – City Archives;

Stedelijk Museum;

Amsterdam Tassenmuseum Hendrikje – Museum of Bags and Purses;

Museum Tot Zover – Funeral Museum;

Tropenmuseum;

Van Gogh Museum;

Museum Van Loon;

Verzetsmuseum – Dutch Resistance Museum;

Museum Willet-Holthuysen;

Amsterdam ArenA Stadium Tours;

Amsterdam Tulip Museum;

Het Grachtenhuis – Museum of the Canals;

Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum;

Woonbootmuseum – Houseboat Museum;

A’DAM Lookout (entrance with I Amsterdam City Card until 6:00 PM).

2 | Unlimited free rides on the city transport system;

Amsterdam city transport system is run by GVB (Gemeente Vervoerbedrijf Amsterdam) and you can enjoy unlimited free rides on the city’s trams, buses, metro and ferry services for the duration of the validity of your card;

3 | Access to free and discounted admission to attractions outside of Amsterdam city centre:

Use your City Card for sites in Haarlem, Zaanse Schans, Volendam and more…

ATTRACTIONS IN ZAANSE SCHANS:

1 | Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience;

2 | Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery);

3 | Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House;

4 | Tsar Peter House, Zaandam;

5 | Mill Museum;

6 | Zaan Time Museum;

7 | Sawmill;

8 | Dyestuff Mill;

9 | De Zoeker Oliemolen (Oil Mill);

10 | De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill);

11 | Windmill Cruise;

ATTRACTIONS IN HAARLEM:

1 | Frans Hals Museum;

2 | Teylers Museum;

3 | Free Canal Cruise.

ATTRACTIONS IN VOLENDAM/MARKEN:

1 | Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry);

2 | Volendams Museum.

ATTRACTION IN ENKHUIZEN:

1 | Zuiderzee Museum

ATTRACTION IN MUIDEN:

1 | Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot

ATTRACTION IN NAARDEN:

1 | Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting 

And places such as Laren and Lelystad.

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4 | Take advantage of 25% discount offers at a host of restaurants and cafés:

1 | Blue Amsterdam;

2 | De Koffieschenkerij – Coffee bar at the back of the Oude Kerk ;

3 | The Pancake Bakery;

4 | Pancakes Amsterdam;

5 | Restaurant IJ-kantine;

6 | Restaurant-Café In de Waag;

7 | Restaurant Pasta e Basta;

8 | Restaurant Wagamama – Noodle restaurant;

9 | Bourgondisch Lifestyle Amsterdam; 

10 | Reypenaer Proeflokaal – Cheese tasting.

5 | Go on a free canal cruise and see Amsterdam as it’s meant to be seen!

Enjoy one free canal cruise with any of the following canal cruise providers:

1 | Blue Boat Company;

2 | Canal Company Canal Cruise;

3 | Gray Line The #1 Canal Cruise;

4 | Lovers Canal Cruises;

5 | Amsterdam Circle Line B.V.

6 | Explore Amsterdam by bike or boat with discount rates:

Enjoy 25% discount on the following bike and boat rentals:

1 | Hop-on hop-off boat;

2 | Pedal boat;

3 | Bicycle rental & Bike Tours;

4 | Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself. 

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7 | Discover Dutch icons, such as beer, diamonds, cheese, and windmills:

Enjoy 25% discount on the following experiences:

1 | The Amsterdam Dungeon;

2 | Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+);

3 | Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise;

4 | Heineken Experience (18+);

5 | De Hollandsche Manege – Dutch Equestrian School Museum;

6 | House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+);

7 | Het Kattenkabinet – The Cat Cabinet;

8 | Madame Tussauds Amsterdam;

9 | Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets;

10 | Museumphoto;

11 | THIS IS HOLLAND;

12 | Body Worlds;

13 | Moco Museum;

14 | Hop on Hop off Holland: Cheese, Windmills & Villages.

8 | Enjoy 25% discount on music and stage:

Enjoy an evening of Jazz, comedy at the theatre or Opera – all at 25% discount!

1 | Bimhuis – Jazz;

2 | Boom Chicago – English improv comedy theatre;

3 | Het Concertgebouw – The Concertgebouw;

4 | Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Contemporary music;

5 | Nationale Opera & Ballet – Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Recommended Highlights where I Amsterdam City Card can be used

With the myriad of things to do which are made possible with the I Amsterdam City Card, the following activities are highly recommended:

1 | Explore the surrounds of Amsterdam City – Zaanse Schans

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explore Zaanse Schans with I Amsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam City Card takes you further afield! You could visit Zaanse Schans, located to the north of Amsterdam, which is a popular destination and one that should top your list of places to visit.

