Top Dog Tips

1. Free Annual Pass Upgrades

Plenty of visitor attractions around the UK offer FREE annual upgrades that offers true value for money throughout the year.  Here’s your chance to return time & time again without paying any further entrance charges when you purchase, donate or gift aid your day’s admission charge.  Attractions such as Blenheim Palace, National Space Centre and even Buckingham Palace offer this upgrade offer so if it’s good enough for the Queen, then what’s to loose!

More details available at FREE Annual Pass Upgrade Offers.

2. Loyalty Cards & Deals

Look out for loyalty schemes that can offer some great rewards for customers on days out.  Regular spenders can quickly build points that can be redeemed at a range of visitor attractions including zoos, theme parks and museums.  Keep an eye out offers that can be used against annual pass charges that offer savings through the year.

3. Regional Cards & Offers

With the rise of the staycation, many UK regions are keen to promote their range of visitor attractions & accommodation options.  Look out for the discounted Stay Play Explore Short Break that combines a choice of hotel accommodation with visitor attractions, (Tywcross Zoo, Twinlakes Theme Park & more) for great family flexibility.


sea life centre inside shot

Sea Life Aquarium, (photo; Phil Loach)


4. Come Back Deals

UK visitor attractions are always looking for ways to entice you back to visit another day.  Always worth keeping an eye out for come back deals that offer substantial savings on a second day at the park.  Many of these tickets must be purchased BEFORE you leave so ensure you understand the terms & conditions with this promotion.

5. Late Entry Tickets

Plenty of visitor attractions run extended opening hours, particularly during the summer, and are keen to incentive visitors during quieter times of the day.  This can be a great way to save money on a day out as well as beat the queues at popular tourist attractions.  Look out for the Free Entry to the Science Garden at the Think Tank that runs throughout the year from 3pm onward.

6. Blue Peter Badges & Free Entry

Dig out those Blue Peter Badges that offers children, (6-15 years) FREE entry to 170+ visitor attractions around the UK.  Flash your badge & accompanying blue peter badge card to gain complimentary entry when accompanied by a full paying adult.  Some big visitor attraction names are involved in this offer including London Zoo, Diggerland & the Tower of London

More information available at Free Entry with Blue Peter Badges.

7. Associate Networks or Trade Organizations

Networks & large work associations such as the Forestry Commission or NHS employees can use their potential purchasing power to secure discounted tickets to a range of visitor attractions. Check out if there are any promotions running at your place of work.


sonic spinball at alton towers

Alton Towers; Sonic Spinball, (photo Phil Loach)


8. Annual Passes & Memberships

If you intend to visit an attraction more than once, then worth considering annual membership options. These not only offer unlimited entry throughout the year but often come with secondary perks such as fastrack entry, free parking & money off food & drink.

9. Family Memberships

Good to see that a growing number of attractions are beginning to recognise that  families come in all shapes & sizes.  English Heritage family membership now offers up to 6 accompanying children free entry and the National Trust offers an incredible 10 children/grandchildren free entry!  Great 1 adult family membership options too.

More information available at Top Membership Offers & Promotions.

10. Group Prices

You do not necessary need to belong to a formal organisation such as the Brownies or the Scouts to enjoy group discounted tickets. Club together with friends & family and use your collective purchasing power to make some savings.  As long as you can meet the stipulated requirements, (usually around group numbers and booking in advance), then these savings can be considerable.

11. Special Events

Always worth keeping your eye open for special events running that can bring new promotions.  We’ve seen great value promotions running to celebrate Royal Weddings, sporting events & those with a particular name sake.  Keep checking back at Topdogdays and we’ll let you know what current deals & discounts are running.


houses of parliament on westminster bridge

Houses of Parliament, (photo; Phil Loach)


By Liz Walsh

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