Older residents in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can take advantage of discounts and concessions available exclusively for the over 60s! Age Space have outlined the best deals to save money in the region.
Hampshire Travel Discounts for Over 60s:
Elderly Bus Travel
England wide bus services offer concessionary bus passes are available for elderly people who have reached state pension age. The state pension age is worked out based on gender and date of birth. You can calculate your state pension age using the government website.
The older person’s bus pass gives access to free travel on public bus services from 9:30am to 11pm Monday to Friday, and all day on bank holidays and weekends. Across Hampshire, the following community transport services also recognise the pass:
- Call and Go (East Hampshire), pass-holders eligible for a 25% discount against full fare
- Call and Go & Dial a Ride (West Hampshire), pass-holders eligible for a 25% discount against full fare
- Park and Ride services in Winchester and Portsmouth (you must still pay for parking)
- Hampshire County Council Taxishare and Carshare schemes
If you live on the Isle of Wight, you can also apply online or by filling out this attached form and taking to County Hall in Newport or your local library.
You can also apply online through the UK government website.
Elderly Rail Travel
Those aged over 60 are eligible for a senior railcard on British railways. A card costs £30 for one year, or £70 for three years and in return you get a 1/3 off all rail travel for that period.
You can buy a senior railcard online, at a staffed ticket office or by calling 0345 3000 250. Make sure to have your passport or driving license on hand to as proof of your age.
Elderly Coach Travel
The National Express coach service offers a Senior coach card for over 60s. The card is very good value, costing only £12.50 (plus £2.50 P&P) a year. You can buy a coach card online through the National Express website. If you have any queries you can contact the helpline on 0871 781 8181.
Elderly Ferry Travel
Wightlink is the largest ferry company operating routes between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The core routes are between Lymington and Yarmouth, and between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, for car and foot passengers. It is a great service to visit loved ones on the Isle of Wight, or enjoy the island for a day out.
Wightlink offer cheaper foot passenger tickets to those aged over 60. You may be asked to present proof of age if you are lucky enough to look younger than you are! Ferry ticket prices are dependent upon time and season, please visit their ticket page for more information.
Wightlink also offer disabled customers discounted vehicle and foot tickets if a Blue Badge can be presented.
To plan your journey with Wightlink, please visit their website.
Hampshire Leisure Discounts for Over 60s:
The National Trust membership scheme offers free entry and parking to over 500 National Trust venues in the UK. There are some really special places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to visit. Please see our Age Space
Cultural Delights for the elderly.
For those over 60, there is senior membership available, offering a 25% discount to those who have held a membership for at least 5 of the last 10 years. Please visit the National Trust membership page for more information and to sign up. If you already have a membership, it won’t automatically update to including a 25% discount when you turn 60, so ensure to phone up and notify on 0344 800 1895.
English Heritage manages and preserves infrastructure from England’s history. In Hampshire there are many sites to visit, including Osborne (Queen Victoria’s much loved family home on the Isle of Wight). For a full listing of venues, please visit the English Heritage site.
They offer a reduced membership fee for seniors, meaning you can then visit sites for free. You can apply for a senior English Heritage membership online, by telephoning 0370 333 1182 or by asking at the reception of any site.
Most public leisure centres offer discounted rates for elderly people and their carers. The size of this discount and activities available/suitable to the elderly is dependent upon your local leisure centre. Make sure to ring in advance or ask at the help desk about elderly prices around using facilities.
Pleas visit our Age Space guide to Exercise Classes for the Elderly in Hampshire for more information on keeping fit in old age.
Cinema chains offer silver screening clubs for over 60s with discounted tickets, matinee showings and free tea and cake. These offer a great way to enjoy film and socialise. Please click on your local cinema brand for more information on showings, times and booking:
- ODEON (Andover, Basingstoke, Port Solent and Southampton) – standard silver cinema tickets cost £3
- Vue (Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Portsmouth) – standard silver cinema tickets cost £3
- Picture House (Southampton) – Silver screen showings Mon-Fri, before 14.00, prices dependent upon film
Cineworld (Aldershot, Newport and Whiteley) and EVERYMAN (Winchester) do not offer a Silver Screenings club, however do have discounted tickets for seniors. You can purchase senior tickets online before viewing or at the box office. Remember to bring ID as a proof of age.
In addition to the screen, certain theatres across Hampshire offer concessionary tickets for seniors. You can book tickets online, by telephone or at the box office. Sometimes you may have to bring ID as a proof of age when you collect tickets. Please websites below with booking information and what’s on:
- The Point, Eastleigh – call box office on 023 8065 2333
- Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – call box office on 02380 711811
- Theatre Royal, Winchester – call box office on 01962 840 440
Marwell Zoo, Winchester
Marwell Zoo‘s 140 acre site hosts a range of exotic animals: giraffes, tigers and penguins, to name a few. In addition, there is a train ride, 4 adventure playgrounds and the daily animal talks. The site has extensive accessibility measures, making the Zoo an ideal destination for a family day out.
Concessions are available for senior visitors (60+s). Ticket prices vary seasonally but range between £13.50 – £19.50 for day entry.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Last but not least, the famous centre of Royal Navy history offers discounts to senior visitors.
Concession tickets are available for the over 65+s. Full navy tickets (ticket to see 3+ attractions on site are 20% cheaper online – so it is worth booking in advance!). For seniors, they cost £27.50.
Please visit our Enjoying Life Hampshire are for more information on making the most of elderly life in the county.