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Merlin logo2for1 Alton Tws, Legoland etc with £2ish chocsGet one 'free' adult ticket with vch on selected Cadbury packs

20+ attractions

Look for promotional packs of Cadbury chocolates, including Chocolate Orange Minis, Dairy Milk Giant Buttons and Crunchie Rocks (£2ish at most supermarkets, see image below), to get a voucher for 2for1 entry at more than 20 Merlin attractions.

The voucher's valid until 31 Jul 2017 at attractions including Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Alton Towers, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Some dates are excluded at selected attractions, including some in August - see 'more info' below.

Just present the voucher at your chosen attraction when buying one full-price on-the-gate adult ticket (usually up to £55ish) and another person will gain free entry.

How much you'll save

A full-price adult Legoland ticket’s £55.40 on the gate, but £41 if booked online more than a week in advance. While this 2for1’s only valid on the pricier tickets, it’ll still save you £24.60 factoring in the cost of chocolate compared with buying two cheaper tickets without a 2for1 (£53.40 if you’d normally buy on-the-gate tickets).

There’s also the added benefit of not having to commit to your plans seven or more days ahead – allowing you to wait and see what the weather’s like, and simply rock up at the gate with your voucher.

Before using the voucher, you should compare this offer against others to see if there's a better one for you (see all theme park deals).

More info

The participating attractions are Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor, Warwick Castle, Shrek’s Adventure! London, Madame Tussauds London or Blackpool, The London, York, Edinburgh or Blackpool Tower Dungeons, The Blackpool Tower Eye or The Blackpool Tower Circus, Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, Sea Life Bray, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park and Jurassic Skyline, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries in the UK (Birmingham, Great Yarmouth, Loch Lomond, Blackpool, Gweek, London, Oban, Brighton, Manchester, Scarborough and Hunstanton).

The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions so make sure you check before you go. Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. For example, Chessington, Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park are closed in November. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 20-31 Aug at all attractions
  • 9 Oct-6 Nov at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 21-31 Oct at Thorpe Park
  • 29-31 Oct at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon and The London, York and Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 1-31 Dec at Legoland Windsor
  • 25 Dec at all attractions


2017 exclusion dates will be available at the end of the 2016 season. Promotional vouchers don’t guarantee entry into attractions in the event of venue capacity being reached. Voucher can't be used with any other offer or concession, reward or loyalty schemes, pre-purchased/advance tickets, online or call centre bookings, combination tickets, two day passes, annual passes, Q-bot, Fastrack, secondary ticketed events, hotel events, concerts or group bookings. Only one voucher can be used per person and per transaction. See full T&Cs.

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Kids Pass logo£1 for 100-day Kids Pass (norm £25ish)Gets access to 4,500 offers, eg, kids eat free & cheap cinema

Ongoing

Kids Pass members get access to about 4,500 offers, including kids eat free and up to 40% off cinema tickets. If you go via this MSE Blagged Kids Pass* link by 11.59pm on Sun 4 Sep, you can get a 100-day membership for £1 (usually £7.50 per month). After 100 days you'll be automatically enrolled into a year's membership - see how to cancel below. 

What it gets you

Offers run across England, Wales and Scotland (plus a few offers in Northern Ireland) and you only need one Kids Pass per household. Kids Pass told us there's no limit on the number of adults or children, but there may be 'certain restrictions', so you'll need to check each offer individually.

It's a closed group so we can’t share the specifics of most deals - but, we've seen a preview, and decent savings include:

  • Free child meals at 1,276 restaurants, eg, Pizza Hut Delivery, Ask Italian, Strada, Bella Itallia, TGI Fridays, Crown Carveries, Giraffe and Handmade Burger Co (with a paying adult).
  • Up to 40% off cinema tickets, including adult and child tickets at 420 cinemas.
  • Up to 50%ish off theme parks, including adult and child entry.
  • 2for1 bowling at 32 MFA bowling centres.

Let us know what you think of it in the forum, on Twitter or Facebook.

How to use Kids Pass

Once you've signed up for the free trial via the link above, you'll need to download the Kids Pass app* (for Apple or Android only) and sign in using your login details. Search for offers by category, and click 'claim offer' to get any you want to use.

