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Merlin logo1-yr Merlin passes £119 for Alton Towers, Legoland etcGet it before prices go up. Unlimited entry to theme parks & more

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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.

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:

  • London Eye, Madame Tussauds (London), London Dungeons and Sea Life London Aquarium: No entry during the month of August, or on bank holidays.
  • London Eye and London Dungeon: No entry from Thu 29 Oct until Sat 31 Oct.
  • London Eye: No entry on Sat 14 Feb.
  • Madame Tussauds (London): No entry from Thu 14 May until Sat 31 May.
  • Thorpe Park: No entry during 'Fright Nights' and other special events.
  • Warwick Castle: Not valid for admission to The Castle Dungeon.
  • Parking not included.
     

None of these restrictions apply to the ‘premium’ Merlin pass, currently £149 (norm £209).

National Rail logo2for1 attractions with National RailBuy train ticket & print vch to save up to £50

Save up to £50
Buy a National Rail ticket and register 'n' print a voucher from Days Out Guide to get 2for1 entry to some top UK attractions, incl Drayton Manor, Madame Tussauds, Legoland, London Zoo (see the full theme park list or the zoo and wildlife list).

You need to print a voucher for the relevant attraction (follow the link above and search for it) AND have a valid rail ticket bought from National Rail on the same day. It's worth doing this even if you’re not travelling by train – a cheap single ticket is available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Thorpe Park is the most expensive at £50 on the gate). 

So just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1. Crucially, your rail ticket must show that you have travelled to one of the stations nearest the attraction. So for Thorpe Park, you need to have a ticket with an end destination of Staines or Chertsey.

The offer's ongoing, but check the voucher for each individual attraction's restrictions, as these vary.
MSE Frederika says:

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.

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Excludes family, advance and web tickets as well as Oyster cards, and tickets and travelcards bought from London Underground. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.

Tesco Clubcard logoUp to 75% off theme parks with Tesco Clubcard*Use at over 200 days out venues and attractions

Mar-Oct
Convert Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Boost tokens* (you'll have to do a manual search for Sea Life, Madame Tussauds, The Dungeons, Longleat and Diggerland) and on some theme parks you get four times the vouchers' face value to use on tickets, eg, £5 in points converts into £20 worth of Boost rewards.

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Where?

Alton Towers
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Chessington
Drayton Manor
Diggerland
Legoland
Lightwater Valley
Longleat
M&Ds
Madame Tussaud's
Oakwood
Sea Life
Thorpe Park
Warwick Castle

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