TRIPS AROUND the UK

Visit some of the most beautiful and interesting locations around England, Scotland and Wales. TRIP POLICYVOLUNTEER TO LEAD A TRIP

We have over 50 years of experience running safe and affordable trips to many of the most beautiful and interesting places around England, Scotland and Wales. Over 8,000 seats are filled on coaches every year with people from all over the world. The trips are an easy way to travel, explore and make international friends.

There are day trips almost every weekend throughout the year including the summer and there are also weekend trips to historic Edinburgh and Roman Bath, including the ancient and famous Stonehenge.

Please note that there are two pick-up points for every International Society trip. The main pick-up point is the International Society building; the coaches park where Dover Street meets Oxford Road. This pick-up takes place at the time stated on the website and on your ticket. The coach also picks up from The University of Salford's Maxwell building. This pick-up takes place 30 minutes before the time stated on the website and on your ticket.

Peak Forest Canal and Brabyn's Park Country walk

Thursday 24th October 2019

 

Join us on a walk in the countryside!

We’ll take a leisurely stoll down the historic Peak Forest canal, seeing the famous ‘flight of locks’ and aquaduct, an engineering marvel completed in 1804. The nearby Brabyns Park offers pleasant walking along the wooded banks of the River Goyt.

Our walks are led by Anna and Andrew, our volunteers who have been leading walks for members for nearly 15 years. Please meet at Marple rail station at 14:10pm (train from Manchester Piccadilly departs at 1349). Back to station at the end of the walk at 17.08pm.  Once registered on the walk, an information/instruction email will be sent to you outlining the plan for the walk. You MUST read this instruction email prior to the walk.

Alton Towers - Halloween Scarefest!

SOLD OUT – please check out Alton Towers Ultimate Fireworks on 9th Nov

Saturday 26th October
9.30 am – 9.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£40 members
£45 non-members
£30 children aged 4-11
£12 children aged 2-3
(includes entrance and all rides)

Alton Towers is Britain’s most popular Theme Park. There are 100s of free rides to go on!  The 2019 Scarefest promises to offer the most spooktacular event yet – and the longest! The Theme Park is open until 9pm and with spine-tingling spooks for younger visitors and haunting horrors for thrill-seeking ghost hunters – there’s something for everyone at Alton Towers this Halloween.

Yorkshire visiting Fountain's Abbey & Forbidden Corner

Sunday 27th October
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£32 members
£37 non-members
£25 children aged 4-15
£12 children aged 2-3

Discover Fountain’s Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in England and a World Heritage Site.  You will have the morning here to explore the ancient abbey ruins along with Studley Royal, the awe-inspiring water gardens.  From here you will travel on to the Forbidden Corner…an attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before …a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park, ideal for adventurers and those young at heart!

North Wales visiting the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Swallow Falls and Betws-y-coed

Sunday 27th October
8.00 am – 6.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 7.30 am)
£45 members
£50 non-members
£30 children aged 3-15
£10 children aged 2

Why not join us on a journey of a lifetime to Wales’ highest mountain?

The first stop of the day will be Llanberis to board the Snowdon Mountain Railway where you will scale the highest mountain in Wales which boasts dramatic landscape and scenery.  You will then visit Swallow Falls, a stunning series of Waterfalls considered to be one of the loveliest spots in Wales and end the day in Betws-y-coed, a picturesque village in the heart of Snowdonia..

OVERNIGHT TRIP: Glasgow with tour of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th October
£90 members
£100 non-members
(please enquire in the office for children’s prices)

Glasgow is one of the Uk’s most vibrant and dynamic cities! You have Saturday afternoon here to explore its many top attractions and amazing architecture … Glasgow Cathedral situated by the Necropolis, the Science Centre on the River Clyde, the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings or explore the city’s quirky lanes and indulge in the Tennent’s Brewery or Whiskey Distillery tour.

Beyond Glasgow, is the beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.  Sunday will be spent exploring the breath-taking landscape of this area passing along the Duke’s Pass to Loch Katrine and Aberfoyle as well as taking a boat ride on Loch Lomond. 

One female place and one male available – you will need to get your ticket from our office. 21/10/19

Whitby

Saturday 2nd November
8.30 am – 8.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£25 members
£30 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

The full day will be spent in the picturesque ancient fishing port of Whitby, set on the North Sea.  It is considered to be 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!

