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Travel in England- National Trust and London Pass purchases

During the first two weeks of May ‘22, my wife and I traveled the English countryside, and London. Per the advice of Rick Steves, we purchased membership in The National Trust, as well as purchasing the 4-day option of a London Pass. Both of these proved to be very good investments as they certainly saved us entry fees. The National Trust membership made access to many gardens, castles, estates, and other landmarks free, such as Churchill’s home at Chartwell, Sissinghurst Castle, etc…. Then, when in London, London Pass allowed easy access to Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Tower of London, etc…… All you need do with London Pass is plan out your days and optimize its use.

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What does each pass cost per person?

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I am so glad that your trip went so well! On the forum there are a certain number of topics guaranteed to bring varied responses. Eurail Passes, Carry-on vs. Checked luggage, when and where to get cash, and finally should one buy the London Pass.

I also have used the London Pass and found that it provided good value for me in three ways. First of all, I had planned out my "must sees" and knew that it was going to save me money for the sites that I planned to see. I did the math for those particular places. Secondly, I found that I was willing to try some new places or activities because I had already paid for them. I saw a few things I enjoyed that I wouldn't have gone to otherwise. Finally, it was convenient for me. I was able to budget and pay for those admissions in advance and I just quickly had my phone scanned for admission at the locations.

That said, it isn't always a good value for everyone. I think that this is a situation where a person really needs to look at his/her plans and price things out to know how this option will work in that specific travel plan.

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Note that there is also a London Explorer Pass It is good for a set number of attractions. The London Passis good for a set number of days. I choose the Explorer Pass because I am staying in London for 18 days and want to sightsee at a more leisurely pace. But, the London Pass would be the one to get if you want to see allott of sights in a short amount of time.