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Class pass

School trips made easy by bus

Travel from the classroom for less

We know that educational trips and vocational adventures are really important and memorable parts of growing up. They are often golden opportunities to reward, inspire and nurture young minds.

That's why we can offer a Class Pass, with up to 30 children & 6 adults travelling on any National Express West Midlands and Coventry bus all day long.

Class Pass

Why choose Class Pass?

  • Unlimited all day bus travel from just £1.64 per person*
  • No restrictions on when you travel (so if it rains, you can postpone until the sun shines!)
  • Just turn up to your local bus stop, get on and go!

*£59 divided by 36 people.

Class Pass

Attraction discounts when travelling with a Class Pass!

We work with a number of attractions that offer discounted entry when travelling with a class pass!

Upon booking, please advise the attraction that you will be travelling with a National Express Class Pass. This will ensure that the incentive or discount is applied to your booking. You may have to present your Class Pass upon arrival at the attraction.

Terms and conditions apply.

Discover Birmingham's history at the National Trust's Back to Backs, Birmingham

The Back to Backs is Birmingham’s last surviving courtyard of 19th-century working people's houses. With a team of award-winning volunteers, the Back to Backs immerses school children in a bygone era. Learn how children of their age would have lived with a hands-on and interactive tour of the houses. The workshops aid classroom learning, linking directly to the KS1 and KS2 curriculum.

Class Pass perk: Get a half-price bag of sweets from our authentic 1930’s sweet shop (50p instead of £1)

Visit the National Trust's Back to Backs website

Address: 55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4TE

To book please contact: backtobacks@nationaltrust.org.uk  or  0121 622 2442

Get active at Ackers Adventure, Birmingham

Ackers Adventure are the outdoor activity specialists, offering more outdoor activities than any other provider. Based in the heart of Birmingham, they can tailor your visit to suit your needs, from one session to a whole day, the options are endless.

Class Pass perk: 5% discount for schools travelling with a Class Pass!

Visit the Ackers Adventure website

Address: Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 2PY

To book please contact: ackers-adventure.co.uk or 0121 772 5111

Explore the historic Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Explore 10 acres of beautiful historic gardens with a holly maze, wildflower areas and three ponds. Find 18th century countryside within the second city. Offering history, science and creative taught modules linked to the curriculum, mixed and matched to suit each school, single visits or multi ‘seasonal’ sessions. Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is a great place to get those ‘outdoor hours’.

£4 per child. Free entry for Teachers and Support Staff.

Class Pass perk: Every child visiting will receive a FREE Adult Day Pass for their next visit! Bring your grown up back, and give them a guided tour! #WeGrowTogether

Visit the Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens website

Address: Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 9BT

To book please contact: admin@cbhgt.org.uk or 0121 749 4100

Visit the Coffin Works, home of the Newman Brothers Museum, Jewellery Quarter

During your guided tour, pupils will learn all about the Newman Brothers factory, the people that worked there, the manufacturing processes they used and the products that they made. They can even try their hand at some of the jobs which took place here.

The interactive tour of the factory takes approximately 90 minutes, during which you will see the shelves and workbenches full of original stock and tools, and get a feel for how the company operated on a day to day basis.

Class Pass Perk: Get a goody bag from our Gift Shop for just £1.50 (contents worth £3)

Visit the Coffin works website

Address: 13-15 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JP

To book please contact: newmanbrothers@coffinworks.org.uk or 0121 233 4790

Discover one of Birmingham's fascinating legacies, at The Pen Museum, Jewellery Quarter

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy, and explore an amazing collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham steel pen trade and the history of writing.

The Pen Museum tells the story of Birmingham’s important role in the information revolution. Discover how the Jewellery Quarter was home to over 100 factories manufacturing the ‘Birmingham pen’, and supplied 75% of the world’s pens during the 19th Century.

Class Pass Perk: 10% off school visits when you travel with a Class Pass!

Visit the Pen Museum website

Address: The Pen Museum, Unit 3, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HS

To book please contact: enquiries@penmuseum.org.uk or 0121 236 9834

Stroll back in time at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Bring the curriculum to life at an award-winning living museum! Black Country Living Museum lets you join in with 300 years of history like no other. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past and step into a different world, discovering what it was like to live in one of the world’s most industrialised landscapes.

The Museum caters for all ages and levels, from early years through to higher education and covers a broad subject area, including history, the arts, science, technology, geography, literacy, mathematics and citizenship.

Class Pass Perk: Free school lesson (Maximum 60 students) and discounted admission rates for groups of 15+

Visit the Black Country Living Museum website

Address: Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

To book please contact: bookings@bclm.com or 0121 520 8054

Catch a live theatre production at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The REP is a leading producing theatre making theatrical moments to cherish, but there are many other reasons for you to visit them - even if you're not seeing a play!

Class Pass Perk: Early Bird rates for school groups, with a FREE Teacher place for every 15 pupils!