The Cotswolds (with full day guided tour)

Sunday 3rd November
8.00 am – 8.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 7.30 am)
£35 members
£40 non-members
£25 children aged 2-16

This trip offers you a full day’s guided coach tour of the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of outstanding beauty.  A professional tour guide from the Cotswolds will accompany the group throughout the day and give you insight into the history and culture of these quaint, pretty villages surrounded by rolling hills.  It really is like stepping back in time!

Alton Towers - Ultimate Fireworks!

Saturday 9th November
9.30 am – 9.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£40 members
£45 non-members
£30 children aged 4-11
£12 children aged 2-3

Alton Towers is Britain’s most popular Theme Park. There are 100s of free rides to go on!  You can enjoy a day of rides and entertainment, ride your favourite rides after dark and end the day with a spectacular firework display!

Oxford (with guided tour)

Saturday 9th November
8.00 am – 9.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 7.30 am)
£30 members
£35 non-members
£20 children aged 2-16
(includes guided walking tour)

Oxford is world famous for being a great University City. You will have the entire day here to spend at your leisure … either visiting the many University colleges or some of the city’s interesting museums, Art Galleries and historic buildings!

North Peak District Explorer (Ladybower Reservoir - Treak Cliff Cavern - Castleton)

Sunday 10th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£28 members
£33 non-members
£20 children aged 5-15
£12 children aged 2-4

The Peak District is an area of outstanding natural beauty with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns.  This trip explores the North Peaks, otherwise known as “the Dark Peak”. We will spend a couple of hours in the morning at the picturesque Ladybower Resrvoir, a photo opportunity and time for a walk. Then onto the famously pretty village of Castleton known as “the gem of the Peaks”.  You will have time here to have lunch and a look around before you end the day with a tour of Treak Cliff Cavern, famous for its blue john semi precious stone, unique to this area.  The cavern houses some of the most beautiful cave formations.

North Wales visiting Conwy Castle & Llandudno Christmas Fayre

Saturday 16th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£27 members
£32 non-members
£20 children aged 5-16
£12 children aged 2-4
(includes entrance to Conwy Castle)

The first stop of the day is Conwy Castle, a World Heritage site is an outstanding example of medieval military architecture. You will have time here to explore the castle and have a look around the town of Conwy itself … perhaps visit Britain’s smallest house too!  The afternoon will then be spent in Llandudno where the Christmas Fayre is taking place with over 130 craft and food stalls offering everything you need for that festive cheer!

North Lake District (Keswick & Whinlatter Forest Park)

Sunday 17th November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

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.  One particular beautiful walk is that to Castlerigg Stone Circle just outside Keswick! Today, you have the option of also going to Whinlatter Forest Park… England’s only true mountain forest park !  An excellent trip for those who enjoy the beautiful scenery on offer in the countryside!

York (St Nicholas Fayre Market)

Saturday 23rd November
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

Another opportunity to visit the historic city of York. You will have the entire day to spend at your leisure exploring the city at your own pace taking in the medieval Shambles, the York Minster and perhaps learning something about the city’s Viking history. Today, the St Nicholas Fayre will be taking place selling a mixture of arts and crafts, gifts and locally produced food and drink.

Cheshire Oaks Retail Outlet & Chester Xmas Market

Sunday 24th November
9.00 am – 7.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.30 am)
£18 members
£23 non-members
£10 children aged 2-16

The first stop of the day will be Cheshire Oaks retail outlet village – here you can shop at a lot cheaper prices than city centre shops for many great branded goods!  By travelling with us, you also receive an extra 10% off discount card!   We then head to Chester to end the day at the Christmas markets.  Chester is a picturesque, historic town and has some beautiful tourist attractions to visit too such as the Cathedral and the Roman Walls. The Christmas market will be taking place today in the town centre with its many craft and food and drink stalls for you to explore.

Liverpool (with 2 hour guided coach tour)

Saturday 30th November
9.30 am – 6.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£10 children aged 2-16

Voted the 4th friendliest city in the world, you will receive a warm welcome in Liverpool this Christmas time. It is a magical place to visit: shopping for a special gift at Liverpool one or taking in the festive atmosphere at the Albert Dock area! Liverpool has lots to offer! On arrival, there will be a guided coach tour of Liverpool’s main sites … including the Albert Dock area, the two Cathedrals and the places where the Beatles lived and played music!

