Fifteen fabulousOpen-top bus ridesaround the UK
Feel the salty sea wind or lakeside breeze in your hair, the sun on your face and the world at your feet with these open-top bus rides. Passing famous cityscapes, ruined abbeys and aqueducts, these open-top bus routes also take you through woods and valleys, up cliffs, and along the varied British coast.
Purbeck Breezers, Dorset
The Purbeck Breezers are several great year-round routes. Breezer 50 recently came third in a UK poll of scenic bus routes (beaten only by routes through the North York Moors and Scottish Highlands). The 50’s USP is crossing over from Sandbanks to sandy Studland Bay on the chain ferry.
- Where do they go? From Swanage to Poole in Dorset via Corfe Castle (Breezer 40) or from Bournemouth to Swanage via the beaches near Studland (Breezer 50) and from Rockley Park to Sandbanks, via Poole, Lilliput and Canford Cliffs (Breezer 60). There are some seasonal routes too that start in late May and run through the summer. Find out more here.
- What will I see? Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island, the time-warp town of Wareham, the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle, Swanage waterfront and plenty of other great views.
599 Bowness to Grasmere, Cumbria
A spectacular all-year bus route through the heart of the Lake District.
- Where does it go? From busy Bowness to fell-ringed Grasmere, with its gingerbread and art galleries, the 599 runs frequently (more in Summer) past views of woods and water. You can buy combined bus and boat tickets too.
- What will I see? It runs along the shores of island-dotted Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere and stops near both William Wordsworth’s houses. It passes the foot of the hill below Rydal Mount, where the poet spent his last four decades, and stops almost outside little whitewashed Dove Cottage, which recently reopened as part of a fabulous new complex for visitors, Wordsworth Grasmere.
- Find out more from Stagecoach and discover more car-free adventures in our guide to Windermere.
Oxford City Sightseeing, Oxfordshire
Come face to face with the gargoyles on the colleges or the bearded heads that circle the Sheldonian Theatre when you ride through Oxford’s streets on this cheerful red City Sightseeing bus. The commentary comes in a choice of languages or a kids’ version and includes a free walking tour so you can stroll through the courtyards of the Bodleian Library or past the Radcliffe Camera. Hop on and off the buses at stops outside iconic Oxford sights like Christ Church College, where several scenes in the Harry Potter films were shot or the dim-lit Pitt Rivers museum, housing everything from Roman shoes to Siberian reindeer-skin knickers!
- Where do they go? From the railway station, past all the major sights, to Magdalen Bridge and then North up the Banbury Road and back past Jericho and along St Giles.
- What will I see? All kinds of interesting things, from the neoclassical Ashmolean museum to the original workshop where William Morris, founder of Morris Motors, first started selling and repairing cars.
- Find out more here. Follow Good Journey’s directions. And explore the Oxford area with our car-free guide.
- You can also take City Sightseeing open-top bus tours in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge, Bath, Chester, Stratford, York, Brighton, Norwich, Cardiff and other UK cities.