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
A lot of state benefits and discounts are tied to the state pension age. So, you may feel like you’re missing out if you’re 60 or over, but have not quite reached the (ever-shifting) state pension age.
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 days out
English Heritage: Get unlimited access to over 400 historic places across the UK for one year for £46 instead of £54. Grandchildren can go with you free.
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.
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. Up until 1 March 2018, the cost is £48.60 for an annual membership, instead of £64.80. 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: visit this zoo in Devon any Thursday in March 2018 and save 30% on the cost of your admission. Tickets are £10.80 (or £9.80 if you prefer not to donate £1 to support their conservation work). 60+ tickets usually cost £15.40 (or £14 if you prefer not to donate £1.40 support their conservation work).
Saving: £4.60 (or £4.20)
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: You can get one year unlimited entry for £25.20, instead of £28 when you book your tickets online.
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.
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
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.
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 a limited time you can get 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: The extra discount is available on purchases made between 6 March 2018 and 17 April 2018 for travel between 7 March 2018 and 23 May 2018. Senior 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.
Discounts for over 60s on eating out
Greene King: Some of the pubs in this UK-wide chain offer senior deals starting from £4.99 for two courses.
Saving: If you choose, for example, tomato soup and cod and chips from the senior menu, you would save £5.20.
Small print: The portions are smaller. You can upgrade to an extra course for £1.
Hungry Horse: Every Monday to Friday, this pub chain has a ‘Golden Years’ menu, which offers two courses for £4.49.
Saving: If you choose, for example, tomato soup and macaroni cheese you would save £6.79. 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.
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. Selected performances only.
Gym, swimming and exercise classes: Check out your local leisure centre for off-peak or 60 plus discounts.
Ramblers Association: Join Britain’s walking charity as a lifetime member for £460, instead of £770.
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 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 entitles members to 10% off purchases made every Wednesday. New members get £5 off a £30 shop when they register their card and they will also receive reward vouchers. 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.
Wyevale Garden Centres: If you join The Garden Club loyalty scheme, every Tuesday you’ll receive double points on in-centre purchases.
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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