2018 Christmas Markets: where to go in the UK, when
Nothing says Christmas quite like a festive market, and there are some amazing Christmas markets happening all over the UK this winter. Wrap up warm, book a coach ticket to save you driving (two words: mulled wine) and hotfoot it to these destinations ASAP. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all.
The best big city brunches: from all-day breakfast to bottomless brunch
Looking for your next bottomless brunch destination? Trying to find the best all-day breakfast in London, Cardiff, Bristol or Sheffield? Then look no further – because we’ve scoured the UK’s big cities to find the best places for a bottomless brunch, an all-day brekkie or just a brunch that – quite frankly – blows all the other meals out the water. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it…
8 travel hacks for your next UK trip
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love travelling? Getting away from the stress of your routine, exploring someplace new, broadening your horizons, creating new memories…That said, even with all the benefits of travel, it also comes with a few stresses that can put a damper on your travel experience. From booking your holiday to avoiding the usual tourist traps, we’ve all felt at least once in our lives that we’re not making the most of our holiday. Or to do so, we’d have to spend a fortune! Elsa from Stasher.com has compiled a list of travel hacks that will help you save some pennies, as well as make your holiday more fun, comfortable, and relaxed.
Top 5 UK destinations to make your friends jealous on Instagram
Fancy filling your Instagram feed with envy-inducing images, #nofilter needed? Of course you do. And that’s why we’ve cherry-picked 5 of the best places in the UK to take an epic photo and make those friends in your phone green with envy. Naturally, you can get to all of them with megabus…
Top 7 things to do in the UK – Summer 2018
Fancy a day out in the UK this summer but not sure where to start? Take a look at these 7 ideas for things to do – from day trips and festivals to boat tours and special events. You can get to all of them with megabus, so you don’t even need to worry about parking when you get there.
7 things to do now spring is here – UK events in April
It’s official: spring has officially sprung in the UK. The clocks have gone forward, which means evenings are longer and we’ve got less than 12 weeks until British summertime begins. So, what can you do between now and then? Here are seven springtime events you won’t want to miss…
5 UK Hidden Gems To Visit In 2018
Seen all the usual sights in the UK’s most-visited cities? Never fear, because we’ve scoured the map to find five hidden gems that are hiding in plain sight, from secret city gardens to dusty underground tunnels. Take a look and prepare to step off the beaten track…
6 cities to visit with kids in February half-term, 2018
Looking for things to do with children during February 2018 half-term? We’ve picked out a list of UK cities where you’re guaranteed to find lots of family-friendly activities and special events for children. Locations span Edinburgh to Cardiff and to London, and include activities for toddlers all the way up to teens. Plus, you can hop on the megabus to any one of them, and you won’t even need to worry about parking…
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in London with B Bakery
It’s fair to say that Afternoon Tea is a popular thing to do when visiting a city or even just relaxing and catching up with friends. And when we heard that B-Bakery had combined our love of cakes and sightseeing in one of our favourite cities, we knew they were on to a winner. So when it came to picking partners to hook up with for our #megadays competition – we couldn’t say no! And when they were nice enough to offer us a sample tour to see what everyone was raving about, naturally we said yes!
Bristol on a budget: 10 things under £10
Memorable days out are just around the corner with megabus. We love getting you and your friends and family out and about. Here we help you spend a day out in Bristol without taking a hit on your bank balance by uncovering the best affordable activities. Local food and drink, culture and sightseeing are all on the agenda as you explore the best 10 activities for under a tenner.
6 of the best party towns in the UK
Are you making the most of your nights out? At megabus we don’t just get you from A to B, we make sure B is the place to be. A nation full of buzzing nightlife is on your doorstep with megabus – and it doesn’t break the bank either. So, what are the best towns in the UK to get you and your mates far from your standard night? Our resident party expert, Sid, has been out and about finding the best spots you should be heading to for your next night out.
7 UK destinations that might as well be abroad
If you’re wondering whether to head abroad or stay home this summer, take a look at these incredible photos. While they may look like exotic scenes from overseas, they’re actually all in the UK. Even better, you can reach them with megabus, so you don’t even need to step foot on a plane. Tempted? Here’s our pick of the seven UK destinations that might as well be abroad. Get ready to fill your Instagram feed and fool your friends into thinking you’re globetrotting…
5 UK cities that are also perfect for a beach break
If you thought city breaks and beach holidays had to be two separate things, think again. Head to any of these five top destinations with megabus this summer, and you can do both city and beach in one trip.From London to Liverpool, Sunderland to Swansea, these are the ones not to miss this summer.
