If you are 60 or over, you may be able to save money on days out, shopping and travel. Find out about discounts for over 60s and how much you can save.
Discounts for over 60s
We’ve looked at some of the UK’s top deals for the over 60s to see where you can make savings. We’ve looked at everything from eating out to entertainment, sports to shopping. But do let us know – by leaving a comment at the end of the article – if there are discounts we’ve missed out.
Discounts for over 60s on shopping
ATS Euromaster: Club60 discount scheme entitles card holders to 15% off servicing, brakes, wipers, exhausts and batteries, including products and labour costs; a Class 4 MOT for £30, or £20 with a service; selected offers on tyres and seasonal promotions.
B&Q: Diamond Club membership is closed to new members from September 3rd and existing members only get 10% off gardening products every Wednesday. You can’t use your 10% discount on multibuys.
Boots: If you have a Boots Advantage card, you can sign up to More Treats to get 10 points for every £1 you spend (compared to four points for every £1 for regular cardholders) as well as £25 off glasses at Boots Opticians and extra points at Boots Hearingcare.
Planet Organic: SavvyWoman reader Liz told us that Planet Organic offers a discount to customers over 60. We confirmed with the organic supermarket that they offer 5% off on in store purchases with proof of age. The discount is not available online.
Specsavers: Free eye test and 25% off glasses and lenses. You can also get your free eye test at home.
Wyevale Garden Centres: If you join The Garden Club loyalty scheme, every Tuesday you’ll receive double points on things you buy at the garden centre.
Discounts for over 60s on days out
The Beamish Open Air Museum: Based in the North of England, pay once and visit this museum for the year free, excluding evening events. The cost is £14, instead of £19.
Cartmel Racecourse: SavvyWoman reader Sue told us that at last year’s horse racing events at Cartmel Racecourse in Cumbria, she asked if there was a reduction in the entrance fee for over 60’s to the paddock and got £4 off the usual adult price. For all days, except concert racedays, and adult paddock ticket is usually £24.
English Heritage: Get unlimited access to over 400 historic places across the UK for one year for £49 instead of £56. Grandchildren can go with you free. This discount is now only available for those aged 65+ (it used to be for 60+).
Small print: You will need to provide your age when you sign up. You can choose to pay via monthly Direct Debit or a one-off payment. If you choose to pay by Direct Debit and miss a payment, your membership could be closed.
The Imperial War Museums: Some of these museums are free to visit. The others you can get discounted rates of around 20%. For example, The Churchill War Rooms in London cost £15.10 instead of £18.90. Children under four go free.
Saving: Between £3.05 – £3.80
National Trust: If you’ve held an individual or joint membership for at least five out of the last ten years, you can get a 25% senior discount if you’re aged 60 or over. The price from March 2018 is £51.48 for an annual membership (instead of £69) or £85.20 for a couple, instead of £114. As well as visits, National Trust stages activity days. Children under five go free, so it could be a low cost way to entertain grandchildren!
Small print: You need to call the National Trust (0344 800 1895) to let them know that you’d like the discount. If you pay by Direct Debit, make sure you call before your next payment date.
Paignton Zoo: If you’re aged 60+ you can get a senior ticket for £16.20, compared to £19.10 for a full price ticket (or £14.70 if you prefer not to donate £1.50 support their conservation work). There are further reductions if you are aged 60 or over and disabled. One carer can go free.
Saving: £2.90 (or £2.65)
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: You can get one year unlimited entry for £27, instead of £31 when you book your tickets online.
Discounts for over 60s on travel and holidays
60+ Oyster Card: If you live in a London borough, you can use the city’s public transport free.
Saving: The 60+ Oyster Card has a one-off cost of £20, but a weekly travel card for an adult (Zones 1-6) costs £62.30, so if you use London transport a lot, you will make some big savings.
Small print: You need to apply online and provide: a colour, digital photo to upload; a valid, active email address; a machine-readable passport or a UK driving licence (full or provisional). You will also need a valid debit or credit card (registered at your current address) to pay the £20 admin fee and to verify your address and confirm which London borough you live in.
