We’d like to call the beautiful city of Manchester the heart of the United Kingdom. Not only it provides a learning environment for our international students, but it is also the starting point of your adventure in this country!
Hop on a train or a bus and within a few hours, you are in another city and in another world. What would you like to explore today? London? Wales? Scotland? Grab a coffee and let’s start planning beyond your homestay experience. National Express, Megabus and www.thetrainline.com are your best friends if you want to explore new British cities.
Take a day trip in ancient Scotland
Take a TransPennine Express train from Manchester Piccadilly or from Manchester Victoria and in 3 hours you can be in Edinburgh! Ticket prices start from £40 one way.
Get lost in the medieval Old Town and take the best Instagram photos from Edinburgh Castle which has a great view over the entire capital. Calton Hill is another spot preferred by travellers from all around the world for its views.
If you are ready for a hiking trip, Arthur’s Seat is a must-do!
If your thirst for adventure hasn’t been satisfied, jump in another train from Edinburgh train station to Glasgow Central for another £10 and you be in Glasgow in an hour.
Glasgow has become a cultural hub in the past few years. If you are interested in culture, you can buy from time tickets to the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as many museums (Scotland Street School Museum, Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to name a few).
If you haven’t got your letter to Hogwarts yet, don’t worry. Glasgow University is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and it was in the Harry Potter film. Don’t miss this chance to practice your spells.
Advice: don’t forget to bring your umbrella!
The charming South of England
If London is not your thing, you still want to visit the South. Many authors have taken their inspiration from these parts and now you can visit them too.
Coventry, Northampton, Cambridge or Oxford are charming little cities with a big load of history. You are bound to come back a changed person, a wiser person.
If you want to take advantage of the heat waves in the summer, head straight to the beautiful beaches from Cornwall or Devon. A bit closer you can find Bournemouth where you can work on your tan and enjoy the water.
Beach in Bournemouth
Bristol is going to entertain you with its many summer festivals. July is usually its busiest month, so if you are planning to study English in the United Kingdom during the summer, this city is a must to visit.
From its Bristol Pride to Cinema Rediscovered, Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo Gardens and an even longer list with food festivals and cultural activities, you cannot get bored in Bristol.
Can you pronounce “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”?
It’s the longest name of a town in the United Kingdom and it translates “St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave” in Welsh. Now you know!
It takes a bit over 3 hours to get from Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central and train tickets start from £30 one way. The capital of Wales is the 11th largest city in the United Kingdom.
If you leave from your BunkOut homestay in Manchester in the morning, by noon you can be at the gate of the Cardiff Castle. If you love Gothic architecture, this castle will be exactly what you are looking for. It’s located in the middle of the city, so it’s hard to miss!
Snowdonia National Park is the place to be if you love hiking or want to take your bike for a scenic ride. Get on top of one of its peaks to admire views across the sea to Ireland. The main train stations within the park are at Barmouth, Porthmadog and Betws-y-Coed.
View from Snowdonia National Park
Here at Bunkout, we connect international students with local hosts. You’ll share a meal, learn customs, hear stories and enjoy traditions with the people that make the place what it is. If you want to live with a host and be part of an authentic British experience, you can contact us at 07908 708896 (if you are in the UK already) or write us an email on email@example.com