• Kelly

Our favourite attractions in the North East that offer annual family passes




We love to be out and about with the boys visiting, attractions across the North East and beyond, but let's be honest, it can get costly when you are buying a family ticket for 5 people.

Adam is 14 now and lots of attractions class him as an adult, so that is more cost.

The North East has some great attractions that offer annual passes and we think they are great value for money.

Please note prices are for a family 5 (That's what we are)


PLEASE NOTE: Some attractions are currently closed, due to Covid-19 and most are operating on a limited capacity basis. Most attractions are also only allowing pre-booked visits. Please check with individual attractions before travelling. We will update this post as and when we receive relevant details. Where we have Covid-19 information for individual sites, we have highlighted this in bold.


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Our Top 5 in North East England


Howick Hall, gardens and Arboretum - We have had an annual pass for Howick for years! It is just a lovely place to have a nice walk and relax. The many flowers throughout the year will have you wanting to go back season after season. Tearooms are fab too. A Family annual pass is £55 Please note the tea room is operating as a take away only Covid Info Here




Beamish Open Air Museum - Beamish annual passes are fantastic value for money as the attraction is open all year. Lots to do at Beamish and they are adding in a new town which is coming along lovely. For a family of 5 an annual pass is £62.50 the annual pass does not include evening events. Click Here for more info

Please note Pre Booked entry only More on Covid-19 Here




Preston Park Museum and Grounds - I think Preston Park offers the best value annual pass. Myself and Craig have been visiting here ever since we were kids and now we take our own. I love the Victorian street and the cafe is fab with delicious cakes! Lots to see in the museum too and the boys always have a great time looking at the old toys on display.With the walled garden, winter garden and woodland walk to enjoy what's not to love? Also has a great play park. Annual family pass is £15 Find out more Here




Wynyard Hall - Another great value annual pass in the North East, entry includes the Rose Garden, Edible garden, Wild garden and the Woodland Walk. Entry to special events are not covered by the annual pass. So much to enjoy here. A family annual pass is £20. Find out more Here




Raby Castle - Raby Castle is absolutely stunning and the annual pass is great value for what you get. Enjoy the walled gardens, Castle, and Deer park. You also get 10% off in the gift shop and Cafe. You can also enjoy the fantastic woodland playground. An annual Family Pass is £60 Find out more Here




Head of steam Darlington - Ideal for the steam train fans, the boys love visiting Head of Steam. Not the biggest of places but you can kill a few hours here. An annual family pass is £20. Find out more Here


If you are looking to have more days out but on a budget have you thought about an English Heritage or National Trust membership? We have been members of both for many many years and it saves you so much money.


Our Favourite National Trust sites include:


Cragside - House and lots of garden o explore including a fab play park, labyrinth, beautiful lakes and various activities.You can easily spend a full day or several exploring here.




Gibside - Looking for somewhere to get out and go for a walk? Then Gibside is your place. Walled Garden, various trails, playpark and a great bird hide.




Penshaw Monument - In all honesty not much to do here except take in the views.




Souter Lighthouse - The boys love the lighthouse and climbing right to the top. A mini museum with outside space to explore. Sits in a nature reserve. Also has some dramatic views across the sea from the top of the cliff edge.



Our favourite English Heritage sites include:


Belsay Hall and Gardens (also a castle) - A beautiful stately home with large gardens and a woodland walk down to the castle.




Warkworth Castle - The boys love coming to Warkworth and exploring, lots to see and do and you can combine your ticket with a boat ride.




Lindisfarne priory - Situated on the stunning Holy Island, Lindisfarne is steeped in history.




Tynemouth Priory and castle - We really love visiting Tynemouth, it is bigger than it looks and there are so many things to see. Don't miss out on the view across the beach.




Prudhoe Castle - My favourite, for me it is what a proper castle should look like. I think it is beautiful! The grounds and little walk you can go on is always a must for us.







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