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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 Manchester

From the city’s industrial revolution relics and Northern Soul to its modern architecture and contemporary pulse, Manchester is the perfect mix of modern and heritage. Punctuated with cosmopolitan bars and snug pubs, world class museums and trendy boutiques, Manchester has a dynamic energy like no other UK city. If you’re thinking of travelling to Manchester, take a look at our destination guide for our tops tips.


With its revitalised centre and thriving hub of shops, universities, restaurants, night life and world-leading attractions, you’ll find a wide range of things to do in Manchester.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is well known for its alternative and bohemian culture and is packed with independent shops selling vintage clothing, old records and books. Be sure to spend an afternoon exploring its creative spaces, or an evening propping up one of its cool bars.

One of the best things about the city is its broad architectural spectrum, making for an impressive skyline. From dominating Gothic structures, such as the magnificent Manchester Cathedral, to authentic Catalan styles, such as Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge, the city itself is a sight to behold.

With its famous music scene, Manchester – or ‘Madchester’, as affectionately christened by the 90s Britpop scene – is a great place to head on a night out. From indie and rock to punk and pop, you’ll find something to cater for all musical tastes. Football fever also runs through the veins of the city, split between rival teams Manchester City and Manchester United. Fans can take a tour of the famous club grounds, or head to the National Football Museum.

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Even if you regularly travel to Manchester, you’ll always find something new to discover – from strolls along the pretty waterside to the many surrounding green spaces.

The nearby Wythenshawe Park and Prestwich Forest are thick with fields and woodland, making them ideal picnic spots on a warm day. Queens Park in Heywood is another great family option, with its playground, lake and tennis courts, as well as outdoor gym and theatre.

Of the city's older buildings, the John Rylands Library on Deansgate is a real gem. A perfect example of Manchester’s Victorian Gothic architecture, the outside of the library is a masterpiece of medieval turrets and stained glass windows, while the inside offers room upon room of dusty book lined shelves. A must visit.

Culture and heritage

Manchester is a city steeped in history and culture. From its industrial revolution heritage to its many museums, galleries and modern architecture, culture vultures will be spoilt for choice.

Explore the people’s history at The People’s Museum – Manchester’s only national museum – dedicated to telling a 200 year old tale to British democracy. The Imperial War Museum is also worth a visit, with exhibitions dating throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. If you’re a science enthusiast, the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) is set amid the beautiful remains of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and exhibits Manchester’s scientific achievements.

Art lovers should head to The Lowry, home to an eclectic mix of theatres, exhibitions and galleries showcasing sculptures, paintings and photography from around the world. Another place to catch performance arts is The Lyric. The largest stage in England outside London, The Lyric offers a variety of performance from ballet, drama, opera, comedy, music and family entertainment.


Manchester boasts some of the best shopping districts in the world. With designer boutiques and luxury apartment stores, bohemian back streets and the cream of the high street, Manchester really is a shopper’s paradise.

The city’s main shopping district is along Deansgate. Set against beautiful Victorian buildings, the area is home to famous shopping spots such as King Street and St Ann’s Square, offering high end stores and elegant cafes.
Head to the famous Northern Quarter for a concentration of second hand book and music stores. If you’re looking for something hip, kitch or vintage, you’ll find it in the independent stores here, along with numerous laid-back coffee shops filled with students and writers.

Manchester’s most famous shopping mall, the Trafford Centre, accommodates nearly 300 stores, a multiplex cinema and an entertainment area. You’ll find all the usual high street favourites, as well as a selection of eateries. Those looking for a little more of an upmarket experience can head to Selfridges.

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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

Click here to start saving on journeys today.



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