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Half term by coach with National Express

See more of the UK this autumn

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).

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Travel the UK this October half term

It may be the last half term of the year but we’re still going out with a bang! Yes, that’s a fireworks pun already! From museum ice rinks to spooky science exhibitions, we’ve listed some of our favourite half term activities just for you.

So scroll on down to see what takes your fancy, and with fares from as little as £5 one-way you better be quick!

Travel to Leeds

We love Leeds! Filled with northern charm and culture. Treat the whole family to coach tickets this half term and enjoy some of our favourite activities..

Get medieval at the Royal Armouries Museum - A perfect place to take the kids. Your little ones can delve into the history of combat from across the world with regular live shows, have-a-go archery, blacksmith demonstrations and even view a full set of elephant armour. Best of all, admission is free!

Create a masterpiece at Leeds Art Gallery - Head to the galleries Artspace for fun and immersive family workshops where you and your kids can get creative and produce masterpieces all with the help from local artists.

Get the need for speed at Team Sport - Fancy something more adventurous? TeamSport is the biggest indoor Go kart circuit in Yorkshire and the perfect place for an adrenaline filled, family afternoon.

Find more great ideas for the family on our Leeds Destination page and book with ease using the blue journey planner.

Travel to Birmingham

Birmingham is a city brimming with different cultures and home to a vibrant culinary scene.  Treat the whole family to coach tickets this half term and enjoy some of our favourite activities followed by a feast at one of it’s famous curry houses.

Escape reality at Legoland Discovery Centre - Make your little one’s half term with a trip to the ultimate indoor Lego playground! With a whole host of attractions, rides and a 4D cinema, Legoland Discovery Centre is the perfect day for kids of all sizes.

Create spooky science at ThinkTank - This unique science museum is home to over 200 hands-on displays that will keep the kids entertained whilst also helping them learn more about science and technology. The museum is even hosting a spooky science event on 30 October which will have trick or treat experiments as well as a zombie operation board game!

Enter chocolate heaven at Cadbury World - One of Birmingham's best attractions and for good reason too! Your little one’s will be amazed as they tour a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There’s plenty of exhibitions to keep them entertained and fed of course.

Need more ideas for your Birmingham visit? Take a look at our Birmingham Destination page for more.

Travel to London

We couldn’t leave out the capital this half term could we? It goes without saying that London is the perfect place for a family break, the hard part is deciding which 3 attractions to recommend!

Live your dreams at KidZania London - Your little ones can step into the future as they explore the city run by children. With plenty of different role play activities they can become a doctor, pilot, firefighter, actor and much more…

Skate the night away at the Natural History Museum - What do you get when you add an ice rink to one of the world’s best museums? An amazing half term that’s what! Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this autumn. 

Explore the oceans at Sea Life London Aquarium - Take the family on a sea voyage around the globe, from Rainforest Adventures to Coral Kingdoms there’s tonnes of marine life for you to see and learn more about!

Want to discover more of London this half term? Take a look at our London destination page for more.

Travel to Bristol

As one of the UK’s coolest cities, Bristol has some of the most unique attractions. From touring a historic ship at it’s famous harbour to spooky goings on at Bristol Zoo, we’ve picked some great activities for you to do as a family this half term.

Set sail on Brunel’s SS Great Britain - Step onboard and back in time on the world’s first great ocean liner! Tour the entire boat and more to find out how the ship was built and what voyages it went on.

Get wild at Bristol Zoo Gardens - Things are getting spooky at Bristol Zoo Gardens this half term. As well as being able to view over 300 different species at the zoo your little monsters will also be tasked with spotting spooky skeletons across the park in a special twilight session.

Discover your creativity at We The Curious - Head to down to the Harbourside to discover this state-of-the-art visitor attraction which offers an amazing world of hands-on discovery filled with events, exhibits and activities. We The Curious will fire up the family’s curiosity and creativity for sure!

 Don't forget there are plenty of other activities on our Bristol destination page waiting for you to explore.

Half term means half price for kids!

Have you forgotten to plan half term? Don’t worry, National Express has you all taken care of.

You can enjoy affordable travel with half-priced children's fares on our coaches, meaning you can explore more exciting places as a family this October half term. Simply enter your travel details in the journey planner above and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. 

We look forward to welcoming you onboard!

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Not travelled on one of our coaches before? You might be surprised at how easy it is! Here are some top reasons why families love travelling with us.

Stay comfy in your seat
You're always guaranteed a comfy seat on our coaches, so you can forget huddling in stuffy carriages.

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We know all families need their essentials (and more!) that's why each customer can bring two 20kg suitcases and one piece of hand luggage onboard our coaches.

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All coaches are fitted with seatbelts as standard, handrails to aid boarding and exiting the coach and CCTV in certain areas for added peace of mind.

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Published: 18th October 2021

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