Is the Go London Card worth it? Go London Card review 2016
London is a city famed for its culture (modern and historic), its buildings, its people and of course, the large amount of things to do throughout the year. With so much to do and see, sometimes a visit to London can get a bit overwhelming.
That’s where the Go London Card comes into play. Not only is it designed to help you save money on your chosen attractions and sights, but it comes with a few extras that will help you to find each attraction with ease. But is it really as good of a deal as it is made out to be?
Go London Card prices for 2016
When reviewing the Go London Card prices, you’ll find that there are several different choices to select from, making it easy for you to customize your card to better suit your vacation. In fact, you’ll find that there are three different options- a 3 choice card, a 4 choice card and a 5 choice card. Prices differ depending on the age of the card holder. Adult cards are priced a bit higher than those made for children ages 3 to 12. In addition, cards for children under the age of 3 are not available as most attractions offer free admission for toddlers and babies.
- 3 Choices Card Adult £55, 3 Choices Card Child £40
- 4 Choices Card Adult £70, 4 Choices Card Child £50
- 5 Choices Card Adult £85, 5 Choices Card Child £60
The above listed prices are general in nature, meaning that periodically throughout the year there are discounts available. If there happens to be a discount going on when you click the link, then the prices will be even better.
Top sights and attractions
There are 14 different attractions and sights to choose from, with all of them popular with one crowd or another. However, the attractions listed below seem to outdo the rest.
Meal at Planet Hollywood Restaurant – £22.50
The famed Planet Hollywood restaurant is found around the world, so it is a chain, but a great one at that. Here you’ll be treated to a two-course meal where you’ll get to choose between the classic hamburger, a classic cheeseburger or a veggie burger. If burgers aren’t your thing, you can instead try the penne pomodoro. With each you’ll get a drink and a choice or fries or a house salad. You’ll also find yourself enjoying a vanilla ice cream dessert. When eating here, make sure to keep in mind that taxes and gratuity are not included with the card.
Fat Tire Bike Tours – £22.00
If you like the unique, you’ll love a tour on a fat tire bike. A trending new way to get around, fat bikes are bicycles with rather large tires on them. During this tour, you’ll cruise around London for about 4 hours or so as you learn more about the city, her culture and rich history. During your ride, you’ll get to see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and much more. You’ll also get to take a break and eat lunch at an English pub, though the price of lunch is not included. This tour is better suited for adults.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium – £24.50
From penguins to sharks to everything in between, a trip the the SEA LIFE London Aquarium is a great visit for all ages. With several different exhibits, you’ll have the chance to learn more about your favorite sea creatures while being privy to some awesome photo opportunities. Each visit here should take about 2 hours or so.
The London Dungeon – £28.95
A whirl wind of adventure packed into 2 hours, the London Dungeon offers 2 thrilling rides and 19 live shows. All together, visitors will learn about 1,000 years of history from plague-ridden streets to Jack the Ripper. This show is open to all ages, though younger children may find it a bit scary.
Hop-On Hop-Off London Sightseeing Tour and River Cruise by Big Bus – £26.00
A 24 hour, hop-on, hop-off double decker bus, this sightseeing tour is a fantastic way to see the city without having to walk every block. Because there are plenty of different buses running at 5 to 15 minute intervals, once you hop off of one, you won’t have to wait very long for the next. Some of the sights you’ll see and be able to jump off the bus for are the Piccadilly Market, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Bridge and the Coco-Cola London eye, which we will explain more about below. Because the buses are easy to get off and on, this attraction is great for all ages and is kid friendly.
Coca-Cola London Eye – £24.95
A great way to get a bird’s eye view of London, the Coca-Cola London Eye offers views worth a thousand pictures, which reminds us, you’ll want your camera for this one. Although the ride is only 30 minutes long, you’ll get to see a lot during that time, including the Tower of London, the British Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames, along with a few other attractions. Each glass capsule also offers 6 different touch screens to use which help you to identity the landmarks below while providing some interesting information about each. This is a great attraction of all ages.
Is the Go London Card a good deal
In order to best answer this question, we first need to take a look at what is included with each card (or pass as sometimes it is referred to as the London Explorer Pass). Not only does the pass include the attractions themselves, but also a guide detailing both the hours of operation for each attraction and the directions to each. In order to further help you find each sight, you’ll also be privy to a detailed map. This map is very important as some attractions are farther away from some than others.
Now that we know what each card includes, the next step is to look at a sample itinerary. For this sample, we’re going to pretend to have a 3 choices card for an adult. The attractions we’re interested in are:
- Hop-On Hop-Off London Sightseeing Tour and River Cruise by Big Bus £26
- Meal at Planet Hollywood Restaurant £22.50
- SEA LIFE London Aquarium £24.50
When all the numbers are tallied up, it’s clear to see that the card is a great deal. Without using the card, the attractions above would come out to be £73.00. With the card, you’ll only be paying £55. Prices are even lower for kids ages 3 to 12. With the money saved, you could easily buy yourself a gift to take back with you or a nice lunch out.
Are all of the attractions covered with the Go London Card worth a visit
When looking through each attraction, it does seem that they all are worth a visit. In fact, each and every one gets high reviews with many remarking about how they’d easily visit each one again in the near future. With that said however, it is important to note that many of the attractions are very themed based, such as the DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure and the Doctor Who Walking Tour. This means that you’ll want to read about each before deciding to visit. That way you’ll have a greater understanding of what you’re visiting.
How not to use the Go London Card
Once you’ve got your Go London Card, the first thing you’ll want to do is take a look at each attraction description. Then you’ll want to take a look at the map and start planning where each one is and how to get to and from. Some of the attractions are much closer to each other than some of the others, so if you’re planning to visit more than one during the same day, you’ll want to take into consideration both the distance and time of travel between those two. One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have 30 days visit the attractions on your card, no matter what size card you’ve purchased. This means that unless your stay is short and sweet, there’s no need to plan all of the attractions in a day or two.
There are a few attractions on the list of attractions and sights available that are considered secondary attractions. These attractions are low cost attractions. What you don’t want to do is decide to only visit those as you may find that you won’t end up saving much money (or any at all) in comparison to the gate fees themselves.
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All in all, the Go London Card seems to be a great value, as long as you make sure to pick higher priced attractions instead of only low costing ones. Further more, with each card, you’ll not only save money on attractions, but you’ll receive helpful information about each alongside a map detailing where each one is located, which will conveniently help you learn your way around the city. Also, it’s best to note that each card is valid for 30 days, meaning if you’re exploring the whole of England and planning on visiting the city twice, you’ll be able to use your card to visit your remaining attraction/s easily.
Where do you purchase your Go London Card
There are two ways that you can receive your card, via email or straight to your phone. If you have it sent through your email, you’ll want to print it out so that you’ll have it with you when you visit each attraction.