The top annual passes for the UK's best attractions – including Merlin, National Trust and Zoos

Whether you’re keeping your family entertained or planning a solo day out, membership can offer the best value on admissions.

If you want to keep returning to a favourite place for less, or discover new attractions under the same banner, an annual pass makes sense.

It's not just about the savings either, as not having to book tickets often means you can visit an attraction on a whim – and have one less ting on the checklist.

And if you take a staycation, and your membership covers a nearby attraction, you can stop by without paying extra.

What annual pass should you choose? These are some of our favourites.


If you’ve got a family full of animal lovers, then what you need is a zoo membership.

Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s favourites and is TV famous thanks to the show – Secret Life of the Zoo.

If you can’t get enough of the animal celebrities, you could sign up for an annual membership. Membership prices depend on family size and range from £135 for one adult and child (single visit cost appx. £39) to £325 for two adults and four children (single visit cost appx. £78).

Membership might be a good idea even if you don’t live near Chester Zoo, as your pass gives you one free visit a year to a selection of other UK Zoos – including Bristol and Edinburgh.


A Merlin pass might be the king of all annual passes.

This pass gets you access to 32 popular UK attractions, and the list includes Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Sea Life, Chessington World

of Adventures and Madame Tussauds.

If you’re planning to fit a lot of theme-park adventures in this year, the Merlin pass is the one for you.

Passes are £179 each, but if you need three or more, the price is reduced to £139 per person. There are different levels and costs, so be sure to check all the information.

National Trust

You can spend more time outdoors this year with a National Trust membership – visiting gardens, forests, beaches, nature reserves and historic houses all over the UK with one pass.

National Trust properties are found far and wide, covering a total 248,000 hectares of land and 780 miles of coastline. So wherever you live in the UK you should have a site in travelling distance.

The pass gives you free parking at most locations and if you pay for your membership by Direct Debit you get free binoculars too.

Family membership costs £120 for the year but covers two adults and a whopping 10 children or grandchildren. So it's great value for big families.

National Art Pass

Looking for something to do on rainy days? A National Art Pass offers so much more.

Get free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic sites across the UK, and get 50% off tickets to major exhibitions.

The pass covers venues including the V&A, Tate venues, the British Museum and the National Gallery.

And memberships start from as little as £45 for under 30s and £115 for family passes (plus you can save a further 25% by paying by Direct Debit).


If you're likely to make use of the railway network on days out or just visiting relatives, a family and friends railcard is worth a look.

It will only set you back £30 for the year, and can be used for up to four adults and four children. Plus adults save 1/3 of their travel price and kids get a whopping 60% discount.

A railcard comes with exclusive benefits too. When you travel by train you can get 2 for 1 entry to a whole host of UK attractions including Sea Life, Legoland, KidZania and the London Eye.

You can even get 2 for 1 at some restaurants for some well-deserved food after a long day of adventuring.

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