UK multi-centre holidays
There are so many brilliant cities beyond London that are perfect for a short stay or a lazy long break. Manchester is trendy, and a central hotel will put you within stumbling distance of the Northern Quarter bars.
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When it comes to exploring the UK and Ireland, British Airways has all countries covered. You can fly into one of London’s four major airports. From here, we fly from London direct to five English cities, four Scottish cities, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. You can reach Wales by rail from London with First Great Western railway.
British Airways is the UK’s flagship airline and we are proud to serve the UK from top to toe. Wherever you want to visit, the ultimate UK holiday starts with a British Airways flight. Enjoy the wilds of Scottish Highlands when you land in Inverness, or fly to Belfast to stand in the footprints of giants on the Causeway Coast. For a sunny seaside excursion you can even hop to tiny Jersey in the Channel Islands. Make the UK your own.
Visit the four nations and their islands. From London we fly to Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle in England. Visiting Scotland? We fly to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. We fly to Belfast in Northern Ireland, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and the islands of Jersey and the Isle of Man.
Get the most out of your trip to the UK and Ireland with help from our destination experts.
Which cabins can I book when I fly to the UK and Ireland?
Our economy (World Traveller) are a good budget option, with a range of wallet-friendly fares:
Business Class (Club Europe) is located at the front of the plane, with the middle seat kept free for extra legroom and added comfort.
British food is known for its comfort and calories – like an oily newspaper of flaky fish and chips, or a crispy-topped shepherd’s pie. But it’s not all gut-busting. Excellent organic fruit and veg come from its own farmland, whilst the fruits of the sea are stupendous. You can’t beat a freshly-prepared fillet of Dover sole.
With their mild temperatures, the UK and Ireland can be enjoyed all year around. Visit the cities in the winter, or make the most of the countryside during the clement summer months. Each country has a great cultural calendar. Do your research so you know to be at Stonehenge for the summer solstice (mid June), and when to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Dublin (early spring).
If you are a citizen of the European Union, you do not need a visa to visit the UK. Despite the recent referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, visa-free travel is still in place for citizens of the EU to and from the UK. If you are arriving from some countries outside the EU, you may need to apply for a visa before you travel. To check and apply, please visit the UK Border Agency Website.
Our UK and Ireland cheat sheet will have you feeling like a local in no time
It's customary to tip between 10-15% in restaurants in the UK. It's not mandatory, but it's always appreciated.
Hire a car to explore the UK at your leisure. The UK and Ireland both have a good rail network; and cities have taxis and buses.
Visit national parks across the country, and enjoy world-class museums in many cities, like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.