Here are just some of the wonderful places you can visit in the north of England and beyond after just a short flight from Southampton Airport.
Fly to Leeds-Bradford Airport from Southampton and you’ll be just 20 minutes from the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales. One of the UK’s largest National Parks, the Dales are rich in valleys and heather-clad hilltops, with limestone crags, breath-taking waterfalls and stone-built villages all decorating the landscape. A paradise for walkers and cyclists, the Yorkshire Dales are perfect for an escape to the great outdoors.
A two-hour flight from Southampton brings you to the delightful city of Aberdeen, tucked away on Scotland’s east coast. Aberdeen has much to offer everyone, from a stretch of sandy beach to the trendy Merchant Quarter and hundreds of shops and restaurants on Union Street. Set in Royal Deeside, a favourite destination of the Queen, there are many grand castles and stately homes to visit nearby, including Drum Castle, Dunnottar and Crathes Castle. The spectacular mountain scenery of the Cairngorms National Park to the west can also be reached within an hour, perfect for a day trip.
The stunning Peak District National Park is only 20 miles from Manchester Airport, which you can fly to from Southampton in just 50 minutes. Climb famous peaks such as Mam Tor and Stanage Edge, take a cable car up the Heights of Abraham and even visit the setting of Pride and Prejudice, the splendid Chatsworth House – it’s all possible in the Peak District. Thrill seekers can also find both Alton Towers and Gulliver’s Kingdom close by.
Fly to Edinburgh Airport from Southampton, where you can easily get to the Scottish capital’s lively city centre. At Edinburgh’s heart you’ll find the Royal Mile; leading to Holyrood Palace, the mile is lined with shops selling traditional Scottish souvenirs, including whisky and clan tartans. Every August, the city comes alive with the Edinburgh Festival, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the arts. Atop the surrounding hills, you’ll find the impressive Edinburgh Castle, while at the summit of Holyrood Park lies the famous viewpoint of Arthur’s Seat.
Located on the outskirts of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle airport can be reached in just one hour and 20 minutes from Southampton and lies within easy reach of what the beautiful county of Northumberland has to offer. To the east lies its stunning unspoilt coastline, with golden sands, spectacular castles, pretty seaside resorts and a variety of birdlife, while to the west, the Northumberland National Park promises incredible scenery, the tranquil Kielder Water and an International Dark Sky Park – the best place to go stargazing in England.
Glasgow Airport lies eight miles outside of the city centre and can be reached in just one hour and 40 minutes from Southampton Airport. The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is renowned for its world-class culture; Scotland’s national theatre, opera and ballet can all be found here, while lovers of architecture will marvel at its Victorian and Art Nouveau buildings. Head to the Style Mile for excellent shopping, while you can also fit in a day trip to the spectacular Loch Lomond, located around half an hour away.