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?

Day trip to Manchester - Saturday 15th Febuary

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has lots to offer - whether you’re looking for culture, shopping, history, or just a fun day out.

Manchester is full of restaurants, bars, shops, museums, and galleries - and the city has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport.You could visit the beautiful gothic architecture at John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral; see the fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth, or discover history at Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North.

The city is also famous for football – so during your visit there might be a chance to visit one of the football stadiums, or you might want discover the social history of The Beautiful Game at the National Football Museum.

You can choose how you spend your day in Manchester, or book onto our optional walking tour (an additional Online Store item).

More details and  online booking is available on the Online Store.

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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