Coach Holidays for Over 60s in the UK

  • Published 30.01.2024
Coach holidays for over 60s in the UK

If you’re considering a coach holiday for over 60s in the UK, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve partnered with the UK’s leading provider of coach holidays, Alfa Travel, to show you the very best coach holidays available. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about UK coach holidays, including how and where to book, along with our favourite UK destinations.

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What’s included in a UK Coach Holiday for Over 60s?

Let’s start with the basics. A coach holiday is a holiday where the primary form of transport is, you guessed it, a coach. The price you pay usually includes the return journey to your chosen destination, followed by any excursions, trips or visits once you get there.

A UK coach holiday typically includes the following as part of the booking price:

  • Free local pickup and return travel, with hundreds of convenient local pick-up points to choose
  • Seat reservation on a modern, luxury coach
  • High quality accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel
  • Fabulous evening entertainment
  • Amazing excursions to provide a memorable holiday experience

Coach holidays include regular comfort stops, on-board toilet facilities, full air-conditioning and individually reclining seats for relaxing in. Many also serve drinks onboard during the journey, such as tea or coffee and sometimes something a little stronger!

They also include one more thing – a friendly and knowledgeable coach driver! The coach drivers at Alfa Travel are brilliant, always on hand to share top tips and hidden gems to ensure you get the most out of your holiday – superior service with a smile!

How to book a UK Coach Holiday

The best Coach Holidays for over 60s in the UK

You don’t need to go abroad for a fantastic holiday. The great news is that the UK is home to some truly wonderful destinations. A UK coach holiday allows you to discover different parts of the country, all from the comfort of your personal, luxury seat on a premium coach.

That’s right, all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views and hospitality!

Whether you’re looking for a city break, week long retreat or country escape, there’s something in this list for everyone. Check out our destination highlights below.

1. Isle of Wight – Sandown or Shanklin

Isle of Wight Newport

The Isle of Wight is home to some truly stunning sandy beaches, classic resort towns and miles of unspoilt coastline. It was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday spots and remains one of the UK’s most popular destinations today.

Why not take a stroll down Sandown Pier or the Esplanade instead? You could even go for a walk along the cliffs for some sensational panoramic views over beautiful Sandown Bay.

A 4 night package deal with Alfa Travel costs from just £259pp. You’ll stop at a luxury hotel in Shanklin, with the following potential excursions to enjoy:

  • Osborne House – explore Queen Victoria’s one-time home on the island, which was built in the late 1840s and used as a rural retreat. Take your time soaking in the views across the Solent and exploring the impressive home and gardens.
  • Cowes – take a trip over to the sophisticated resort of Cowes, home to the world-famous regatta which takes place each August. Enjoy a stroll along the seafront or spend time browsing in some of the quaint boutique shops.
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway Ride – a full day excursion which enables you to head back in time and step aboard the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Enjoy the rolling views of countryside, rural stations and ancient woodland. All from your luxury seat in a Victorian and Edwardian carriage! The Railway finishes in Ryde, letting you make the most of its long stretch of golden sand and stunning marina.
  • Alum Bay & Yarmouth – take in many of the Island’s many famous sights in one trip. This includes the multi-coloured cliffs of Alum Bay and the world famous rocky outcrop, the Needles. After that, the tour heads over to the historic port town of Yarmouth.
  • Carisbrooke Castle & Newport – sitting proudly at the heart of the Diamond Isle, Carisbrooke Castle has many stories to tell from its past as a military fortress, a King’s prison and Royal summer residence. There will also be a chance to explore Newport, the ‘capital’ of the island.

2. Fantastic Fort William

Fort William Eilean Donan Castle

Nestled in the heart of the Highlands, Fort William is located in some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. Fort William and the Highlands has something for everyone to enjoy. It’s home to stunning mountain landscapes, vast Lochs, fabulous food, fascinating museums and an endless selection of authentic Scotch Whiskey to sample!

Did we mention the spectacular scenery? A coach holiday is the perfect way to enjoy it and appreciate how beautiful this part of the world is.

A 7 night trip courtesy of Alfa Travel costs from £329pp, which includes accommodation at the superior Croit Anna Hotel. The hotel is nestled on the shores of Loch Linnhe, offering a comfortable base for you to relax in.

