why choose us

We have over 50 years experience of running day and overnight trips to many of the most beautiful and interesting places around the UK. Our trips are an easy way to travel, explore and make international friends.

Find your next adventure with us here!

Affordable Travel

Our trips are affordable and gives students the opportunity to explore different parts of the UK.

Top Destinations

Discover many beautiful destinations around  the UK such as  the Lake District, Whitby, Edinburgh, Anglesey and more.

Make New friends

Meet like-minded new friends from all over the world who loves to travel. 

trips

Upcoming TRIPS

Our pick-up point: The coach pick-up point is at the bus stop on Upper Brook Street between Brunswick and Dover Street. This pick-up takes place at the time stated on the website and on your ticket. We advise that you arrive 10 minutes beforehand.

Aged 2 and under go for FREE on the day trips if seated on your lap on the coach and fitted with a secure seat belt over both of you.  If you require a seat for a very young child or a baby seat then you will need to pay the child ticket price.

You can keep up to date with us through our social media channels.

SATURDAY 27TH NOVEMBER (update: changed to Saturday 4th December)

8AM – 8PM

£25 MEMBERS/ £30 NON MEMBERS/ £20 CHILDREN (AGED 2 – 16)

Join us on a visit to Whitby, ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the Yorkshire coast …

The full day will be spent in the picturesque ancient fishing port of Whitby, set on the North Sea – one of the most interesting and attractive seaside towns on the East coast.  There is the opportunity to visit the locations where the author Bram Stoker set his novel “Dracula”, visit the 13th Century Abbey, stroll around the harbour or visit the Captain Cook museum as well as enjoy the fresh air of a day at the seaside and maybe sample the best fish and chips England has to offer! Today Whitby also celebrates its Winter Festival!

[DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER, THIS TRIP HAD BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER] 

SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER

8.30AM – 7PM

£20 MEMBERS/ £25 NON MEMBERS/ £15 CHILDREN (AGED 2 – 16)

Join us on a visit to the UK’s second largest city!

You will have the entire day to explore the city at your own pace taking in its many museums, Art galleries or shops, cafes and bars.  Birmingham is known to be a shopper’s paradise!  Today, the hugely popular German Christmas is taking place too .. so why not treat yourself to a bite to eat or a warm mulled wine or buy some unique Christmas gifts!

SOLD OUT

SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER

8.30AM – 7.30PM

£25 MEMBERS/ £30 NON MEMBERS/ £20 CHILDREN (AGED 2 – 16) 

Keswick .. a pretty market town on the shore of Derwent Water!

Keswick is a pretty market town in North Cumbria with lots to do whether it be a boat ride on the Derwent Water or exploring the town’s many shops and museums.  Saturday is also market day! Keswick is also a perfect base for a day’s walking in the countryside.   There are beautiful walks around Derwentwater or to Castlerigg Stone Circle just outside Keswick. Today, the Victorian Fair with live entertainment and stalls with Christmas goodies will be taking place too!

SATURDAY 11th DECEMBER

8AM – 8PM

£25MEMBERS/ £30 NON MEMBERS/ £20 CHILDREN (AGED 2 – 16)

Join us on a trip to Stratford, most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare

Stratford-upon-Avon is an interesting, picturesque, historical town to explore. There are several Shakespeare properties in town itself such as his Birthplace to visit. Today, the annual Victorian Christmas market will also be taking place with entertainment, a funfair and stalls selling christmas goodies.

MONDAY 27TH DECEMBER

9AM – 6PM

£20 MEMBERS/ £25 NON MEMBERS/ £15 CHILDREN (AGED 2 – 16)

The Sales are on in the shops! Why not join us on a bargain hunt!
This is your chance to grab a bargain as we visit Cheshire Oaks Retail Outlet village and its Boxing Day sales – you can shop here at a lot cheaper prices than city centre shops for many great branded goods and get an extra 10% discount by travelling with us!  

SATURDAY 19TH – SUNDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2022 

8AM (SAT) – 10PM (SUN)

£100 MEMBERS/ £110 NON MEMBERS

PLEASE ASK A MEMBER OF STAFF ABOUT POSSIBLE CHILD PLACES

Why not join us on a visit to the beautiful city of Bath for the weekend and tour the world famous ancient stone circle, Stonehenge!

