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The best family days out this summer

Make the most of your family days out this summer with megabus. The biggest and best activities the UK has to offer are a hassle-free journey away – and using our day-out decision flowchart you’ll find something for any weather or age! Here we look at some of the most popular family activities to get you out and about this summer.

Beautiful National Trust parks

Summer is made for the National Trust - with breath-taking architecture and acres of stunning natural land. The National Trust owns over 350 properties across the UK, and the most beautiful sites are just around the corner with megabus. Bring your bikes and picnic blankets for a memorable family day out.

Nymans Park, West Sussex

An estate steeped in history, with beautiful gardens and numerous trails for family walks. Nymans comes alive during the summer, with a vibrant and colourful array of plants that changes each year. Kids love playing in the park, with activities dotted around including a balance beam and a bamboo jungle. A family ticket to the site is just £30, and in the summer Nymans put on family activities like a Hunt for Bugs, and the chance to create your own art. Feel free to bring your dogs to the park – they’ll love the walking trails.

Osterley, London

You won’t believe you’re in London. Osterley Park is a grand mansion, located in a park with the same name. The huge green space is ideal for family picnics, or getting active with walking trails, jogging or bike rides – there’s even a weekly 5km parkrun on Saturdays. Family tickets for the park start from £22, and there’s often activities available like cycling lessons for little ones or a summer camp out. Osterley Park sits in Hounslow – just a short train or bus trip from central London and the megabus stop at Heathrow.

Dyrham Park, Bath

An ancient deer farm with beautiful gardens and wildlife. Mix with the herd on 270 acres of parkland, with idyllic patches that are perfect for family picnics. Kids can enjoy the park’s two play areas while parents relax, or there’s a family trail to get everyone active. Dyrham Park is just a stone’s throw away from Bath bus station – which you can reach on a hassle-free journey with megabus. 

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Love to learn at museums

Perfect for those rainy and overcast days. Encourage your children’s love for learning and discovery with a trip to one of the UK’s top museums. Many museums offer interactivity and storytelling to bring exhibits to life – and make a great day out for kids, as well as mum and dad.  

Science Museum, London

Fascinating things to do and see. The Science Museum is not your traditional museum, with lots of hands-on activities and exhibits that get the whole family involved. Experience the interactive gallery which gets little ones learning through play, and older kids and parents can take control of their very own plane in the Fly 360 simulator. Located in Kensington, the Science Museum is just a short walk from our London megabus stops.   

National Railway Museum, York

For those who are mad about all things on wheels. York’s National Railway Museum presents over one million pieces of railway history including railway posters, art and genuine locomotives. Discover regular interactive exhibitions, like The Missing Passenger – a murder mystery game which takes place on a train. megabus services depart regularly to York from around the country – so nothing will derail your family plans!

Thinktank Museum, Birmingham

A jaw-dropping science museum with quirky and unique exhibits. Explore past, present and future in a range of displays – with interactive ‘We Made It’ and science exhibits. The Thinktank Planetarium takes you around the solar system in an immersive tour. Getting to the Thinktank is simple with megabus – with buses to Birmingham departing regularly from all over the country.  

 

Summer days at the zoo

A classic family day out. Pack a picnic and head to the zoo, where mum and dad enjoy the live shows as much as the kids. Get up close and personal with the cutest and craziest animal around at these zoos.

London Zoo

The world’s oldest zoo. London Zoo is packed with amazing animals at every turn – with monkeys, gorillas and penguins among its 698 species. Witness incredible and rare animals, or immerse yourself in exhibits like Butterfly Paradise, where butterflies fly free overhead. Megabus London stations get you within penguin steps of the famous zoo.

Bristol Zoo

The great outdoors. Bristol Zoo is home to some awe-inspiring animals – including seals, gorillas, lions and red pandas in educational exhibits. Get a unique experience, swinging through the air like a gibbon on the zoo’s ZooRopia adventure course. And travelling to Bristol Zoo is effortless with megabus, with services departing regularly from across the UK.

Paignton Zoo

Preserving nearly 300 species in incredible exhibits. Discover crocodiles, gorillas and giraffe, among other amazing wildlife at Paignton Zoo. Let your kid’s imaginations run wild in Paignton Zoo’s indoor and outdoor play areas, or enjoy an animal experience – where you get up close and personal with meerkats, rhinoceros and more. And the megabus Paignton stop takes you right to the Zoo’s front gates.

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Amazing castles

Learn and play at the country’s most fascinating castles. Castles team rich history with exciting tours and large grounds – and are the perfect place for days of exploration and adventure with the whole family. 

Nottingham Castle

Steeped in history, with an even steeper set of steps. Nottingham Castle is located amid 130ft high cliffs, and includes the ‘Ducal Mansion’, a museum and the ‘Long Gallery’. A tour of the caves takes you 300 steps deep into ‘Mortimer’s Hole’, and brings the history of the castle to life. Visiting the castle is easy with megabus, with regular bus services taking you to the heart of Nottingham.

Warwick Castle

An immersive and interactive castle experience. Warwick Castle’s grounds play host to daily re-enactments and shows – including battles, birds of prey displays and a walk-through maze. The castle has its own dungeon, and you can even book a short break with medieval-inspired overnight accommodation and evening entertainment. 

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

An impressive artillery fort on the Cornish coast. Pendennis Castle has a rich battle history, and still displays an array of weaponry and armoury. Enjoy a day at the castle in any weather, with Pendennis’ ‘Rainy Days’ activities – including a tour of the castle, and the Fortress Falmouth exhibition, all just a short distance from our Falmouth stop.

 

The UK’s best beaches

A summer classic. The UK is home to many beautiful beaches – with enough sea, sand and fish and chips to keep the whole family happy. Lie back and relax, or brave the sea. There’s nowhere better on a sunny day.

Newquay

Home to over ten beaches - with golden sand for relaxing and cliffs for water sports. In Newquay you’ll find Fistral Beach, Holywell Bay and Whipsiderry Beach, among other perfect summer spots. Take on an afternoon of kayaking or coasteering, or simply enjoy some downtime with the family. megabus services run to Manor Road in Newquay, where you’ll only be a pebble’s throw away from your beach destination.

Plymouth

A variety of beaches for every family break. Pack your beach towels for a spot of sunbathing on Mothecombe Beach, or get your wetsuits on for rock pooling on Bovisand Bay. Travelling to Plymouth with megabus takes you to the city centre – where you’re never too far from a stunning beach front.

Swansea

Recently voted the best beach in Europe. Swansea’s Rhossili Bay has been recognised for its golden sandy beaches, luscious green hills and sand dunes – ranked the 10th best beach in the world. Relax with the family and enjoy an afternoon of sandcastles and swimming on Swansea beach. megabus make family days out simple, with regular bus services to Swansea from across the country.

All that stands between you and an unforgettable summer is a comfortable journey with megabus. Use the journey planner at the top of the page to start planning your next family adventure.