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Amazing Day Trips From Manchester

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Manchester is an amazing city with a huge amount to see and do. But another benefit of studying here is that Manchester is perfectly positioned to explore lots of the UK! From our location in the northwest of England you can easy visit other cities and destinations – and be back in a day!
During this blog we will explore amazing day trips from Manchester.


History, culture…..and The Beatles! Visit the home of one of the most famous bands the world has ever seen, visit the Cavern and soak up The Beatles mania! Of course there is much more to Liverpool than just music, Liverpool was voted European capital of culture in 2008.
Visit the historic Royal Albert Dock, check out Liver Building or why not take in the sights of Liverpool aboard a famous Mersey Ferry ride.

We offer day trips to Liverpool with Smile adventures.
Journey time: approx. 45 – 60 minutes


Enjoy a day out discovering the 2000 year old walled city of Chester. Be surrounded by history as you visit the Roman amphitheatre and Chester Cathedral. Hours can be spent just enjoying the beautiful architecture of this unique city.
And if you enjoy shopping you can also indulge yourself at Cheshire Oaks Designer outlet village, the number one designer outlet village in the UK.

We offer day trips to Chester with smile Adventures.
Journey time: approx. 65 – 90 minutes


The Roman city of York, a walk through Britain’s rich history all in one place! Visit York Minster, take a walk through the gorgeous city street, enjoying the shops, cafes and history of York.

We offer day trips to York with Smile adventures.
Journey time public transport: 80-90 minutes

Lake District

Lake district
The Lake District is the UK’s largest national park. A truly special part of the UK, experience the majestic mountains, crystal lakes and stunning scenery. Take a deep breath and refresh yourself with a day in the Lake District.

We offer day trips to York with Smile adventures.

Peak District

peak district
Be surrounded by breathtaking landscape, beautiful rolling hills, spectacular views, caves to explore, an ancient castle and picturesque towns. Make sure you bring your walking shoes and a camera for a day trip you’ll never forget in the Peak District National Park.

We offer day trips to the Peak District with Smile adventures.
Journey time public transport: 50 – 70 minutes

Alton Towers

alton towers
If you are a thrill seeker why not take a trip to the UK’s largest theme park? Alton Towers has been delighting visitors for 40 years. Set over 910 acres the theme park has 10 themed areas each offering rides, attraction and famous rollercoasters for the braver amongst you!
40 rides, 10 top rollercoasters and the added bonus of being set in the grounds of a beautiful historic stately home, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Our partner company, Smile Adventures, run trips to Alton Towers throughout the year so you can sit back and relax on an organized coach trip while you plan your day at the park.

Feel like going a little further?

There are so many exciting and beautiful places to visit in the UK and Ireland, why not explore a little further?


Bristol is a wonderfully vibrant city in the southwest of England with a fascinating maritime history. The Clifton Suspension Bridge, The SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, Bristol Aquarium – there are so many things to see and do in Bristol!


Galway is a beautiful harbour city on Ireland’s west coast. There is no better place to soak up some Irish Culture than here! Enjoy the city’s colourful streets, museum and cathedral followed by a relaxing walk on one of the beautiful nearby beaches – what could be better at the end of the day?


And speaking of beaches if you enjoy the seaside, Portsmouth is an absolute ‘must visit’! Located on the south coast, Portsmouth is the UK’s only island city. A fantastic, lively destination to explore with plenty of attractions and festivals to enjoy all year round.


Discover Northern Ireland and the glorious city of Belfast. Birthplace of the Titanic, visit the world class Titanic Belfast, the world’s Largest Titanic exhibition. Immerse yourself in the city’s music, creativity and history. And travelling to Belfast has never been easier! Belfast International Airport and Belfast ‘George Best’ City Airport serve the city and Dublin Airport is also a good option.

Get More in Manchester!

Our social activities provide students with the opportunity to explore Manchester and the UK. Visit new and exciting places, make new friends, practice your English, have a fantastic time!

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