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Where will you fly this year?

A year of travel restrictions may have your travel bug targeting you with a vengeance. While you can’t hop on a plane to Fiji or climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, you can make the most of Southampton Airport’s local destinations. Lucky for you, the UK, Channel Islands, and Ireland are brimming with beautiful vistas, fresh air, and opportunities for both adventure and relaxation.

Make 2021 the year for discovering the best local staycations the UK, Channel Islands, and Ireland have to offer. Here is a list of some of our favorites to help answer that burning question - where can I fly locally?

Please make sure you travel safely and follow government guidelines. Visit our COVID page for information on traveling safely from Southampton Airport.

Top UK Destinations

Belfast

Belfast is definitely one for the list! Why is this city one of the best in the UK to visit? That's because it's cosmopolitan, grand, and always up for the craic. Belfast is a city of quarters, each one waiting to be discovered. The Irish are known for their charm and welcoming culture so make sure to visit some of the local bars and restaurants and immerse yourself in this unique destination.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city of cobbles, elegant Georgian façades, and an internationally renowned arts calendar. This city is full of top-notch tourist destinations whether you are looking for history, monuments, or even just a good pub crawl with some of the world's best scotch. The scenery alone makes this one of the greatest city escapes the UK has to offer. Meander through the old town and up to the castle to take in the beauty of the old buildings and then pop over to the new town for some shopping and a bite to eat.

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Glasgow

Ahhh, Glasgow. The less touristy of Scotlands cities, yet equally as worthy a destination for our top UK destinations list. Glasgow is Scotland’s city of style, set on the River Clyde and home to world-class everything. It is bursting at the seams with artistic culture, great music, and everything cool and modern. It offers a great mixture of history and heritage and isn't hailed as the UNESCO City of Music for nothing. Music is at the center of life in this city and its contagious vibe will have you entranced during your visit.

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Newcastle

A city celebrated as much for its nightlife as for its friendly Geordie welcome, Newcastle welcomes visitors with as arms open wide. This destination is one of the most renowned cities in the country for many reasons, most notably its culture, architecture and welcoming atmosphere which is why it has to be on our list! It's a foodie paradise with a huge selection of independent restaurants to choose from. What are you waiting for like? 

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Leeds-Bradford

Welcome to Leeds-Bradford, the perfectly placed airport for the whole of Yorkshire. Across the county, there are plenty of cultural pursuits, heritage spots, and attractions at your fingertips. This is a perfect city break destination. Leeds- Bradford is bursting with life and cultural energy. A vibrant creative community, with award-winning national theatre and dance companies, a world-class arena, and a thriving independent food scene you won’t find anywhere else. Visit the waterfront for an outdoor dining experience or book in for a rooftop terrace cocktail over sunset.

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Manchester

Whether you are looking for a cultural break, full of historic homes, art galleries and museums, a pampering holiday, locally sourced food, and beautifully landscaped gardens, Manchester has it all. Manchester is full of unique districts to visit. With bright street art, small shops, and local bars with a lot of personality, the Northern Quarter is often regarded as the trendiest neighborhood in Manchester. However, it definitely isn’t the only one! Spend time exploring all the districts and find out what this beautiful UK city has to offer.

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Channel Islands

Jersey

The largest of the Channel Islands, its proximity to France gives a distinctly French flavor, complete with winding lanes, green spaces, big skies, dramatic cliffs, and those beaches. It’s at the big beaches you’ll find the most action. From surfers to kitesurfers, windsurfers to blokarters, you can walk, cycle, rockpool, or simply drink in the view. Just a short 30-minute flight from Southampton Airport and you could be strolling along the beach soaking up all this destination has to offer.

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Guernsey

There’s very much an outdoor lifestyle on the island, so take time to relax into island life, watch the sun go down over a plate of fresh caught seafood, try a new sport at Vazon Bay, take to the water and go seal-spotting or wander Guernsey's capital, St Peter Port. One of Britain's prettiest harbour towns, its cobbled streets house an eclectic mix of boutique, antique and craft shops.

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Alderney

Welcome to Alderney, the tiny Channel Island that boasts nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine a year - one for each of its 2,000 inhabitants. Just 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, this island is home to a blissfully mild climate and dramatic coastline, making it the perfect spot for weekend breaks, family holidays, and business trips alike. To top it off it's bursting with lively pubs and local restaurants serving up local produce.

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Rediscover The UK 

Southampton Airport is proud to fly to unique destinations within the UK & Channel Islands. If international travel feels overwhelming, you can still enjoy a rich, relaxing, and surprising weekend break with one of our many fast in-country flights. For a complete list of destinations, see our flight map!

Destination Map