Bath never ceases to amaze with its many tourist attractions. There is plenty on offer to explore: The Roman Baths,  roof top thermal spa and many museums – Holborne, the Jane Austen museum all housed in impressive Georgian buildings and all within walking distance! Entrance and transport to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world, in the county of Wiltshire is included in the trip.

TRIP INCLUDES LUXURY COACH TRAVEL FROM MANCHESTER TO BATH RETURN, BED AND BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION IN THE BATH YMCA HOSTEL, SUNDAY MORNING VISIT TO STONEHENGE.

SATURDAY 5TH – SUNDAY 6TH MARCH 2022 

8AM (SAT) – 10PM (SUN)

£100 MEMBERS/ £110 NON MEMBERS

PLEASE ASK A MEMBER OF STAFF ABOUT POSSIBLE CHILD PLACES

Edinburgh is Scotland’s picturesque capital and a very interesting city to explore!

 You have the opportunity to spend the weekend exploring this beautiful, atmospheric place with it’s castle presiding over the city and UNESCO world heritage sites : the old and new towns and the Forth bridge and the new Forth Road Bridge!  A coach tour has been planned for you as part of the trip to give you an overview of the famous city sights! If you have energy to spare, why not have a go at climbing Arthur’s seat with its breathtaking views!

TRIP INCLUDES LUXURY COACH TRAVEL FROM MANCHESTER TO EDINBURGH RETURN, BED AND BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION IN THE EDINBURGH CENTRAL YOUTH HOSTEL, 2 HOUR GUIDED TOUR OF THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE CITY.

Popular destinations

York

Explore the beautifully preserved medieval city of York. Delve into its Viking past at the Jorvik Viking Festival and dip into the ecletic array of independent shops at the The Shambles. 

Oxford

Oxford is world famous for its University and place in history. There are plenty to do here either visiting the many University colleges, fascinating museums and historic buildings. 

edinburgh

With stunning architecture, endless winding streets and an awe-inspiring castle perched on a dormant volcano, there’s plenty to see and do in the capital of Scotland.  

 

Whitby

With its picturesque port and stunning coastline, watched over by an ethereal ruined abbey, Whitby is the ideal English seaside town. Throw in the world’s best fish and chips, and its close to perfect…

enjoy wonders of nature

Lake District

The Lake District, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, is located in the heart of Cumbria. World famous for its beautiful lakes and mountainous fells, carved out long ago by glaciers, the Lake District today is a one of the most visited places in England.

North Wales

North Wales is home to many beautiful attractions such as the Snowdonia National Park, Anglesey, Conwy Castle, Caernafon Castle, Llandudno, Portmerion and more. Discover beautiful national parks, historic castles and scenic coastlines. 

Peak District

Peak District is located in the heart of England and is the first national park created in 1951. Its stunning countryside, charming towns and villages, draws in travellers from everywhere. 

yorkshire

Yorkshire is full of incredible things to do from exploring a historic castle to discovering the many natural wonders. Some of the places we visit in Yorkshire includes Fountain’s Abbey, Harrogate, Skipton Castle, Bolton Abbey and more. 

tailor-made trips

Planning a trip for a large group of friends? We offer customised, hassle-free, affordable trips!

Whether it be for your School, Halls, Department or Society, we can plan a bespoke trip, on dates that work for you and a budget you can afford.

 

For more information, please contact Carla at carlahutchinson@internationalsociety.org.uk.

Testimonials 

I was an Erasmus exchange student at the University of Salford three years ago and got a chance to be a member of this brilliant society in Manchester.

Visiting loads of cities with you, embracing multicultural environment and experience I earned so far has been absolutely amazing. You helped me a lot to become who I am today. Loads of hugs and kisses from Turkey. Miss you a lot.

Didem Soykok, Turkey

Thank you so much for making my year in Manchester so much sweeter.  I went to Edinburgh, Alton Towers, and Blackpool with the International Society and I thoroughly enjoyed my time.

Keep up the fantastic work!

Tilda, Germany

The Society was offering very good UK wide trips with a comfortable transportation at a reasonable price and I just want to short my experience in those below words. Just imagine that since I have graduated 2013 and left the UK why I am still reading the weekly emails as if I have nothing to do since I completely left?

