The Yorkshire Pass

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It is quite common to be able to buy a tourist pass in the bigger cities like London and Edinburgh which gives you savings on visiting museums and attractions and the like. And as we wrote yesterday, Kent has one day when differing bodies like the National Trust and English Heritage come together but, as yet, there has been no county pass.
Until now.
Yorkshire, the county that doesn’t exist as one but as three separate ones has managed to get a number of organisations together so that one pass covers all. Or at least 75 attractions within the three counties. There has been a York Pass but this new county wide pass has taken over and covers privately run attractions like Castle Howard and Harewood House as well as places like the Jorvik centre and the Treasurers House that were available with the old York Pass.
Created by Welcome to Yorkshire (the old Yorkshire Tourist Board under a new name), they are to be applauded for coming up with a scheme that embraces lots of attractions that will appeal to different groups. The idea behind it is that people might be tempted to spend a longer period in Yorkshire and use the pass as a basis for exploring what’s there rather than just staying in the cities.
As with all these passes, you need to plan your days and use the pass carefully otherwise the cost of it can be bad value. For a day the new Yorkshire Pass is £28 per person and £18 for a child. For a family of 4, that amounts to £92. A two day pass works out, again for a family of 4, at £120 and a 6 day pass, £220. So you need to be able to make sure that it is worth the money. If you are only going to visit one attraction per day, the pass is not for you. Even at two attractions per day it may not be a bargain. So before you buy, price each place that you intend to go to separately and then decide whether to buy a pass. And remember if you are a National Trust, National Trust of Scotland or English Heritage member you won’t have to pay to get into many of these properties anyway,

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