Ideas for Day Trips and Short Breaks


Below we have just a few ideas for a Day Trip Out in the North West (and beyond) as well as some ideas for Short Breaks across the UK. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to provide you with an affordable, value-for-money quote for coach hire services.

Day Trippers – Coach Trip Ideas in the North West

For a day out with the whole family or a group of friends or club – there is nowhere better than the North West of England. Here are just a few ideas.

Take a look also at our “Short Breaks in the North West” section for ideas of how to extend your “day out”.


Liverpool has everything – Sport, Culture, Music, Shopping, Historic Buildings!

Liverpool collage

  • Anfield and Goodison Park Football clubs
  • “Liverpool One” shopping
  • Albert Dock shopping and restaurants
  • The Two Cathedrals
  • Pier Head and the Three Graces
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Echo Arena
  • St George’s Hall
  • Tate Liverpool
  • Radio City Tower
  • The Wheel of Liverpool
  • Chinatown
  • Ferry Cross The Mersey
  • Spaceport
  • U Boat Story
  • The Liverpool Empire Theatre
  • World famous Lime Street Station

Where better to start than the home of “Merseybeat” – The Beatles Story


Founded by the Romans, Chester has a charm all of its own.
Set in beautiful Cheshire countryside, it is a “must see”:

Chester Cathedral

  • The Zoo
  • The Racecourse
  • The Historic Walls
  • Roman Amphitheatre
  • The Grosvenor Museum
  • Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
  • The Cathedral
  • River Dee Boat Trips
  • Plenty of Shopping including Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
  • Chester Market Hall
  • A stroll and a meal at “The Groves”


On Chester’s doorstep lie the beaches and mountains of North Wales – fabulous for a day trip or indeed a short break:

Menai Suspension Bridge

  • Snowdonia and Mount Snowdon
  • Llandudno Resort
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Conway Castle and Bay
  • Portmeirion – famous for featuring in the hit TV series “The Prisoner”
  • Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls
  • The Isle of Anglesey


Where do we begin?
There is never a dull moment in Manchester – so much to do, day and night:

Hilton Manchester

  • Old Trafford and the Manchester United Megastore, Museum and Red Cafe
  • Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium
  • The Airport “Runway Visitor Park”
  • The Coronation Street Tour
  • The National Football Museum
  • Chill Factor "e"
  • The Wheel of Manchester
  • The Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Imperial War Museum North
  • The Printworks entertainment venue
  • Legoland Discovery Centre
  • Sea Life
  • Salford Quays
  • Media City
  • G-Mex Exhibition Hall
  • The Trafford Centre
  • Christmas Market – by Manchester’s famous Town Hall
  • The Exchange Theatre
  • The Lowry
  • The Palace Theatre
  • The Opera House

Short Breaks – North West

Thinking of extending your day out to a short trip?
Here are some ideas – just get in touch and we can give you a quote on coach hire services to take you to your destination and pick you up again:

Nearby to Liverpool

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  • Knowsley Safari Park
  • Aisndale Beach
  • Formby Beach – and the Red Squirrels
  • Crosby Beach and the “Another Place” Sculptures
  • Port Sunlight
  • Speke Hall
  • The Wirral Peninsula
  • The Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Nearby to Chester

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  • The Ice Cream Farm
  • Blue Planet Aquarium
  • Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
  • Oulton Park Circuit
  • Peckforton Castle
  • The Cheshire Plain
  • The Market Town of Frodsham
  • Beeston Castle
  • Apple Jacks Adventure Park and the Amazing Maize Maze - Warrington

Nearby To Manchester

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  • Jodrell Bank
  • Tatton Park
  • Knutsford
  • Quarry Bank Mill
  • Dunham Massey
  • Lyme Park
  • White Nancy
  • Bury Market
  • The Village of Alderley Edge
  • Go Ape Delamere Forest - Northwich

Short Breaks - further afield in the North West Area

There are so many places of interest and FUN just a little further afield - Lakes, Peaks, Beaches, Theme Parks – contact us so we can give you a quote on coach hire services to take you to your destination and pick you up again.

