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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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"We're committed to always finding you the lowest fares possible to where you want to go. We've decided to make this as simple and easy as possible with our Low Fare Finder, which displays all of our FunFare tickets - our lowest fares are only available online. 

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 Nottingham

A dynamic county capital packed with fascinating history, magnificent architecture and a buzzing social scene, Nottingham mixes urban city with tranquil country surroundings to offer a little something for all.

Arriving in Nottingham? We've set up a partnership with Yourbus which allows you to travel for free on their buses in Nottingham. Just show your valid coach ticket for that day to the driver. For more information and details on the centrelink free bus service too click here.

For free

With more than 136 green spaces across the area, ranging from large tourist attractions through to smaller neighbourhood parks, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Head a little outside of Nottingham and experience Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary Robin Hood. Filled with a variety of fascinating wildlife and some of the oldest trees in Europe, this 450 acre country park is the ideal spot to explore and get lost in.

Another beautiful area to walk around is the Attenborough Nature Reserve, listed in the top 10 eco destinations in the world. Running along the banks of the River Trent, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll.

Culture and heritage

If you’re thinking of travelling to Nottingham, there are plenty of opportunities to take the family out for the day to experience something interesting and new.

Lacemaking is a key part of Nottingham’s heritage, and a large area in the heart of the city is still a shining example of the great buildings and streets from the city's past. Take a stroll through the lacemaking quarter, dotted with quaint shops and tearooms.

Nottinghamshire is abundant with artistic talent and galleries like Nottingham Contemporary, the Harley Gallery, Lakeside and Thoresby Gallery make for a fascinating experience. The famous Nottingham Castle, a 17th century mansion built on the site of a medieval castle, now acts as the city’s main museum and art gallery and is definitely worth a look.

If you love cutting edge art, theatre, music and dance, Nottingham is renowned for its wide variety of performance arts and cultural events calendar. Sample some of the city’s best live music from upcoming bands at renowned music venue Rock City, or catch a play at the Nottingham Playhouse.


You’ll find plenty of things to do in Nottingham for all the family, from top tourist attractions to secret gems.
Fancy scurrying around under the streets of Nottingham? The City of Caves is a network of underground tunnels beneath the city streets. Roam around on an archaeological journey under the cobbles and discover how Nottingham dwellers once lived.

The Galleries of Justice is another must-see… If you dare. Voted Nottingham’s Best Visitor Attraction, this museum of crime and punishment hosts audio and performance led tours through corridors, cells and dungeons rumoured to be haunted!

Those wishing to venture slightly outside of Nottingham can go on a tour of Sherwood Forest, home to the legendary Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Discover the history of the forest, plan a picnic or get back to nature in this 450-acre land filled with wildlife.


Nottingham’s reputation for independent stores, vintage clobber, big name retailers and antique arcades make it an ideal shopping destination.

With its compact city centre, pedestrianised streets and tram system, most of Nottingham’s main shopping districts are within easy reach of each other.

If you love big name retailers, head to The Exchange – one of Nottingham’s most impressive buildings. This Grade II-listed shopping arcade is home to some of the country’s best-known brands, as well as many independent stores. Those after the designer labels should check out the Bridlesmith Gate area.

After a hard day’s shopping, pop along to Old Market Square to rest your feet, people watch and have a bite to eat. The largest public space in the UK after Trafalgar Square, it’s the city’s major meeting hub.

Where to eat and drink

Nottingham promises to stir your taste buds. With more than 300 eateries, including cafes bars, restaurants and pubs, you’ll have your pick of fine dining, traditional pub fare, or cheap eats.

On a shoestring: Goosegate Coffee Bar and Deli. Tiny, quirky deli that sells ‘the best bacon sarnie in Nottingham’, according to Nottingham’s favourite son, designer Paul Smith.

Middle of the road: Iberico: Fresh, authentic Spanish tapas in the heart of the Lace Market.

Splash the cash: Sat Bains. Awarded two Michelin stars, this ambitious eatery offers modern British cuisine in elegant surroundings.

Click here to read about more destinations.


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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