Excursions on offer in Fort William include:

  • Loch Ness & Inverness – admire the imposing mountains, vast expanse and breath-taking beauty of Loch Ness as you travel to the ‘Capital’ of the Highlands, Inverness.
  • Isle of Skye – the magical Isle of Skye. It’s one of the largest islands in the Inner Hebrides with a rich history and stunning scenery. You’ll get the chance to admire the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, followed by a visit to Portree, famous for its colourful cottages.
  • The Jacobite Steam Railway – widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. This 84-mile round-trip will take you over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct, through incredible mountain views and pristine lochs, before reaching the coast in Mallaig.
  • Isle of Mull – set sail across to the Isle of Mull where you’ll discover Tobermory, one of the most beautiful ports in the UK.

3. Tenby & The West Wales Coastline

Aerial view of brightly colored buildings around a small harbour (Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales)

Tenby is located on the Welsh coast and its cobbled streets are home to a superb selection of picturesque restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs to explore. Many of the hotels in Tenby overlook some of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire, on which you can easily spend a day or two relaxing.

You’ll also explore the west coast of Wales, one of the most ruggedly beautiful parts of the UK. It’s a part of the world renowned for its imposing coastline, grand hills and sweeping moors.

A 5 day holiday with Alfa Travel costs from £249pp, giving you enough time to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the region.

Excursions on offer on this trip include:

  • Camarthen & Saundersfoot – situated on the banks of the River Tywi, Carmarthen was once reputed to be the biggest port in Wales. The river has shaped the history of this charming town. Later in the day, the tour calls at coastal Saundersfoot, a small but popular resort with its quaint harbour overlooking Saundersfoot’s golden sands and tranquil waters.
  • Haverfordwest & St Davids – enjoy an excursion to bustling Haverfordwest and beautiful St Davids, Britain’s smallest cathedral city.
  • Cardigan & Fishguard – visit the ancient town of Cardigan, which sits on the estuary of the River Teifi and enjoys a thriving cultural scene, an unspoilt townscape and rich heritage. The tour continues to coastal Fishguard, the site of the ‘last invasion of Britain’ more than 200 years ago.
  • Gwili Railway – one of the most picturesque, preserved railways in the country, the Gwili Railway follows a meandering route on its uphill journey through farmlands and wooden hillsides.
  • Picton Castle Gardens – home to magnificent rhododendrons, an exotic jungle garden and colourful walled garden. Entry to the Welsh Owl Garden and Zoo is also included.
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales – a centre of research and conversation, The National Botanic Garden of Wales features themed areas with amazing plant collections, unique sculptures and spectacular water features. The centrepiece is the Great Glasshouse with its tilted dome and Mediterranean landscape.

4. The Charm of Weston-Super-Mare

The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, England

Weston-Super-Mare, more commonly known as ‘Weston’, is a beautiful Victorian holiday resort located on the Bristol Channel coast. Its long sandy beaches and great local attractions have made Weston one of the UK’s top tourist destinations for centuries.

A 5 day holiday with Alfa Travel costs from £239pp, which includes accommodation at the luxurious Anchor Head Hotel situated by Birnbeck Pier.

Possible excursions on a Weston-Super-Mare trip include:

  • Bath – explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, one of England’s most beautiful cities. It’s a compact city with honey-coloured architecture; admire the Royal Crescent, marvel at the Abbey or perhaps visit one the many museums.
  • Cheddar Gorge & Wells – dramatic scenery awaits as you travel through iconic Cheddar Gorge to visit Cheddar and its ancient architecture. You’ll also visit historic Wells, home to the magnificent cathedral surrounded by the rolling hills of Somerset.
  • Dunster & Minehead – visit medieval Dunster, a village steeped in history and home to over 200 listed buildings. The tour continues to the coast and a stop off at Minehead, a popular seaside resort with lots of local attractions to enjoy.
  • West Somerset Railway – take a nostalgic journey aboard the restored carriages of the West Somerset Railway. The route rolls through the Quantock Hills and passes some truly stunning coastal scenery.
  • Bristol – surrounded by the hills of South West England, Bristol has always had a story to tell. With centuries old heritage, there are distinct areas of the city all worth exploring. The Old City, which is a warren of streets and squares, almost remains the same as it was hundreds of years ago.

5. Glorious Newquay

Newquay, Cornwall.

Discover the breathtaking coastal beauty and vibrant surf culture of Newquay, nestled along the stunning shores of Cornwall. With its golden sandy beaches, world-class waves, and charming seaside promenades, Newquay offers an idyllic retreat for beach lovers and adventure seekers alike.

