Great British Heritage Pass

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The Great British Heritage Pass has been around for 33 years and offers free entry to more than 480 heritage sites in Great Britain, like Chatsworth, Stonehenge, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and more. It’s a great idea for cultural tourists and those who have transportation to get to all of the sites, as public transportation is not always convenient for some of the more rural sites.

The pass is available for 4, 7, 15, or 30 days, so you can take your time. The card is activated the first time you use it, and that counts as your first day. So if you activate it at 4pm, that counts as an entire day—best to save your first activation for a full day of sightseeing, especially if you get the 4-day pass.

There’s a range of properties available to Great British Heritage Pass holders, including those managed by National Trust, English Heritage, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, and Cadw.

The website organizes all of the participating properties by region, so it’s easy to plan a trip and choose the right pass. Regions are England’s North Country, London and Southeast England, East Midlands, Heart of England, East of England, South West England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Top Included Great Britain Attractions

Roman Baths
Warwick Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Shakespeare’s Birthplace

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

What’s Good?

The sheer number of included properties is the Great Britain Heritage Pass’s greatest strength. Of course it would be impossible to see every property even with the 30-day pass, but the passes work out to £10 per day for a 4-day pass and £3.50 per day with the 30-day pass, so visiting just one site per day is usually enough to get value from the card.

The Great British Heritage Pass offers a family pass option, which is good for 2 adults and up to 3 children between 5 and 15 years old. This way not everyone has to have a separate pass.

An interactive map on the pass’s website helps you plan and route your trip.

What Could get better?

Many of the properties are only open from April through October, and many of the smaller properties have limited opening days and hours. Call ahead to confirm.

Some reviewers have found that addresses listed in the guidebook don’t take you to the main entrance, but rather to side entrances with no public access, so be careful when following a GPS.

The pass does not cover parking at properties where there is a fee.

Get Your Money’s Worth

If your travel will include, for example, a few days in London, a few days in Yorkshire, and a few days in Scotland with plans for other activities and sightseeing in between, it may make more sense to purchase multiple passes for shorter days than a 15 or 30 day pass.

Insider Tips

The pass is only available for international travelers, not residents of Great Britain. You’ll be required to show the passports for everyone purchasing tickets if you’re picking them up in Great Britain.

The Great Britain Heritage Pass is activated at the first attraction you visit, and that counts as your first full day of use—even if you activate the card at 4pm. You’ll get the most for your money by visiting your first attraction in the morning of your first full day of sightseeing.

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Where to Buy It

The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to Great Britain but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the website. The Official Site