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Chessington Zoo logoChessington £27 early bird tickets (norm £47)When you book online 5+ days in advance. Includes zoo

Ongoing

Book online for Chessington World of Adventures at least five days in advance, and you can get tickets for £27 (usually £47 adult/£43 child on the day). These tickets will get you access to the whole park, including the zoo.

If you book between one and four days ahead of your visit you can still get discounted tickets for £32 per person. Children under 0.9 metres get in for free.

You can print the tickets at home, or collect at the park for free. 

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 (Thorpe Park is the most expensive at £50 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.

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

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*
Oakwood*
Thorpe Park*
Warwick Castle*

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

Expired Deals

Merlin logo2for1 to 13 attractions with £3-£4ish kids magFree child ticket with full-paying adult. Incl Sea Life & Legoland

Expired

If you purchase a promotional pre-school, pre-teen or teen magazine, including CBeebies, Girl Talk, Match of the Day and Top of the Pops (see ‘more info’ below for all titles included), you can get a ‘Kids go free’ voucher for one of 13 UK theme parks and attractions, valid with a full-priced adult gate ticket.

The magazines are £3-£4ish at major supermarkets and independent retailers and the last promotional magazine will be published on Wed 26 Aug and will be on sale until the first week in September.

Each magazine will include one voucher that can be exchanged for entry on the day to one attraction, including Sea Life, Legoland, Thorpe Park and Ripley’s Believe it or Not (see ‘more info’ for full list of attractions). Check the pre-school schedule and pre-teen and teen schedule to see which vouchers will be in each promotional magazine. The voucher will be advertised on the front of each promotional magazine (see front cover of promotional Match of the Day magazine below).

The end dates will be printed on each voucher and will vary depending on the attraction and magazine. If there are dates excluded, these will also be stated in the terms and conditions on the voucher.

Check online prices first

Since this ‘free’ child ticket is only valid with an adult gate ticket (usually up to £50), it's always worth checking online before you use it. Online tickets can be much cheaper than on the gate, plus there are sometimes online offers.

Kellogg's is currently running a 2for1 promotion on selected cereal boxes and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2016), offering a 'Grown-Ups Go Free' voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions with the purchase of a child's ticket.

We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices, eg, 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 (child tickets are not available online). If you then factor in the price of the magazine, you're actually making a £3-£4ish loss with the voucher.

However, there are other attractions where you can save quite a bit, eg, an adult and child ticket for Legoland Windsor Resort would cost £70.65 online (£36.90 adult ticket plus £33.75 child ticket) compared to £53ish using the voucher at the gate (£49.20 adult ticket plus £3-£4ish magazine).  

More info

All attractions included:

Sea Life, Legoland Windsor Resort, Legoland Discovery Centre, Thorpe Park, The Dungeons, Chessington World of Adventures, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Colchester Zoo, Warwick Castle, Horrible Histories, MCFC, Chelsea Football Club and Newcastle United.

Pre-school magazines included:

BBC Toybox, Bob the Builder, CBeebies Magazine, CBeebies Art, CBeebies Special, In the Night Garden, Mike the Knight, Mister Maker, Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, BBC Something Special, BBC Swashbuckle and The Furchester Hotel.

Pre-teen and teen magazines included:

Dreamworks, Girl Talk, Girl Talk Art, Horrible Histories, Lego Friends, Lego Chima, Lego Ninjago, Match of the Day, Mega, Skylanders and Top of the Pops.

 

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

Expired

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.

Merlin logo2for1 theme park tix with 40p-70p papersMust buy adult ticket. Incl Alton Towers, Thorpe Park & Chessington

Expired

Buy The Sun, The Sun on Sunday or The Scottish Sun (40p weekdays, 60p Sat, 70p Sun) between Sat 11 and Fri 17 Oct and get a 2for1 voucher every day for 24 Merlin attractions, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Sea Life centres and The Dungeons.

Each voucher gets one adult or child free ticket when one full-price gate adult ticket is bought. It's good, as you can get it now and go any time till the end of the year or until the attraction closes for the 2014 season. Some dates are excluded, see 'more info' below.

Check online prices first

Buying tickets online in advance can be much cheaper than the gate price – sometimes just over half the price. So if there’s an odd number of people in your party, buying this way will often beat buying at the gate with the 2for1. So if you’re planning a trip, check online first.  

For example, an adult Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate but costs from £25.99 if you book 2+ days in advance online - so the voucher only saves around £1 for two adults.

On the other hand, an adult gate ticket at Alton Towers is £49.20 but £36.90 seven days in advance online, so voucher saves around £24 for two adults. 

See the T&Cs for a full list of attractions

More info

The offer's not available in Northern Ireland. 

