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Flights from Birmingham Airport, Birmingham, England

Formerly known as Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham Airport (BHX) is located to the south of Birmingham. The airport offers both domestic and international flights and is the hub for airlines such as Ryanair, Thomson Airways and Flybe.

The airport itself has a host of services and facilities with shops like Marks and Spencer and Boots, and many cafes and bars for you to choose from.

Where to go

Domestic

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has much more to offer aside from hills, pubs and tartan. Historically, Edinburgh is a treasure trove with the Inchcolm Abbey that dates back to the 12th Century and remains the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. Also, climb up an extinct volcano to Arthur’s Seat, which offers panoramic views of the beautiful Kingdom of Fife.

For more stunning views, head up Carlton Hill for views that were a favourite of writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Located east of New Town, the hill also supports several iconic buildings and monuments, such as the Scottish Parliament Building and the Holyroodhouse Palace at its feet and the National Monument and the Dugald Stewart Monument on the ascent.

Inverness

The city made famous by Shakespeare in his play Macbeth, Inverness is far from the sleepy gloomy place it is portrayed to be. Sign up for the Inverness Historic Trail that will take you through both the new and old towns of Inverness and show you iconic buildings such as Inverness Castle, Townhouse and Tollbooth Steeple.There are also more modern things to do like going to the Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum or the Inverness Botanic Gardens.

Newcastle

There are many things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne. Football fans might want to catch a match at St. James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United, but for the rest, you could catch a movie at the Tyneside Cinema, a stylish old worldly styled cinema that has been lovingly restored to preserve its original 1937 art deco design. For theatre buffs, you could also head down to the magnificent Theatre Royal to see what plays are showing. Comfortable and modern, it has been recently refurbished and showcases its plays in the best possible way.

Where to go

International

Heraklion, Greece

The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion is steeped in history and is full of life. Every visitor to the city should visit the archeological site and the Palace at Knossos, then head to the Archeological Museum of Heraklion that houses most of the Minoan findings in Crete. Take a walk also to the central square, which is dominated by the Lion’s fountain and surrounded by a variety of cafes, shops and pubs. If you’re tired of sightseeing, soak up the sun and savour a cocktail at the beautiful Ammoudara Beach.

Lyon, France

France’s third most popular city and gastronomic capital, Lyon is opulent, extravagant and is full of historical and artistic landmarks. From its various art museums to the fashionable designers of the Croix-Rousse, you can find something to inspire you all over the city. Don’t miss Rue Auguste Comte and the surrounding streets of the Auguste Comte district, with their galleries, shops and antiques. Another must-visit is Les Subsistances if you enjoy the performingarts.

Florence, Italy

One of Italy’s most romantic cities, Florence is a small but beautiful city, best enjoyed with a loved one. Take in the view of the Arno River, and head to the Oltarno side where the Piazzale Michelangelo is located. View the great works of art such as Michelangelo’s David or Botticelli’s Venus Rising located in some of the best museums in the world and when you’re tired, head to one of the many trattorias to have a meal and savour a glass (or two) of wine.

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