Go on a trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and spend a day or most of a day exploring this neighbourhood. This picturesque neighbourhood is home to historic windmills, distinctive wooden houses and Zaanse Museum which houses interactive exhibits on chocolate making.

Zaanse Schans is a fun destination for all ages and its easily reached by car or public transport. Get the train from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Koog-Zaandijk – the journey takes 15 minutes. Disembark, and continue your journey on foot for about 10 minutes .

Other nearby attractions which you may like to explore:

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Amsterdam Uithoorn

2 | Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience tells the story of the world famous Dutch beer and is located at Heineken’s first built brewery in Amsterdam city centre. The brewery was built in 1864 and Heineken is one the three largest producers of beer in the world. Learn all about the rich and successful behind-the-scene journey of this remarkable ultimate Amsterdam beer on a self-guided immersive experience.

You need to book a time-slot for your visit and you can do so after purchasing your I Amsterdam card. Fill in the city card voucher code and book your preferred time slot. Ensure your city card is valid at the time of your visit.

Book time-slot via >> iamsterdam.com/timeslot

Address: Heineken Experience,
Stadhouderskade 78,
1072 AE AMSTERDAM

3 | Visit world class museums

Explore the Dutch capital’s rich heritage in arts and visit the world renowned galleries for free with the I Amsterdam City Card. The city is never short on the number of museums dotted around the capital and you are sure to stumble upon one as you explore the city. However, the most famous of the museums are Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum that showcase the stories of the city and of the legends themselves.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Rijksmuseum: Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam.

Open every day: 9 am – 5 pm

Van Gogh Museum: Museumplein 6
1071 DJ Amsterdam

June 5 – 30, 2021:

  • Closed on Mondays.
  • Tuesday to Friday: open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 1 – September 12, 2021:

  • Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

September 13 – 30, 2021:

  • Monday to Friday: open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Book time-slot >> amsterdam.com/timeslot

Visit > 28 Unmissable best things to do in Amsterdam for inspiring ideas to explore the Dutch capital.

Superb value in the I Amsterdam City Card

As you can observe from the above list, there are so many attractions and venues available where you can save time and money with the I Amsterdam City Card. It is indeed a city card/pass of superb value which should not be overlooked as just ‘another’ city card! The only issue you may have is to have enough time to enjoy them all for a full, all-round experience of one of the world’s best cultural cities.

If you are still not convinced of the I Amsterdam City Card’s superb value, below is a simple illustration on the savings you could make:

Attraction Entrance costs (adults – over 18)Entrance costs (child – under 18)Entrance costs with I Amsterdam City Card
Heineken Experience
€ 19.50

Free
Rijksmuseum€ 20.00FreeFree
Van Gogh Museum€ 19.00FreeFree
Zaanse Museum (Visit the Zaans Museum at the Zaanse Schans)€ 12.504-17 > €6.50

Under 4 > Free
Free
Zaanse Schans Museums (Visit the Weaver’s House and the Cooperage)€ 2.00 per museum4-17 > €1.00

Under 4 > Free
Free
GVB 1-hour ticket€ 3.20Unlimited Free rides
Table illustrating the savings an adult could make with the I Amsterdam City Card when visiting popular attractions and/or when taking the GVB city transport.

Order I Amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by selecting the best option from 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- and 120- hour card to suit your trip.

5 options on I Amsterdam City Card

Duration
Price (€)
24 hours 65
48 hours85
72 hours 105
96 hours120
120 hours 130
Options on the I Amsterdam City Card – From 24 hours to 120 hours

Order your I Amsterdam City Card

Important information to know before you go

1 | There are no special children’s rate for the I Amsterdam City Card;

2 | The I Amsterdam City Card best pre-ordered online;

3 | Visits to attractions are accessible by prior booking and selecting a time-slot. You must book a time-slot before your visit. You will need your I Amsterdam City Card voucher code to input for free access.

Book time-slot >> amsterdam.com/timeslot

4 | Please be aware of the following exclusions:

i | The City Card is not valid on transport outside Amsterdam and NS train travel;

ii | The I Amsterdam City Card is not valid on trains or buses operated by Connexxion, Arriva and EBS.


The superb value I Amsterdam City Card certainly gives you a unique way to explore Amsterdam with access to major highlights, cruise, transport and dining options. Above all, you save money while you explore this wonderful city.

