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Half term by coach with National Express

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Published: 11th May 2022

Travel across the UK this May half term

Ready to take the family out to great destinations this half term? We've lined up all the best things to see and do with the family, from stargazing to go-karting. So travel with the UK's number one coach company this May and make it a school holiday to remember.

If you’re already heading to the capital to join in with the Jubilee celebrations, find all the top things to do in our special Jubilee blog post.

Take a look below for plenty of inspiration for trips to six of our most popular cities. Or use our interactive Route map to see all our stops currently served. But with fares from just £6 one-way, you'll need to be quick!

Travel to London

It goes without saying that London is the perfect place for a family break, the hard part is deciding which 3 attractions to recommend!

View stars and planets at the Peter Harrison Planetarium - Planetarium shows are a great way to get kids excited about the solar system. With each show making you feel like you can reach out and touch the stars, as well as guidance from resident experts, it's an activity that's out of this world.

Take a journey through time at the British Museum - For an amazing experience that's easy on the purse strings, the British Museum houses an incredible collection of artifacts from across the world. Learn about ancient Rome, how Stonehenge came to be and much more this half term.

See all of London at once with views from the Shard - It's not every day the kids can share a view like the one from The Shard. Boasting a 360-degree view for up to 40 miles, they'll have a lot to talk about back at school.

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

Travel to Birmingham

Birmingham is a city brimming with different cultures. Treat the whole family to coach tickets this half term and enjoy some of our favourite activities below.

Sink a hole in one at Treetop Adventure Golf - Nestled in the wilderness of Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, this mini-golf course is perfect for families who need a break from the shops. Plus, with two 18-hole courses to choose from and a bonus 19th hole, you're spoilt for choice!

Explore life underwater at SEA LIFE Birmingham - Between seeing the incredible swimming technique of the Gentoo penguins to the UK's first sea otters and the country's only 360° Ocean Tunnel, SEA LIFE has been shaping children's childhoods for years in the second city. Don't miss out on your chance to experience it.

Find their next favourite author at the Library of Birmingham - Enjoy free entry to one of city's most famous landmarks, the Library of Birmingham, and discover a world of incredible literature. Plus, the library features some of Birmingham's most incredible views. 

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

Travel to Bristol

Bristol is one of the country's most popular cities, and for good reason. Check out some of the exciting activities available below...

Discover unique Japanese art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery - With free entry for all, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is already an easy win for the whole family. But with the addition of the Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces collection, there are even more fascinating discoveries to find. Netsuke combine intricate artwork and fashion, as men would use them to stop small items from slipping out of their garments. Now you can explore them for yourself.

Walk along a shipwreck at Bristol Aquarium - Not only does Bristol Aquarium hold the honour of being the only UK aquarium with a giant botanical house, but it also allows you to walk inside a real shipwreck. Now full of a wide array of different species of fish, the shipwreck embodies Bristol Aquarium's keen sense of conservation. It provides a home fish are used to, as well as an amazing experience for all who visit. 

Save the world at Laser Fusion - A staple for generations of kids and adults alike. With an exciting mix of state-of-the-art lighting and sound, adrenaline-pumping laser tag games and a soundtrack to get you hyped up for action, Laser Fusion is a great option for any family with a lot of energy. 

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

Travel to Manchester

A perfect blend of northern culture, family fun and interesting activities, Manchester is always high on our list of places you should visit.

Learn about the beautiful game at the National Football Museum - Is your family full of football fanatics? If so, then there's no better place than the National Football Museum this half term. Stacked with four floors of history and activities, from the hall of fame to penalty shootouts and more, your football-mad family will be busy all day.

Blow their minds at We the Curious - Taking interactive science to the next level, We the Curious is where art, science and fun collide to answer questions you've always wanted to know. From winter stargazing to understanding emotions with machines, there's no limit to what can be discovered. 

Find out more about coach travel to this fantastic city at our Manchester destination page

Travel to Cardiff

The Welsh capital is always worth a visit in the holidays, with plenty to see and do no matter your family's interests.

See how Wales came to be at the National Museum Cardiff - Discover Welsh culture, art, and history for less, with free entry to this amazing museum. The National Museum is home to exhibitions featuring the evolution of Wales, hundreds of years worth of artwork from across the globe, hands-on exploration of artifacts and more. Feed their thirst for knowledge for free this half term. 

Take them on an adventure at Cardiff CastleNo trip to Cardiff is complete without a visit to its world-famous castle. With a history spanning 2000 years, you can learn all about the Norman Keep, Firing Line Museum, Roman walls and more by actually experiencing them first hand. Don't miss out.

Solve a mystery with a Detective Mystery Trail - Explore Cardiff with a unique twist by taking on this detective mystery trail. Simply purchase your trail in advance and follow the clues to take you all over the bay and barrage area. 

Take a look at our Cardiff Destination page for more on this amazing city.

Travel to Leeds

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

Join in on an adventure at Royal Armouries Museum - Discover an incredible world of characters from film, comics, literature and more as the Royal Armories present, Legends Assemble. Now your kids can meet their favourite characters, witness combat demonstrations, see real movie props and more! And best of all, tickets are completely free.

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

Discover answers to medical wonders at Thackray - Following a four-million pound renovation project, Thackray Museum of Medicine is the perfect place to get your kids excited about health and science. From Victorian living standards to asking if robots can care, there're a host of fascinating topics waiting to be explored at this amazing museum. 

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

Half term means half price for kids!

Have you forgotten to plan half term? Don’t worry, we have 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 May half term. Simply enter your travel details in the journey planner above and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout.


Why families love the coach

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.

Take everything you need
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.

Travel with safety in mind
All coaches are fitted with seatbelts as standard, booster seats for children that need them, handrails to aid boarding and exiting the coach and CCTV in certain areas.

Explore more of what we do 

Don't just take our word for it

We're the UK's number one coach company for plenty of reasons.

But don't just listen to what we have to say, take a browse of these blogs that were written after travelling with us for an exciting family trip away.

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