Free Annual Pass Upgrades for UK Visitor Attractions

June 1st, 2017 / Black Country Living Museum, Blenheim Palace, Crich Tramway, Eden Project, Eureka, magna, National Space Centre, The Deep / 12 Comments »

Free Annual Pass Upgrades

There are plenty of UK visitor attractions that now offer a FREE annual upgrade when you purchase day tickets. Whilst your initial outlay can be more expensive, (often you cannot make use of vouchers/online promotions), for those can return at least once more within a twelve month period it can make financial sense.  Follow our guide below for more information on the full range of attractions that offer a free annual pass.

You’ll find a wide range of attractions offering FREE return visits from the family focused Leeds Castle to the environmental champion Eden Project to the grandest of settings at Buckingham Palace! 


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The Medieval Festival at Leeds Castle. Picture by:


Leeds Castle; FREE Return Visits

Purchase a day ticket to Leeds Castle that now includes unlimited FREE return visits during a 12 month period, (excludes special events).  For double deals you can even take advantage of a 10% online discount if you book in advance and still pick up free return visits.  Entrance includes access to the castle, gardens, 2 large adventure playgrounds, a maze & grotto plus a falconry display & birds of prey centre so plenty of reasons to return again & again.

More details available at Leeds Castle – FREE Return Visits.

Free Annual Pass Upgrade; Eden Project

Pick up a FREE annual pass to the Eden Project by simply donating your admission charges to the Eden Trust that offers unlimited entry throughout the year, (excludes special events).  You can even take advantage of online discounts off standard price tickets and still pick up a free annual pass.  Simply remember to tick one of the boxes offering you the chance to make your payment as a gift to the Eden Trust.

More details available at Eden Project – FREE Annual Pass Upgrade.

Top Tip; look out for events that are included within your free annual pass such as the Grand Medieval Joust at Leeds Castle that allows you to get even more out of your initial purchase.


The Eden Project; Free Annual Pass

The Eden Project; Free Annual Pass


Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyroodhouse & Full Royal Collection; Free Annual Upgrades

You can pick up a FREE annual pass upgrade for The Royal Collection including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Clarence House & the Palace of Holyroodhouse when you purchase a day ticket directly from the Royal Collection.  Known as a 1-Year Pass, this ticket gives you 12 months’ complimentary re-admission to the Royal visitor attraction,(s) that you have visited, (some excluded dates).

More details available at The Royal Collection – FREE Annual Pass Upgrade.

The Royal Yacht Britannia; FREE Annual Pass Upgrade

Purchase day tickets to the Royal Yacht Britannia berthed in Edinburgh and you can apply for a free annual pass on the day of your visit, (just ask for details when you buy your ticket). Annual passes also come with a 15% discount in the tea room & gift shop.

More details available at The Royal Yacht Britannia – FREE Annual Pass Upgrade.

National Space Centre; FREE Annual Upgrade

Purchase a full priced ticket for the National Space Centre and take advantage of a FREE upgrade that offers unlimited return visits during the year, (some excluded dates). Whilst the planetarium is included within your first visit, it is not included on return visits under the free annual pass scheme but for those planning frequent return visits, this is a great way to make some significant savings. More details available at National Space Centre Free Upgrade.

Top Tip; take a look at the Stay Play Explore Short Breaks that offers accommodation, breakfast + 3 attractions including the National Space Centre from just £149 a family. Whilst this doesn’t include the annual pass upgrade it does offer substantial savings on top attraction in & around Leicestershire!


national space centre free upgrade

National Space Centre; Free Annual Pass Upgrade


Magna Science & Adventure Centre; FREE Annual Upgrade

Take advantage of a FREE annual pass upgrade at Magna Science & Adventure Centre in Yorkshire where return visits include use of the outdoor aqua play & adventure park.  For double deals you can take advantage of online discounts if you book in advance and simply convert to a ‘Many Magna Returns’ pass on the day of your visit.  You will need to remember photo ID & a passport style photo to apply.

