The best discounts for the over-60s
Whether you are eating out, shopping or enjoying a day out there are plenty of discounts to tempt older customers. Make sure you aren’t missing out with our round up of the best deals.
- English Heritage: Over-60s qualify for cheaper membership at English Heritage which offers unlimited access to over 400 historic sites across the UK. Single over-60s pay £43.50 a year, compared to £52 for its standard adult rate. A joint adult membership is £92.50 compared to £67 for two over 60s. You can bring along the grandchildren for free too.
- National Trust: A discounted senior membership deal is offered to the over 60s who have been a member of the National Trust for five years out of the last 10. Call the Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895 for more information.
- Museums and attractions: Many museums will offer discounts so it’s always worth asking. The Imperial War Museums, for example, charge a concessionary rate of £15.20 compared to a standard rate of £19. Adults visiting the Beamish Open Air Museum pay £18.50 while over-60s pay £13.50. Standard entrance at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is £33 for one-year unlimited entry while over- 60s pay £28.80.
Every pensioner gets free bus travel when they reach state pension age and older London residents get free travel across the capital with the Freedom Pass. However, if you want to see more of the UK there is plenty of discounted travel on offer.
- Once you are 60 you become eligible for a Senior Railcard. For £30 a year you get a third off all rail travel.
- If you live in or visit Wales and are aged over 55 you can travel throughout the country by train at discounted rates with an Arriva Club 55 card. The discounts only apply for off-peak travel but there is no need to book in advance. Senior Railcard holders get a further discount of £1.
- Scot Rail’s Club 50 is available to everyone aged over 50 and offers 20% off tickets for journeys in Scotland if they are booked online. The discount reduces to 10% for tickets purchased over the phone or in stations. Annual membership costs £15 a year and you must carry the Club 50 card when you travel.
- National Express offers a third off its standard coach fares for over 60s. The Senior Coachcard costs £10 a year plus £2 p&p. Other local coach companies may also offer discounts.
- The Diamond Club Card offers discounts for the over-50s in more than 100 pubs and carveries across the UK. You can also earn loyalty points for more vouchers.
- Hungry Horse pubs offer a ‘Golden Years’ menu for over-60s. It offers two-courses for £4.50 but you can add a third for £1.50. Portions are smaller than the standard menu, however.
- Certain Greene King pubs also offer senior menus at around £7 for three courses.
- You don’t have to be retired to take advantage of the many short-term 2-4-1 restaurant vouchers available online, or to sign up for the Taste Card which offers 50% off food or 2-4-1 at more than 6,500 UK restaurants (currently £1 membership for 90 days). However, with the best deals often limited to daytime or midweek, those that are retired may be better placed to take advantage.
Cinemas usually offer concessionary rates for older viewers while some do specific discounted screenings.
- Vue: Offers Senior Screenings at selected cinemas for £3.99. You need to be over 60 and although there is no free popcorn you do get a cuppa and a biscuit.
- Odeon: Odeon’s Silver Cinema screenings cost £3 for over-55s. Once again tea, coffee and biscuits are thrown in before the film.
- Picture House: Its weekly Silver Screen Club is for the over 60s and charges £6 per film. The Club includes free hot drinks and biscuits. This smaller chain, which has cinemas across London and in major cities, also offers membership packages. For £40 a year retired members get four tickets for screenings in Picture House’s regional cinemas plus £2 off further tickets at any cinema. Added perks are priority booking and 10% off food and drink. The Retired Member Plus package costs £75, offering the same perks but with eight free tickets. Prices rise to £50 and £90 respectively for the London-based cinemas.
Theatres very often offer discounted rates for senior citizens so it’s always worth asking before you book tickets.
National Theatre: Discounts are available on certain midweek matinees. For Olivier and Lyttelton productions £52 and £39 tickets are reduced by £20. Travelex productions reduce tickets priced at £35 or more by £10. Dorfman productions offer £30 tickets.
- B&Q: The Diamond Club offers shoppers aged over 60 a 10% discount when shopping in store on Wednesdays. New members also get a £5 off a £30 shop. By registering the card and using it every time you shop you can also earn personalised discount vouchers.
- Boots: Shoppers aged over 60 with a Boots Advantage card get 10 points for every £1 they spend (compared to four points per £1 for regular cardholders) plus £25 off glasses at Boots Opticians.
- Specsavers: In addition to a free eye test, customers aged 60 also qualify for 25% off glasses and lenses.
- Wyevale Garden Centres: The Garden Club loyalty scheme is available to all customers but over 60s get double points on Tuesdays.
Sport and exercise
- Football: Watching Premiership football is notoriously expensive but the discounts for retired fans are impressive. Season tickets at Manchester United start at £532, rising to £950 depending on where you sit. However, for over-65s prices are between £266 and £380.
- Gym, swimming, racquet sports and exercise classes: Check out your local leisure centre for off-peak or pensioner discounts. It may well work out much cheaper than a standard gym membership.
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