Every offer you claim will be stored as a document, including instructions on how to use it, in the 'my offers' tab. Redemption methods we found include showing your Kids Pass membership (via the app, under the 'membership card' tab) for kids eat free, quoting a code via telephone to book theme park tickets, and following a link to book cinema tickets online.

How to cancel your membership

After 100 days from the point of signing up, you'll automatically be enrolled for a year's membership for £29.99 (usually £75). If you don't want to be automatically enrolled, you'll need to cancel before day 99, but to be on the safe side, cancel as soon as you decide you don’t want the year’s membership – you’ll still have access to all of the offers until the end of your 100-day membership. You can cancel by calling 01612448225 - we tested the cancellation process via phone and it worked fine.

Merlin logo2for1 Alton Tws, Legoland etc with £3ish cerealAdults go 'free' vch on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

32 attractions

Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£4ish at most supermarkets), to get free adult entry via a 'Grown-Ups Go Free' voucher for 32 Merlin attractions.

The voucher's valid until 30 Jun 2017. Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price on-the-gate child or adult ticket (usually up to £52ish) to get the free adult entry, but this could actually work out better than a 2for1 ticket if you’re an adult going with a child as generally child tickets tend to be cheaper than adult ones.

The vouchers can be exchanged for entry on the day at 32 Merlin attractions such as Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Alton Towers, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Some dates are excluded at attractions - see 'more info' below.

How much you’ll save

As this 2for1 is for on-the-gate tickets, you can save a great deal. For example, an adult ticket at Alton Towers is £51.60 on the gate, so even compared with buying a cheaper advance ticket online for £36.12, the voucher saves you £22.80ish factoring in the cereal cost. Before using the voucher, you should compare this offer against others to see if there's a better one for you (see all theme park deals).

You can also book online

To guarantee entry and beat the queues at selected attractions, there's also an option to book your tickets online in advance using unique codes found on Kellogg’s cereal packets (though you’ll still pay the on-the-gate price). Technically, these codes can be combined with the physical vouchers to obtain two free adult tickets with two full-price child tickets purchased - see 'more info' for full details.

More info

Here's a list of Kellogg's products with the voucher. Ensure you take the voucher with you on the day. It can only be used against the gate price, not the discounted online price. The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions so make sure you check before you go. Valid for standard entry tickets only.

Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. For example, Chessington, Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park close in November. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 25-28 Mar and 1-4 Apr 2016 at The London Eye
  • 9 Oct-6 Nov 2016 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 21-31 Oct 2016 at Thorpe Park
  • Every Fri and Mon until Sun 27 Mar, and 29-31 Oct 2016 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • 28-31 Oct 2016 at The London, York and Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 1-31 Dec 2016 at Legoland Windsor
  • 25 Dec 2016 at all attractions


York Dungeon is currently closed due to flooding in late 2015 and there isn't a timescale for when it will reopen.

Promotional vouchers don’t guarantee entry into attractions in the event of venue capacity being reached. Offer can't be used with any other offer or concession, reward or loyalty schemes, pre-purchased/advance tickets, online or call centre bookings, combination tickets, two day passes, annual passes, Q-bot, Fastrack, priority entrance, early ride time, secondary ticketed events, hotel events or group bookings.

Or book online in advance using promo codes on cereal packets

To guarantee entry in advance, you can book tickets online (excludes The Blackpool Tower Circus) at a special Merlin website ahead of your visit. To do this, you need a unique 10 digit code found on promotional packs of Kellogg’s cereal only, either underneath the carton flap or on the base of the box.

This method of redeeming the offer requires you to pay the gate price in advance and print out your tickets. At selected attractions, you can scan these tickets and walk right through the gates, enabling you to beat the queues.

Get a free digital photograph

For a limited time in Tesco stores, special packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 750g will include an additional voucher to claim a free digital photograph at participating venues.

Tesco Clubcard logoUp to 75% off theme parks with Clubcard*Use at 20 theme parks, or over 200 days out venues

Mar-Oct
Convert Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Boost tokens* 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.

