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Days Out Around the UK


This article series provided by National Express demonstrates some of the amazing attractions around the UK. Why not follow the National Express series as they suggest a new destination every month and help us all to make the most of the great days out in our own country.

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FunFare tickets are available to book in advance to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK. We also offer great-value coach travel to Europe with our sister company Eurolines. 

These bargain fares are limited online exclusives, so if you see a fare you like the look of, then book it straight away because once they're gone, they're gone.

It’s not just cheap fares we offer, travelling with us means you’re guaranteed a seat onboard, and we also offer a really generous luggage allowance! For a full list of what's onboard our coaches take a look at our Travelling with us section here."

Unfortunately, Coachcard discounts are not available on any FunFare tickets.

Welcome to Glasgow

Glasgow has earned its stripes as one of the liveliest destinations in Europe. A vibrant and spirited city boasting magnificent Victorian architecture, Glasgow is packed with cultural wealth, including world famous art collections, the best shopping in the UK outside of London and the most envied nightlife scene in the whole of Scotland.


One of the most visited cities in the UK, Glasgow’s revitalised centre is home to world class shopping, parks and entertainment and culture.

Marvel at the majestic splendor of Glasgow Cathedral. Home to the shrine of St Kentigern, the Cathedral is a shining example of the city’s Gothic structures. If you want to get up close and personal with Glasgow’s design, head to The Lighthouse – Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture – the first public commission of renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Glasgow is one of Europe’s sporting capitals, with football at its beating heart. Whether you head to the stadium or the pub, be sure to get in on the action when rivals Celtic and Rangers go head to head in the local derby.


Something of a shopper's paradise, Glasgow is the UK’s second biggest shopping centre after London – offering the best mix of designer shops in Scotland. Head to Glasgow’s West End and you’ll find independent boutiques selling antiques, homeware and vintage fare. There really is something to suit every taste and budget.

The famous Glasgow “Style Mile” is made up of three main city centre streets: Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. A stroll along the Mile will see you stumble upon the trendy Princes Square, along with malls such as the Buchanan Galleries and the Sauchiehall Centre.

Other popular districts for shopping include King Street, Bath Street and along the Dowanside Lane part of Glasgow.

For free

You’re sure to find a wide range of things to do in Glasgow without having to break the bank. The city is home to some of the best museums, galleries and parks in the UK – and the best part is that most of them are free!

The Pollock House, found in the heart of Pollock Country Park, contains works by Rodin, Degas and Cezanne, while the stunning Riverside Museum allows you to walk down Kelvin Street as it would have been between 1895 and 1930. Take a trip to the Huntarian Museum and art gallery, showcasing Roman artifacts, objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and one of the finest art collections in the world.

If you want to combine culture with the great outdoors, pay a visit to the People’s Palace. Littered with artefacts, photos and paintings that give an insight into Glasgow’s history, there’s also an exotic botanical Winter Garden next door.

The beautiful Victoria Park is one of Glasgow’s many well-maintained green spaces. Walk through the 50 acres of land or explore Fossil Grove, the preserved remains of a 330 million-year-old forest. Kelvingrove Park is another glorious area, filled with different types of wildlife, grand 20th century monuments and a skate park, tennis court, bowling green and play area. On sunny days, enjoy a picnic by the river.

Culture and heritage

You’ll be hard pushed to find many cities more culturally diverse than Glasgow. With outstanding Victorian architecture, a thriving music scene and an abundance of galleries and museums, culture vultures will be spoilt for choice.

Many of Glasgow’s museums are free to enter. Try the famous Huntarian Museum, Scotland’s oldest museum housing one of the finest art collections in the world and objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages. Art lovers can also delve into the heart of Pollock House, displaying works from the likes of Rodin, Degas and Cezanne, or wile away an afternoon at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Named as a UNESCO City of Music in 2008, Glasgow’s live music scene is unrivalled in the UK. Hosting an average of 130 weekly music events, ranging from rock and Pop to Celtic and Country, you’re certain to find something to suit all musical tastes. Before travelling to Glasgow, be sure to check out the events listings for the likes of legendary music venues such as King Tuts.

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If you're 60 or over and love visiting family and friends or taking day trips and short breaks, the National Express Senior Coachcard offers a great way to save 1/3 on standard fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK.  Plus, it's now bigger and better than ever, with the £15 day return on Tuesdays offer.

Money Back Guarantee Money back guarantee:
If you don't save the cost of the card in a year then you can claim a refund for the full cost of the card.

Free journey if your coach is delayed:
Sometimes there are things out of National Express's control, which means coaches may get delayed. This can be annoying, so if your journey is delayed over an hour, National Express will give you a free journey.

For only £10 (plus £1.50 p&p) a year the Senior Coachcard makes sense. It works out as little as 84p a month and is £20 cheaper than a railcard!

What more excuse do you need to get out and about in the UK this summer

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