Visit the Birmingham Repertory Theatre website

Address: Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP

To book please contact: 0121 236 4455 (Box office)

Discover the wonder of the Balaji Temple, Oldbury

Balaji Temple is a Hindu place of worship built in the style of the most visited Shri Venkateswara Temple in Andhrapradesh in India. This is also the largest temple of its kind in Europe set in approximately 30 acres of land in Tividale in The West Midlands.

The Temple and its ground are open to all regardless of one’s race, faith, religion or sect. Fully conducted and guided tours can take up to 2 hours and can be varied to suit the visitors’ needs and expectations.

Class Pass Perk: FREE Guided tour for school visits!

Visit the Balaji Temple website

Address: Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple of UK, 101 Dudley Road East, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DU

To book please contact: temple@venkateswara.org.uk or 0121 554 2256 (Opt. 4)

Explore the peace and tranquility of the Sandwell Valley RSPB Reserve, West Bromwich

This enchanting urban green space, once used by the nearby colliery, now flourishes with wildlife. RSPB Sandwell Valley is a fascinating mosaic of different habitats providing homes to a variety of wildlife. 

Wildflower meadows bloom with colour and buzz with insect life. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and bathe in the woodland's relaxing atmosphere. The scrub is ideal for nesting birds and fills with winter thrushes feasting on the winter berries. The wildlife garden might spark some ideas for giving nature a home in your own school and the ponds are full of life to explore.

Class Pass Perk: 10% discount for school bookings!

Visit the Sandwell Valley RSPB Reserve website

Address: Tanhouse Avenue, Birmingham, B43 5AG

To book please contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk or 0121 357 7395

Catch a film at The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, Digbeth

Situated within Birmingham’s iconic Custard Factory, The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen offers a unique cinematic experience. Reward your pupils within the creative hub of the city, enjoy discounted food and films in this fully independent cinema.

Class Pass Perk: 10% discount on food and drink for school visits!

Visit The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen website

Address: Mockingbird House, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B5 4AA

To book please contact: boxoffice@mockingbirdcinema.com or 0121 224 7456

 

Treat your group to a live concert or show, with The Ticket Factory

The Ticket Factory provides tickets to a range of educational events, concerts, live shows at three of Birmingham's biggest venues - The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham. Take your group on a trip to remember! 

Class Pass Perk: Discounts available for large groups!

Visit The Ticket Factory website

To book please contact: groups@theticketfactory.com or 0800 358 0058

Inspire a symphony at the Coventry Music Museum

There’s lots to see and to do, including activities to interest and delight younger visitors, and a studio in which visitors can try their hand (and ears) at composing and music-making.

Class Pass Perk: Cheap admission and schools get a FREE guide!

Visit the Coventry Music Museum website

Address: The Coventry Music Museum, 80 Walsgrave Road, Coventry, CV2 4ED

To book please contact: 07971 171441

More ways to use a Class Pass

  • Take your class swimming - With the Class Pass, simply hop on your local National Express bus service, and save the pennies!
  • Travel to local competitions and tournaments - If you need to visit a local school or venue to compete in a tournament or take part in an event, save on vehicle hire and hop on the bus with your Class Pass!
  • Help with the transition to secondary school or college - For some pupils, the transition to secondary school or college will involve travelling alone or with friends by bus. Help them get used to bus travel and learn their route, by using the Class Pass to attend induction or transition days!
  • Ask your class to write creatively about their journey - Let their imagination run wild by asking your class to write a short story or poem inspired by their bus journey!
  • Give your class practical maths puzzles - Get your class to use their maths skills to solve real-life problems, involving bus fares, passenger numbers or working out the distance travelled.
  • Learn about different communities and faiths - We're lucky to live in a vibrant and diverse area of the UK, use your time on the bus to discuss the values and beliefs of various communities as you travel around the West Midlands.
  • Learn important life skills, like how to use public transport and stay safe in busy areas - For some children, bus travel will be a new, exciting experience, use the Class Pass to help familiarise them with bus travel, let them understand how our services operate and make them aware of how to stay safe in busy public areas.

How to buy a Class Pass ticket

Class passes will need to be ordered up to 2 weeks in advance to ensure your tickets have arrived in time for travel. Email our sales team on the details below to order.

classpass@nationalexpress.com

How to use a Class Pass ticket

Class Pass consists of three scratchcards, each allowing bus travel for 10 children aged 5-15 plus two adults.

On the day of travel, validate your Class Pass by scratching the correct day, month and year and show this to the driver when boarding the bus.

Before you go - Plan your journey from A to B here on our website

 

Need to set up an exclusive transport option?

We have a number of vehicle options available to hire, from budget to platinum and even our vintage bus. For more details visit our private hire page.

Don’t miss our activity stop! 

Our activity stop gives your class the opportunity to be creative! Play bus bingo, let them design their own bus with our colouring in sheets, or use our cut out guide to make their very own 3D bus!

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