Here are some of the places you can visit:

The London Dungeon*
Alton Towers*
Blackpool Pleasure Beach*
Chessington*
Drayton Manor*
Diggerland*
Legoland*
Lightwater Valley*
Legoland Discovery Centre*
Longleat*
Madame Tussaud's London*
Thorpe Park*
Warwick Castle*

For how to fully maximise Clubcard points, see the Loyalty Schemes guide.

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

Save up to £50

If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket from a train station you can get 2for1 entry to over 150 top UK attractions, including SeaLife Centres, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor when you present both at the attraction. 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 for a single or day return ticket, or within the days of travel for a return ticket. 

What if I live near the attraction/am travelling by other means?

It's worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train as a cheap single ticket can be available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Alton Towers is the most expensive at £51.60 on the gate). 

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. See the full T&Cs including which tickets are valid.

MSE Rhiannon says:

Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes retain your ticket (especially if it's a single), so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff at a manned gate to help you through.

More info
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. Excludes Thorpe Park from Mon 26 Oct 2015 until Sun 1 Nov 2015.

Alton Towers logoAlton Towers £36ish early bird tix (norm up to £52ish)Save 30% when you book online five days in advance

Ongoing

If you're going to Alton Towers then you can make significant savings by booking in advance online.

For example, an adult gate ticket (12+ years) is £51.60 if bought on the day or the day before visiting. It’s normally 15% cheaper (£43.86) when booked online one to four days in advance, and 30% less expensive (£36.12) when purchased five days or more in advance.

The same discounts apply to tickets for children (£45.60 on the gate, £38.76 bought one to four days in advance, and £31.92 when purchased five days or more in advance), seniors and families, while larger discounts are available for groups of seven or more. Alton Towers entry is free for kids under the age of four.

It costs a standard £7.50 to upgrade a one-day ticket to a two-day one, but unless you live locally you’ll need to factor in accommodation or travel costs.

Discounted advance tickets purchased online can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer.

Alton Towers logoAlton Towers: MoneySaving tips & tricksIncluding special email offers and boosting loyalty points

Ongoing

There are always ways to save money at Alton Towers, so even if there isn’t a cracking deal out there that works for you, don’t assume you can’t cut your costs further.

Ways to save include:

  • Offers for email subscribers. If you sign up to the Alton Towers email newsletter you'll receive special offers direct to your inbox.

  • Redeem loyalty points. Alton Towers is one of the top places to redeem Nectar points, giving you double the normal value, so 500 points equals £5 to spend. You can also get up to 75% off theme parks by converting Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Boost tokens. See out Loyalty Points Boosting guide.

  • Get an annual pass. If you’re planning multiple visits, you can buy an annual Merlin pass for 12 months' unlimited entry into a range of attractions including Alton Towers. It normally costs £169, or less per person if you're buying for a family, but look out for promotional discounts.

  • Check out similar theme parks. If you’re not committed to visiting Alton Towers, have a look at other Merlin attractions including Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park.

  • Want more? Read our Cheap Theme Parks and Cheap Days Out guides for more MoneySaving tips.

  • Had a problem with Alton Towers? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Alton Towers*.

If you spot any hot deals out there we have missed (we are human after all!), please let us know in the MSE forum, email us at msedeals@moneysavingexpert.com or via MSE Facebook and Twitter @MSE_Deals.

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Merlin logoDiscounted 1-yr Merlin theme parks pass £129Norm £169. Unlimited entry to Legoland, Alton Towers etc

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Until 11.59pm on Thu 30 Jun, you can get an annual 'standard' Merlin pass at the discounted price of £129 per person. After that, it will rise to the normal 2016 price of £169 per person.

The pass gets you unlimited visits to 32 attractions including Legoland, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and the Blackpool Tower. 

Given you could also go to many attractions using a 2for1 voucher (see our Theme Parks guide), you need to make about six theme park visits during the year to make it worth buying an annual pass. Legoland 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. See 'more info' below as a few exclusions apply, so check before buying.

If you're buying passes for between three and five people (max three over-12s), you can get them at the reduced 'standard family' rate of £109 per person, going up to £129 on Thu 30 Jun. You don't technically need to be family, or even visit together, so adults can team up to get the cheaper rate.