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Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
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City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass

Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass | 1-3 Days

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Whilst we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

The Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass is another great value public transport pass in Amsterdam that is worthwhile purchasing if you intend to explore wider region of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass | 1 – 3 Days

AMSTERDAM CITY AND REGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAVEL PASS FOR 1 TO 3 DAYS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED, AND VOUCHER REDEEMED AT DESIGNATED COLLECTION POINTS IN AMSTERDAM PRIOR TO FIRST USAGE.

You can use the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket(ARTT) / Amsterdam Regional Public Transport Travel Pass (ARPTP) for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region:

Purchase one pass to travel without limits across the region of Amsterdam. Valid on all public transportation within the region of Amsterdam, including buses, ferries, subway, trains and trams.

Amsterdam Amstel | Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA | Amsterdam Central station | Amsterdam Holendrecht | Amsterdam Lelylaan | Amsterdam Muiderpoort | Amsterdam RAI | Amsterdam Sciencepark | Amsterdam Sloterdijk | Amsterdam Zuid | Duivendrecht | Schiphol Amsterdam Airport | Halfweg-Zwanenburg | Haarlem | Haarlem Spaarnwoude | Overveen | Zandvoort aan Zee | Zaandam | Zaandam Kogerveld | Purmerend Weidevenne | Purmerend | Purmerend Overwhere | Koog aan de Zaan | Zaandijk Zaanse Schans | Hoofddorp | Diemen | Weesp | Almere Poort | Almere Centrum | Almere Muziekwijk | Almere Parkwijk | Almere Buiten | Almere Oostvaarders | Lelystad Centrum | Diemen Zuid | Naarden-Bussum | Hilversum | Hilversum Mediapark | Hilversum Sportpark | Bloemendaal | Santpoort Zuid | Santpoort Noord | Driehuis | Uitgeest and Beverwijk.

The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion).

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During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid:

From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva.

From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva.

From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva.

From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion.

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Includes:

1-3 day ticket valid on all public transport in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam region


Excludes:

  • Taxis
  • Commercial transportation such as hop-on hop-off buses

Safety measures:

Safety measures in place:

  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles

Traveler requirements:

  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

Collection points:

Schiphol Airport (24/7): Vending machine Plaza | Baggage reclaim area 1,2,3&4 | NS Service & Tickets;

Amsterdam Central Station: NS Service & Tickets (Ijzijde/Canal Side) | Mon-Sun 7:00am–9:00pm;

Amsterdam station Sloterdijk: NS Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr 6: am-10 pm Sat-Sun: 7 am-10 pm

Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena Station: GVB Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr: 8:30 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 10 am-6 pm

Amsterdam Station Zuid: GVB Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr: 8:30 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 10 am-6 pm | NS Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr: 7 am-7 pm Sat: 8 am-7 pm Sun: 9 am-7 pm

Amsterdam Station Noord: GVB Service & Tickets: Mon-Sun: 10 am-6 pm

Almere station: NS Service & Tickets Mon-Sun: 06:45 am-8 pm

Hilversum & Zaandam station: Mon-Fr 7 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 8 am-7 pm

Haarlem station: Mon-Fr 6:30 am-9 pm Sat: 7 am-9 pm Sun: 8 am-9 pm


Important Information to know before you go:

  • Please note that the voucher needs to be redeemed before usage.
  • This ticket is valid from the first time you check in until 4:00 AM the morning after the last valid day (depending on whether you have the 1,2 or 3-day ticket). The day starts at midnight.
  • For example: if you check in with the 2-day ticket from midnight (00:00) onwards on Wednesday, your ticket will be valid until 04:00 Friday morning.

Pre-order Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass | 1 – 3 Days

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Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass

English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass

English Heritage is a charity and is the guardian of over 400 historic buildings, gardens, monuments, medieval castles, forts and defences in England. They also conduct researches, support or carry out archaeological work and advise on what to do with a historic site. For the most part, English Heritage receive funding from the UK government, ultimately the UK tax payer but the costs of running, funding research and supporting excavations requires more. For this reason, the English Heritage charges its visitors a fee. This fee is levied on visitors from UK and visitors from abroad. To support the costs of visiting a site, English Heritage has several schemes.

