Enthralling explorations across East Midlands by bus!

The ultimate counties with contrasts!

Travelling by bus on Stagecoach East Midlands services is a great way to explore the fascinating heritage and vibrant hustle and bustle of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire life. Towns and cities with abundant history and exciting modernity are connected with ease whilst enjoying eye-catching scenery on the journey in between. The customer service is great on-board and it’s a relaxing way to travel round these great counties – what’s more adults only pay £2 per single journey on each bus currently!

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, two picturesque counties in the heart of England, boast a rich tapestry of landscapes and history. Lincolnshire, with its expansive coastline, rolling Wolds, and serene Fens, offers diverse natural beauty. The Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, showcases bucolic hills, charming villages, and breath taking vistas. Nottinghamshire, on the other hand, is known for its ancient forests like Sherwood Forest, forever linked to Robin Hood’s legend. The county also encompasses vibrant cities and market towns, blending modern urban life with historical charm.

Both regions share a deep historical heritage. Lincolnshire houses historic market towns, Roman ruins, and stunning cathedrals, notably Lincoln Cathedral. Nottinghamshire is famed not just for its association with the legendary Robin Hood, with attractions like Nottingham Castle, but also for its shops, sporting prowess and nightlife! Little wonder it’s a magnet for students! The blend of picturesque scenery and rich historical intrigue makes these counties alluring destinations for history lovers, culture vultures and nature enthusiasts alike.

Nottinghamshire – Great Scenic Journeys

Lincolnshire – Great Scenic Journeys


A fab staycation at three great locations!

Nottingham is the start and end point for the fabulous Sherwood Arrow bus route. There are few more vibrant cities in the UK and it’s also steeped in history and offers a blend of old-world charm and contemporary excitement! 

Historically, Nottingham was a major centre for lace-making and textile industries, leaving an indelible mark on its heritage. The city is perhaps most famously associated with the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, with iconic spots like Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest embodying this folklore.

Today, Nottingham boasts an impressive array of attractions. Nottingham Castle has transformed into a museum and art gallery, offering a glimpse into the city’s past and showcasing contemporary exhibitions. The Old Market Square, the largest public square in the UK, hosts events, markets, and the beautiful Council House. Be sure to check out the City of Caves, which is a series of winding sandstone, underground passageways, deep beneath Nottingham’s city centre and include World War 2 air raid shelters and a medieval tannery.

There’s such a buzz about Nottingham and it’s a city that is a real hub for creativity, with theatres, such as the Royal Concert Hall and Playhouse, attracting artists and performers from around the world. For shoppers, the Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh Shopping Centre provide a wide range of retail experiences for all tastes.

Nottingham’s diverse culinary scene and lively nightlife, particularly in Hockley and Lace Market, contribute to its modern charm. The city seamlessly weaves together its rich history with a dynamic present, making it a captivating destination and with a charm of its own.

Nottingham holds a deep-rooted sporting heritage, notably in football and cricket. It’s home to the historic Nottingham Forest Football Club, two-time European Cup winners, and Notts County, one of the oldest football clubs in the world. Both teams are very much on the ascendancy with Forest now in their second season back in the Premier League and County having returned to League 2. Meanwhile, the iconic Trent Bridge cricket ground hosts international matches and is synonymous with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, as well as great players of old, such as Stuart Broad, Derek Randall, Michael Holding, Sir Richard Hadlee and Harold Larwood, among many others. The National Ice Centre, in the heart of the City, fuels Nottingham’s city’s passion for ice hockey and figure skating, while the Nottingham Panthers are a prominent and successful ice hockey team. The City also embraces rugby, with Nottingham Rugby Club a notable representative.

After an action-packed visit to Nottingham, catch your breath to catch the Sherwood Arrow, from Stagecoach East Midlands which is a fab bus service that goes to Retford. Check out the bus times below…

SA Bus Route & Timetable: Nottingham – New Ollerton | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)

Retford is a charming market town and is renowned for its beautiful Georgian architecture and rich history. The town’s origins can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times, and it prospered through the wool and textiles trade during the medieval period.