How do I get one?

Buy online at Merlin or call 0844 4774 444 (13p/min from landlines plus your access charge, so better to buy online if you can). Depending on the attraction, passes can either be posted out (allow 3-5 working days for distribution) or collected from the box office within six months of purchase. They'll be valid for one year from the date they're posted to you or from the date you collect them.

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+ will need their own pass at most Merlin attractions, although the age at which Merlin charges varies depending on the attraction (see number 32 in the full Merlin annual pass T&Cs). There's no difference in price for children's and adults' annual passes.

The following restrictions apply to the 'standard' Merlin annual pass, but not to the 'premium' pass, which currently costs £159 (rising to £209):

  • Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, Sea Life London aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeon: no entry during the whole of August
  • Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, Sea Life London aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeon: no entry on UK bank holidays 1 Jan, 25 Mar, 28 Mar, 2 May, 30 May, 29 Aug, 26 Dec, 27 Dec
  • London Eye: no entry 14 Feb
  • London Dungeon: no entry 28-29 Oct
  • Secondary attractions at Warwick Castle will be subject to additional charges
  • Parking not included

 

'Standard' and 'premium' Merlin annual passes are subject to additional charges including entrance fees and/or booking fees for concerts, themed and special events, Christmas event openings, Blackpool Tower circus, secondary attractions at Alton Towers, Chessington and Thorpe Park, any other event as determined by Merlin.

 

Alton Towers logo2x 'free' Alton Towers tix with £6ish spendCollect 10 codes from paper, enter first by Wed 30 Mar

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MSE Update 1pm Tue 12 Apr: You can no longer collect codes, but we've kept this info here to help you if you're applying.

Collect 10 unique codes printed on the back page of The Sun (50p weekdays, or 70p on Saturdays), and The Sun on Sunday (£1) from Sat 19 Mar until Fri 8 Apr to get two 'free' adult tickets to Alton Towers, though the offer won't be available in editions published in Northern Ireland. The Sun has 180,000 pairs of tickets to give away, spread across valid dates from Apr 2016-Jan 2017 – full list in ‘more info’ below.

How do you get them?

  • You need to sign up to 'Sun Perks' (free loyalty club) if you’re not already a member.
  • You need to enter all your codes online by Fri 22 Apr, but your first code must be entered by Wed 30 Mar.
  • The first code gets you five bonus codes (so you start with six in total), and once you reach 15 you can click on the offer via your 'Sun Perks' account to book tickets online.
  • First chance to book is Mon 28 Mar. It's first come, first served to get the dates you want, so you should apply as soon as you get to the 15th code.
  • Online applications are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

Including the cost of buying the newspapers and paying the booking fee, you're looking at a total minimum spend of £6.50. As adult tickets at Alton Towers are £51.60 on the gate, this could save you up to £96.70, although you can get tickets for much cheaper than the full cost by using a voucher or booking in advance (see all theme park deals). 

Apply by post with tokens if you can't online

You can also get this deal by collecting tokens inside the paper and applying by post. However, this way you can't choose an exact date for your tickets. You'll have to choose five date bands from a list of seven on your application and you'll be given your one-day tickets on a specific date within one of these bands (subject to availability).

This way is ever so slightly cheaper compared to the online way, as your total spend is £6.26 if you get 50p papers and use two first-class stamps for £1.26. See 'more info' below for the full details.

Existing 'Sun Perks Premium' members can get it without collecting

If you're already a 'Sun Perks Premium' member (meaning you've collected and entered 15 daily newspaper codes online) when booking goes live, there's no need for you to collect any additional codes.

More info

You'll receive your tickets within 28 days - although tickets for band A dates will be sent out as a priority (see below).

One application per household. Watch out, as if you send multiple applications from the same household they’ll all be void. Additional visitors accompanying offer ticket holders must pay full price and the tokens can't be used with any other offer.

Subject to availability. If your tickets or application get lost in the post, The Sun and Alton Towers are not liable.