Here are just a few places to consider:

The Lake District National Park

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  • Windermere
  • Ullswater
  • Coniston Water
  • Derwentwater
  • Grasmere... and nearby ...
    • The Cumbrian Market Towns and villages such as Ambleside and Kendall
    • Sellafield Visitors Centre
    • Carlisle
    • Hadrian’s Wall

The Isle of Man

  • So many places to visit to capture the Manx spirit – Heritage Sites, Museums, Beach, Ancient Monuments

Blackpool – and nearby ...

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  • The Tower & Ballroom
  • The Winter Gardens
  • The Pleasure Beach
  • The Beach
  • Blackpool Zoo
  • Model Village & Gardens
  • The Promenade
  • Farmer Ted’s Farm, Ormskirk
  • Southport
  • Bygone Times
  • Lytham St Anne’s
  • Morecombe Bay

Don’t forget the Blackpool Illuminations;
for 2015 the dates are 6th September to 8th November!

The Peak District – and nearby ...

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  • Buxton
  • Chatsworth House
  • Peak District Villages and Derbyshire towns such as Matlock
  • Shipley Country Park
  • Gulliver’s Park
  • The Heights of Abraham

Alton Towers Resort & Theme Park – and nearby ...

  • The National Memorial Arboretum
  • Cannock Chase Trekking Centre
  • The Potteries Museum and Art Centre
  • The Wedgewood Museum

Short Breaks in Other Parts of the UK

The UK is full of heritage, beautiful natural history, man-made historical places of interest, museums, beaches, parks and places to have fun! Vision Coaches can give you a quote on coach hire services to take you to your destination and pick you up again.

Here are some areas of the UK to consider:

The Historic City of York - and close by ...

  • The Yorkshire Dales
  • The Yorkshire Moors
  • The Yorkshires Coast – Scarborough, Whitby
  • Yorkshire Market Towns

Newcastle Upon Tyne (where “the fog is all mine”!) - and close by ...

  • The Angel of the North
  • The Northumberland National Park and Coast
  • The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Shakespeare Country – Stratford Upon Avon

Anne Hathaways Cottage

  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Tudor World
  • Boats Trips on the River
  • And the nearby villages of The Cotswolds – like Bourton On The Water

Historical Oxford and it’s Universities

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Harcourt Arboretum

South and Central Wales

  • The Brecon Beacons
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • The Elan Valley
  • St David’s Bay
  • Cardiff
  • The Mumbles
  • Monmouth

Towards the South West


  • Gloucester
  • The Forest of Dean
  • The Wye Valley
  • Bristol
  • Historic Bath
  • Royal Wootton Bassett
  • Glastonbury
  • Stonehenge
  • Salisbury

The South West

  • Exmoor
  • Minehead
  • Somerset
  • Taunton
  • Dartmoor National Park and Widecombe-in-the-Moor
  • Cornwall and Land’s End
  • The English Riviera of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in Devon
  • Plymouth

Towards the South Coastal Areas

The Needles

  • Lyme Regis in Dorset with it famous stone harbour wall
  • Portland Bill
  • Portsmouth and the historic Dockyard & D-Day Museum
  • The South Downs
  • The New Forest National Park – see the Ponies and visit Beaulieu National Motor Museum as well as Longleat Safari park
  • The Isle of Wight – Cowes Regatta Week, St Catherine’s Lighthouse, The Needles at Alum Bay
  • Sussex Coastal Towns such as Brighton
  • Historic Hastings

Kent – the Garden of England

Leeds castle, Kent

  • The White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle
  • Historic Canterbury
  • The beautiful sands of Dymchurch
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Hever Caste & gardens
  • Leeds Castle
  • The Historic Dockyard of Chatham
  • Turner Contemporary Art gallery
  • The shops of Bluewater
  • Finally – why not add in some Hop Picking?!

