Local residents and visitors to Plymouth can enjoy cheaper entry to three top visitor attractions this summer, thanks to a recently launched ‘Heritage Pass’.
Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, the historic Elizabethan House on the Barbican and the Mayflower Museum above the Tourist Information Centre are all covered by the pass which, once purchased, is valid for up to a week. Anyone aged 16+ can enjoy a visit to all three sites for just £12, while children aged 5-15 can secure a pass for just £6.
A ‘Family & Friends’ rate for up to two adults and three children is only £30 (with any additional children costing £2 each). A concessionary rate for students, jobseekers, seniors, people with disabilities and anyone with a National Art Pass, Art Fund or Museums Association membership is available at just £7.50. Members of The Box and children under 5 are free.
All three venues offer a different insight into Plymouth’s past and its connections with some important moments in history.
Smeaton’s Tower was originally built on the notorious Eddystone Reef in 1759 and set the pattern for lighthouse construction for decades afterwards. It was eventually moved and rebuilt on the Hoe in the 1880s and is now one of Plymouth’s most recognisable landmarks. Elizabethan House is one of the city’s oldest properties and was originally built in the late 1500s, when Plymouth was a bustling port. Hundreds of people have lived in the house over the last four centuries and, following major restoration work in 2020-2021, visitors can now discover some of their many stories.
The Mayflower Museum underwent a refurbishment in 2022. It now includes a number of elements from The Box’s award-winning ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition – enabling visitors to explore the impact of colonisation and the enduring relationship between England and America over the last 400 years.
“The cost of living crisis has affected many of us, so we’re delighted to offer this ‘Heritage Pass’ which will enable people to save some money when they visit these popular venues,” said Abigail Netcott, Marketing and Development Manager at The Box.
“You can buy the pass in person at Smeaton’s Tower, Elizabethan House or the Mayflower Museum. It can also be purchased in advance from The Box’s online store. We also wanted to give people some flexibility which is why it’s valid for up to seven days: they could really soak up some history and visit all three sites in one day, or they can take things at a more gentle pace and spread their visits throughout the week.”
For more information about Smeaton’s Tower, Elizabethan House, the Mayflower Museum and the ‘Heritage Pass’ visit www.theboxplymouth.com, click on ‘Visit’ and then ‘Outside The Box’.
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