A 5 day holiday with Alfa Travel costs from £245pp, which includes accommodation at the cosy Eliot Hotel, located close to the magnificent Great Western and Tolcarne beaches.

Potential itinerary options in Newquay include:

  • Port Isaac & Tintagel – a day of pretty villages lies ahead as you make your way to Tintagel, home of Arthurian legends and stunning coastal views. Port Isaac is your next stop which is instantly recognisable as the filming location of TV’s Doc Martin, you’ll even get chance to see Doc’s house and surgery, Louisa’s school and Mrs Tishell’s pharmacy!
  • Mousehole & Penzance – call at picturesque Mousehole and visit Penzance where the winding streets lead to the promenade, offering views of St Michael’s Mount which lies off the coast in the distance.
  • Truro & Lost Gardens of Heligan – explore historic Truro before we visit the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan with its outdoor jungle, ancient woodlands and pleasure gardens featuring plants from across the world.
  • Wadebridge & Lanhydrock Gardens – discover the market town of Wadebridge where the 15th Century bridge still stretches across the River Canal. Later in the day, you’ll make your way to Lanhydrock Gardens where the formal gardens and herbaceous borders are ablaze with colour.
  • Eden Project & Charlestown – experience the sights, smells and scale of the rainforest and amble amongst Mediterranean lemon trees at the Eden Project. You’ll also visit Charlestown with its selection of quaint cafes and Grade II listed original harbour which was used as a filming location for the popular TV series Poldark. There are a selection of charming shops, quaint cafes and spectacular coastal views to be enjoyed here!
  • Looe & Polperro – sandy beaches, rockpools and a working fishing port make Looe one of the most popular resorts on Cornwall’s south coast. Further along the coast lies Polperro, where the narrow streets are lined by pretty cottages that lead down to the historic fishing harbour.
  • Falmouth & Flambards – maritime heritage and a bustling centre, Falmouth is Cornwall at its finest. The day continues at fascinating Flambards, a popular attraction with a Victorian Village and War Museum.

6. Idyllic Ilfracombe


Explore the picturesque seaside town of Ilfracombe, set against the dramatic backdrop of the North Devon coastline. With its charming harbour, rugged cliffs, and bustling streets lined with boutique shops and eateries, Ilfracombe offers a delightful blend of coastal charm and natural beauty waiting to be discovered.

A 5 day holiday with Alfa Travel starts at £255pp, where you’ll stay at the grand Imperial Hotel, overlooking Wildersmouth beach and the Landmark Theatre. It’s in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe!

Potential Ilfracombe excursions include:

  • Minehead & Lynmouth – visit the traditional seaside town of Minehead and coastal Lynmouth, a picturesque village with pretty cottages and shops that cluster around the harbour.
  • Barnstaple & Bideford – discover two delightful market towns in one day; Barnstaple, the largest town in North Devon and Bideford, a thriving market town.
  • Exmoor & Dunster – travel across Exmoor National Park to reach the medieval village of Dunster. With over 200 listed buildings it is one of the most intact medieval villages remaining in England.
  • Clovelly – visit magical Clovelly, once owned by the Queen of England. This privately owned village clings to the cliff face with its steep, cobbled streets that lead down to the ancient fishing harbour.
  • Great Torrington & Dartington Crystal – learn the history of glass making and the unique story of Dartington Crystal, where the visitor centre lets you experience how molten glass is transformed into items of beauty.

7. Tranquil Torquay


Experience the allure of Torquay, known as the “English Riviera,” where palm-fringed promenades and stunning sea views await. With its mild climate, elegant Victorian architecture, and abundance of attractions, Torquay offers a quintessential seaside escape for travellers seeking relaxation and sophistication.

A 5 day trip with Alfa Travel starts at £279pp, including a stay at the Regina Hotel, which sits in a fantastic location overlooking Torquay harbour and close to the shops and theatre.

