If you plan to visit castles, gardens, and historic houses during your stay in England and Wales, look into discount passes or memberships that offer significant savings. Just be sure to match what the pass or membership offers against your itinerary to see if it's worthwhile.
The National Trust, English Heritage, and the Historic Houses Association each encompass hundreds of properties. English Heritage's Overseas Visitors Pass costs £24 for a nine-day pass and £28 for a 16-day pass for one adult. You can order it in advance by phone or online, or purchase it at a participating property in England. The National Trust Touring Pass, for overseas visitors, must be purchased in advance, either by phone or online. A seven-day pass is £25; a 14-day pass is £30.
The London Pass gets you into more than 60 attractions and tours in the capital, and can help you bypass some queues. Packages range from one day (£49) to six days (£108). Annual membership in the National Trust (through the Royal Oak Foundation, the U.S. affiliate) is $65 a year. English Heritage membership is £48, and the Historic Houses Association is £45. Memberships entitle you to free entry to properties.
English Heritage. English Heritage 0370/333–1181; www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Historic Houses Association. Historic Houses Association 0207/259–5688; www.hha.org.uk.
London Pass. London Pass 0207/293–0972; www.londonpass.com.
National Trust. National Trust 0844/800–1895; www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Royal Oak Foundation. Royal Oak Foundation 212/480–2889; 800/913–6565; www.royal-oak.org.