If you’re planning a holiday to Britain this summer and you want to see more than just the capital, you must check out Cathay Pacific’s direct flights to Manchester. The Northern England city is not only a great destination in its own right but is the perfect launch pad to experience so much that is great about visiting Britain, and with flights to Manchester on sale from just $1,679*, you will be able to spend more on experiencing the best of Britain.
Manchester International Airport is a modern and efficient gateway to Britain and a relatively short drive from must-see destinations in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Lake District. Pick up a rental car and you’ll have the freedom to see so much in such in a relatively short amount of time.
Top of everyone’s list is The Lake District, an area of inspiring scenic beauty and is by far the UK’s most popular national park. Windermere, about 90 minutes from Manchester, is an idyllic town in the heart of the Lakes and is a perfect base. The region offers an abundance of energetic and indulgent things to do – from hiking England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which rises some 978 metres (3,208 feet) above sea level to taking a boat trip around England’s largest natural lake, Lake Windermere. The region also offers some of the oldest and most beautiful pubs as well as incredible restaurants including L’Enclume in Cumbria which has two Michelin stars. You can also visit the cottage of Beatrix Potter near Ambleside and Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, which is located at the edge of Grasmere.
Yorkshire is a county jam packed with incredible history. The 2,000-year-old walled city of York, about an hour from Manchester, is crammed with Roman, Viking, Norman and medieval treasures. The countryside of Yorkshire too has many stunning castles, majestic stately homes and poignant remains of once-great abbeys, from gigantic Castle Howard to the abbeys of Whitby, Rievaulx and the must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. You can also visit the stark but beautiful Yorkshire Dales which inspired many of Britain’s best-loved authors including the Bronte sisters. You can still visit their home in the village of Haworth.
The Peaks District and Derbyshire is another region bursting with things to do. Chatsworth House, about 80 minutes from Manchester, is the former home of Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (“the last Mitford sister”) and one of the most magnificent houses in the country. There are over 30 rooms to explore and a remarkable art collection that span 4000 years as well as one spectacular gardens some of which were designed by renowned gardener Capability Brown.
Bordering Scotland, Northumberland on the wild northern edge of England offers travellers the opportunity to star gaze in the darkest skies in the country, visit castles and more. On a clear night, you can see the Milky Way with your bare eyes and view planets through binoculars. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights may even put on a spectacular show. Northumberland also has more castles than any other English county. Three hours and 40 minutes from Manchester, is Bamburgh Castle, home of the former Kings of Northumbria and one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. You can also spot incredible wildlife in this region. Take a boat trip from Seahouses to the Farne Islands and you’ll see hundreds of grey seals basking on the rocks. You could also take a trip around Coquet Island from Amble and spot the rare roseate tern. The surrounding waters are also home to dolphins, porpoises and minke whales. For something more refined, you can also indulge in afternoon tea at the birthplace of Earl Grey.
Cathay Pacific is offering incredible fares from Sydney and Melbourne to Manchester, with economy fares starting from $1,679* return from Melbourne and $1,969* return from Sydney. Those wanting to enhance their comfort for the long journey can book premium economy, starting from $3,523* return from Melbourne and $3,540 return from Sydney. In Premium Economy, passengers are greeted with a welcome glass of champagne and seated in their own cabin with extra space and other niceties. These include premium inflight dining, noise cancelling headsets, a 10.6” personal screen, plumper pillows and amenity kits.
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|Economy Class||Until 11.59pm (AEDT) 31 March 2016||Economy Class: from 18 April 2016 to 30 June 2016.
Premium Economy Class: from 18 April 2016 to 15 August 2016.
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