Posted on | June 27, 2010 | 5 Comments |
I have a card to share but in this post I want to mostly talk about ways to save money when sight-seeing here in the UK. Who knows, you or somebody you know might be planning a trip here!! Materials will be listed at the end of the post.
When traveling to a city or a country do check to see if there’s some sort of pass. I know Chicago has one because we bought one for it. The rail system in Europe has it too because I bought it and in the UK there are numerous ways that you can save money on sight seeing and transport (unless you’re with a tour group and everything’s included with your price). I’m going to skip the transport cause we have a car but there are many – just Google and you’ll find them! The three sight-seeing passes/memberships I want to share is the English Heritage (which gives members FREE access to places like the Stonehenge or Dover Castle), National Trust (which protects nature more although they do own many places too), and the British Heritage pass (which gives you access to most of the sites in the UK but it’s best for tourist since there’s a short time limit).
Which is for you? Well, if you’re just for a few days the British Heritage might be for you. For a family a seven day pass is £128 where an entrance to just Dover castle for a family is £35. When you’re a tourist most want to hit as many sights as possible right? So something like the British Heritage pass will be worth it. Now, if you only want to do a few sights you might want to check out the tourist version of the English Heritage. The properties are limited to what EH owns BUT if you look at their locations you can still get into A LOT of properties with this pass. For a family a seven day pass is £43!!
For us we’re going to get both the English Heritage (£77) and the National Trust (£66). Both memberships are for a year and the Trust also includes places in Scotland. There are more sites in the EH that we’d like to see but we’d like to contribute to the National Trust because the Trust is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to preserve many of England’s natural beauty. Here’s the catch… we’re not going to buy the yearly membership through the Trust. We’re going to go through Royal Oak Foundation. The ROF is the U.S. organization that supports the National Trust. For about the same price, $90, we can get the same benefits PLUS the whole $90 is tax deductible! London also has a pass but I don’t us hitting up a lot of London sights in x amount of days so we’ll skip that.
There are other special offers for different events here in the UK if you really look for it and it’s just wonderful. We’re on a tighter budget now with me staying home and just trying to get my photography work going so a bit of savings here and there really helps! Although I’ve always been one for a bargain. I hope this info helps!!!
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!
Stamp: WPlus9 Woodgrain Silhouette addition and PTI sentiment
Accessories: Ribbon from MemMarie at Etsy, burlap from Green Frog at Etsy, twine from Olive Manna, and buttons are PTI