The answer is simply because you are great in every aspect from the events to the trips up to your unlimited activities and the kind support.

Ahmed Abdulaziz Al Khwaher, Saudi Arabia

We have had an amazing trip and experience in Edinburgh, it’s a really nice place and it has remind us our Sicily for different aspects.

Fabio Blanco, Italy

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See our terms and conditions in link below. 

trips policy

Where's the pick-up point for the trips?

All trips (unless otherwise stated) start and finish at Dover Street. Our pick up point is where Dover Street meets Oxford Road.

Please note that leaders on coaches are volunteers and are not therefore professional tourist guides. It is your responsibility to arrive in time for the departure of the coach. No refund will be available if you are late.

 

How are we making our trips safe for you?

Our trips will require you to be sat on a coach for an extended period of time. As such, we have made the decision to require all participants to undertake a lateral flow test before attending our activities. 

The reason we are asking all participants to perform a lateral flow test is because most of our members are international students and we understand that some of you may not have yet had access to the Covid vaccine or have a vaccine that is not being recognised in the UK and as such are not able to obtain a Covid pass. In this way, we want to do the best we possibly can to ensure that you are able to make friendships and have a great time at university. 

Please see the next tab on how to perform a lateral flow test and report your results. 

In order to keep everyone safe and for us to continue organising our events in a safe way for everyone, we highly recommend that all participants download the NHS track and trace app here and continue to wear a face mask while walking around inside buildings. 

Please do not attend a trip if you have symptoms of Covid-19, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

How to perform a lateral flow test and report your results?

Performing a lateral flow test 

You can order a set of 7 lateral flow test online here which will take 1-2 days to be delivered to your accommodation or you can collect them on campus from the reception desk at the student’s union or any of the campus catering outlets, Food on Campus (Please check opening times from the link provided) The lateral flow test is FREE, you do not have to pay for the self-testing kit. 

The test must be done no longer than 12 hours before the start of the event/trip. We recommend that for trips, you perform the test the night before and for events you perform the test in the morning. 

Instructions on how to do the test are provided within the pack. 

Once you have performed the test, you will need to report the results of your test. 

Reporting your results 

You can only report the results of your lateral flow test online. You are not able to do it through the app. Click here to report your results. Once you have reported your results, you will receive an email and a text from the NHS. That email/text along with your registration for our events will enable you to attend our events. You do not have to print the email/text or your ticket if you have a smart phone. Please be ready to show us the email/text from the NHS on your phone when you attend our events. 

Can I bring my children on the trips?

You are welcome to bring your children on trips. Aged 2 and under go for FREE on the day trips if seated on your lap on the coach and with fitted with a secure seat belt over both of you. If require a seat for a very young child or a baby seat then you will need to pay the child ticket price. All children over two years of age need a seat. Children are not allowed on coach trips unless accompanied by an adult.

Day trip cancellation and refunds

Please bring your ticket to the office at least one week in advance of the trip taking place if you know that you are unable to go. Please note that ticket money cannot be refunded for trips unless the ticket is resold after we have sold our own tickets. A cancellation charge of £1.00 per ticket is made. Refunds must be collected within 14 days of the trip taking place. Please note that ULC students who are taking the free trips paid for by their course cannot change trips once they are booked.

Overnight trip cancellation and refunds

Please note that cancellations cannot be accepted unless more than two weeks notice is given. A refund can only be given if we are able to resell your place on the trip. A cancellation charge of £5.00 per booking is made. Refunds must be collected within 14 days of the trip taking place.

Disclaimer

The International Society reserves the right to change the details of the trips programme should any necessity arise. The Society and staff cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss or injury however sustained by participants on trips. The Society cannot be held responsible for the weather conditions on any of our trips. Please check the weather forecast before you go and take appropriate clothing.

 

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get in touch!

Want to know more about us or the activivities we do? Drop us a message. 

PHONE

0161 275 4959

EMAIL

info@internationalsociety.org.uk

address

International Society,

c/o UMSU, Oxford Road, 

Manchester, M13 9PR

Our offfice is located at the ground floor of University of Manchester’s Students’ Union.

charity no.

The International Society is a registered charity. Our Charity Commision number is 521248.

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