Entrance pass to London sights

Aug 8th, 2006, 06:21 PM
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Entrance pass to London sights

Has anyone heard or know of a pass that can be purchased in the States that allows entrance to the typical popular London and/or England tourists sights over the course of several days - kind of like a Disneyworld pass? I am travelling to England in mid September and a coworker thought she had heard of the availability of this type of pass. Thanks!! Joanne
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Aug 8th, 2006, 06:54 PM
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Just a few details:

- Most museums/galleries in London and other UK cities are free

- There is a "London Pass" which isn't all that valuable for most visitors. It is fairly expensive for the benefits.

- The Great British Heritage Pass is a WONDERFUL bargain if you are traveling outside of London. it covers more than 600 major and minor sites all over the country. But the GBHP is not of much use IN London.

So - the short answer: for a mainly London trip, probably no need for any pass. But if you are spending 4 or more days outside of London - then a GBHP is a good idea.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 12:39 AM
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the GB Heritage Pass has recently lost many accounts with many attractions and are no longer accepted there. Places like Windsor Castle cancelled their subscription in February but the GB Heritage brochure still has it, and other cancelled attractions still on it as valid. This is due to the price hikes GB Heritage refused to take on and the fact their brochures are printed oine year in advance.

I'm sure someone will mention the English Heritage or National Trust passes/ membership. Both are the biggest landowners in the country and own a whole plethora of old buildings and country houses across the board, so you'll get free entry in their sites. However this is few and far between in London, and despite there being so many of their properties about, there are even more taht don't belong to them. Get it if you know which properties you want to go to.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 12:56 AM
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there is also something called the London Pass - check their website to find out if they get you into the places you want to go. Their expensive and to make your profit margin you'll have to visit 3 or more if its a 1 day pass (hard to do), less if it covers up to a month. Just remember for a shorter stay, all the major museums and art galleries are free in London - Tate Modern, Tate Britain, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, Natural History Museum - while the rest are expensive - Windsor Castle £13.50, St Pauls Cathedral £8, London Eye £13, Tower of London £14.50, Madame Tussauds £17?.

The Pass will not however get you into Buckingham Palace State Rooms £14 (unless, rumour has it, that you book ahead via their Ticket Sales and Information Office?).

Remember London Pass doesnt get you in 'free', it just means youve paid beforehand. The 'free' bit is if you cover enough attractions in a day to make yourself a profit, which can be exhausting. If I were you Id work out what you want to see on a loose itinerary then work out whether its worth it. London pass also gets you a travelcard thrown in methinks.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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Actually, the GBHP hasn't "lost many accounts with many attractions". It has lost Windsor, the Tower of London and Kensington Palace.

That is what it is less useful in London. But it still has more than 600 covered properties -- including all National Trust and all English Heritage. So while it does cost a bit more than eithet the NT or EH passes, it is generally a better buy because it covers all of those and hundreds more.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 08:33 AM
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It appears now (Sept 25, 2006) that the London Pass is once again good for the Tower of London (and other Historic Royal Palaces sites), Windor, etc. At least that's what the LondonPass.com website indicates....
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Sep 25th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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"Windsor"

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Sep 25th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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KidsToLondon - Those comments were about the GBHP (Great British Heritage Pass) no longer being accepted at the Tower/Windsor/Kens Palace.

The London Pass has always covered them (but at a very high cost).
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Sep 25th, 2006, 09:31 AM
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OK, that makes more sense, now that you mention it!
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Sep 25th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Yes Great British Heritage pass is a pass to hundreds of palaces, stately homes, castles, etc. all over U.K. - not all that useful in London but it does cover St Pauls Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe theatre exhibition (just for these two about a 15 pound value or about $27) and many lesser sights there. Real value is outside of London.

A few visits can make the price a deal. Also go to front of line - no need to queue for tickets. In U.S. i'd recommend BETS (800-441-2387) for their expertise and low mailing fee as opposed to RailEurope, who markets this as well as their agents, like BETS.

There is a web site - Google GreatBritish Heritage Pass and can order online but then have to go to an office in London during opening times to retrieve pass i think - maybe mail but last time i checked prices were a bit more in U.K. as they seemed to add VAT on for purchases there. Have not checked UK prices recently however.
Ones bought in U.S. can be activated at any participating place - after that just show at entrance.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 09:49 AM
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Oh and as opposed to English Heritage passes - yes can buy at any participating sight but English Heritage is not nearly as comprehensive as Great British Heritage pass as only their properties basically are covered; same for National Trust whilst GBHeritage pass covers both properties and many others.
LondonPass can be a good deal but not for most tourists - it covers many things like Tower of London, Windsor Castle and includes boat rides, bike trips, canal trips - if there a long time and doing these things then OK - again BETS sells it as does RailEurope and BritRail USA. Note that many museums in London are free - British Museum, V&A, Tate Galleries, National Gallery, etc.
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