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English Heritage annual passes are they worth it?

One Sunday morning a few years ago we were searching for somewhere to go for the day when my husband came across Porchester Castle in Hampshire so we jumped in the car and headed off there.


When we arrived we paid our entrance fee whilst turning down offers of signing up for the annual membership with English Heritage. We hadn’t even got past the ticket office so I didn’t want to pay for a whole year until I had at least been inside. After politely declining the offer and just paying for the day they said that if we did change our minds before we leave and signed up we would get back what we paid that day off the price of the membership.


Well after an amazing day at Porchester Castle that was it we were hooked before we left we took out the family annual passes. Not only are they good value for money but they also encourage you to get out and explore new places. I always find annual passes are a bit like buffets you want to make sure you get your monies worth but instead of leaving with an uncomfortably full belly you enjoy a great day and leave with knowledge of the past.

The English Heritage put a lot of effort and pride into the upkeep of all their historical buildings and really bring history to life. All of their sites that we have visited are family friendly and were always full of activities to keep the children occupied. They also host events and activities at their sites throughout the year.

There is so much to learn and explore for the whole family that I would recommend a day out to one of the English Heritage sites and if you enjoy yourself it is so worth investing in annual membership.

In one year’s worth of annual passes we visited the following places and I have listed the prices of what we would have paid without the annual passes –

Porchester Castle – £19.80 with gift aid

Stonehenge x 3 – £50.20 x 3 with gift aid

Dover Castle – £55.00 with gift aid

Charles Darwin’s Down House – £34.40 with gift aid

Total we would have paid – £259.80

Annual membership for 2 adults and up to 12 children (the family gate price is only for 3 children) – £99.00


To conclude English Heritage annual membership is so worth it, it will save you money in the long run and it will also encourage you to get out more and explore our nation’s history.

For more information on Membership take a look here at the English Heritage site and take a look at their locations throughout Britain here.


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