How to get cheap tickets to Chessington World of Adventures
Fill the summer with fun, laughter and a few screams by heading off to Chessington World of Adventures. With over 40 rides, a full zoo and a new Jumanji world, there's plenty to keep your little one's entertained.
The summer holidays are over, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a family day out in the sun.
At RadioTimes.com, we know how difficult it can be to keep your little ones entertained when they're not at school, just as we know that family days out often come with a hefty price tag. So, to ease the burden on your mind and your bank account, we’ve got guides on how to get a bargain on all the best experience days, from how to get cheap cinema tickets and cheap football tickets to how to get cheap concert tickets.
We also have the low-down on how to save money for theme parks, including how to get cheap Thorpe Park tickets and how to get cheap Alton Towers tickets. But, if you’re looking for a fun day out with small children, there’s no place better than Chessington World of Adventures.
Sitting just an hour outside of London, in between Epsom and Weybridge, Chessington is a full-on family experience complete with over 40 rollercoasters and water rides, a zoo with more than 1,000 animals, and some first-rate shows for all to enjoy.
Some of the resort's most iconic rides include the Vampire, Dragon’s Fury, and Rattlesnake, as well as log flumes like Tiger Rock and the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
Chessington has just opened its new land: World of Jumanji, which includes six specially-themed rooms at the Safari hotel, plus a number of new or re-branded rides such as Mandrill Mayhem and Ostrich Stampede.
But even if you can’t wait for then, there’s always plenty to do and see at Chessington. So, here’s how you can get a bargain on tickets.
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How to get cheap Chessington tickets
It’s no secret that theme park days are an expensive affair. Even before you step through the gates, you’re shelling out for entry, plus the possibility of fast-track tickets and overnight stays. Then when you get in, there’s lunch costs, shows and souvenir prices to battle with. We advise having a separate stuffed animal budget.
However, there are plenty of little changes you can make to save money on the day, from packing lunch to finding discounts on transport. You can also search for package deals or discount codes that will make the load lighter, especially if you’re bringing a big group.
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But the best, fail-safe way to get a discount on tickets is to book ahead. If you turn up on the day, you’re paying £64 per person, but if you book online it’s only £33 – that’s a 48 per cent discount. We’ll explain more about this later on, but if there’s one message to take away from this, it’s always book ahead!
Best Chessington deals at a glance
- Save 48% on Chessington tickets
- Overnight stay at Chessington for a family of four from £50 per person
- Get 40% off Chessington tickets with flexible booking
- Discounted Chessington tickets with Tesco Clubcard
- Get student Chessington tickets for £20
- Get over 200 days entry with the Merlin Annual Pass
- Get up to £40 off on the Merlin Annual Pass for students
Best Chessington discounts and offers for 2023
Save 48% on Chessington tickets
As we said before, booking Chessington tickets online rather than at the door can save you up to £31 per person. That’s 48 per cent off on over 40 rides, plus access to the zoo and performances.
The online tickets also give you a rainy day guarantee, so if the British weather decides to act like it usually does at this time of year, you’ll receive a free return ticket.
Overnight stay at Chessington for a family of four from £50 per person
If you book the Wake Up on the Wild package through Chessington, you can get park entry, a stay in one of the themed hotel rooms, breakfast and more from just £50 a person.
The best value breaks are in the middle of the week and you can save more if you select one of their bunk-bed rooms.
Get 40% off Chessington tickets with flexible booking
With this deal you can get entry to Chessington from £36 per person. Now, we know that’s a little more than on Chessington’s own site, but the reason we picked it is because daysout.com has flexible booking. This means if your plans change, you won't lose out on money or your booking, as the website allows you to change your dates up to 24 hours in advance.
So, for just £2 more you’re living a stress-free life!
Discounted Chessington tickets with Tesco Clubcard
We will never stop singing the praises of the Tesco Clubcard and the perks you can get. With Chessington, Thorpe Park, and Alton Towers, you can get discounted tickets by converting your Clubcard points into Tesco Reward Partners vouchers. Then, you get three times the vouchers’ face value to use on tickets. For example, £5 in points is £15 worth of vouchers.
Get student Chessington tickets for £20
Students can get Chessington Tickets for just £20 through Student Beans. As long as you’re currently in higher education and have a Student Beans account, you’ll be able to get a third off access to the park and zoo. Ah, we miss those perks!
Get over 200 days entry with the Merlin Annual Pass
The Merlin Annual Pass gives you access to some of the UK's biggest attractions, including Chessington, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. With prices starting at £99 you can get the Discovery Pass, which gives you over 200 days entry to any of the attractions available. Or, you can upgrade to the Silver, Gold, or Platinum passes, which give you 300, 340 and 364 days respectively, and extra perks like free parking and a discount on fast track vouchers.
To find out more, check out our guide to what is the Merlin Pass?
Get up to £40 off on the Merlin Annual Pass for students
The Merlin Annual Pass is your way into the UK’s top attractions, with Alton Towers, SEA LIFE centres and the London Eye on the list as well as Chessington. There are different levels of the pass available, from the discovery pass all the way to the platinum pass which gives you extra fancy perks like £5 off fast track vouchers.
With Student Beans you can save £20 off a discovery pass which would normally set you back £99. You can save the same amount off a silver pass and get it for £149, down from £169. You can also get £30 off a gold pass which brings the price down to £200, or if you want to get all the benefits of a platinum pass you can save £40 which brings the price down to £259 annually.
- Merlin discovery pass |
£99£79 annually (save £20 or 20 per cent) at Student Beans
- Merlin silver pass |
£169£149 annually (save £20 or 12 per cent) at Student Beans
- Merlin gold pass |
£239£200 annually (save £30 or 13 per cent) at Student Beans
- Merlin platinum pass |
£299£259 annually (save £40 or 13 per cent) at Student Beans
How to get to Chessington World of Adventures
Chessington is two miles off the A3 and M25 (junctions nine or 10). If you want to book parking, it’s £4 per car. You can also park at Kingston or Epsom and get the 71 or 467 buses respectively.
If you’re getting the train, you can jump on the South Western Rail to Chessington South Station. This line starts from either Waterloo, Clapham Junction or Wimbledon and, as it’s in zone 6, you won’t need to book tickets in advance; you can simply use a bank card or Oyster Card.
If you’re not from London however and need to book tickets to get into the capital, be sure to keep an eye on potential deals through Trainline.