Ensure you take the voucher with you on the day. It can only be used against the on-the-day price, not the discounted online price. Valid for standard entry tickets only. Children must always be accompanied by an adult, check the attraction's website for more details. 

The T&Cs say one voucher per person and per transaction, so if you’re a big group, you may have to pay separately.

The voucher's valid till 31 Dec 2014, apart from the following as they close earlier: Thorpe Park, Chessington and Legoland Windsor (till Mon 3 Nov) and Alton Towers (till Fri 7 Nov). Be aware, the opening times of the individual attractions may still vary, so always check. 

There are some extra excluded dates listed below:

  • 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 at Thorpe Park
  • 29-31 Oct 2014 at London Dungeons
  • 30 Oct-1 Nov 2014 at The Blackpool Tower Dungeons
  • 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 at York Dungeons
  • 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 at Edinburgh Dungeons
  • 8-9 Nov 2014 at Alton Towers
  • 25 Dec 2014 at all attractions
  • any special events, hotel events and concerts at all attractions


Plus, Sea Life Hunstanton is closed until Thu 16 Oct.

Offer can't be used with: 

  • any other offer or concession 
  • reward or loyalty scheme
  • pre-purchased, advance tickets, call centre or online ticket bookings (apart from London Dungeons where you also have the option to book online - see below)
  • combination tickets, 2 Day Pass, Annual Pass, Q-bot, Fastrack, priority entrance, Early Ride Time or rail inclusive tickets
  • secondary attractions, events or concerts
  • group bookings


The London Dungeons

This is the only attraction you can choose to pre-book online. Just go via this London Dungeons link, enter your code and follow the instructions. Make sure you bring the The Sun voucher, as well as your pre-booked ticket with you on the day.

Chessington Zoo logoChessington Zoo (& theme park) 2for1 with National RailBuy a cheap single rail ticket to get 2for1 entry

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Buy a National Rail ticket, register via Chessington Days Out Guide site and print vouchers. You need to print a voucher AND have a valid rail ticket with Chessington South as the final destination, 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. So just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1.

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.
More info
Excludes family, advance and website tickets. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.

Merlin logo2for1 theme park tix with 40p-70p papersIncl Alton Towers, Thorpe Park & Chessington World of Adventures

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Buy The Sun or The Scottish Sun (40p weekdays, 60p Sat, 70p Sun) between Sat 12 and Fri 18 Oct and get a 2for1 voucher every day for most Merlin attractions, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, selected SeaLife Centres and Madame Tussauds. The offer's not available in Northern Ireland.

You must buy a full-price adult ticket to get the 2for1 entry and you could save as much as £46.40 (factoring in the cost of the paper) if you visit Alton Towers, which has the most expensive on-the-gate price.

This offer excludes Wed 25 Dec at all attractions and any special events, hotel events/concerts at all attractions. Vouchers are valid till Tue 31 Dec unless there's a different end date given below, so it's best to call the attraction ahead of your visit. See 'more info' for a full list of attractions and exclusion dates.
MSE Paloma says:

It's worth grabbing the 2for1 vouchers now as it'll probably be your last chance to visit most of the attractions as they're winding down for the end of the 2013 season.

More info
Exclusions dates for the attractions are as follows:

  • Alton Towers: valid till Fri 8 Nov, excludes Sat 9 - Sun 10 Nov.
  • Blackpool Tower attractions: excludes 26 Oct - Sun 3 Nov and Tue 31 Dec; Blackpool Tower Eye: Closed Tue 12 - Sat 16 Nov and excludes Tue 31 Dec.
  • Chessington World of Adventures: excludes Tue 31 Dec, though Chessington Zoo will be open on various dates till Tue 31 Dec.
  • The Dungeons (York, Edinburgh, Blackpool and London): excludes Wed 30 - Thu 31 Oct at The London Dungeon.
  • Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester: excludes Tue 31 Dec.
  • Legoland Windsor Resort: valid till Mon 4 Nov.
  • Madame Tussauds London and Blackpool: excludes Tue 31 Dec.
  • Weymouth Sea Life tower and UK Sealife Centres & Sanctuaries and SeaLife London Aquarium: excludes Tue 31 Dec.
  • Thorpe Park: valid till Tue 5 Nov, excludes Fri 25 Oct - Sun 3 Nov (so not valid on 'Fright Nights'
  • Warwick Castle: excludes Tue 31 Dec.

One voucher per person, per transaction. Voucher cannot be used with any other offer or concession (e.g. senior citizens and family tickets), reward/loyalty program, pre-purchased tickets, combination tickets, 2 day pass, annual pass, online tickets, Q-bot, rail offers or group/advance bookings.
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