A regional card provides discounts, special offers and promotions on visitor attractions located within the same vicinity. They can offer substantial discounts on entrance charges and - if used wisely - can save you both time and money. Liz Walsh from Topdogdays offers some money saving tips to get the most from a regional card.
1. More Days = More Savings
Regional cards tend to be more cost effective when used over a number of days. For instance the standard price of an adult 1 day London Pass is £41, whilst a 3 day pass is priced at £66, working out at just £22 a day. So if you are planning a trip away, you'll benefit from greater savings with a regional card if used over a number of days. See how Laura Porter got on when she set herself the challenge of Gaining Best Value with The London Pass.
2. Location, Location, Location
Regional passes work best when a number of visitor attractions are located within close proximity. This allows you to minimize both transport costs & time whilst offering you the greatest choice of places to visit. For example: Yorkshire is the largest county in England and the Yorkshire Pass offers entry to over 75 visitor attractions within the region. It is therefore sensible to plan your days around a specific area each day in order to save on additional costs.
3. Theme Based Regional Cards
Regional cards can be based on themes rather than locations such as the Thrill Hopper Ticket. This gives you free entry to four adrenalin fuelled attractions including two Theme Parks, (Alton Towers & Drayton Manor), a Water Park, (Water World) and an Indoor Ski Slope. Alternatively check out the English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass, (not available to UK residents), that offers access to over 400 heritage sites throughout England.
4. Beat the Queues with Priority Access
Regional cards also provide a wealth of additional benefits such as the priority access offered by the London Pass. This allows you to bypass lengthy entrance queues to popular London attractions helping you to fit more into your day. Other benefits can include additional savings on eating out, shopping and sightseeing trips.
5. Start Early with a Regional Card
A 'day' with most regional cards tends to work on a calendar day rather a 24 hour offer. It therefore makes sense to begin using your regional card early on day 1 to gain the maximum benefit from the card. Many passes also require consecutive day use, so worth planning out your itinerary before you start.
6. Do the Maths and be prepared!
It may seem obvious but work out exactly what you would like to see in any one area and do the maths! Ensure that your list of essential visitor attractions is included on the regional pass of your choice. A big benefit of a regional pass however is that is does provide you with an opportunity to see places you may not have thought of. At the end of the day planning is the key to savings with a regional card. There are plenty of great savings to be made with a regional card; it's narrowing down your choice of what to see that can make it hard!