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recently welcomed the Flybe airline to the fold, who operate a seven day a week route to Birmingham. London Southend, London Luton and Manchester are all now bookable on aerlingus.com Whether it’s business or pleasure these


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top UK destinations have broad appeal and there is something for everyone.


LONDON Always an exciting destination,


London is renowned worldwide for its historic buildings, museums and galleries, shopping, theatre and nightlife. Ride on the world’s largest and most


stylish observation wheel, the London Eye. Get familiar with the city’s famous landmarks on a river cruise or an open top bus, such as Tower Bridge. Visit acclaimed galleries such as the


Tate Modern. Take in the Palace and Whitehall and the National Portrait Gallery is a free treat. If you want to see the sights buy a one, two or three day London pass from www.londonpass.com and gain free or reduced entry to attractions and sightseeing tours, with public transport included in the price. Experience the magic of the theatre; a


Shakespearian play at the Globe, a West End musical or a summertime performance in the park. If you’re looking for labels head to Bond Street, for high fashion hit King’s Road and for retro clothing Carnaby Street is your destination; if you’re into your fashion then a visit to Harrods is a must! London Southend is the closest airport


t’s never been a better time to plan a summer break and especially from Waterford Airport. The Airport has


to this summer’s hottest ticket, Olympic 2012 – the stadium is just 30 minutes from the Airport train station and if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket this is sure to be your quickest route to all the action. The new airport railway station


provides fast and frequent train services direct to Stratford for access to the Docklands and Canary Wharf and to central London’s Liverpool Street Station for faster door-to-door times inbound to London than most other London airports - and at lower costs. The train station is at the airport just


100 paces from arrivals. Otherwise if you’re planning a stag or hen do, the hot spots of Essex are on the doorstep of the airport.


MANCHESTER If you’re planning a trip to Manchester


a lively and thriving modern city, it can match any major metropolis in the world for shopping, restaurants, clubs, galleries, art and entertainment. The city centre has undergone an


architectural transformation that has changed it from a northern industrial city to a chic and modern European regional capital. Visit the Lowry - the national Landmark


Development for the Arts at Salford Quays. Take a stroll down King Street and


browse (and spend!) in the designer shops such as Joseph, Armani, Patrick Cox, DKNY, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith. Take in a concert at The Bridgewater Hall - Manchester’s 42 million international concert venue on the waterfront. Or kick back and enjoy the pulsating nightlife Manchester has to offer with its


many clubs, pubs, restaurants, cafe bars and casinos. A guided tour of Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United is a must! Manchester Airport is also an excellent connecting airport for onward fl ights, particularly to the USA.


BIRMINGHAM Birmingham is a diverse and dynamic


city, offering a world class cultural scene, superb shopping, sporting attractions and other top attractions, fantastic nightlife, major international events/exhibitions and access to some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Plus it’s the home of Cadbury World a must do for all chocolate lovers. Birmingham has transformed its canals


into lively waterfront complexes, sprinkled parks, gardens and walkways across the city and developed a world-class cultural scene. In this friendly, multi-cultural city you


can watch the Royal Ballet one night, and eat authentic Asian food or listen to top jazz the next. Relax in fabulous restaurants or shop for


designer labels along the newly developed Waterfront. It is also home to a fascinating Jewellery


Quarter featuring over 100 jewellery designers and makers; a hot spot for newly engaged couples as the value is hard to beat.


A break in Birmingham will offer a


relaxed pace city break with something for all the family with attractions and facilities to rival the very best in Europe.


For fl ight information see www. waterfordairport.ie


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