Possible excursion options in Torquay include:

  • Plymouth with Scenic Cruise & Cream Tea – take a trip to Plymouth where you’ll enjoy free time and a cruise along the coast, sailing past the famous Plymouth Hoe. With a Cream Tea on board included, this is a great way to learn about this fantastic city.
  • Teignmouth & Exeter – discover coastal Teignmouth, a delightful seaside town with an impressive pier and beautiful Georgian architecture. You’ll also visit the cathedral city of Exeter, which pre-dates the arrival of the Romans, meaning there are lots of interesting historic attractions for you to discover. This includes the unique Underground Passages, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the magnificent Exeter Cathedral.
  • Exmouth & Exe Estuary Cruise – admire the calm, sheltered waters and important wildlife habitat with a cruise along the pretty River Exe and enjoy free time to explore Exmouth.
  • South Devon Railway & Totnes – enjoy a nostalgic trip aboard the South Devon Railway, travelling through the stunning valley of the River Dart. You’ll also spend time in fascinating Totnes.
  • Brixham – take an excursion to the pretty fishing town of Brixham. The harbour is home to a stunning replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind.

8. Stunning St. Ives

St Ives, a popular seaside town and port in Cornwall, England

Discover the enchanting coastal town of St Ives, renowned for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant art scene. With its picturesque harbour, charming cobbled streets, and breathtaking coastal walks, St Ives beckons visitors to indulge in its timeless beauty and laid-back atmosphere.

A 7 day trip with Alfa Travel starts from £659pp, with a stay at the Bay Hotel, a beachfront retreat with beautiful views of Porthminster Beach.

A St. Ives itinerary could incorporate:

  • Isles of Scilly – sail to St Marys, the largest of the Scilly Isles. Arriving in Hugh Town, explore the cluster of shops, beautiful beaches and countryside paths of this tropical paradise just 30 miles from the mainland.
  • Truro & Falmouth – excursion to Truro, Cornwall’s country town which is dominated by its magnificent three-spired cathedral. From there, you can continue your trip to Falmouth.
  • Penzance & Marazion – visit popular Penzance and then follow the curving bay to Marazion, which enjoys spectacular views of St. Michael’s Mount.

9. Beautiful Bournemouth


Experience the captivating beauty of Bournemouth, where miles of golden sandy beaches meet stunning coastal cliffs and lush green parks. With its vibrant seaside atmosphere, bustling pier, and array of entertainment options, Bournemouth offers the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement for visitors seeking a memorable coastal getaway.

A 5 day holiday with Alfa Travel starts from just £259pp, where you’ll stop at the Norfolk Royale Hotel, an elegant hotel which is centrally located just a few steps from Bournemouth Square. It’s also only a short stroll from award winning gardens and golden sand Blue Flag beaches.

Possible activities in Bournemouth include:

  • Sea & Train Adventure – for your first stop of the day, head to stylish Poole where you’ll board a cruise to the seaside town of Swanage. Explore the town before stepping back in time aboard the Swanage Railway for a nostalgic trip that passes the ruins of Corfe Castle.
  • Salisbury & Lyndhurst – visit beautiful Salisbury, where the magnificent cathedral stands proudly at the heart of the city. The surrounding streets are full of historic buildings with a delightful market square and traditional shopping establishments. You’ll also have chance to stop in Lyndhurst, often referred to as the ‘Capital’ of the New Forest.
  • Weymouth & Portland – the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth is set on a breathtaking Georgian bay. You’ll also visit the Isle of Portland, a unique, tidal island providing spectacular views over Chesil Beach.

10. Beautiful Scarborough


Embark on a coastal adventure in Scarborough, where historic charm meets modern seaside fun. From its iconic castle ruins overlooking sweeping sandy beaches to its bustling promenade filled with attractions, Scarborough promises a delightful escape for travellers of all ages.

A 5 day trip with Alfa Travel starts at just £235pp, which includes a stay at the Cumberland Hotel, situated on South Cliff and boasting a fantastic view over the resort from the restaurant and many of the rooms.

The following excursions are on offer in Scarborough:

  • Whitby & North York Moors – admire the spectacular scenery of the North York Moors National Park as you make your way to the harbour town of Whitby, a firm favourite with so much to discover in its historic cobbled streets.
  • York – visit York, a vibrant festival city with Roman roots and a Viking past, with stunning Minster, spectacular historic Shambles and much more. York offers adventures for everyone!
  • Bridlington & Beverly – make your way along the coast to visit Bridlington. The Old Town here dates back to the 12th century and the picturesque streets are still a delight to explore. You’ll continue to historic Beverly, where the beautiful Minster towers over the town.
  • Castle Howard & Helmsley – visit Castle Howard, one of Yorkshire’s finest houses set in 100 acres of Parkland. Admire the world-renowned art collection, revel in the spectacular architecture and learn the inspiring tales of the Howard Family. You’ll also spend some time in the picturesque town of Helmsley.

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