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Now is a time to explore. Now is a time to uncover the unexpected with a visit to one of our great destinations – all of them within easy reach at bargain prices thanks to our Club 55 promotion. From the bright lights of big cities to snug seaside hideaways, you’ll get there for less with First TransPennine Express. You’ll also discover new adventures and get reacquainted with some old favourites along the way.
When you can travel from as far afield as Manchester to Edinburgh for £29 return, you can make the trip simply for the romance of a rail journey. But once you reach Scotland’s historic capital you’re in for treats aplenty. We love the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Castle, the Royal Mile and stunning Parliament. But not as much as our tummies love Edinburgh’s cosmopolitan array of eateries...
Edinburgh is the perfect destination for prezzie hunting as Christmas edges closer. So head to the city’s festive markets from the start of November and put the money you saved on low fares to excellent use by playing Santa.
Rediscover a city that knows how to party but has an increasingly sophisticated taste for fine dining, proper entertainment and high-end shopping. And all this for £19 return from the likes of Liverpool to Newcastle….
This former industrial powerhouse has transformed into one of the top short break destinations in the UK. While the youngsters party hard in the Bigg Market, you can enjoy exquisite cuisine between the colonnades of Grey Street or in landmark buildings with stunning panoramic views. Six restaurant at the top of the Baltic art gallery is a must for cocktail lovers.
Sheffield is a hotspot for great entertainment. We’ve had many great nights in the city’s stunning venues – from the bold as brass Motorpoint Arena to the historic Lyceum and Crucible Theatres, for those of you watching in black and white.
With First TransPennine Express rail tickets from destinations such as Manchester to Sheffield for £19 return you don’t need an excuse to visit. Spend time sauntering through the central Winter Garden in between grabbing some street food or a drink at one of the city’s many friendly watering holes.
Club 55 is about embracing your freedom and your escape from the hamster wheel. We see Manchester – it’s restaurants, bars and venues – as the ultimate playground. With cheap rail tickets for the over 55s you can be in the buzzing centre and ready to shop, sup or be entertained for £19 return.
And there’s so much to do! Meet the Museum of Manchester’s 20 Egyptian mummies or head to the world’s oldest public library, Chetham’s, for a spot of culture. Shopaholics can hit retail meccas such as the gargantuan Manchester Arndale. When you’ve worked up a thirst and your tummy is rumbling, head to the stunningly-refurbished Corn Exchange and The Printworks - both are packed with restaurants and just steps from Victoria station.
Manchester Airport is also on the route, so keep the cost of your next break down by grabbing a cheap flight from Manchester Airport. Then get there in style and on budget with First TransPennine Express’ Club 55 prices.
The Tower Ballroom is the final destination for Strictly stars and it’s just one stop on our itinerary when we’re in town. Blackpool mixes the old and new perfectly, with a range of traditional attractions spruced up to meet modern standards. That’s why we keep going back for more.
The town has history but is full of life. A stroll along the seafront remains a timeless way to relax, but is usually followed by a slap up lunch or a post-dinner night under the lights.
Also popular on the First TransPennine Express network are tickets to Scarborough for £19 return from destinations such as Liverpool and Lancaster. And no wonder - Scarborough is another evergreen coastal town with longstanding attractions such as the beautiful Peasholm Park and plenty to entertain visitors looking for something a bit more active than a gentle walk.
We never miss a chance to take in the old town and harbour. That’s because, alongside the seaside chippies and tearooms, there is a growing range of boutique shops and excellent food stops. Don’t forget to visit the town’s imposing castle before hopping back aboard the train home.
Hate waste, love value and spend on quality – that’s the Club 55 attitude where you can enjoy our great network to the full for £19. That’s the price of a return ticket to the pick of the North’s destinations with First TransPennine Express until 14 November. And the offer also covers Scotland for £29 return. Now how’s that for value?
You’ve got until December 13 to use the return leg of your cheap rail ticket, so there’s no need to rush home. And that means - whether it’s Liverpool to Newcastle for £19 return or Leeds to Glasgow for £29 return - you can take things at your own pace as you enjoy these stunning mid-life prices.
You’ll need to book through the special Club 55 web page and all you need to qualify is to be of a certain vintage, full bodied or otherwise. It’s simple – if you’re 55 or over, then you’re in. If you have other rail passes you can also get an extra 20% of these fixed prices. If that’s not reason enough to bump yourself up to first class – for just an extra £20 return - what is?