For UK residents, English Heritage offer a membership scheme ranging from individual, joint, family and senior memberships. The English Heritage Membership is an excellent value for money scheme and you could navigate to read the complete guide on English Heritage Membership benefits . However, if you are not living in UK, the English Heritage Membership is not available to you. They do have a specially curated scheme for overseas residents visiting England on a vacation, What you need is the English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass that allows for exploring the ancient historic past of over 100 heritage sites. Here’s how it works…

English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass

The English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass is a convenient way to explore England’s favourite and most historic sites. The Overseas Visitors Pass is available to visitors on vacation and gives you the flexibility to get the most out of your trip. It is available to three groups of visitors – single adult, joint or two adults and family. You have two choices to select from:

  • 9 consecutive day pass; or
  • 16 consecutive day pass.

*Effective from day of first activation

What does the Overseas Visitors Pass cost?

The price of the Overseas Visitors Pass varies according to the group specified and the length of time you need it for. The following is what is advertised on the English Heritage site:

Prices for the English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass

Group9 days
£
16 days
£
1 x adult38.0045.00
2 x adults66.0076.00
Family75.0086.00
The Family Pass – 2 adults and 4 family members up to the age of 18 living at the same address as the adults

**Prices are valid from March 27 2021 to March 31 2022

Benefits of an English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass

The Overseas Visitors Pass is a simple way to explore some of England’s best and most treasured historic sites. These are:

Unlimited access

The Pass grants access to 100+ sites including the most popular places – Stonehenge, Dover Castle and Tintagel Castle. Visit as many times as you like within the duration of your Pass;

Free Guidebook

Along with the Overseas Visitors Pass, you will receive a Guidebook to the attractions and places you could visit with the Pass. To plan beforehand and as a guide, take a look at this map by the English Heritage for Overseas Visitors Pass.

Free or reduced entry to events

The Overseas Visitors Pass gives you access to special events such as jousts and re-enactments.

Flexibility

The Pass embeds great flexibility to suit your itinerary. Depending on your selection of either nine or sixteen days, it takes effect from first activation. You do not have to rush through your vacation, thereby rush through the sites. Plan ahead and dedicate the nine or sixteen days visiting all your must-see sites.

Value for money

With over a hundred places to visit, including Stonehenge, you could start saving almost immediately after visiting two or three sites. A simple illustration to give you an idea of how much you would save although the sites may not be a representative sample of visitors most visited.

A simple illustration of how much you would save with an Overseas Visitors Pass.

Heritage SitePrice per Adult £Price per child £Price per family – 2xadults + 3 kids £
Stonehenge21.5012.9055.90
Dover Castle18.7011.3048.70
1066 Battle of Hastings13.908.4036.20
Total price54.1032.60140.80
With Overseas Visitors Pass – 9 days 38.00FREE75.00
Savings made with Overseas Visitors Pass16.1032.6065.80
Adult: 18+ years | Child: 5-17 years | Family: 2xadults + up to 4 kids living in the same address | Prices include donations.

As can be seen, there are considerable savings to be made by visiting just three sites and you have a hundred left to explore! An incredible bargain – wouldn’t you agree?

Convenience

Buying an Overseas Visitors Pass could not be easier. You could do it online – just click the link below and complete the details or navigate via the English Heritage site.

Navigate via English Heritage site

Where and how to collect the English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass

Bring along your email confirmation, proof of overseas residency/address and the credit card used for the purchase to collect your English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass from any of the English Heritage staffed site.

On a final note…

Without a doubt, the Overseas Visitors Pass offer great value for money and is a flexible Pass that can be utilised to the max if planned well. Plan ahead and buy it conveniently online > English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass.

Whenever you choose to visit England, have a great time exploring and discovering England’s finest!

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English Heritage Membership benefits

English Heritage Membership Benefits and more

English Heritage, formally known as English Heritage Trust is the popular entity that cares for England’s national collection of historic sites and monuments. To help keep the various ongoing programmes operational to a good standard for the benefit of current and future generation, the English Heritage charges visitors an entry fee at some of their historic sites. They also have valuable schemes to help with the costs so to encourage more visitors enjoy the remarkable heritage of England.

English Heritage Membership is a scheme that caters for different types of members – family, joint, individual and lifetime. In addition, English Heritage offer an Overseas Visitor Pass which is great value for money option if you are visiting England for more than nine days. More details on all of these below.

About English Heritage in a nutshell

English Heritage is a non-governmental entity, that became a self-financing charity in 2015.

According to English Heritage website, they are the guardian of over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker”. Their purpose is to “bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year – They curate activities for people to experience history in an engaging way and offer hands on experiences to inspire imagination and authenticity in their young visitors for whose interests these historic sites are protected. Going forward, English Heritage is committed to Inspiration, Conservation, Involvement and Financial Sustainability.”