Suffolk and Norfolk

  • Sutton Hoo
  • Somerleyton Hall & Gardens
  • Southwold Pier
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park
  • The Norfolk Broads
  • Kings Lynn – given the Royal Charter of Freedom by King John in 1204
  • The Wash National Nature Reserve is the biggest reserve in England
  • Norwich

Historical Cambridge and it's Universities

  • Punting along the River
  • “The Backs”
  • Kettles Yard
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden
  • Ely cathedral

The Middle of England

Coventry Cathedral

  • Althorp House & Park, Stately home of the Spencer family and the resting place of Diana Princess of Wales
  • Gulliver's Land children's theme park
  • Iron Gorge Bridge, Telford
  • Coventry Cathedral
  • Black Country Living Museum
  • The Bull Ring Birmingham
  • National Motorcycle Museum
  • The NEC Birmingham
  • Golf at The Belfry
  • Royal Leamington Spa
  • Warwick Castle
  • Also see “Shakespeare’s Country – Stratford Upon Avon”

Trips to London

There are far too many tourist attractions, places of interest, places to shop, eat, play & rest in London – here is a flavour of them and a few more places to consider just a little further afield:

St Pauls and Millenium Bridge

  • Tower of London
  • Buckingham Palace (and the changing of the Guard)
  • St James Park and Horse Guards Parade
  • Trafalgar Square and The Strand
  • St Pauls Cathedral
  • London Eye
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The London Dungeon
  • The Cromwell Road Museums, The British Museum, The National Gallery
  • The Churchill War Rooms
  • The Royal Albert Hall
  • Hyde Park and Marble Arch
  • Kensington Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Regents Park – and London Zoo
  • The Monument to the Great Fire of London
  • London Bridge
  • The Shard
  • The City of London
  • The Millennium Walking Bridge
  • Shopping in Oxford Street and Carnaby Street!
  • Hamleys, Harrods, Claridge’s, Selfridges!
  • Petticoat Lane, East Lane Market, Borough Market!
  • A play at The Globe Theatre, a musical on Shaftesbury Avenue
  • A trip down the Thames
  • HMS Belfast on The Thames!
  • Dining at The rooftop OXO Tower Restaurant
  • Or Tea at The Ritz!
  • Twickenham – home of Rugby
  • Wembley – Home of Football
  • Lords – the home of Cricket!
  • Hamstead Heath
  • Hampton Court Palace and Maze
  • Camden Lock

... and close by ...

The Cutty Sark

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
  • The Royal Observatory Greenwich and Greenwich Park – where the London marathon usually begins – near Blackheath
  • The Cutty Sark
  • The O2 Arena
  • Henley On Thames
  • Epsom Races
  • The Roman remains at St Albans
  • Woburn Safari Park
  • Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers
  • Southend on Sea
  • Box Hill and the North Downs
  • The Chiltern Hills

Trips to  Bonnie Scotland


  • Holyrood Palace
  • Arthur's Seat
  • The Golden Mile
  • Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August
  • Edinburgh International Festival in August


Gretna Green


St Andrews – the home of Golf!

Loch Ness


  • The Cairngorms National Park


  • John O’Groats
  • Loch Ness
  • The Caledonian Canal

The Scottish Highlands

  • Fort William
  • The Isle of Skye
  • Oban
  • Glencoe


  • Loch Lomond
  • The Trossachs National Park

For Sports Fans in the North West

Go behind the scenes at some of the North West’s most famous Football stadiums ...
you could also go and see a match:

Anfield – Home Of Liverpool Football Club
Goodison Park – home of Everton FC, The Toffees
Manchester United – the Theatre of Dreams
The Etihad Stadium Manchester City
How About Manchester’s National Football Museum?
How about a game of Cricket at Old Trafford, home to Lancashire Cricket Club and scene of many an England “Ashes” match?
Or thrill at a Rugby Super League Match:
Widnes Vikings
Warrington Wolves
St. Helens
For motor racing fans – Oulton Park Circuit:
For the avid Skier – Chill Factor"e" – Manchester's Indoor Real Snow Centre:
What about further afield – let us organise a bespoke travel and hotels package for you around a tour of Wembley Stadium: