Throughout the UK, the vast majority of properties, gardens and areas with any historic or natural value are protected and either owned or run by 1 of 4 charities. The National Trust run many of our stately homes and gardens. Many properties and ruins (including castles, forts, walls, monasteries, monuments and stone circles) are run by English Heritage in England, Historic Scotland in Scotland and Cadw in Wales.
Depending on the places you plan to visit during your time in Great Britain, it is likely to be worth spending the extra money on special overseas visitor passes. Which pass depends on where you plan to visit! We have a small guide below and can include these passes as part of your Great British Trip package so you don't need to think about it again. The passes will gain you free entry into attractions and normally pay for themselves with 2-3 visits. We guarantee that buying the passes from us will cost you no more money than buying them direct (in fact it may well cost less!) and it simply means it saves you the hassle!
National Trust Pass
The National Trust have over 350 properties, stately homes and castles throughout the UK and now offer a 7 or 14 day touring pass to overseas visitors. This pass is only available from selected agents and must be purchased before your visit to the UK. National Trust properties include Lyme Park, Tintagel Castle, Bodiam Castle, Lindisfarne Castle
and it enables lots of free parking at free to visit National Trust properties.
For more information on National
Trust properties go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Cadw Wales Explorer Pass
Cadw is the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government. 'Cadw' (pronounced cad-oo) is a Welsh word meaning 'to keep'. Cadw look after the majority of significant historic sites in Wales including historic buildings, ancient monuments, historic parks, gardens and landscapes, and underwater archaeology. All of the castles found on Wales 'Castles
' page are Cadw run as well as Castell Coch
, Caerphilly Castle
and St David's Bishops Palace
. It's a must for any history lover visiting Wales.
For more information on Cadw properties go to
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
The Historic Scotland Explorer pass represents excellent value for money if you're visiting Scotland. Historic Scotland look after over 300 properties throughout Scotland and these include Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle. It's flexible passes means that a 7 day pass can be used over 14 days (7 of the 14 days!).
For more information on Historic Scotland properties
go to www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Historic Royal Palaces Pass
London is packed with Historic Royal Palaces and this pass will allow you to enjoy them all at your leisure. The Palaces include the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. Your pass is valid for 2 years so even if you don't make it to all of them on this trip there's always next year!
For more information on Historic Royal Palaces visit www.hrp.org.uk
The London Pass is a special pass which is paricularly suitable for those people who are planning to spend a lot of time in London. The pass will gain you free entry to your choice of over 55 Attractions
– including the Tower of London
, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle
, a Thames River cruise
, London Bridge Experience
and many more. This pass represents a fantastic deal for those visiting London. If you would like to include a pass while you're in London, click below (and remember to add London to your itinerary destinations!)
The Hudson Pass
The Hudson Pass is great to use when traveling within England. The pass gives free entry to almost 200 top attractions including some iconic heritage sites and hidden gems across England, including: The Eden Project, Bath Roman Baths, Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Historic Dockyard
and many more. You also receive a free 100 page Handbook telling you about the different attractions, opening times and facilities as well as location maps. We can provide you with different duration passes depending on your length of stay in England, including, 3, 7, 14 and 28 day options.