In addition, English Heritage also educate, commission research, advise all sorts of people and bodies on England’s heritage, from the government to individuals who own listed buildings. Undoubtedly all of these costs money.

Hadrian's Wall | English Heritage membership
Hadrian’s Wall | England

As a charity, a substantial amount of its running costs is met by the UK government, ultimately the British taxpayer. To supplement this support, English Heritage charges an entry fee for some of its properties. The entry fee varies, from under ten pounds to up to twenty pounds per person. The good news is that entry to over two hundred fifty properties are free including Maiden Castle, Dorset, St Katherine’s Oratory, Isle of Wight and Hadrian’s Wall, the most celebrated Roman monument in Britain built in 122 AD.

Stonehenge - The Stone Circle | English Heritage Membership benefits
Stonehenge – The Stone Circle | England

However, if you wish to visit some of the most intriguing and interesting sites that pull the most visitors such as Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Osborne House, and Bolsover Castle, the entry fee will quickly add up! Whether you live in England and visit English Heritage properties as a favourite past time or you are visiting the country from overseas, the costs of visiting the must-see historical sites will add up. Even if you decide to spread it across the year or the duration of your vacation and pay as and when you visit, it will take you well over sixty pounds per individual quite easily.

To help with the costs, and to encourage more visitors to embrace majestic castles, the archaeological and historic sites in England, English Heritage run two main schemesEnglish Heritage Membership mainly targeted to residents of UK and the Overseas Visitors Pass for visitors on a short-term vacation.

English Heritage Membership

English Heritage Membership provides for various groups of visitors. Currently the scheme caters for four main groups with sub-categoriesFamily, Joint, Individual and Lifetime. All membership schemes lasts a year. You could buy a membership for yourself or buy as a gift for another.

English Heritage Membership for Family

Family memberships are available for either one adult with children or two adults with children.

Membership costs:

One adult + up to six children >> £64.00 a year
Two adults + up to twelve children >> £111.00 a year
*Adult members must live at the same address

English Heritage Joint Membership

Joint memberships are available in three categories:

Membership costs

Two adults >> £111.00 a year
One adult + one senior >> £99.00 a year
Joint Senior >> £87.00 a year
*Adults must be 18+ | Senior must be 65+ | Adult members must live in the same address

English Heritage Individual Membership

English Heritage individual membership cater for three categories of people:

Membership costs

Individual adult >> £64.00 a year
Individual Senior >> £57.00 a year
Young adult/student >> £51.00 a year
Adult 18+ | Senior-65+ | Young adult/student-18 to 25 + valid NUS card

English Heritage Lifetime Membership

The Life Membership is offered to four categories:

Membership costs:

Individual adult (18+ years) >> £1490.00
Senior (65+ years) >> £1170.00
Joint adult (both 18+ years) >> £2130.00
Joint Senior (both 65+ years) >> £1560.00
Adult members must live at the same address

**All prices are correct at time of writing, March 2021. Prices includes donations.

As the membership scheme is available to a wide range of people and appears reasonably priced, there may still be questions asked and debated about.

Is the English Heritage Membership value for money

One of the many questions people debate about before joining a membership scheme, any membership scheme for that matter, is whether it is a value for money scheme. In other words, does the benefits outweigh its costs? In short, a membership scheme is value for money if it is used correctly. While joining the English Heritage membership provides for considerable savings to be made, the membership comes with so much more than just savings.

As an example, below is an illustration of the savings a family, would make in a year if they were to visit the following five of the most popular of English Heritage sites, including Stonehenge which is one of the most popular heritage site in UK for both residents and tourists alike.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire | Dover Castle, Kent | Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire | Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire | 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex

This may not be a representative sample of the top five sites that people would visit but it does give an idea of how much savings a family (2+3 kids) could make with a membership.

Heritage SitePrice per adult £Price per child £Family (2 adults + 3 kids)
£
Stonehenge21.5012.9055.90
Dover Castle18.7011.3048.70
Kenilworth Castle13.908.4036.20
Whitby Abbey11.006.6028.60
1066 Battle of Hastings13.908.4036.20
Total price per adult/child/family79.0047.60205.60
Total price per family – 2 adults and up to 12 kids | Annual membership = £111.00 )FREEFREEFREE
Family = 2 adults + 3 kids | Adult (18+ years) | Child (5-17 years)

**All prices are correct at time of writing, March 2021

Taking this example a little further for individual visits, you would still make savings out of an annual membership which is currently at £64.00. The table does not give a comparison for seniors, students and visitors but it does give a good idea of savings you would make if you had an English Heritage membership. Circling back to whether this membership is value for money – without a doubt it is provided you utilise it by visiting the heritage sites sprinkled around England in an annual period.

