English Heritage Membership


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):

Adults:   £48
Joint Adult:  £84
Senior:  £37
Student:  £37
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
Stonehenge  £28
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?

-Jamie

Travel Tuesday

16 comments

  1. I'm so glad that you posted this because I've been wishy washy on joining. I was just talking to another blogger a few days ago about the pros/cons. So thank you for posting an in depth breakdown! x

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    1. I think if you plan on going to 3 of the pricey ones in a year, you might as well by the pass. It definitely makes us want to take England trips that we might not have ever thought of otherwise :)

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  2. I've never been to England but I'm dying to visit all of these places!

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    1. Oh you must visit! I have fallen in love with England! Well, except for the rain and wind :)

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  3. We had English Heritage, National Trust, and Historic Scotland (for one year, as EH doesn't cover HS until you're a renewal) as well as a membership to Bolton Abbey, a private estate near us. Our passes definitely encouraged us to get out more, as we'd unfold the maps, decide how far we wanted to drive, and pick 2-4 sites (depending on how involved and whether or not our dogs were coming along) and head out for the day! We loved our memberships while we were there! Glad to see you're taking advantage of them and spreading the word!

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    1. It is true that they get you out exploring more often. We do the same, pick a few spots and head out for the weekend. And usually the journey to get the properties is just as fun :)

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  4. I'm with Amanda - I had been a bit uncertain about buying one but you have convinced me to next time I'm at one of these sites. Thanks for the breakdown! :)

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    1. If you visit some of the pricey places, it really is worth it :)

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  5. Two of my favorite places in England are the Glastonbury Cathedral ruins and Durham Cathedral! I hope you check out those places so I can see some pictures :)

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    1. Ooooh I will mark them on my list! We are always out and about exploring England and I'm sure these will be visited :) Thanks!

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  6. We have National Trust right now. Next time we'll probably try English Heritage. So many great places to see with both!

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    1. I need to look into the National Trust! I truly have enjoyed the English Heritage and I absolutely love the magazines and things that they send to me :)

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  7. If I was living in the England, I would definitely become a member! There are just so many amazing old buildings all over the country, I'm sure I would get my money's worth out of it! :)

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    1. I really love that it gets us going to places that we never really would have sought out!

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  8. Oh that is good to know! I will have to look into that too. Thank you for sharing and for linking up again for Travel Tuesday! x

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    1. I've really enjoyed the pass, although I don't remember there being much in Bath that we could use it for. Thanks for hosting the link up! I always enjoy everyone's posts :)

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