UK music festivals 2017: 4 top places for new and unsigned acts
Dust off your tents, dig out your wellies and round up your mates, because festival season is almost upon us. And the good news is, if you head to any of these four UK music festivals you’ll leave with some brand new names on your playlist…
Shopping in London – the 5 best places to go
It’s fair to say the capital’s shopping scene is world famous. But if you’re new to London, it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s a handy guide to five of London’s main shopping areas. From traditional markets and high street shops, to designer-name stores, these are the places you won’t want to miss on your London shopping trip.
These are Scotland’s most amazing rural campsites
If you like your backpacking breaks to take you off the beaten track, you’re going to love these amazing campsites. We’ve found four of Scotland’s best rural spots, some of which also have hostels, caravan sites and lodges, too. So, whichever one you pick, you can get a decent sleep in beautiful surroundings, then wake up ready to explore.
8 great travel blogs to read on the coach
Looking for some light reading? Whether you’re after a bit of inspiration for your next trip – UK or abroad – or you’re just making the most of the free WiFi* onboard your megabus coach, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite travel blogs, covering everything from backpacking to beauty. Get in touch if you think we’ve missed any great blogs.
Free WiFi in London: 5 workspaces you probably didn’t know about
It’s official: the days of being confined to an office to get some work are long gone. These days, remote working, hot desking and co-working are more popular than ever. The only question is, where are the best places to get the job done?If you’re in London, there are plenty of cafés with free WiFi where you can settle for a while. But there are also some really big establishments, like museums, hotels and galleries, that have great workspaces you might not know about. Visit one of these and you won’t be competing for space with someone who just wants to read the paper over their morning brew.So, whether you’re freelance, in London on business, or you’re studying and need to get some work done, here are five top places that need to be on your radar. They tick off those two all-important workspace essentials – somewhere to sit, and free WiFi – and some even have extras like workshops and mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs. Of course, a decent coffee comes as standard at all of them, too. Because who ever got their best work done without a little help from caffeine?
The top places for breakfast close to London Victoria station
Whether you’re a fan of a full English fry-up, a proper bowl of porridge or a coffee and a croissant, there’s no denying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And when it comes to places to sit down to eat it, London has no shortage of options. If you’ve booked a trip to the UK capital with megabus – you’ll arrive into Victoria Coach Station. So, to save you the bother of working out where to go for breakfast, we’ve rounded up four great options that are within walking distance, or a quick Tube ride away. You’ll be there before you can say ‘I’ll have mine with a runny yolk’…
The best Royal Parks to visit in London
London may be home to the highest number of people per square metre in the UK, but visit one of its Royal Parks and you wouldn’t know it. These vast green spaces are a breath of fresh air in a capital city that never stops, so it’s no wonder they’re one of the top things to do here. London has eight Royal Parks in total, and they’re all maintained to the same picture-perfect standard. Whether you’re planning a romantic break, or a family picnic, we’ve picked out four of the best parks to visit. They’re all easy to get to from London Victoria Coach Station, which is where your megabus coach will drop you in London.
6 ways to stay entertained on a long coach journey
So, you’ve booked your megabus ticket and you’ve packed your essentials. And now, all that stands between you and that city you’ve been waiting to explore is the coach journey. That may sound like a chore, but thankfully the days of asking, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ are long gone. With free WiFi* onboard all our coaches and plug sockets* to keep your smartphone or tablet fully charged, there are loads of ways to keep boredom at bay. Here are six of the best…
Scotland’s best spas for a seriously pampering break
There’s nothing quite like checking in to a spa when you need to check out of the daily grind. And whether you’re booking a pampering spa break with family or friends, or planning a romantic spa retreat for two, Scotland has some first-rate spas to choose from. Here are a few of our favourite options, from spas in Glasgow and Edinburgh, to places to get pampered in St Andrews. And whichever you choose, you can book your coach transport with megabus and save a fortune on travel costs getting there.
Edinburgh for free: 7 top activities recommended by locals
Looking for the best things to do for free in Edinburgh? Luckily there are plenty of attractions in Scotland’s capital city that don’t cost a penny – perfect if you’ve got limited time and a limited budget. We asked the locals to recommend their favourite things to do for free in Edinburgh, and here’s what they said. So, pack your bags, jump on our coach to Scotland, and get ready to see the best bits of Auld Reekie without breaking the bank.
5 brilliantly weird things to do in London with friends
Whether you’ve been to London and seen all the famous sights already, or you’re new to the city but don’t enjoy typical tourist stuff, we’ve got some quirky ideas for your next visit to the capital. Take a look at these if you’re planning a day out with a difference…
The best pubs with beer gardens in London this summer
Ah, London in summer. There really is nowhere else quite like it in the world. The Royal Parks are full of sunbathing picnickers, and the streets are buzzing with people making the most of the glorious weather after a long, soggy winter. And where better to celebrate the season than a pub garden, with a nice pint of something cold? London is full of beer gardens – you just have to know where to look. And to save you the trouble of searching, we’ve picked out five of our favourites, so you can take your pick. Now, what’ll it be?