As necessary as it may be to make savings, English Heritage Membership benefits does not end with just free entry to over 400 properties in England. There is more.

English Heritage Membership Benefits

English Heritage membership benefits
Audley End House and Gardens, Essex, East of England

With an annual English Heritage Membership, you will enjoy the following benefits:

Free access to over 400 historical sites.

During the annual period, a member has free access to all 400 and more of English Heritage sites and can visit a site multiple times as you may wish. English Heritage properties includes castles, gardens, forts, defences, prehistoric sites, historic houses and abbeys. You could find a place to visit here.

Kids go free with an accompanying adult.

As you can see from the table above, up to six children get free entry to a site. There are events specially curated for kids during school term holidays and summer vacation that create imagination, responsibility and fun which are invaluable experiences for children.

Free or reduced entry to hundreds of events throughout the year.

Many of the English Heritage sites run varied programmes throughout the year for visitors. Members enjoy reduced entry fee or no fee at all to these events.

Free or reduced entry to other attractions in UK.

Members also get reduced price entry to heritage sites in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Membership Pack.

The membership pack contains your membership card along with a Members’ Handbook, Members’ Magazine, Information on Members’ Events and Members’ Rewards.

Members’ Handbook + Members’ Magazine

The complimentary Member’s Handbook worth £10.95 helps you plan inspiring days out and pre-book events before the general public. The Members Magazine is delivered four times a year with more colourful pictures and inspiring events to get involved in.

Members’ Rewards Scheme

The Members’ Rewards scheme offers members to take advantage of money- saving offers and deals from over 60 of English Heritage partners.

Simple pleasures of being part of English Heritage community

Besides getting great value on the very many English Heritage properties and the heritage sites in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where there are free or reduced entry costs, the benefits of joining the English Heritage membership allow for all sorts of simple pleasures.

Remember that your membership fee goes to a great cause – the protection of England’s most precious, and amazing of historic sites. You can see, enjoy and delve deeper into the discovery as well as the painstaking research that goes into preserving the monuments that represent English history as and when you are able to. In addition, your contribution goes towards preserving the historic sites for future generation – nothing quite beats the rhythm of history or standing on the very spot where historic events took place

The Members’ Magazine sets out forthcoming events where you can plan ahead of time and the Members’ Reward scheme is a great way to spoil oneself with something special for example a weekend getaway.

While the English Heritage Membership benefits are enjoyed by UK residents, visitors to UK may also enjoy the benefits of exploring the ancient historic past via a dedicated scheme – Overseas Visitor Pass.

English Heritage and Overseas Visitors Pass

Visitors to UK can enjoy free entry to over 100 heritage sites with an Overseas Visitor Pass. Briefly, the Overseas Visitor Pass is a scheme available to overseas residents who are visiting England for a specific time. The Pass is valid for a duration of 9 or 16 days from first activation and includes free entry to popular English Heritage sites such as Stonehenge and Dover Castle. For convenience, the benefits and the prices of the Overseas Visitor Pass scheme is dealt with in another article. To learn more about the great value for money scheme available to overseas visitors, navigate to Overseas Visitors Pass.

On a final note…

On a final note – the English Heritage membership is a great value for money scheme provided the benefits are utilised. However, if circumstances are such that you are not able to visit sites to cover the initial outlay, cherish the idea that your contribution goes to a good cause which benefits future generation.

Joining the English Heritage Membership scheme could not be easier. Whether you are signing up for yourself or buying the English Heritage membership as a gift, you could do so easily online with a couple of clicks. Click the graphic below and join today.

Take advantage of our Exclusive Readership Offer – Get 15% Off Gift and Annual Membership >> Use Code EH2021 at checkout throughout April 2021. Code can only be used for Membership purchases. Expires 30th April 2021.

English Heritage has begun to welcoming visitors. You can book tickets to visit 60+ sites at the moment while more sites will open in phases in the coming months. Visits must be booked in advance. Learn more on which sites are open and how to book your visit.

Have a splendid time exploring the precious and timeless monuments of English Heritage.

Georgina xx

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