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Best Family Days out by Bus

12 Jun 2019

Start you family adventure with Stagecoach! We've got loads of great ideas for all the family...and how to get there!


June is National Aquarium Month, so what better time to celebrate some of the UK’s best aquariums? From otters to octopuses, sharks to sea lions, here are some of our favourite aquariums in the UK…

1 . Blue Planet, Chester

Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port has the largest collection of sharks in the UK, including six tiger sand sharks, a zebra shark and reef sharks. There are also reptiles, lizards and snakes, plus an outdoor otter enclosure. Jump on the 1 , X8, X2 or the 5 to get there.

2.  Sea Life Centre, Brighton

Sealife Centre, Brighton, is the world’s oldest operating aquarium, built in 1872! They have over 3,500 creatures, from sea turtles to star fish, stingrayss to seahorses, and you can even get involved in the interactive rockpools where you can touch sea anemone, which catch plankton with their stinging tentacles! Take either the 700 or the 17 and it is just a short walk away.

3.  Deep Sea World, Fife

At Deep Sea World you can meet frogs, seals and even piranhas!  Don’t miss the 112 metre underwater safari tunnel with one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe! Want to get even closer?! Bubblemaker encounters let kids get up close and personal with a shark dive! You can get there by getting the 87 bus to Queensferry. 


The school holidays are but the fun doesn’t have to come to an end just because the kids are back at school. The weekends are ready and waiting to be enjoyed and the zoo is a great day out for both those with kids and those who are big kids at heart! Here are some of our favourite zoos you can get to by bus. 

1. Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to some of the most beautiful animals on the planet. Ranging from Sumatran tigers and Asian elephants to North African cheetahs and even pythons, these are just some of the just some of the animals that you can see. Stagecoach offers the X8 bus, a fast link between Liverpool and Chester taking just over an hour. The bus runs every thirty minutes from Monday to Saturday and every hour on a Sunday.

2. Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo is the home to over 2000 animals, 6 animal habitats, a Jungle Express train and an indoor play area, so there is definitely plenty to do. The zoo is laid out so you can have an up close experience with a number of animal encounters throughout the zoo. Hop on the 122 open top bus and we will drop you right outside the entrance. 

Beach Days

Blackpool, Lancashire

This classic seaside town has been entertaining us Brits since 1896. For the thrill seekers, head down to the Pleasure Beach; one of Britain’s most famous theme parks! With all of the ingredients for the perfect weekend away with the kids, there’s thrill rides – childhood favourites – and also a classic seaside fare, so be sure to get your candy floss on the way round. With 125 rides to go on and enjoy, the kids won’t ever want to leave this never-ending theme park. 

If your kids aren’t afraid of heights, take them to the top of The Blackpool Tower Eye and take in views that reach as far as the eye can see from a solid glass sky walk. Or, if the kids would prefer a more exotic view, then why not head to Blackpool Zoo? With lions, tigers, silver back gorillas and orangutans, there are animals from across the world all in one place. There are three buses you can take to get to the seaside town, the 42, 68 and the 61.

Theme Parks 

1. Crealy Theme Park, Devon. 

Crealy Theme Park & Resort is a Theme Park based in Devon which has over 60 rides. The resort hosts live entertainment, a number of animals and is regularly voted the best day out in Devon. You can take the 9 bus and get off at the Farringdon, Crealy Country Park stop and it is just a short walk to the entrance. 

2. Fantasy Island Theme Park, Skegness. 

Fantasy Island is a Theme Park in the seaside town of Skegness. There are over 30 rides for all ages to enjoy, so you can take all of the family. There is a number of Discovery rides for the more adventurous ones and then Little Explorer and Adventure rides for the little ones. We have multiple services that can get you to the theme park, the 1,3 and 59.