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. 


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. (click here for the map)  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.


8.30AM – 7.30PM

£26 members/ £31 non members/ £21 children (aged 2 – 16)

Join us on a trip to one of the most stunning cities in Northern England!

York is a beautiful, historic city in Yorkshire attracting visitors from all over the world. 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! For all those Harry Potter fans, York is even more special to you!

Sunday 14TH AUGUST

8.30AM – 7.30PM


Why not join us on a visit to the awe-spiring World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and the beautiful spa town of Harrogate?

Discover Fountain’s Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in England and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You will have the morning here to explore the ancient abbey ruins along with Studley Royal, the awe-inspiring water gardens.  Then onto the pretty Victorian spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire .. why not try afternoon tea at Betty’s tearooms?


8AM – 9PM


Join us on a visit to one of the top university towns in the UK!

Oxford is world famous for being one of the top University cities. 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 and Art Galleries!  



8.30AM – 7.30PM


Join us on a visit to the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an area of outstanding natural beauty!

The day will be spent in Bowness-on-Windermere, a great base for walking, taking a boat ride or simply relaxing and taking in the amazing views of the Lake!


9.30AM – 6.30PM


Join us on a day trip to Liverpool … a vibrant city of culture

The home of The Beatles, culture and sport, Liverpool has something for everyone. One of the best cities in the world for architecture, the Royal Albert Dock area is a must see. It is a vibrant place full of hotels, shops, restaurants and museums and is home to exciting events.




8AM – 8PM


An area of outstanding beauty, why not join us on a trip to the Cotswolds?

This trip offers you a full day’s guided coach tour of the picturesque Cotswolds area. 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!


8.30AM – 7.30PM

£30 MEMBERS/ £35 NON MEMBERS/ £25 CHILDREN (AGED 5 – 16) / £15 CHILDREN (AGED 2 – 4)

Explore 2 of the top 10 places in Wales to visit in one day with us!

The first stop of the day is the World Heritage site, Conwy Castle, 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, Wales’ largest seaside resort, a Victorian gem! There is lots on offer here from the beach with its pier to spectacular views from the Great Orme.



8AM – 9PM


Join us on a visit to Shakespeare’s hometown!

Stratford is most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You will have the chance to visit several Shakespeare properties including his birthplace while you are there and also to explore the picturesque town.

Popular destinations


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 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. 


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.  



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 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.


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

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.


Updated Covid Policy April 2022

As the last remaining Covid restrictions have ended, we have reviewed our policy in line with the government’s guidelines and plan. As part of the government’s Living with Covid plan, from the 1st of April lateral flow tests will no longer be provided for free. As such, we will also no longer be asking our members to take a lateral flow test prior to attending our activities.

However, we do ask our members to continue watching out for each other’s health and welfare by not attending our activities if you are feeling unwell or have covid like symptoms such as a temperature, runny nose or a headache. 

You are welcome to wear a face mask when attending our activities and we will continue to maintain a high cleaning standard to ensure your safety at all times.

Best wishes,

Staff of the International Society.

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.


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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