Salford u3a offer a programme of trips throughout the year, both day tours and short breaks. We make the most of local events, places of interest and activities, and travel a little further afield on our multi-day holidays within the UK and Europe. Our trips are open to all members and are a great chance to spend time with your u3a friends and indeed meet new ones.

All our trips are carefully planned so that all you have to do is come along and enjoy yourself. We set out with a full itinerary so that you get the most out of your days away – and we try to break longer journeys at places of interest en route. All the practicalities are taken care of – making bookings, organising entrance tickets, choosing a comfortable and high-quality hotel, arranging meals, and hiring guides. We are usually able to keep single supplements to a minimum, and can arrange travel insurance (for short breaks) should you need it.

Our next trip: Monton to Bowness (Friday 23 June)

Our day trip on Friday 23 June will take us to Bowness by coach, boat and train. We will leave Monton and travel by coach to Haverthwaite railway station where, after a short stop at the Victorian tea-room, we will board the steam train for a leisurely journey to Lakeside Pier. We will cruise across spectacular Lake Windermere to Bowness, where there will be plenty of free time to have some lunch and explore the town. Finally, we’ll rejoin the coach for our return to Monton.

The cost for this trip is £34. The trip is now fully booked, but if you would like to be placed on a waiting list then please email marking the subject line ‘FAO: Janet Ball’.

Autumn trip: Highlights of Somerset (September – 3 days)

Our Autumn break is a three-day trip enjoying the highlights of Somerset. It will include guided tours of Bath and its Roman baths, Wells Cathedral and Bristol. We also visit Hanbury Hall, Glastonbury Tor and drive through the stunning Cheddar Gorge. We will depart from Worsley on Saturday 2 September and spend two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bristol.

The trip is now fully booked, but if you would like to be placed on a waiting list then please email marking the subject line ‘FAO: Janet Ball’.

Previous trips

2023 Dutch Delights – the Netherlands (5 days)

Keukenhof Gardens, Delft, The Hague, the windmills of Kinderdijk and Castle de Haar in Utrecht
2022 Thursford Christmas Spectacular (3 days)

Lincoln Christmas markets, medieval Kings Lynn, the Thursford Christmas spectacular and the National Arboretum
Monet’s Garden and Versailles (6 days)

Monet’s Garden, Versailles, Rouen, Ypres, Arras
Dorothy Clive Garden and the World of Wedgewood (day trip)
2021Leighton Hall and Heyes Garden World, Ambleside (day trip)
Beamish Museum Historical North East (2 days)

Bowes museum, Beamish museum and the spectacular Kynren show
Royal Liver Building & luncheon cruise on the Floating Grace (day trip)
2019 Belfast and the Antrim coast (4 days)

Titanic exhibition, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills distillery, scenic drive along Antrim coast and walk across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
Southport Flower show (day trip)
Portmeirion (day trip)
Guided tour of Portmeirion and lunch at Castell Dundraeth
2018Leicester and Richard III (2 days)
King Richard III visitor centre, guided tour of Leicester Cathedral, Belvoir Brewery, Melton Mowbray (Ye Olde Pie Shoppe)
Renishaw Hall and Gardens (day trip)
Walker Art Gallery & World Museum, Liverpool (day trip)
Guided tour of the gallery and entrance to the Terracotta Warrior exhibition
2017Tatton Park – twelve days of Christmas (day trip)
Visit to Tatton mansion with Christmas lunch
Bletchley Park and Woburn Abbey (2 days)
Woburn Abbey tour and visit to Bletchley Park museum
Lancaster (day trip)
Guided tour of Lancaster Castle and boat trip on the Lancaster canal
Port Sunlight and Ness Gardens (day trip)

To see more photos from some of our previous trips, please visit the Galleries page.

Other outings

Several of our interest groups also organise outings including Art and Culture, Gardening and Local History, and places may be made available to members of other groups if there is spare capacity. For information on these, please see their individual group pages.