Explore UK

The Explore UK programme runs trips during term-time to a range of towns, cities and cultural attractions throughout Great Britain. Previous trips have included Oxford, Scotland, Liverpool, Cambridge, York, Stonehenge and Wales.

It is a great way to see some of the most famous places in the UK and to make new friends at the same time.

How can I book a place on a trip?

You can book places for trips through the DMU online store. Bookings usually open at least two weeks before each trip. We will email all international students to let you know when bookings start for a new trip. 

If you are interested in joining a trip, we recommend booking your place as soon as you can, to avoid disappointment. Trips are popular and often sell out in advance.

What's the next trip?

Weekend Trip to Stonehenge, Bath and Glastonbury: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October

Join us on an overnight weekend trip! The cost is £215 and includes return coach travel from DMU, tour guides throughout, shared hotel accommodation with breakfast, as well as admission to Stonehenge, the Roman Bath Museum and Glastonbury Abbey.

The overnight tour starts in Bath, a beautiful golden-hued city that was founded by the Romans in the 1st century, and was the “the place to see and be seen” in Georgian high society during the 18th century. In Bath, we visit the Roman Bath Museum as well as enjoying a walk to see the Royal Crescent, an architectural icon whose sweeping vista made it the best place to live in Bath. Drink the waters that brought Georgian society to Bath and use your free time to visit the Jane Austen Centre or pop in to Sally Lunn’s for afternoon tea!

On the second day of the tour, we travel to Glastonbury to see King Arthur’s grave and climb Glastonbury Tor for views of Somerset. We also visit Glastonbury Abbey, a monastic ruin with a haunting and beautiful atmosphere. Finally, at the end of the tour we visit Stonehenge. Magic, mysticism, and the legend of King Arthur are all part of the story of Stonehenge, a 5,000 year-old World Heritage site. 

Book a place through the online store, here.

Scotland weekend: Edinburgh and the Highlands - Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November 2019

A 3 day trip to Scotland - including Edinburgh, a tour of the Highlands and a visit to Loch Ness!

Travel to Edinburgh by train, where you'll have a walking tour that includes the Royal Mile and other Scottish attractions. Then it’s on to what Scotland is all about - mountains and lakes! The two day tour of the Highlands includes visits to Loch Ness, Doune Castle, and the mountain landscapes of Glencoe and Rannach Moor.

The cost is £295, which includes return train travel from Leicester, 2 nights’ hostel accommodation including breakfast, entry to Doune Castle and the Clansman Centre, a full-time manager/guide, and the two-day Highland Tour.

Book online here

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my friends or partner on a trip?

Yes. Students can book more than one place through the online store.

I'm interested in a trip but it's already sold out. How can I get a place?

We try to open trips up to as many students as possible, but for practical and organisational reasons, there will usually be an upper limit to the number of people that we can take. Our trips often sell out and so we suggest booking promptly onto any trips that you're interested in.

We sometimes operate a waiting list if trips are full. Contact us by email if you want to be added to a waiting list for a trip that has sold out. 

I can't use the online store because I don't have a credit/debit card. What can I do?

If you don't yet have a debit or credit card, please contact us at iss@dmu.ac.uk and we will try to assist.

Can you reserve a place on a trip for me?

No. We canot reserve places for students. If you want to join a trip you will need to book a place by making payment either through the Online Store, or at the Cashiers Office.

I'm a UK student. Can I join the trip too?

Yes. Home students are very welcome to join Explore UK trips.  

Can I bring my children on a trip?

It is usually possible to book children onto trips. If you are planning to do this, please contact us directly at iss@dmu.ac.uk and we will advise you further.

What if I book a place on a trip but then can't attend?

Before you make your booking, please check to make sure that you will be able to join the trip on that date. If you've booked a place but then find you can't attend, you will need to inform us in writing as soon as possible. See our refund policy

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