London for free: how to see the capital without spending a penny
Let’s face it – London can be an expensive city. But if you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the capital’s top attractions. In fact, some of the best sights in London won’t cost you a penny. From watching all the pomp and circumstance unfold at Buckingham Palace, to embracing your inner Harry Potter via the Hogwarts Express, there’s loads to do in the Big Smoke that won’t break the bank.
Wild swimming: 3 of Scotland’s most fantastic spots
If you’re going to go wild swimming, it should be somewhere deserving of the title. And Scotland is home to plenty of beautiful outdoor pools, streams, rivers and waterfalls that certainly won’t disappoint. Pay a visit to these natural swimming spots – whether you’re camping, hiking, or visiting Scotland for a city break – and prepare to get back to nature. These are three of our absolute favourites, plus some advice on how to enjoy wild swimming safely.
London’s unmissable rooftop bars to visit this summer
Once the sun makes an appearance, one of life’s greatest pleasures is sipping a cocktail looking out over a spectacular view. So, we’ve found the best rooftop bars in London where you can enjoy al fresco drinks, a spot of dinner, and a bird’s eye view of the capital. Bear in mind that some of these bars only open during the summer months, so our advice is to make the most of the high life before you’re back in woolly jumpers.
London walking tours: the best routes to follow
Want to get to know London with a limited amount of time and a limited amount of cash? Then take a look at some of the capital’s best walking tours for a fast-track history lesson you won’t forget. Whether you’re in London for a weekend break, or just have some time to kill between meetings, you can get to know the city at street level without having to rely on public transport. An expert guide will get you from A to B and fill your head with historical facts and figures in the process. And, the cost of a ticket won’t break the bank, so it’s a win-win kind of day out. Here are some of our favourite walking tours in London, from Harry Potter and Shakespeare-themed walks, to a tour of the Houses of Parliament. Just don’t forget to pack some comfy footwear.
Glasgow for free: 5 top attractions that won’t cost you a penny
Although Glasgow is often unfavourably compared to Edinburgh, Scotland’s ‘second city’ should win first place for several reasons. For one thing, it’s a whole lot less crowded in summer, which means less time spent queuing up to see the big-name sights. For another, it’s home to loads of free attractions, the best of which we’ve picked out below. So, pack your bags, book a low-cost megabus ticket and prepare to go easy on your wallet. Because you really can have a day out in Glasgow without spending a penny – and here’s how.
4 iconic London structures and how to see inside them
Hold up a postcard of the London skyline to pretty much anyone – whether they’ve visited the UK capital or not – and we’ll bet they recognise it. It’s one of those iconic images that’s known the world over, and it’s all down to the incredible structures that make it unique.In central London, ancient cathedrals rub shoulders with cutting-edge skyscrapers. Victorian landmarks – like Tower Bridge – stand proudly alongside super-sleek contemporary buildings, like The Shard. And it’s a constantly-changing picture, with more super-structures appearing on the skyline every year.What many people don’t know, though, is that lots of these remarkable buildings are open to the public. It means that, rather than simply admiring them from afar, you can get to know them from the inside. We’ve picked out four of the most famous structures in the central London area, plus how to get there, how to book, and how to save money on tickets. Take your pick, or visit them all.
The best Edinburgh coffee shops to suit your personality
Edinburgh has been keeping pretty quiet about its coffee credentials. Somehow, the locals have kept a lid on the number of amazing coffee shops in Scotland’s capital city, preferring – we’re guessing – to keep it to themselves.Well, not any more. We’re officially letting the cat out of the bag and declaring Edinburgh a must-visit destination for coffee-lovers of every type – whether yours is a classic shot of espresso, or a milky flat white.We’ve picked out our top three coffeehouses in the city below, including what type of coffee drinker each one is most suited to. Take a look and see which one sounds like your cup of tea. And by tea, we of course mean coffee…
Where to eat out in London for less than a tenner
If you’re planning a budget break to London, you don’t necessarily have to scrimp in the food department. With a bit of insider knowledge, it’s perfectly possible to eat out in style during your trip without it costing a fortune. Here’s our guide to the best cheap places to eat in the capital. Head to one of these for a meal and you can leave with change from £10.