Postal applications

To apply this way you need to collect 10 differently-numbered tokens printed among the news pages of the paper (not codes printed on the back page).

To get the application form, you must buy the paper on Thu 24 Mar (it will also be printed on other dates across the campaign, but these have yet to be confirmed) or download it online to print out. The last date you can start collecting the tokens is Wed 30 Mar.

Once your application form is complete, send it in with your tokens and a first class stamped self-addressed envelope (15cm x 8cm) by Fri 22 Apr to the address given on the form.

You must write five of these seven available date bands in order of preference on the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the envelope you send your application in (not your stamped-addressed envelope) when you apply. The dates bands are:

A

18/04/2016

16/05/2016

B

19/05/2016

11/06/2016

C

12/06/2016

05/07/2016

D

06/07/2016

31/07/2016

E

01/08/2016

25/08/2016

F

26/08/2016

26/09/2016

G

29/09/2016

31/01/2017

 

You’ll then be allocated a specific date on which you can use the tickets, and this is unchangeable. If all your choices are unavailable, you’ll be contacted with an alternative. Applications that do not have the five bands indicated in order of preference will be processed last.

Kids Pass logoFREE one-month Kids Pass (norm £7.50)*Gets access to 3,700 offers, eg, kids eat free & cheap cinema

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Kids Pass members get access to about 3,700 offers, including kids eat free and up to 40% off cinema tickets. You can't see specific deals before you sign up and we haven't featured it before, so we've blagged a free month trial (usually £7.50) that won't auto-enrol you afterwards - meaning you can try it for free, with no strings attached.

Simply go via this MSE Blagged Kids Pass* link by 11.59pm on Thu 31 Mar to get a free month's membership (you'll then need to download the app for Apple or Android only, see below). Let us know what you think of it in the forum, on Twitter or Facebook.

What it gets you

Offers run across England, Wales and Scotland (plus a few offers in Northern Ireland) and you only need one Kids Pass per household. Kids Pass told us there's no limit on the number of adults or children, but there may be 'certain restrictions', so you'll need to check each offer individually.

It's a closed group so we can’t share the specifics of most deals - but, we've seen a preview, and decent savings include:

  • Free child meals at 1,300 restaurants, eg, Brewers Fayre, Strada, Giraffe, Papa Johns and Handmade Burger Co (with a paying adult)
  • Up to 40% off cinema tickets, including adult and child tickets at 420 cinemas
  • Up to 50%ish off theme parks, including adult and child entry
  • 2for1 bowling at 32 MFA bowling centres

How to use Kids Pass

Once you've signed up for the free trial via the link above, you'll need to download the Kids Pass app (for Apple or Android only) and sign in using your login details. Search for offers by category, and click 'claim offer' to get any you want to use.

Every offer you claim will be stored as a document, including instructions on how to use it, in the 'my offers' tab. Redemption methods we found include showing your Kids Pass membership (via the app, under the 'membership card' tab) for kids eat free, quoting a code via telephone to book theme park tickets, and following a link to book cinema tickets online.

Extend your membership after free trial for £1 for two months

If you want to extend your membership, it's £1 for two months after your free month’s trial, then £29.99 for a year (usually £75). Important: If you don't want to be automatically enrolled for a year's membership, you'll need to cancel in the second month, before the £29.99 direct debit comes out. You can cancel by emailing membership@kidspass.co.uk or by calling 01612448225.

Merlin logo1-yr Merlin pass for theme parks £119Price rises to £169 in Feb. Unlimited entry to Alton Towers etc

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Until 11.59pm on Mon 15 Feb, you can get an annual 'standard' Merlin pass at the discounted price of £119 per person. After that, it will rise to the normal 2016 price of £169 per person. The pass gets you unlimited visits to 32 attractions including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, London Eye and the Blackpool Tower. 

Given you could also go to many attractions using a 2for1 voucher (see our Theme Parks guide), you need to make about six theme park visits during the year to make it worth buying an annual pass. 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. See 'more info' below as a few exclusions apply, so check before buying.

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, going up to £129 on Mon 15 Feb. You don't technically need to be family, or even visit together, so adults can team up to get the cheaper rate.