"Santa Express" Train Ride & Bowness-on-Windermere

Sunday 1st December
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£35 members
£40 non-members
£30 children aged 2-15

Join Father Christmas and his helpers on a magical family train ride aboard the “Santa Express”. There are presents for the children, a festive treat and a seasonal drink for the adults! Carols will be playing, a good time for everyone! Then onto Bowness-on-Windermere for the afternoon to relax by the Lake, explore the town and shops and maybe get a bite to eat!

Straford-upon-Avon (Victorian Xmas Market)

Saturday 7th December
8.30 am – 8.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£35 members
£40 non-members
£30 children aged 3-16
£13 children aged 2

Stratford is most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You will have the chance to visit three of the Shakespeare properties – Shakespeare’s birthplace, Harvard House and Hall’s Croft while you are there and also to explore the picturesque town itself. Today, the annual Victorian Christmas Market will also be taking place with entertainment, a funfair and stalls selling christmas goodies.

*includes entrance to 3 Shakespeare properties in town

The Lake District at Xmas

Saturday 14th December
8.30 am – 7.30 pm
(Salford pick-up 8.00 am)
£20 members
£25 non-members
£15 children aged 2-16

The Lake District is an area of outstanding natural beauty.  The day will be spent in Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere town, a great base for walking, taking a boat ride or simply relaxing and taking in the amazing views of the Lake! The Windermere Christmas celebration will be taking place over the weekend so why not wander along to see what local food and craft stalls are on offer!

Boxing Day Sales visit to Chester & Cheshire Oaks

Thursday 26th December
9.30 am – 7.00 pm
(Salford pick-up 9.00 am)
£18 members
£23 non-members
£10 children aged 2-16

The Winter Sales start today so pick up a bargain or two for yourself at the Cheshire Oaks Retail Outlet where prices are cheaper than normal high street prices and prices will be slashed even further today!!

OVERNIGHT TRIP: Edinburgh

Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February 2020
£90 members
£100 non-members
(please enquire in the office for children’s prices)

In Edinburgh, “the bonniest city” in Scotland, you will find a vast variety of things to see and do. Visit Edinburgh Castle, climb Arthur’s Seat or simply relax in Holyrood Park. The trip includes a 2 hour guided coach tour of the main tourist sites, luxury coach travel from Manchester to Edinburgh return and bed and breakfast accommodation in the Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel.

OVERNIGHT TRIP: Bath (with visit to Stonehenge)

Saturday 29th Feb to Sunday 1st Mar 2020
£95 members
£105 non-members
(please enquire in the office for children’s prices)

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.

Instagram Monthly Giveaway

Been going on our trips with us? Enter our monthly giveway and stand a chance to win a pair of tickets for one of our trips. A winner will be chosen each month.

All you need to do:

1. Follow our instagram @internationalsociety

2. Share photos of your International Society travel adventure with us with the hashtag #youradventurewithus

 

Terms & Conditions:

Winners will be chosen at the last week of each month – subject to Christmas closure. The prize trip options will be decided by the International Society. The prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The winner will be notified by DM on Instagram and/or email. By entering this giveaway, all pictures entered may be used for promotion of the trips organised by International Society. The International Society shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage. The International Society also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

Trip Policy

GENERAL
Members are welcome to bring their children on trips. All children over two years of age need a seat. Children are not allowed on coach trips unless accompanied by an adult. All trips (unless otherwise stated) start and finish at Dover Street, just next to International Society a pick-up point is arranged at Salford University 30 minutes prior to the Dover Street departure time. 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.

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 REFUND
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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VOLUNTEER TO LEAD A TRIP

TRIP LEADERS
Every International Society trip is led by one of our volunteers. The volunteers are responsible for checking tickets and ID and counting everyone onto the coach in the morning. They will then liaise with the coach driver about the timetable of the trip, inform the passengers about what’s happening and when, organise the group’s entry into the various properties that we visit and then count everyone back onto the coach at the end of the day. Trip Leaders get to enjoy the trip themselves for free and can invite a friend along to share the experience with them. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Trip Leader then we require that you go on at least three trips first to better understand how they work.

GET IN TOUCH
If you have any questions please contact us using the contact form in the section above. If you would like to volunteer right away then click the button and complete the volunteer form. Please note that there is often a very high demand to be a Trip Leader and we may not be able to accommodate everyone that applies.
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