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      31.07.2010 17:59
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      A great idea when visiting Yorkshire!

      During last year's mother/daughter mid-week trip to York, we had a York Pass with our hotel room. So as we ended up going to York again this year for a few days, I decided we'd get a York Pass each again. However, it's now the Yorkshire Pass.

      The Yorkshire Pass allows free entry into a number of attractions in York and Yorkshire. The discount vouchers which come with it give discounts, offers etc at various attractions, shops and food outlets. So if you're going to be doing touristy things in and around York and Yorkshire, then maybe the Yorkshire Pass is for you. I'd certainly recommend it.

      We booked our Yorkshire Passes online at www.yorkshirepass.com, but you can also buy them at a number of Visitor Information Centres throughout Yorkshire. As we ordered our passes within a few days of our visit, I decided to select the option to pick them up at York Visitor Information Centre. We ordered two Adult 2 Day Passes which are normally priced at £38 each, however I managed to find a 20% discount code, so we only paid £30.40 each.

      A number of passes are available. These are:

      Adult 1 Day Pass - £28
      Adult 2 Day Pass - £38
      Adult 3 Day Pass - £44
      Adult 6 Day Pass - £68

      Child passes are also available:

      Child 1 Day Pass - £18
      Child 2 Day Pass - £22
      Child 3 Day Pass - £26
      Child 6 Day Pass - £44

      These still provide value for money at these prices, but I would still recommend looking around for a discount code like we did.

      Passes can either be delivered by post (allow 5 days for UK delivery and 10 days for overseas delivery) or they can be collected from York Visitor Information Centre.

      The Yorkshire Pass itself is in the form of a credit card which has a chip in it. You need to sign the back of the pass and date it with your first date of use. The Yorkshire Pass is then valid for the number of days it has been purchased for. For example, the passes we purchased were 2 Day Passes and the first day we used them on was 21st July, so our passes were then valid for 21st & 22nd July. A day is based on a calendar day.

      To use the Yorkshire Pass, all you have to do is show your card at the admissions desk at valid attractions and the staff will swipe it through a special machine.

      The Yorkshire Pass comes with a Guide Book and a book of discount vouchers. Both of these are small enough to fit in a handbag or large pocket.

      The Yorkshire Pass Guide Book is split into sections: York, Yorkshire Dales & Harrogate, Yorkshire Moors & Coast, Hull & East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire. It also includes ideas for days out, useful information and an index. Each page features a different attraction and includes information such as an address, contact details (including telephone number and website address), opening times, guided tours information, disabled access information and key symbols showing facilities available at that attraction. There are over 70 attractions!

      The Discount Vouchers book is also split into the same sections as the Guide Book. There are 2 vouchers per page and you can tear the vouchers out of the book. The vouchers are for various things, some examples are:

      - 15% discount on all food and drink at D.C.H and the Court Cafe Bistro in York.
      - £1 off all Ghost Hunt of York tickets.
      - 10% discount at Hotel Chocolate stores in York, Harrogate, Leeds and Meadowhall.
      - 20% off your food bill at The Living Room in York.
      - 40% off regular parices on the York City Sightseeing busses.
      - Reduced £13.95 per person entry at Lightwater Valley Theme Park.

      We visited a number of attractions last year using the York Pass, so we didn't visit quite so many attractions this time around (as we went via the train). This time we visited:

      Treasurer's House (normal entry price - £6 each)
      York Boat Time Tour Cruise (normal price - £8.50 each)
      York Castle Museum (normal entry price - £8 each)
      North Bay Railway (normal price - £3 each)
      Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary (normal entry price - £14.30 each)

      If we'd have paid to go into all of those is would have cost us £39.80 each. If we'd have paid full price, we'd have only saved £1.80 each, but then I guess we'd have also made more of an effort to visit more attractions (like we did last time with the York Pass)... We had planned to visit the Rotunda in Scarborough (£4.50 entry), as well as a couple of other places, but the weather in Scarborough wasn't great and I ended up doing a bit of shopping! However, as we had discounted passes, we saved £9.40 each, which is pretty good going! If we'd have gone by car, we'd have saved even more (as there was attractions I'd have liked to have visited that weren't really accessible by train).

      We also used some of the vouchers in the Discount Voucher books. We had a discount voucher book each. Vouchers we used included getting free chunky fries (worth £2) with meals at the Gormet Burger Kitchen in York, as well as a 10% discount card for shops at York Designer Outlet.

      There are so many different attractions which will appeal to everyone: families, older people, young people, whatever you like to do. There are stately homes, castles, the York Dungeons, museums, country parks, gardens, boat rides and train rides, leisure parks, brewery tours and all sorts of places.

      One thing that did annoy me slightly was that the York Pass Guide Book included maps pin-pointing the attractions, but the Yorkshire Pass doesn't. This was a handy feature which is sadly missing in the Yorkshire Pass.

      If you're planning a visit to York and/or Yorkshire, I would highly recommend the Yorkshire Pass. Take a look at www.yorkshirepass.com for more information about the pass.

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