Explore UK

The Explore UK programme runs weekend trips during term-time to a range of towns, cities and cultural attractions throughout Great Britain. 

This is our trips programme for Spring term 2023. Booking will be available through the DMU online store closer to the date of each trip. International students will be emailed directly when bookings open.

Please note that this schedule is provisional only, and we reserve the right to change the dates and details of trips.

Oxford - Saturday 25th February

Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires" because of its famous university architecture. Other attractions include the Bodleian Library, the historic covered market and the Ashmolean Museum (Britain's oldest museum). There's also a range of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. It's easy to walk between the main tourist sites in the city centre, or you can also book onto our optional walking tour.

Manchester - Saturday 18th March

Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester 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 and there might be an opportunity to visit Old Trafford or the Etihad stadium during your visit.

York - Saturday 22nd April

Renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage and for its architecture and old cobbled streets, York is also famous for York Minster, one of the great cathedrals of the world. Other attractions include the Jorvik viking centre, York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower and the National Railway Museum. Explore the city yourself, or book onto our optional walking tour.

Stonehenge and Salisbury  - Saturday 20th May

This trip combines Stonehenge and Salisbury in a memorable visit to the English West Country! The origin of Stonehenge dates back at least 4,500 years, with its exact purpose and how it was built still remaining a mystery. As part of our visit to this World Heritage site, there’ll be an opportunity to explore the Stonehenge visitor centre and of course to look at the stones themselves. After leaving Stonehenge, we’ll spend the afternoon in Salisbury, a medieval city dominated by the 123 metre spire of the famous cathedral.

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 reasons there will always be an upper limit to the number of people that we can take. Our trips often sell out in advance 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. 

How can I book a place?

You can book a place on a trip through the DMU online store. Remember that you need to set up an account on the store before you book your trip. This should only take a few minutes. 

We cannot accept in-person payments or payment in cash  - sorry.

Can you reserve a place on a trip for me?

We cannot reserve places for students. If you want to join a trip you will need to book a place by making payment through the Online Store.

I'm a UK student at DMU. 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 in advance 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