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Discount Tickets to Attractions

Using the 2 for 1 vouchers you get with a train ticket to London or weekly ‘paper’ Travelcard is the best way to save money on attraction entrance fees in London.

If you don’t want to do the 2 for 1 deal or if you’re visiting London on your own, it’s possible to buy cheaper tickets or find discount vouchers for London’s major attractions.

Discount vouchers

The Smartsave website has discount vouchers for stadium tours and smaller museums. Get 20% off the standard admission for up to six people at:

  • ArcelorMittal Orbit
  • Benjamin Franklin House
  • Cartoon Museum
  • Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Chelsea Stadium Tours
  • Design Museum
  • Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Handel & Hendrix in London
  • Golden Hinde II
  • Household Cavalry Museum
  • KidZania London
  • London Wetland Centre
  • London Stadium Tour
  • Oval Stadium Tour
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Tour
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Twickenham Stadium Tour
  • Wembley Stadium Tour
  • WWT London Wetland Centre

Just show the voucher at the ticket office when you pay.

Buy tickets online

Some of London’s main attractions sell cheaper tickets if you book online.

In some cases it is even cheaper to buy discounted tickets from a 3rd party ticket sellers like AttractionTix, 365 Tickets or Discount London.

If you to want to visit several major attractions, take a look at the ‘Combo’ tickets from 365 Tickets. These are heavily discounted tickets for two attractions. (Click on one attraction you want to visit, then scroll down to see the offers).

For example:

Another money-saving alternative is the Merlin Pass. This is an annual pass for some of the UK’s top attractions including Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Legoland.

Family Tickets

Most tourist attractions offer cheaper tickets for families. These are usually cheaper than buying separate adult and child tickets. In some cases it’s cheaper than doing the 2 for 1 voucher offer, especially if you book online. London Zoo family tickets are only available if you book online.

Attraction passes

If you plan to visit a lot tourist attractions, it might be worth buying a sightseeing pass. See our guide to the main passes.

Discounted admission at certain times

Westminster Abbey Lates

Visit Westminster Abbey on a Wednesday between 4.30pm and 7pm (last admission 6pm) and entry is £11 adults, £5 child (6-16). It’s usually £20 adult and £9 child.

This is a self-guided visit. There are no verger tours or multimedia guides available. You are given a basic map with the highlights which has enough information for visitors who only want to see inside. If you want a more detailed guide you can buy one from the Westminster Abbey shop, outside the Abbey.

Check the abbey is open before visiting. If there’s a special service, it won’t be open.

Open House

During Open House weekend on 19 & 20 September 2020, many historic houses and specialist museums that usually charge an admission fee are free to visit.

Buy one ticket for unlimited entry for a year

The following attractions let you visit as many times as you like within one year when you buy a ticket directly from them.

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • London Transport Museum
  • Royal Collection Trust properties including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace Mews and the Queen’s Gallery

Reciprocal agreements

If you’re a member of a heritage organisation outside the UK, your membership may entitle you to visit certain attractions for free. The National Trust offer free entry to members of similar organisations in 14 other countries.

Voluntary donations/Gift Aid

You might notice that some museums and attractions, mainly those run by charitable trusts, ask for a voluntary donation on top of their admission fee. This is extremely beneficial to the attraction – it means they can claim a larger tax refund.

If paying an extra 10% or so on the standard entrance fee doesn’t make a difference to you, then that’s fine. If you’re strapped for cash, you don’t have to pay it.

If you’re not a UK taxpayer, you don’t have to pay it at all (but you can if you want!).

If you don’t want to appear mean, just say you’re not a UK taxpayer.

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Last updated: 10 December 2019