SAVVY TIP: Here’s a tip from SavvyWoman user Margaret: If you have an Oyster card and a senior rail card, you can take them both to a main London rail station ticket office and ask them to link the railcard to the Oyster card. This will then mean that your journey by Oyster will cost 30% less on London Transport. You have to redo this whenever you renew your railcard.
Great Western Railway (GWR): Senior Railcard holders can usually get 1/3 off train journeys, but for from time to time they offer an extra discount of up to 50% when you book online and select one of the Standard Class or First Class Advance Fares.
Saving: up to 50%.
Small print: TSenior Railcards cost £30 for one year, or £70 if you opt for a three-year Railcard.
Interrail Pass: Travel across 30 different European countries by train and get 10% off adult fares with Interrail’s Senior Pass.
Saving: Travelling second class, you will save between £24 – £55 depending on the length of your pass.
Small print: The senior discount is available for either first or second class travel.
National Entitlement Card, Scotland: If you live in Scotland, you can get free bus travel around almost everywhere in Scotland, and as far as Carlisle and Berwick-upon-Tweed, with this travel card.
Saving: They say the average benefit per cardholder is around £250 per year.
Small print: You can apply for your NEC through your Council.
National Express: Save 1/3 on standard and fully flexible fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK with Senior Coachcard. You can also use your card for travel on Tuesdays and you’ll pay just £15 for a day return anywhere in the UK (except airports). You have to book your tickets three days in advance.
Small print: It costs £10 a year plus £2.50 p&p.
SAVVY TIP: Money-back guarantee – if you don’t save the cost of the coachcard in a year, you can get your money back.
Senior Railcard: Buy an annual Senior Railcard and get 1/3 off standard and first class anytime, off peak and advance fares.
Small print: It costs £30 a year. If you buy a three year railcard, it costs £70 instead of £90.
SAVVY TIP: SavvyWoman user Valerie told us that she gets her over 60’s railcard using her Tesco Clubcard Reward points. She says that to get a one year card you need £15 of rewards.
Slovakia Rail: you can take the train in Slovakia free, if you’re over 62 and live in the European Union.
Small print: you have to register first and you’ll need your passport and a passport-style photo for your discount pass.
Camping and Caravanning Club: If you’re a Club member and qualifying occupant you can get an additional 25% off club site pitch fees in all seasons except high season. This works out as 288 days of discounted camping per year.
Small print: Prices vary depending on what site you choose.
Cheaper fares in Europe
Many European countries have senior citizen discounts. In some countries you’ll have to pay for a special card, such as the Carte Senior or Senior Plus Card in France, which costs €60 and gives you between 25% and 50% off travel with around 40% off first class travel. This card is available for you if you’re aged 60 or over.
In Spain, there’s a Targeta Doroda that costs €6 and is available to anyone aged 60 or over. In other countries, such as Portugal, you’re able to buy a cheaper ticket at the station without a discount card.
European tourist attractions
A number of tourist attractions (such as museums) don’t charge EU citizens aged over 65 or will give you cheaper admission. It’s definitely worth checking if there is free or cut price entry to particular attractions you’d like to see as you could make a substantial saving.
SAVVY TIP: I haven’t been able to find a central source of information that lists which attractions don’t charge and which do. It seems that the majority of museums in Italy offer free admission for senior citizens, but the approach is rather more patchy in France. In Spain, many attractions have a reduction if you’re over 65 but not all seem to offer free admission. Also, if you definitely want to see a certain exhibition, you may be better off booking tickets in advance, and you may have to pay a booking fee.
Discounts for over 60s on eating out
Greene King: Some of the pubs in this UK-wide chain offer senior deals starting from £5.49 for two courses.
Saving: If you choose, for example, tomato soup and cod and chips from the senior menu, you would save around £5.
Small print: The portions are smaller. You can upgrade to an extra course for £1.
