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Until Sun 8 Feb, you can get annual Merlin passes for £119 per person. After that, prices will be going up to £169 per person. The pass gets you unlimited visits to attractions including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and the Blackpool Tower.
Factoring in the regular 2for1 vouchers available (see our Theme Parks guide), you need to make about six theme park visits during the year to make it worth paying so much upfront. Alton Towers for two people costs £50ish with 2for1 tickets. However, if theme parks aren't your thing, you'd need to visit cheaper attractions such as Sea Life Centres (tickets £20-25ish) more regularly to make it work out cheaper than buying tickets separately.
If you’re buying passes for between three and five people (max three over-12s), you can get them at the reduced 'family' rate of £99 each in the sale (norm £129). You don't technically need to be family, or even visit together, so adults can team up to get the cheaper rate. See 'more info' for details - a few exclusions apply, so check before buying.
How do I get one?
Buy online at Merlin or call 0844 4774 444 (10p/min from landlines, so better to buy online if you can). Passes can either be posted out or collected from the box office at one of the attractions within six months of purchase. They’ll be valid for exactly one year from the date they’re printed.
Alternatively, if you've got Tesco points, you can buy an annual pass for £50 in Clubcard Boost vouchers. See our Tesco Clubcard Boost page for more info.
To get the group discount select the 'family' rate, which is for groups of three to five purchasing together. A maximum of three adults (which Merlin defines as anyone aged 12+) can get passes at the discounted rate. Children aged 3+ (or measuring above 90cm tall) will need their own Merlin annual pass to gain entry. There's no difference in price for children's and adults' annual passes.
The following restrictions apply to the ‘standard’ Merlin annual pass:
None of these restrictions apply to the ‘premium’ Merlin pass, currently £149 (norm £209).
Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes gobble up your ticket, so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff to help you through.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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