One of Retford’s notable landmarks is the St. Swithun’s Church, an impressive Gothic-style structure dating back to the 13th century. The nearby Retford Hub, a modern community facility, often hosts cultural events and performances. Additionally, the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife fans, provides a serene escape into nature. For serenity, it’s worth catching your breath in the delightful Kings Park, which is an oasis of calm in the town centre and also displays lovely, colourful flower beds.

A very popular open-air market takes place in the Market Square each Thursday and Saturday, against a delightful backdrop of magnificent Georgian buildings. There’s also bargains aplenty at the Antique and Collectors Market which occurs on Fridays.


From Retford, the 97 bus from Stagecoach East Midlands takes folk to Gainsborough.

Gainsborough is a quaint town that  seamlessly weaves together historical charm and modern-day vibrancy. Steeped in heritage, it boasts the majestic Gainsborough Old Hall, a well-preserved medieval manor. This architectural gem offers a glimpse into Tudor life and hosts various events and re-enactments.

The town sits on the banks of the River Trent, providing picturesque riverside walks and leisurely cruises, blending nature and history. For art enthusiasts, the Usher Gallery and Collection showcase diverse artworks, from contemporary pieces to historic masterpieces. The delightful Marshall’s Yard offers a unique shopping experience, blending retail therapy with historical architecture.

Gainsborough hosts regular markets, continuing a tradition that has persisted for centuries. The town embraces its historical past, with events like the Gainsborough Festival of Light and the Gainsborough’s Heritage Alive programme, bringing the community together to celebrate its rich history.


Two market towns over one or two days!

There’s enlightenment aplenty to be had by combining a trip on Stagecoach East Midlands to Newark with Mansfield, deep in the heart of Nottinghamshire.

Newark boasts a rich heritage dating back to Roman times. Its well-preserved castle, originally constructed in the 12th century, played a significant role during the English Civil War. Visitors can explore the impressive castle ruins and the museum within. The town’s market square, surrounded by beautiful Georgian architecture, hosts a vibrant market with a variety of stalls.

The National Civil War Centre offers a fascinating glimpse into Newark’s pivotal role during the Civil War. There’s also the fascinating St. Mary Magdalene Church, showcasing stunning stained glass windows and a distinctive octagonal spire.

From Newark, the 28 bus from Stagecoach East Midlands connects customers with Mansfield.

28 Bus Route & Timetable: Newark – Mansfield | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)


Mansfield is a bustling market town in Nottinghamshire and offers a mix of history and contemporary attractions. The town has a rich industrial past linked to coal mining, and the Mansfield Museum provides insights into this heritage. Nearby, the Sherwood Forest, legendary home of Robin Hood, invites exploration of its ancient oaks and scenic woodlands.

Mansfield’s Four Seasons Shopping Centre is a modern hub for retail therapy, while the Palace Theatre hosts various performances. Nature enthusiasts can visit nearby parks like Titchfield Park and Berry Hill Park for leisurely walks. The town boasts a range of dining options, from traditional pubs to diverse eateries.

For those seeking adventure, Sherwood Pines provides thrilling biking and treetop adventures. The town has a vibrant arts scene, often celebrated through local events and festivals. Mansfield encapsulates a blend of history, nature, culture, and contemporary experiences, making it an engaging destination in Nottinghamshire.

Seaside sojourns, steep hills and soaring spires across four fascinating locations

Skegness, affectionately known as “Skeg” by locals, is a quintessential British seaside resort nestled on the Lincolnshire coast. Its enduring popularity as a holiday destination stems from a beautiful sandy beach, the Skegness Pier, and a wide range of family-friendly attractions. Skegness is also famously home to a Butlins holiday camp, where holiday makers can enjoy entertainment, thrill and spills and holiday camaraderie, set in this great seaside destination.

If it’s a quick-fire tour of Skegness and its attractions with a difference, that you’re after, then from Easter to October each year, there’s Stagecoach’s well-renowned open top bus service which in 38 minutes breezes customers to all parts of this fun-filled town. Find out more about this fab service (where every bus has its own name!) on the link below…

Skegness Seasiders – Great Scenic Journeys

Views from the bus are great, particularly of the golden sandy beach which stretches for miles and is perfect for building sandcastles, sunbathing, or enjoying a traditional seaside ice cream. Skegness Pier is an iconic landmark offering amusement arcades, rides, cafes, and stunning views of the coastline.

