Coach holidays may not be the first method of travelling you think of, but it is a fantastic, stress-free way to holiday. You have your own personal chauffer so you can take in the scenery, your luggage is taken care of for you, you’re accompanied by expert tour managers who know the areas you’re travelling to and have insider knowledge.
If you’re looking to explore all of the fabulous places the UK and Ireland have to offer, we’ve put together our top 5 destinations you should visit.
Eastbourne was recently declared the most popular tour by expert coach holiday company, Grand UK Holidays, who take thousands of holidaymakers there every year, and it should come as no surprise as to why.
The traditional seaside resort has got something for everyone: golden beaches, crystal blue seas, miles of promenade, the world famous Carpet Gardens, a Grand Parade Bandstand with fantastic shows and performances to name just a few.
If you’re looking for seaside or countryside walks, beautiful gardens, a pier that has it all (tea rooms, jazz bar, nightclub, chip shop), an annual tennis tournament, or maybe an outstanding free air show, Eastbourne is the destination to head to.
The county of Yorkshire has so much to offer, it’s steeped in history thanks to its Roman and Viking heritage, and it has some of the most incredible views with the grassy hills, rugged coastline and two National Parks.
There are many popular city break opportunities with Leeds, Sheffield and York offering great food, culture, history, museums, bars and a vibrant atmosphere. On the contrast, you have the tranquillity of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors or the Flamborough coastline.
So it’s a county with impressive cities, countryside escapes and traditional seaside breaks, especially to towns like Whitby or Scarborough. If you’ve never been, you’ll want to make sure you get to see the best of Yorkshire – what better way than a coach holiday, where someone else does all the driving so you can really soak in all the magnificent scenery!
If you’ve ever visited Wales, you’ll know how it is a truly inviting country, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in New Zealand as it boasts some magnificent features – waterfalls, mountains, a rugged coastline, and glacial landforms.
These are the natural features, but it is also home to Europe’s longest zip wire, where you whizz down at 100mph, dangling 500 feet in the air. You will find many a castle, historic building and museum in Wales, along with some lively and fascinating cities for you to discover.
Thanks to its amazing landscapes, trails and pathways, of which all have stunning views, there are many activities you can partake in such as walking, hiking, biking, kayaking or fishing!
The Scottish capital is an award winner, a city with a real buzz due to the many unique festivals it hosts. Throughout the year you’ll find festivals for comedy, blues, jazz, films, art, music, literature, science – the list goes on!
If heritage is what you’re looking to uncover, you can walk around the World Heritage sights in the Old Town and New Town, stopping off at fascinating museums and galleries along the way. The John Knox House Museum is a hidden treasure as the only surviving medieval building and home to the leader of the Scottish Reformation.
This Irish gem is probably topping more people’s travel lists since Ed Sheeran’s hit song, Galway Girl, and if it is top of your list, you won’t be disappointed. The urban area of Ireland has a plethora of beautiful parks, landmarks and sights to see.
The Galway coast has rugged cliffs and isolated, stone buildings making it feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s a traditional place and one you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Irish culture with music, handmade crafts and tasty food, all set with stunning backdrops.
Some of the must-see landmarks and sights you should see include the 16thcentury Dunguaire Castle, An Taibdhearc Gaillime or Galway Theatre as it translates, the ancient ruins on the Aran Islands and one of the most prominent buildings in Galway – the Cathedral.
So, in summary, if you want to explore new places and meet new people, take advantage of a coach holiday, where you can simply sit back, relax, and soak in the sights as the world passes by your window.