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Explore UK!

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

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

Where have we been so far this year?

This academic year we've run trips to Scotland, Oxford and London.

When's the next trip?

Cambridge - Saturday 24th February

Home of the world-famous University and King's College Chapel, Cambridge is a cosmopolitan city with outstanding architecture, medieval streets, museums, galleries and gardens. Around the historic market place, there's a wide range of independent shops to explore, as well as tea shops, pubs and restaurants.

It's easy to walk between the main tourist sites in the city, although if you prefer you can book a place on the optional walking tour.

Find out more and book your place online here


Manchester - Saturday 17th March

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, whether you’re looking for culture, shopping, history, or just good fun, there are plenty of things to do in Manchester.

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

You can choose how you spend your day in Manchester, or book onto our optional walking tour.

Booking for the Manchester trip will be available from mid-February.


Please note that we reserve the right to amend dates and destinations of Explore UK trips.

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. Check the programme below for more information and for booking links. 

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

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my friends or partner on a trip?

Yes. Each student can usually book several places on 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.It's not unusal for trips to 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 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 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. Our refunds policy is available here

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