Fly domestic to your next British holiday
The last few years have seen an increase in popularity for UK holidays. However if the idea of sitting in long traffic jams is putting you off travelling around the country, then look no further than one of Britain’s domestic airports. Flying internally is a great way to avoid the stress of travelling as well as massively reducing travelling times. Here are my top choices for British flying trips.
Glasgow is a city which is ideal for a short break. Flights from London take just an hour and 15 minutes direct into Glasgow Airport, with flight prices starting from £72 for a return flight. The airport is just 8 miles from the city centre and there is public transport available to take you into Glasgow itself.
Head to George’s Square to see the fine architecture and wealth of statues on show. Running through the centre of the city is the River Clyde which is one of the finest rivers in Britain. For the shopaholic, there’s Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyll Street to splash the cash and at the weekend, The Barras market to explore for the ultimate shopping experience.
If you’re hard pressed for time, there are two places I highly recommend visiting. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the most visited museum in Britain outside of London and it’s easy to see why. Housed in a spectacular building is some of the finest examples of art the world has seen including Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John on the Cross. It also pays homage to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the most important figures of the art deco movement.
- Location: Argyll Street, Glasgow G3 8AG
- Opening times: Monday- Thursday & Saturday, 10am-5 pm; Friday & Sunday, 11am-5 pm
- website: glasgowlife.org.uk
You should also take a visit to Glasgow Necropolis, which is Scotland’s equivalent of Highgate cemetery. Free walking tours are available, check the website for dates and times.
- Location: Adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral, G4 0UZ
- Opening times: 7am to dusk, daily
- Website: glasgownecropolis.org
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast has blossomed from its well known troubles to become one of the tourist destinations in Britain. Flying into Belfast City Airport is the most convenient way to travel to the city, avoiding long drives and ferry crossings. Direct flights from London take an hour and 15 minutes with flight prices starting from just £27.
Explore Belfast’s vast and varied history at City Hall in Donegall Street or at the Ulster Museum in the Botanic Gardens. Both are free to enter. Belfast is dominated by the Black Mountain which looms large over the city’s skyline. Reaching to 1275ft, this limestone mountain is a popular walking destination with breathtaking views on a clear day stretching to Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Belfast is also a great place to base yourself if you want to explore the Northern Irish coast, taking in such sites as the Giant’s Causeway and The Antrim Mountains.
Belfast is of course forever to be associated with the ill- fated Titanic and a new museum dedicated to the ship has become Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Titanic Belfast offers the chance to discover how the liner was built in a city which relied heavily on shipbuilding. You’ll also have the chance to see the dry dock the Titanic was built in, explore footage and photographs of the wreck and visit the Harland and Wolff offices.
- Location: 1 Olympic Way, Queen’s Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP
- Opening hours: October- March: 10am-5pm; April- September: Monday- Saturday 9am-7 pm, Sunday 10am-7 pm
- Ticket prices: Adult £13.50, Children £6.75 (5% discount available if you pre- book online)
- Website: titanicbelfast.com
Newquay is one of the most desirable beach towns in Britain and is certainly the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. I’ve always found the drive down an extremely long and tiring one so was glad to discover that it’s possible to fly into town instead. Flights start from £155 and take around an hour and ten minutes direct from London.
Newquay is renowned worldwide for its impressive beaches and they certainly offer much entertainment. My personal favourite is Fistral beach which is perfect for hitting the waves. If you’ve never surfed before, there are surfing lessons available throughout the town and this is certainly the place to try your hand.
If beach life isn’t for you, Newquay has two gems to impress you with. The Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a quaint and charming hidden gem, located 5 miles from the centre of town. In the heart of Newquay is the biggest zoo in Cornwall. Just a ten minute walk from the town centre, you’ll see an impressive set of animals in this must see attraction.
- Location: Edgecumbe Avenue, Newquay TR7 2NN
- Opening hours: 10 am-5 pm
- Admission: Adult £12.05, Child £9.30
- Website: www.newquayzoo.org.uk
Travelling around Britain has never been easier, especially with long journeys reduced down to just over an hour. Now the only difficult thing left about a UK holiday is to choose your destination. Whether you’re a tourist from overseas or a Brit looking to discover more of your own country. You’ll find all sorts of great British holiday ideas on this site, so browse this site for more travel inspiration.