Where to eat out in Scotland for less than a tenner
Booked your coach ticket to Scotland? Next stop: working out where you’re going to eat. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of places to dine out that will satisfy your wallet and your taste buds. We’ve tracked down some of the best places for lunch and dinner in Scotland’s three largest cities. Head to any of these and you can tuck in to a decent meal for less than £10. And there’s not a deep-fried Mars bar in sight…
5 UK cities you need to visit in 2017 (before everyone else does)
Already done the likes of London, Edinburgh and Manchester for a UK city break? Looking for an alternative path that’s a little less well-trodden? Whether you’re organising a UK weekend break or planning a 2017 staycation, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found five alternatives to your standard city break destinations – from tiny places you didn’t know existed, to huge cities you won’t want to miss this year. So, take a look and plan a city break with a difference. But do it quick, before the rest of the world cottons on…
Home for Easter? Here's what to binge-watch on TV and Netflix
Easter’s almost here, and boy are we glad of a break. Whether you’re heading home from uni for a few weeks, or just have the Easter bank holiday weekend off work, we bet you’re planning to kick back in front of the TV at some point. And the good news is, there are some brilliant things lined up over the Easter break. From new shows available to stream on Netflix this April, to the best films on terrestrial TV over the Easter bank holiday weekend, we’ve rounded up the top options for the ultimate chilled-out weekend. It’s the perfect remedy to a busy couple of months. Just whatever you do, don’t forget to stock up on snacks.
New Year’s Eve 2018 – The top 5 cities to visit
If you fancy celebrating New Year’s Eve 2018 in style, rather than on the sofa, now’s the time to start planning. Head to one of these UK towns and cities on 31 December and you can expect things like amazing fireworks displays, big-name musicians, parades, fairground rides and plenty more. Some of the New Year’s Eve parties on our list are world-famous, like New Year’s in London and Hogmanay in Edinburgh. And some are a little more undiscovered – perfect if you fancy something a little more low-key as you see in the start of 2019.
The top Christmas pantomimes of 2018 and where to see them
Nothing says Christmas quite like a larger-than-life pantomime dame, a hefty dose of audience participation and a chorus of ‘it’s behind you’ – right? So, with panto season well and truly upon us, we’ve scoured the UK theatre listings to put together a rundown of the best festive Christmas shows for 2018. That way you can get your tickets booked now, then sit back and be wowed by Widow Twankey and friends. All together now: oh no she didn’t…
Escape the stress of Christmas with a Twixmas getaway
Let’s face it. By the time the Christmas holidays are here, most of us are in serious need of a break. Between the Christmas shopping, the cooking and the entertaining, it’s undoubtedly the busiest time of the year. So, what better way to recharge than with a mini-break? The gap between Christmas and New Year, also known as Twixmas, is a prime time to get away and relax. All the hard work is done, and lots of us still don’t have to be back at work for a few more days. Here are some ideas of where to head for a post-Christmas holiday in 2018, whether you want to chill out and spend some time sightseeing, or just make the Christmas festivities last a bit longer. If you’re going to any of these destinations with a particular attraction in mind, just make sure you check the Christmas opening times first, as they can vary over the holiday season.
The top 5 UK Christmas markets to visit in 2018
If you’re wondering which is the best Christmas market to visit in the UK this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve picked out five Christmas markets that tick all the boxes, from stalls stacked with festive foods, to stands loaded with stocking fillers. Most of the markets also come with extras like ice skating rinks, fairground rides and Santa’s grottoes – so you can wrap up warm and make a day of it. We’ve also included essential details about opening times and dates for 2018, as well as how to get there. Happy haggling…
4 places you can do all your Christmas shopping in one day
If you’ve not started your Christmas shopping yet - you've still got time. We’ve found the four best destinations in the UK where you can tick off your entire Christmas shopping list in one day. These UK cities each have a huge range of options, from giant shopping centres with late-night shopping, to hidden-away streets crammed with independent stores. They have festive market squares and pop-up market stalls. And of course, they all have their fair share of Christmas lights. So, take a look and see which one you fancy visiting this December. Then choose a date and browse our range of tickets to get you there. Just remember your shopping list…
10 unmissable things to do at Winter Wonderland London 2018
Winter Wonderland has taken over London’s Hyde Park for the 12th year running, and it’s bigger and better than ever before. Running until 6 January 2019, it’s open from 10:00 until 22:00 and only closes on Christmas Day. Entry into Winter Wonderland is free and you don’t need a ticket, so you can soak up the festive atmosphere and browse the Christmas markets without spending a penny. You will need a ticket for most of the shows and attractions, though, so they’re well worth booking in advance on the official site. You’ll also need tokens to go on the rides, and you can buy these from the various booths inside. Here’s our guide to the top 10 things to do while you’re there, including lots of things that are new for 2018.
The top ice rinks to experience this Christmas
Pull on your woolliest hat, dig out your warmest coat and prepare to channel your inner Torvill and Dean. Because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a spot of ice skating, and there’s no shortage of places to do it this year. We’ve picked out some of the best ice rinks to experience in 2018, from outdoor ice rinks to undercover skate schools. You’ll usually find plenty more Christmassy things to do at each one – including pop-up Christmas markets and chilly ice bars – so wherever you go, you can make a day of it.