More details available at Magna Science Adventure Centre – FREE Annual Upgrade.

Eureka; FREE Annual Pass Upgrade;

Pick up a FREE annual pass upgrade at Eureka Children’s Museums in Yorkshire that offers unlimited return visits during a 12 month period.  Simply purchase a standard admission ticket & complete a form with the admission staff on arrival to receive your annual pass. On return visits you will need to provide your original receipt, ID and the annual pass form to gain free entry all year long.

More details available at Eureka – FREE Annual Pass Upgrade.

Blenheim Palace; Free Annual Upgrade

Purchase a full priced Palace, Park & Gardens for Blenheim Palace and you can receive a full annual upgrade for free. Simply convert your ticket at the designated kiosk on the day of your visit, (or online within 14 days of your visit), to secure a free annual upgrade. This annual pass comes with some additional great deals too, (discounts on events/friends & family).

More information available at Blenheim Palace – FREE Annual Upgrade.

Top Tip; many attractions exclude a limited number of special events from their free annual pass upgrade so worth taking note of these dates to avoid disappointment.


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Magna Science Adventure Centre; Free Annual Pass


Free Annual Upgrade; Black Country Living Museum

All full priced tickets to the Black Country Living Museum, (including those purchased online) are valid for use for 12 months from your first visit.  The BCLM UnChained Annual Pass offers unlimited return visits, (excludes special event tickets) that offers value for money throughout the year.

More details available from Black Country Living Museum – FREE Annual Upgrade.

Crich Tramway; FREE Annual Pass Upgrade

Purchase a full price day ticket to Crich Tramway and take advantage of FREE return admissions to this popular Derbyshire attraction.  Whilst there are some excluded dates from this deal, it does offer customers a chance to enjoy subsequent visits for free during a 12 month period.

More details available at Crich Tramway – FREE Annual Upgrade.

Free Annual Upgrade; British Motor Museum

Buy 1 day admission to the Heritage Motor Museum in Warwickshire and enjoy 12 months for FREE.  Simply donate/gift aid your admission charges to the attraction and you can pick up a FREE season ticket, (excludes 5 special event days).

More details available at British Motor Museum – FREE Annual Upgrade.

Top Tip; often free annual pass upgrades can only be made when full price tickets are purchased and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.  Worth balancing whether you are likely to return later in the year against initial savings you could make on your initial purchase.


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Photo; Phil Loach


Free Annual Pass Upgrade; The Deep Aquarium

The Deep Aquarium in Yorkshire is another visitor attraction that offers a FREE annual pass upgrade.  Depending upon when you purchased your initial entry ticket, you will either need to present your day Plus Pass or entrance tickets to pick up free return visits, (excludes certain Bank Holidays).

More details available at The Deep Annual Pass Upgrade.

Free Annual Pass Upgrade; Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The ‘All Attraction Ticket’ at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard includes The Mary Rose, HMS Victory & National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth.  For those purchasing an all attraction ticket, (rather than a single attraction ticket), you can upgrade to a FREE annual pass that offers unlimited entry to all 8 attractions, (excludes special events).

More details available at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Cardiff Castle; £6 Annual Upgrade

Upgrade your day’s admission ticket to a season ticket at Cardiff Castle for just £6 an adult/£3 a child and secure free return visits during the following 12 months, (excluding special events). Season tickets also offer 10% off the cafe & shop all year long!

More details available at Cardiff Castle – Annual Upgrade Offer.

Free Annual Pass Upgrade; Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, offers a FREE annual pass upgrade  when you purchase day tickets.  Simply validate your ticket, (providing your name, address & photograph) on the day of your initial visit and return for free over the following 12 months, (not valid on separately ticketed events).

More details available at Alnwick Castle; Free Annual Pass Upgrade.

