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Britain’s Heritage Societies

Membership in a heritage society in the U.K. or Ireland entitles you to free admission to all the society’s historical or archaeological sites. It also means you don’t have to line up and plop down your money for an expensive ticket.

Annual memberships are generally in the range of $40 (less for seniors, students or young people and families). With single admission fees for most sites ranging toward $10 or higher, the expense of membership can be quickly recovered. Membership benefits also include free or discounted admission at sites run by sister organizations in the other countries.

The best way to decide if a membership is for you is to check the websites or call the numbers listed below for the heritage societies of the countries you plan to visit.

Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH, Scotland; 011-44-131-668-8600, fax 011-131-668-8888; www.historic-scotland.gov.uk.

The National Trust for Scotland, 28 Charlotte Sq., Edinburgh, EH2 4ET, Scotland; 011-44-131-243-9300, fax 011-44-131-243-9301; information@nts.org.uk, www.nts.org.uk.

English Heritage, Customer Services Department, P.O. Box 569, Swindon, SN2 2YP, England; 011-44-1793-414910, fax 011-44-1793-414926; customers@english-heritage.org.uk, www.english-heritage.org.uk.

The National Trust, NT Membership Department, P.O. Box 39, Bromley, Kent BR1 3XL, England; 011-44-20-8315-1111, fax 011-44-20-8466-6824; enquiries@ntrust.org.uk, www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Cadw, Welsh Historic Monuments, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ Wales; 011-44-29-2050-0200, fax 011-44-29-2082-6375; cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk, www.cadw.wales.gov.uk.

Manx National Heritage, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3LY; 011-44-1624-648000, fax 011-44-1624-648001; enquiries@mnh.gov.im, www.gov.im/mnh.

Heritage of Ireland, Heritage Card Officer, Dúchas The Heritage Service, 6 Upper Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland; 011-353-1-647-2461, fax 011-353-1-661-6764; heritagecard@ealga.ie, www.heritageireland.ie.

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