How do I get one?

Buy online at Merlin or call 0844 4774 444 (13p/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 of issue.

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, but not to the 'premium' pass, which currently costs £149 (rising to £209):

  • Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, Sea Life London aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeon: no entry during the whole of August
  • Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, Sea Life London aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeon: no entry on UK bank holidays 1 Jan, 25 Mar, 2 May, 30 May, 29 Aug, 26 Dec, 27 Dec
  • London Eye: no entry 14 Feb
  • London Dungeon: no entry 28-29 Oct
  • Warwick Castle: secondary attractions including the castle dungeon will be subject to additional charges
  • Thorpe Park: secondary attractions including Fright Nights will be subject to additional charges
  • Parking not included

Kellogg's logo2for1 Alton Towers, Sea Life & more with £3ish cereal'Adults go free' voucher on selected Kellogg's cereals and snacks

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Look for promotional packs of Kellogg's cereal and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2015), to get a "Grown-Ups Go Free" voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions.

Effectively this is a 2for1, as you must buy a full-price child or adult ticket to get the free adult entry. It's 'grrreat!' as you can get it now and go any time over the summer.

This could actually work out better than a 2for1 ticket if you’re an adult going with a child as generally, children’s tickets tend to be cheaper than adult tickets.

The vouchers can be exchanged for entry on the day at 28 Merlin attractions, such as Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries and Madame Tussauds, until 30 Jun 2016. Some dates are excluded at attractions, see 'more info' below.

Check online prices first

As this 2for1 is for on-the-gate tickets (usually up to £50 a ticket), it's always worth checking online before you use the voucher as these can be much cheaper than the gate and there are sometimes online offers.

We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices. For example, a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate and £24.99 in advance online – so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults. If you then factor in the price of the cereal, you're actually making a £3ish loss with the voucher.

However, there are other attractions where you can save a great deal. For example, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £50.40 but £37.80 seven days in advance online normally, so the voucher saves £22.20ish factoring in the cereal cost.  

Also make sure there are no other deals on, as attractions have offers all year round. 

Important: Make sure the expiry on the voucher matches 30 Jun 2016. This deal runs annually so there is a chance you could get a cereal with a voucher from last year’s promotion. 

More info

Voucher and details are on packs available in most supermarkets till 30 Jun 2015 - subject to availability. Here's a list of Kellogg's products with the voucher. Ensure you take the voucher with you on the day. It can only be used against the gate price, not the discounted online price.

The age classification for an adult ticket varies between attractions so make sure you check before you go. Valid for standard entry tickets only and one voucher per person, per transaction. 

Also check the venue's individual opening dates as some are closed at certain times of the year. 

Excludes the upcoming Shrek's Adventure attraction and any secondary attractions including the Castle Dungeon at Warwick Castle. There are also some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 9 Oct –1 Nov 2015 at The Blackpool Tower Attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye is subject to weather conditions)
  • 23–31 Oct 2015 at Thorpe Park
  • 1-31 Aug 2015 & 29–31 Oct 2015 at The London Dungeon
  • 30–31 Oct 2015 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • 31 Oct–1 Nov 2015 at the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • 11–31 May 2015 at Madame Tussauds London
  • 30 Oct–2 Nov 2015 at The York Dungeon
  • 25 Dec 2015 at all attractions
  • When there are special events on (e.g. Lates at The Dungeons and Legoland Windsor Christmas events), hotel events or concerts at all attractions


2016 exclusion dates will be available from the end of 2015 on the Kellogg's website. 

Offer can't be used with: 

  • Any other offer or concession
  • Reward or loyalty scheme
  • Pre-purchased/advance tickets
  • Online or call centre ticket bookings (except the London Dungeon which you can pre-book online via this Kellogg's London Dungeon link, but you must still bring your voucher with you on the day along with your pre-booked ticket)
  • Combination tickets, 2 Day Pass, Annual Pass, Q-bot, Fastrack or priority entrance, Early Ride Time, or rail inclusive tickets
  • Event or concert tickets
  • Group bookings


Children must always be accompanied by an adult, check the attraction's website for more details.

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