Top Membership Offers For Days Out On A Budget

February 28th, 2023 / Eden Project, English Heritage, Ironbridge Museums, Leeds Castle, National Trust / No Comments »

1. National Trust Membership; Free Child Entry

The National Trust looks after 300+ historic houses, more than 600,000 acres of land & 700 miles of coastline. National Trust Annual Membership offers value for money for those planning a number of visits throughout the year that includes a great FREE parking perk. Keep an eye out for the number of children included within the family membership that offers great value for money for larger families.

Look Out For; National Trust Family Membership includes up to 10 children/grandchild, (17 years & under) for free.

More details; National Trust Membership Offer.


Blakeney Nature Reserve National trust

National Trust Blakeney Nature Reserve, (photo; Phil Loach)

2. English Heritage Membership; Promo Code

English Heritage cares for 400+ historic settings including 66 castles, 7 palaces, 27 forts, 3 medieval villages and 1 cold war bunker.  The range of visitor attractions available coupled with an attractive family deal, (up to 6 children go FREE), makes English Heritage membership appealing.

Look Out For; FREE entry for up to 6 accompanying children, (under 19 years & within the family group), with either 1 or 2 adult annual membership.

Top Tip; New members can use the promo code EHAFF2023 to pick up a 15% discount off English Heritage membership when they pay via direct debit, (excludes Life Membership).

More Information; English Heritage Membership.

3. RHS Membership; Free Guest Options

RHS Membership provides access to all 5 RHS Gardens; Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr & Bridgewater plus some really interesting perks that makes your membership go further.

Look Out For; Both individual & joint membership offers free entry options for a family friend and/or children each time you visit.

Top Tip; Look out for 200+ partner gardens that offer free entry with membership at select times of the year!

More Information; RHS Membership Deals & Promotions.


RHS Gardens

RHS Gardens, (photo; Phil Loach)


4. Joint London & Whipsnade Zoo Membership

ZSL membership offers 12 months entry to both London & Whipsnade Zoo plus a whole host of secondary perks including free parking and discounts off secondary spend.

Perks; joint membership scheme between London Zoo & Whipsnade Zoo, family membership includes up to 5 children for free, free parking, (t&c’s apply) & discounts in the shops & cafes.

More Information; ZSL London/Whipsnade Zoo Membership.


child greeting penguin at London Zoo

Meet the penguins at London Zoo, (photo; Phil Loach)

5. National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland offers entry to 100+ castles, gardens & historic houses that offers a varied range of settings to visit plus an attractive family membership offer.

Look Out For; family membership that offers up to 4 children free admission with either 1 or 2 adult family membership, (18 years & under).

More Details; National Trust for Scotland.

6. Free Annual Pass Upgrades

Many visitor attractions across the UK offer a FREE annual upgrade when you purchase full price day tickets that offers value for money on subsequent visits throughout the year.

Look Out For; settings that offer a free annual pass upgrade include Leeds Castle, Blenheim Palace, Cardiff Castle, the National Space Centre & even Buckingham Palace!

Top Tip; many visitor attractions offer a varied programme of events throughout the year that can make each return visit seem very different, (keep an eye out for any excluded dates).

More details; Free Annual Pass Upgrades.


zip wire at Eden project

Mums Go Free at the Eden Project, (additional charge to zip wire)

7. Eden Project; Free Annual Upgrade

Each year the Eden Project seemingly extends the range of attractions available to guests to explore and now you can take advantage of a FREE annual pass upgrade that offers great savings on subsequent visits.

Look Out For; a FREE annual pass upgrade when you purchase day tickets to the Eden Project.

Top Tip; for double deals take advantage of online discounts off standard price day tickets that can be converted to a free annual pass upgrade.

More Information; Eden Project Deals

8. London Pass

Whilst the London Pass is not a membership scheme, it does offer entry to 60+ top visitor attractions in London including a nifty fastrack entrance perk at popular settings too.

Look Out For; free entry to Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Tower of London, Thames River Cruise & Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Top Tip; pick up fast track priority entrance to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace & London Zoo.

For those planning a trip to London why not consider our Alternative London Attractions that offer value for money for those on a budget.

the guards at the tower of London marching

The Guards at the Tower of London, (photo; Phil Loach)

9. Gardeners’ World 2 for 1 Discount Card for 400+ Gardens

Again not strictly a membership offer but if you can pick up a back copy of the Gardeners’ World magazine, (May edition), you find a 2 for 1 discount card that offers substantial savings throughout the year on over 400 gardens.

Look Out For; this discount card includes Kew Garden, the Eden Project, Harewood House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Powis Castle & Gardens.

Top Tip; whilst this card is direct at adult entry only, some attractions may accept child/concessionary rates although worth double checking to avoid disappointment.

More Details; Gardeners’ World 2 for 1 Discount Card.

10. Forestry Commission; Discovery Pass

For those that enjoy the life outdoors, then a Forestry Commission Discovery Pass can be an ideal membership option.  This pass offers 12 months FREE parking at the forest of your choice plus plenty of local deals to boot.  Often these secondary deals can include discounts off cycle hire, food & drink as well substantial discounts of Go Ape activities, (restrictions apply).

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