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10 must-visit UK cities with an Innkeeper’s Collection hotel

At megabus, we’re big believers that travel shouldn’t be complicated. So this summer we’re making travel simple, by partnering with Innkeeper’s Collection to offer some great discounts – not to mention some free stays – at their Innkeeper’s Collection hotels.

Travel from A to whoever you want to Be
Our new summer campaign celebrates the way that travel doesn’t just change where we are – it changes who we are. Because at megabus we don’t just take you from A to B, we help take you from A to whoever you want to Be. See what we did there?

The perfect trip needs the perfect place to stay, of course, and that’s where Mitchells & Butlers’ Innkeeper’s Collection hotels come in. These properties are spread up and down the UK, so you’ve got an incredible range to choose from – including the ten cities we’ve picked out below.

The great news is, when you book with megabus this summer, you’ll have a chance of winning an overnight stay at any hotel in the collection, plus a voucher for food. We’re also offering 15% off a stay at an Innkeeper’s Collection hotel when you book your travel with megabus.

But once you’ve arrived with megabus and stayed at an Innkeeper’s Collection hotel, what’s the one thing you won’t want to miss in your destination? We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the must-see sights, unmissable landmarks, and got-to-try once events – so you can use the time to get booking.


10 must-visit cities with an Innkeeper’s Collection hotel – and what to do there!

1. Stand on the Prime Meridian Line in London
Visiting London? Brush up on your maritime history in Greenwich with a visit to the Royal Observatory. As well as lots of things to see and do, it’s home to the Prime Meridian Line – better known as 0° longitude, which is the starting point for measuring distance both east and west around the Earth. You can also step aboard the iconic Cutty Sark and get a glimpse into what life was once like on the ship.

2. Shop ‘til you drop in Birmingham
If you’re heading to Birmingham, you’re going to want to hit the shops – and the best place to start is the Bullring. Shopaholics from all over the UK flock to this landmark shopping destination, which is plum in the middle of the city. Pick from 200 shops including a huge Selfridges, then wander over to Grand Central Birmingham – another top shopping spot that’s connected to the Bullring.

3. Take a tour of Old Trafford in Manchester
It would be rude to visit Manchester and miss out on a tour of Old Trafford, AKA the home of Manchester United. Visit on a non-matchday and you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and get lunch in the Red Café. There’s also a footie megastore that lives up to its name, with 17,000 square-foot of space packed with everything from shirts and scarves, to kits and keyrings.

4. Become a music lover in Liverpool
Music runs through Liverpool’s veins, and The Beatles Story is the best place to find out why. This museum on the Royal Albert Dock is the world's biggest permanent museum telling the story of the lives and times of the band members. It’s fascinating stuff whether you’re a music-lover or not, and you can round off a visit with another music-inspired treat, by taking a ferry across the Mersey.

5. Get your fill of gardens in Sheffield
Sheffield might be known as the Steel City, but it has an altogether greener side thanks to an abundance of parks and gardens. Start with Sheffield Botanical Gardens, pay a visit to the Winter Garden – a huge greenhouse bursting with blooms – and take a wander around pretty Graves Park. The Butterfly House is another great place to get closer to nature, and you’ll meet meercats and lemurs here, too.


6. Climb the iconic castle in Newcastle
If you’re staying at an Innkeeper’s Collection hotel in Newcastle, you’re going to want to get a look at the landmark that gave this city its name. Medieval Newcastle Castle is built on the site of the original fortress the city is named after, and you’ll get a fascinating look at its history when you visit, not to mention some incredible widescreen views.

7. Get creative at Edinburgh Fringe
Staying in Edinburgh in August? You’d be mad to miss the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In fact, you can’t really miss it, because it takes over the city for almost the entire month with an action-packed calendar of arty shows and street performances. 2022 is the festival’s 75th anniversary, so the line-up is even bigger than ever. Get your tickets booked in advance then enjoy comedy, magic, theatre and music all crammed into three weeks.

8. Go underground in Exeter
Fancy doing something a bit different in Exeter? A tour of the city’s underground passages makes for a weird and wonderful day out. These subterranean tunnels were once used to get water to the people of Exeter from natural springs just outside the city, and these days they’re the perfect place to get a totally different perspective on the city above ground with the help of an expert tour guide.

9. Laze by the waterside in Cardiff
If you’re off to Cardiff, make a beeline for Cardiff Bay. It’s walkable from the city centre and you’re rewarded with a clutch of waterside restaurants and cafés, not to mention a bustling urban beach at Roald Dahl Plass. The biggest aqua park in Wales is also due to return to the bay for summer 2022, but make sure you book your tickets in advance for this one – as it’s going to be popular.

10. Hit the beach in Nottingham
Old Market Square is the place to be in Nottingham – it’s the second-biggest public space in the UK after London’s Trafalgar Square, and the beating heart of the city. There are events here throughout the year, but the summer highlight is City By The Sea – AKA Nottingham’s urban beach – which includes two inflatable waterslides. It might be more than 50 miles away from the nearest coastline, but that hasn’t stopped Nottingham getting in on the seaside action.


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