What is Great British Heritage Pass?
The Great British Heritage Pass is a must for your Britain Visit! Britain boasts some of the richest history in the world, the abundance of magnificent, olde world properties throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are testament to this. With the Great British Heritage Pass you can visit them all – just buy an affordable one-off pass, and you will be granted free entry to over 580 UK heritage properties.
How you benefit from the Great British Heritage Pass?
Exclusive benefits of the Great British Heritage Pass include queue jumping at busy tourist attractions, a free map and guidebook, free entry at 580 heritage properties and almost £3,000 worth of value for as little as £2.25 per day – it doesn’t get much better value than that!
The Great British Heritage Pass offers free entry to more than 580 of Great Britain’s most popular heritage sights, including properties under the care of National Trust, English Heritage, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, and Cadw.
You don’t need to visit all of the attractions included on the pass in order to save money. In fact, visit just three properties and you’ve already started saving!
For example, with a 4-day tour, assume you will visit the following 4 attractions:
Day 1 [Dover Castle & Secret Wartime Tunnels] (Normal Adult Entry Cost – £13.90) Day 2 [Leeds Castle] (Normal Adult Entry Cost – £17.50) Day 3 [St Paul’s Cathedral] (Normal Adult Entry Cost – £12.50) Day 4 [Roman Baths & Pump Room] (Normal Adult Entry Cost- £11.50)
What you would normally pay is £55.40. The cost of the 4-Day Great British Heritage Pass is only £45.00. Therefore, you can save £10.40 by using the Great British Heritage Pass. If you visit more attractions, you save more.
Save Time – Skipping the Queue
As well as free entry, the Great British Heritage Pass allows you to skip long and frustrating queues at the busiest tourist properties, including Blenheim Palace, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and many more properties. Simply show the attendant your Great British Heritage Pass and you will be allowed entrance.
How it work?
The Great British Heritage Pass was established over 30 years ago by VisitBritain (formerly known as the British Tourist Authority). It is run by the Leisure Pass Group – a tourism specialist in creating and managing city smart card systems for sightseeing passes.
Now in its 33rd year, the Great British Heritage Pass offers free entry to more than 580 of Great Britain’s most popular heritage sights. Smart card technology means pass holders can enjoy completely cashless entry to included properties – once you’ve bought your Great British Heritage Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass. Your can check the full list of the properties and tourist attractions covered by the pass in the Great British Heritage Pass Website
The Great British Heritage Pass offers free entry to properties covered by the National Trust, English Heritage, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, and Cadw, plus many more. It was created over 30 years ago by VisitBritain, and is available exclusively to the overseas international visitor.
For the first time in 2007, the Great British Heritage Pass will also be available as a convenient Family Pass. Families of two adults and up to three children, ages 5 to 15, will be able to enjoy the best of Britain’s heritage using only one pass to enter over 580 properties around the UK.
Activating the Great British Heritage Pass
The smart card technology used by the Great British Heritage Pass includes a computer chip within the card itself. This chip records when and where you first use your pass, as well as how long the pass will remain valid for. What this means is that regardless of what start date you supply when you purchase the pass, your Great British Heritage Pass is activated the moment that you first use it, at the first property that you visit.
Your Great British Heritage Pass is then valid for the number of days that you purchased – be it 4, 7, 15, or 30 days. It is important to note that a ‘day’ is based on a calendar day, so should you use your pass at 4 pm on Monday, Monday is counted as day one of your pass usage.
How much does the Great British Heritage Pass cost?
Adult Passes [normal price] 4 day pass – £45.00 7 day pass – £65.00 15 day pass – £85.00 30 day pass – £115.00
Family Passes (Entry for 2 adults & 3 children under 15yrs) [normal price] 4 day pass – £99.00 7 day pass – £143.00 15 day pass – £187.00 30 day pass – £253.00
Discount price may be offered in some special promotion period.
Where to buy?
The Great British Heritage Pass is only available for online purchase since 2005. You can buy the pass in the Great British Heritage Pass Website.
How to buy?
The process of purchase is quite convenience and easy!
Step 1 – Access the Great British Heritage Pass Website. Click the “Price” or the “BUY NOW SECURELY” or the “CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW” button to start the purchase process.
Step 2 – Choose the 4, 7, 15, or 30 day pass from the Adult or Family Pass options, and select the quantity you need. Then, click the “ADD TO BASKET” button to begin your purchase.
Step 3 – Check your order and confirm a few more details before proceeding to delivery and payment information. In this step, your mush  select the quantity of free guidebook(s) and map(s) you want to get.  select the delivery type (see Note 1 below)  estimate the date you wish to start using the Heritage Pass (you are not required to stick to this date as the pass is activated on first use).  Decide whether to purchase the insurance. The purchase order has been insured for a charge of 2.5% of your total order value. The policy covers you for non-use of your Great British Heritage Pass. If you do not wish to purchase insurance, uncheck the checkbox.  Tick this box to confirm that you are an international visitor and that you agree to the terms and conditions.  Type the promo code if you got one. Then, click the “Next step >” button to next step.
Note 1: Delivery Options
Both shipping to your home and collection in Britain are available for your Great British Heritage Pass purchase.
If you select to collect your Great British Heritage Pass in Britain, you may collect them from one of the following locations, where you will need to exchange your e-voucher for your pass: Dover, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Oxford, Warwick and York. Your can check the full list of opening times and addresses in the Great British Heritage Pass Website.
Step 4 – Complete your personal details, including:  Your name (only one name is required)  Your email address  Your billing address  Your telephone number Then, click the “Next step >” button to next step.
Step 5 – Make payment. Your must complete your credit or debit card details, including Cardholder Name,Card Type, Card Type, Card Number, Expiry Date, Security Number. You can hover over any of the [?]symbols beside each field for more information and help. Then, click the “Next step >” button to finish the purchase. Be patient while the system process your payment. This may take a few moments and once complete, your order confirmation will be shown.
This article was originally published in “Dilbert’s Travel Blog“