What we did in Nottingham | Exploring a new city with National Express | #AD

This post is in paid partnership with National Express. However, all opinions are my own!

Today, my friend Tom and I ventured out to explore a new city. We decided not to stray too far away from our starting point, as we wanted to take a look at places that are somewhat local to us, in Derby. 

National Express is the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK
operating high frequency services linking more than 900 destinations, meaning they were the ideal choice when looking to book a reliable and easy mode of transportation. I occasionally get trains, but they make me very anxious. A coach ride seemed perfect. Comfortable, spacious seats are the one! 

We hopped on the coach at 09:20 this morning, after being greeted by a lovely driver. I had already read all about National Express, and about how they offer a guaranteed seat on every service, plus the option to make seat reservations on selected coaches, for just £2. If you need to take luggage, you are allowed two medium sized suitcases, each weighing no more than 20kg and a small piece of hand luggage, which makes National Express a great option for airport transfers too! They actually offer 1,100 airport services every day, direct to the terminal for all major UK airports. 

Travelling by coach is so easy as I have already mentioned, but it is also really cheap too. National Express offer competitive prices with thousands of tickets for £5 or less (plus booking fee). They also have Coach Cards, which are available for young people (16-26), seniors (over 60) and disabled people. The Coach Cards don't just offer discounts on coaches, believe it or not. You can actually get discounts at Pizza Hut and on festival travel.

I think my favourite thing about the coaches were how comfortable they are. The seats are big, actually pleasant to sit in, and there's plug sockets. You can't get much better than that. There is also air conditioning, which is a huge bonus, especially in those hot summer months. There are toilets on board too. Finally, whilst you are travelling, you can access free entertainment via VUER - a complimentary onboard entertainment app offering films, TV and magazines. How cool is that! 

If you are concerned about the environment, here is something you may find interesting...

Travelling by coach is the most environmentally friendly form of public transport – generating up to five times less Co2 per passenger than the average car journey. National Express’ policy is to not leave engines running for prolonged periods of time so vehicles are fitted with a mechanism that automatically switches off the engine after 5 minutes idling. I find that really cool! 

Once we got to Nottingham at just before 10, we decided to spend the morning wandering around and exploring. This included a cave tour at the City Caves. We also looked at Sneinton Market and a few other unique independent stores. 

We then headed for some lunch at Pitcher & Piano, which is set in a converted church. I had a halloumi burger which I throughly enjoyed! After this, we decided to ditch the city centre for a while and head slightly outwards, to a place called Wollaton Park. I think it is great that there is so much open space relatively close to the city centre. We had a peaceful walk around the lake and up to the country house, which was stunning. We even managed to grab a drink and a tasty treat from the cafe before it closed!

If you want to find out more about National Express, and the destinations they go to, you can click here to do so. Being a student, National Express are a fabulous option. Not just because they are cheap, but they also allow me to get around the country efficiently. This means I can visit home or friends that are at different universities around the country. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Don't forget to check out my Instagram story from today, it is highlighted here. You can also head over to my YouTube channel, where a "follow me around" video will be posted next week. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


  1. Ahhh nottingham isn't too far from Sheffield at all I definitely need to head out there and explore more


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