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8 UK staycations by coach

Published 12 September 2019

With over 1,800 coach services running every day to more than 750 locations, we’re encouraging more travellers to get out this summer and discover something new in the UK. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are eight UK staycations that we think are perfect for all the family:


London offers something for everyone. From the quintessentially British tourist attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London and the London Eye, to other popular sites such as London Zoo, Camden Market and The London Dungeon. This is a city where you could never be bored.



Just an hour or two from London is one of the south coast’s most popular places for a staycation – Brighton. This nostalgic seaside town is home to an eccentric pier, the iconic Royal Pavilion and the lofty British Airways i360 observation tower that stands proud on the beachfront. Famous for its arts scene, Brighton is also home to a number of galleries, music venues and music festivals, including The Great Escape.



If it’s local history you’re after, Chester should be right up your street. Founded in the 1st century AD, this Roman-built city includes an excavated Roman amphitheatre, a stunning cathedral and boat trips on the River Dee. Its streets are also lined with Tudor-style timber architecture and enclosed by Roman city walls.




Continuing the Midlands theme, Stratford-upon-Avon should be right at the top of any budding writers’ list. The home of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, visitors to this historic and medieval market town can visit the childhood homes of the bard and Anne Hathaway, catch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, and even rent a boat for a tranquil sail along the River Avon.


The UK’s second city is on the up – and there’s no better time like the present to visit. Boasting more miles of canals than Venice, more independent restaurants than you can shake a stick at, and plenty of family-friendly attractions such as Cadbury World, Sea Life Centre and Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham is an easy-to-reach city in the heart of the country and ideal for a short weekend break.

Birmingham Canals



Torquay, the centre of what is often referred to as The English Riviera, is a must-do UK staycation for families. Renowned for its beautiful, sprawling coastline and beaches rivalling that of its continental European counterparts, Torquay is packed with things to do for all the family. Whether it’s a day on the beach, a stroll along the harbour, or visiting its prehistoric caves, Torquay is the ideal place to go to by coach.


Known for its Fringe Festival and the stunning castle, Edinburgh is one of the best city breaks the UK has to offer. Whether you’re visiting to shop, discover, or just fancy a city break in Scotland, Edinburgh has it all – from its medieval Old Town to the more modern Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and views as far as the eye can see. And don’t forget to pack your hiking boots for a walk up to Arthur’s Seat.


Lake District

The Lake District really is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Famous as much for its associations with William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin as its lakes, forests and mountains. Think rolling country hills, glistening waters, cosy country pubs and picturesque walks – all accessible during one staycation. 

Lake District

These are just a few of our favourite UK staycations but there are so many more great places to visit across the country. To find out your local stop or see the full list of places that we go to, check out our Stop Finder and start planning today!

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