If you have ever wondered whether the English Heritage Member Pass is worth it, this information could persuade you to the 'yes' side. The English Heritage exists to preserve some of England's most fascinating historical sites. They have over 400 of these properties under their care, many of them are ruins, castles and places of worship. The list even includes gardens and parks. Some of these properties include Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Hadrian's Wall and many others. Price is definitely the biggest factor when deciding whether to purchase the pass. Many of these properties charge admission from just a few pounds to over £15 upon each visit. So, is it worth the money?
Pass pricing is as follows (per year):
Joint Adult: £84
Children are always admitted free of charge.
We purchased the Joint Adult pass while visiting Orford Castle. Our plan that day was to visit two castles and our total cost would have been right around £26. So we thought, what the heck, let's just buy the pass and maybe it will make us get out and see a few more things right here is England. And we were right! Just within 4 months, the English Heritage Pass has gained us entry into some fabulous sites. It has not yet paid for itself, but we are getting very close. And with some upcoming trips planned, it will surely pay for itself within a month or two. Here are some of the properties we have visited with our pass and what it would have cost had we not had a pass:
Orford Castle £12
Framlingham Castle £14
Avebury Henge £3 (entrance is free however, there is a fee for parking which is waived for members)
Grand Total: £57
Which means we just need to see £27 worth of properties to make our pass worthwhile!
English Heritage passes have taken us to.....
With a paid membership, you also receive interesting (and beautiful) magazines showcasing English Heritage properties. There are also special 'members only' events that look totally cool. They include special tours through some of the properties that regular visitors do not get the chance to see. Also, there are an abundance of properties that are not associated with English Heritage but will give you a discount on a ticket price. Some Scotland and Wales Heritage groups also participate in giving discounted prices.
So is it worth it? I give a big YES. The pass is good for a year and if you want to see some truly amazing places in English history, this pass will get you there. With just a few more trips on our list, our pass will surely have been worth it. Our new hobby is 'castling' and the pass is perfect for us. If you plan on visiting some of the more expensive attractions within the year (Stonehenge and Dover Castle for example) the pass would definitely be worth purchasing.
What are some of your favorite historical places in England to visit?