Can’t see the attraction you want to visit above? Not to worry, there are many other ways to save money on Hampshire days out without vouchers. Below, we’ve compiled our top ways to get cheap tickets and save on entry costs:
- Book direct – Often, the cheapest prices can be achieved by booking directly with an attraction online. Most attractions now have online booking, so you can easily see the prices and make sure you’re paying the best price.
- Book early – Likewise, if you book early you can often save money. For example, by booking a week in advance. If you’re flexible on dates, this is a great alternative to using a voucher for Hampshire attractions.
- Concession tickets – If you’re a student, over 65 years old, are disabled, or have a child under 3 then you may be eligible for cheaper concession tickets. Make sure to view all the ticket types before booking as you may fall into a cheaper pricing bracket.
- Annual passes – Whilst they’ll cost you more in the short run, annual passes can pay for themselves in as little as two visits, depending on the attraction. If you know it’s somewhere you’d love to visit again and again, getting an annual pass is a no brainer.
- Go as a group – Often, the more people you go with to an attraction the less you’ll pay. Thanks to group offers and family passes, this is one of the best ways to save 5-30% off the ticket price of an attraction. Our guide to Paulton’s Park tickets found you can save £43.75 on tickets for a family of 5.
- Convert your points – If you’ve got a Tesco clubcard or are part of another scheme where you accumulate points it’s also worth seeing if they can be converted for tickets to your desired attraction.
For more details, view our comprehensive list of things to do in Hampshire.
Cheap days out – our top tips
On top of getting cheaper tickets, you can also save money on days out by following these tips:
- Take a packed lunch – By far one of the easiest ways to save money on a day out when vouchers aren’t available is to take a packed lunch. For a family trip you’ll save a good amount of money and know you have food with you that everyone will like. Even if you’re not staying for a meal, taking snacks or a drink is a useful way to save money.
- Book parking in advance – Whether booking direct with the attraction, or a nearby car park, booking your parking early can help reduce the cost. You’ll also take some of the stress out of the day by having one more thing sorted beforehand.
- Go in the off season – Several attractions have cheaper tickets outside of peak season. By attending at a time when the attraction is less busy, you’ll save money and also avoid the crowd For example Marwell Zoo tickets are discounted in the Winter. To see how prices vary day by day, visit the attraction website.
- Use memberships – Like with the annual passes tip above, you can save money on attractions by getting memberships to schemes that grant entry into attractions. For example, by joining the National Trust you get entry to a ton of great attractions for a one off annual cost. Or joining the Royal Horticultural Society grants free access to Exbury Gardens in March, June and September.
- Get a Blue Peter badge – This one takes a bit more effort, but did you know that if you have a Blue Peter badge you can enter over 200 attractions for free! To get this exclusive badge (now in the form of a card) view this guide on the BBC website.
There’s loads more tips in our guide to £50 family days out.
Free family days out
Vouchers aren’t needed for free days out. Whether you’re a family, a couple or visiting on your own, there are several great Hampshire and Isle of Wight attractions with free entry. You can find them in our guide on things to do for free in Hampshire.
Where can I find days out gift vouchers?
Looking for days out gift vouchers, such as cheap hotel stays, penguin feeding experiences, thrilling days out and more? Whilst we’ve detailed the above ways to save money on entry tickets, for specific attraction experiences we also recommend viewing our full attraction list.