Nature enthusiasts can explore Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Natureland Seal Sanctuary is a great place to observe and learn about seals and other marine animals, contributing to local conservation efforts.

The Skegness Aquarium provides a fascinating underwater adventure, showcasing diverse marine life. For a historical perspective, the Skegness Town Trail offers insights into the town’s heritage, including the story of the Jolly Fisherman, a beloved local mascot.

In the evenings, the Embassy Theatre hosts a variety of shows, from musicals to comedy acts, providing entertainment for all ages. Skegness also hosts events throughout the year, such as the Skegness Carnival and the SO Festival, ensuring there’s always something exciting happening.

Skegness is synonymous with traditional fish and chips, and sampling this iconic dish at one of the many seafood eateries is a must. The town has a vibrant nightlife with pubs, clubs, and bars, making it an appealing destination for visitors seeking a lively, eclectic evening atmosphere.


For the adventurous and those with a bit more time on their hands, then the 59 bus from Skegness to Mabelthorpe and back is a great experience.

59 Bus Route & Timetable: Mablethorpe – Skegness Interchange | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)

Mablethorpe is a charming coastal town on the Lincolnshire coast. It has serene beaches and timeless seaside charm. Its heritage is intertwined with a rich fishing history, and visitors can explore the coastal heritage centre to learn about the town’s maritime past.  Mablethorpe’s iconic sand train, offers fun-filled rides along the shoreline. The town’s promenade boasts amusement arcades, cafes, and traditional seaside attractions. Nature enthusiasts can explore nearby nature reserves and discover a diverse birdlife. Mablethorpe’s enduring appeal lies in its simplicity, offering relaxation, family-friendly fun, and a glimpse into the nostalgic allure of a British coastal resort.

Back to Lincoln and the 56 bus takes customers from Skegness to Lincoln

56 Bus Route & Timetable: Skegness Interchange – Horncastle | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)

In Lincoln, folk they can enjoy a fabulous sightseeing tour of Lincoln which showcases all the delights and history of this captivating city with its blend of ancient and modern elements, is known for its stunning cathedral, medieval castle, and picturesque surroundings.

Lincoln Open Top Sightseeing Bus – Great Scenic Journeys

The Lincoln Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece, was once the tallest building in the world. Visitors can climb its tower for breathtaking views of the city. Lincoln Castle, a symbol of Norman power, offers a fascinating glimpse into England’s history. The castle houses a rare original copy of the Magna Carta, a significant historical document.

Steep Hill, a quaint, cobbled street lined with shops and cafes, connects the historic uphill area with the modern downhill area of the city. It’s a delightful place for a leisurely stroll and some shopping.

For a whistlestop tour in under an hour of the very best sights of this fab city then, be sure to try the Lincoln Open Top Sightseeing bus.


From Lincoln to Grantham, customers can travel easily on the route 1 service from Stagecoach East Midlands.

Grantham is the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton and is a market town with a blend of historical and modern attractions. Newton’s childhood home, Woolsthorpe Manor, offers fascinating insights into his life and discoveries.

The Grantham Museum showcases the town’s heritage, including exhibits about the railway pioneer, Richard Hornsby. For fans of engineering and locomotives, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is a ‘must-visit’.

Grantham’s St. Wulfram’s Church, with its soaring spire, is a notable landmark. The town centre offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it a great stop for relaxation and refreshments.


It’s not difficult to get a real appetite for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and there’s a couple more delightful bus routes and places to visit. Stagecoach East Midlands’ 57 from Boston to Spalding is a real gem and so too the 51 from Grimsby to Louth. Check out these fab locations, things to see, do and visit and the lovely scenery on the journeys here…

57 Boston – Spalding – Great Scenic Journeys

51 Grimsby – Louth – Great Scenic Journeys

There’s so much fun to be had and fascination on Stagecoach East Midlands bus services around Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. A day or staycation combining towns and cities with each other on the same route or as part of a collection of routes, provides some real hidden gem experiences – and some great scenery too!