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.
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.
- AttractionTix have a cheap deal for three of London’s most popular and expensive attractions (save 53%): The London Dungeon, Madame Tussaud’s and the London Aquarium.
- 365 Tickets have bargain tickets for Thorpe Park (closed until 27 March 2020) and Legoland Windsor (save 47%)
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).
- A combined ticket for Hampton Court and the Tower of London is £39.82.This is cheaper than buying tickets seperately for each attraction.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 2 for 1 vouchers for London attractions
- Sightseeing passes
- Top free museums and galleries
- Museum lates: late night opening
Last updated: 10 December 2019