Dobbies Garden Centres: If you have the chef’s hot dish of the day, plus pudding of the day plus a tea or coffee, you’ll pay £7.45 – which Dobbies says saves up to £7.45 on the full price. It’s only available Mondays to Wednesdays between 12 and 3pm.
Hungry Horse: Every Monday to Friday, this pub chain has a ‘Golden Years’ menu for people aged 60 or over, which offers two courses for £4.70. You can find out more details of the Golden Years deal on their website.
Saving: If you choose, for example, tomato soup and macaroni cheese you would save over £6. You can add an extra course for £1.50.
Small print: The portions are for smaller appetites.
Discounts for over 60s on entertainment
Cineworld: Discounted tickets for seniors.
Saving: We looked at several Cineworld cinema prices in various locations around the UK and found discounts varied from £1.50 – £5 for a senior ticket, although there may be bigger discounts.
Small print: Senior tickets are available at certain times on specified days. Tickets will only be issued if you produce a valid senior card, senior bus pass / Freedom pass or state pension letter. Senior tickets are limited to one per senior.
Empire Cinemas: Watch a selection of some of the best recent and classic films every Wednesday morning for £3.50 plus tea or coffee and a biscuit.
Saving: Depending on the cinema, an adult ticket usually costs between £5.95-£9.95.
Everyman Cinemas: Buy a concession ticket for off-peak screenings and save on the full price. The cinema chain also does regular ‘silver screenings’.
Saving: Depending on the cinema, you’ll save between £1 and £2.
Odeon: Silver Cinema screenings start at £3 and include tea, coffee and biscuits.
Saving: We looked at several Odeon cinemas and an adult ticket ranged from £6.50-£12 depending on the location.
Small print: Silver Cinema is not available at all Odeon cinemas.
Picture House: Tickets range from £4.50 – £8.20 for Silver Screen shows every Monday. Membership is free and if you are a member you can also get a free tea or coffee and biscuits.
Saving: Non-member adult tickets cost between £7.50 – £16.50 depending on the location of the cinema.
Showcase Cinemas: Senior Screenings every Monday to any standard film starting before 12pm for £5.
Saving: Adult tickets cost between £8.80 – £11.75.
Vue: Discounted Senior Screenings are held regularly at selected cinemas. These include a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Saving: Adult tickets cost from £4.99 (at selected cinemas) – £16.
National Theatre: Discounts available on some midweek matinees. Olivier and Lyttelton productions are £52 and £39, reduced by £20, Travelex productions tickets priced at £35 or more are reduced by £10 and Dorfman productions have £30 tickets available.
Royal Shakespeare Company: 20% off all seats (except premium) on Monday and Tuesday evenings and all midweek matinees if you’re aged 60 or over. These tickets are for selected performances only. They’re not available for groups of more than eight people or on premium seats.
Gym, swimming and exercise classes: Check out your local leisure centre for off-peak or 60 plus discounts. Most local authorities offer free swimming to people aged 60 or over.
Better Gyms have reduced membership for seniors. It’s open to people aged 60 or over, but in some areas it may be available if you’re over 50 or 55. There’s more information about the reduced rate membership on Better Gyms’ website.
DW Fitness has reduced ‘senior’ membership, but only for those aged 65 plus. The offer isn’t available in all clubs. You’ll need to bring proof of age when you take out membership in order to get the discount.
Ramblers Association: Join Britain’s walking charity as a lifetime member for £460, instead of £770 if you’re aged 60 or over.
Saving: An annual membership costs £35, so you would need to be a lifetime member for just over 13 years to make this cost efficient.
Discounts for over 60s on pets
Dogs Trust: Join for £12.50 (normally £25) a year to get benefits for you and your dog including: unlimited access to the 24 hour emergency advice service from veterinary professionals, VetfoneTM; 3rd party public liability insurance for your dog; free Canine Care Card to guarantee that Dogs Trust will take care of your dog should you pass away and Wag! Magazine three times a year.
Vets: It’s worth asking your local veterinary practice if they have discounts for over 60s, as some do.
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