How to visit Britain's most famous landmarks

14 Sep 2016

You’ve flown the nest and moved away for university. There’s a whole new city that’s ready and waiting to be explored — so why are you spending your time watching old episodes of Friends that you’ve seen a million times before!? 

  From castles to palaces, Britain is home to some incredible monuments. Put the partying on pause and spend your first days as a fresher getting out there and enjoying them. Grab your unirider bus pass, round up your flat mates and board Stagecoach’s whistle-stop tour of some of the best places to visit in Britain.

If you go to university in Newcastle… visit Newcastle Castle

Centrally located on Grey Street, Newcastle Castle offers two attractions in one — the Black Gate and the Castle Keep — helping your student loan stretch that little bit further! 
You’ll begin your adventure at Black Gate, the ancient gatehouse that was built during the reign of King Henry III and expanded in the 17th Century. As you make your way from Black Gate to the castle itself, you’ll pass by Heron Pit, a former prison, and take in views of the ruined Castle Garth.
Once you make it to the Castle Keep, you can explore all four floors and find out more about the city’s past.

Prices & getting there

Students can enjoy discounted entry to the castle, priced at just £5.50. There are plenty of buses you can catch to take you into the city centre, including the 1, 38, 31, 15A and X63. From there, the castle is just a short walk away.

If you go to university in Edinburgh… visit Arthur’s Seat

arthurs seat


Blow away the cobwebs post pub crawl with a visit to Arthur’s Seat. Offering panoramic views across Edinburgh, the monument is the highest point in the beautiful Holyrood Park and is actually an ancient volcano.
Fancy getting some extra credit before uni has even begun? Literature lovers can explore the site mentioned in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, while history students can check out the well-preserved fort and 15th century St Anthony’s Chapel. Geographers, meanwhile, can explore the diverse range of flora and geology. 
Rope in your mates and start trekking your way towards your first class degree!

Prices & getting there

Arthur’s Seat is perfect for students, as entry to Holyrood Park is completely free! A number of Stagecoach services can take you to Edinburgh city centre and help you begin your adventure.

If you go to university in Manchester… visit the Museum of Science and Industry

museum of science and industry


Love trivia? A visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry is a must to top up your bank of fun facts about the local area. For example, did you know the atom was split for the very first time in Rutherford, Manchester?  Or that the international unit of energy, the joule, was named after Salford-born scientist James Prescott Joule? It’s this kind of knowledge that will help you win the next pub quiz at the Student’s Union, so make your visit a priority!
Spend a day exploring the huge collection of exhibitions — you’ll feel 100% more intelligent afterwards! 

Prices & getting there

The museum is free to enter, although visitors are encouraged to make a donation. Leave a few pounds behind when you leave — after all, it’ll be a fraction of your pub quiz winnings! Catch the number 2 bus for free or take the x50 from Piccadilly Gardens. 

If you go to university in Glasgow… visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum



If you’re looking for cool stuff, you need to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. It’s jam-packed with over 8,000 objects, including everything from Spitfire planes to armoury, French Impressionist paintings and even an actual beehive. It’s definitely a mixed bag but it makes for a great day out.
Instagrammers will love the building’s picture-perfect exterior too. Built in 1901, the grand architecture is just crying out for a selfie!

Prices & getting there

General admission to Kelvingrove is free, although there may be a small charge for some exhibitions. Kelvingrove is around a 20 minute walk from the city centre, so get the bus into town and enjoy a wander.

If you go to university in Liverpool… visit St John’s Beacon

radio tower


As a student, you live a busy life and your time is precious, so we’ve found a way you can see all of Liverpool in a matter of minutes. St John’s Beacon, also known as Radio City Tower, towers over the city — 450ft high, to be precise! 
The tower was built in the late 1960s and the viewing gallery is open to the public. It offers panoramic views of the city and on clearer days, you can even spot Snowdonia, the Lake District and Blackpool — you might even see your hometown! 

Prices & getting there

St John’s Beacon offers concessions for students. Entry is priced at £4.50, which includes a souvenir booklet and attraction guide. To get there, take the 86 or the 10A from Liverpool One bus station.

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