Top Tip; many attractions run a varied programme of additional events during the school holidays.  Whilst these may incur a small additional fee, it does give you the option of returning a number of times and trying something new.


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Blenheim Palace; Free Annual Pass Upgrade


Hatfield House; Free Annual Pass Upgrade, (not currently available)

Opt for either a House, Park & West Garden ticket or a West Garden & Park ticket and take advantage of a FREE season ticket for Hatfield House.  This offers you unlimited return visits during the season, (some restrictions on dates), when you present your season ticket alongside some valid ID.

Bletchley Park; Free Annual Season Pass Upgrade

Your day tickets to Bletchley Park can be upgraded to a FREE annual season pass with unlimited entrance to the park, (terms & conditions apply).

More details available at Bletchley Park – Free Annual Season Pass.

Nottingham Castle; Free Return Visits

Pick up an annual pass, (that includes your initial visit), to Nottingham Castle for around £7pp that offers unlimited return visits during a 12 month period, (excludes special events & evening performances).

More information available at Nottingham Castle – FREE Return Visits.


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Eureka; Free Annual Pass Upgrade


Lincoln Castle; 1 FREE Return Visit

Purchase a Castle All Inclusive ticket or a Castle & Cathedral Joint ticket and you can enjoy a free return visit within 6 months of purchase. Hold onto your original entrance tickets and present to the tick kiosk on the day of your return visit.

More details available at Lincoln Castle – Free Return Visit.

The Tank Museum; Free Annual Pass

A FREE annual pass is included within your day ticket admission to the Tank Museum located in Dorset.  This offers unlimited free returns visits over a 12 month period, (excluding special events).

More details available at The Tank Museum – FREE Return Visits.

Jorvik; Free 12 Months Admission with Day Ticket

Whilst Jorvik is currently closed until Spring 2017, previously customers could pick a free annual pass upgrade on day ticket purchases.  We’ll bring you more details on the current offer once the attraction opens again to the public in due course.

Top Tip; always worth checking out the small print as some events are excluded & many state they cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.


By Liz Walsh


















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  1. London transport museum all children go free and adult ticket is a twelve month return ticket automatically.

  2. Eureka huddersfield what’s the cheapest tickets for two adults and two children 7 and 4

    • Hi Scott, you don’t find too many promotional ticket offers for Eureka but, as you have already come across, you can pick up a free annual pass upgrade with day tickets that is well worth considering. Sign up for free with Yorkshire Attractions and you can pick up a further 10% discount off Eureka! annual passes. Tesco shoppers can redeem clubcard vouchers in advance to secure money off entry to Eureka! Valid Blue Peter badgeholder can secure free entry to Eureka! when accompanied by a full paying or concessionary adult. Hope this helps?

  3. Hi I am looking for Chester zoo to see if I can get it cheap becoz I am not paying £85 for a family of four and my kids r 2and5 plzz

    • Hi Carolyn, children age 2 and under can gain free entry Chester Zoo. You have the option of opting out of the 10% donation at Chester Zoo either when booking tickets at the gate or booking online. You can pick up a 15% discount if you cycle to Chester Zoo or secure free entry for a valid Blue Peter Badgeholder. If you invest in membership, you can pick up unlimited entry, ((t&c apply), to Chester Zoo plus free entry to select zoos around the UK. Hope this help, Liz

  4. KATE CLIFFORD says:

    Just to let you know that leeds castle told me on saturday that my ticket would be valid for 1yr & 1day. ( no upgrade fee required) and I had used a 2for1 treasured house aswell 🙂

    • Hi Kate, double deals I like it:) Thanks for the update on Leeds Castle, that’s good to know and we’ll update our information so others can take advantage of this offer.

  5. Julia Hyland says:

    Haven’t been for 2 years now, but it used to be the case with Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which has loads to offer and lets you have a pass for a year for the same price.

    • Hi Julia, thanks for the tip off, much appreciated. We’ve added it to the list of free annual pass upgrades to pass on to all our readers.

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