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Flights from London Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom

Located in West London, and sprawled near the hamlet of Heathrow, the airport is one of the most major international airports serving England. More than 80 airlines fly domestically and internationally from Heathrow Airport, to over 170 cities in the world. Being the principal hub of the major and ubiquitous airline, British Airways, it is not surprising that Heathrow Airport served approximately 72 million passengers in 2013, which was a substantial increase from the previous years.

A mere 22 kilometers from London central, the speediest and most efficient way to travel to the airport is on the Heathrow Express, which will take approximately 15 minutes! Features station and on-train ticket purchase. Train comes every 10 minutes and the journey to the airport shouldn’t be more than 20 minutes. Pay a little extra for comfort and door-to-door service, when you travel in minicabs or taxis to the airport.

Manchester

Delve in the 200-year history of British politics at the People’s Museum. Visit Coronation Street, where Britain’s most popular television show of the same name was shot. What used to be the heart of the industrial revolution, it’s now emerged as a cool urban city with its Cosmo bars and restaurants, and chic retail boutiques. Comedy theatre is big in Manchester so be sure to catch a comedy gig at Gaiety Theatre. If you have little time to see Manchester, the majestic Manchester Cathedral, Trafford Centre, and the Printworks are must-see sights.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Not to be confused with Australia’s Newcastle, this is another post-industrial city that has bloomed into an über-cool destination to visit. See Newcastle City in two days on an open-air double-decker bus. The hop-on-hop-off tour will take you to Haymerket Barras Bridge, Great North Museum, Gallowgate, Blue Carpet Quayside, and Baltic Square.

Leeds

Only an hour flight from Heathrow, Leeds is definitely the England’s go-to for anything couture. Dear fashionistas, Harvey Nichols is THE name to look out for when hunting for haute apparels. Shopping is not the only thing avid travelers can do in this former textile-industrial city. A visit to the Royal Armouries, Abbey House Museum, Leeds Industrial Museum, Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds United Football Club will leave you feeling like you’ve seen the best of Leeds.

Algiers, Algeria

Who’d think this city in North Africa is less than 3 hours away by plane from Heathrow Airport? The former French colony is rich in ancient history and architecture, which is evident when you explore the majestic Ottoman palaces, Citadel, and Ketchaoua Mosque still standing today in the ancient city of Casbah. Or go on a day trip to Tipasa to marvel at the ruins of a Roman city. Learn more about the life in Algiers during the French-era at the French colonial waterfront Palais des Rais.

A Coruna, Spain

This legendary Spanish city is approximately 2 hours by plane. Once there, visit the monuments dedicated to Hercules at Torre de Hercules, and the heroine Maria Pita at Ayuntamiento. Explore the Museo Arqueologico e Historico to get an insight of the district’s historic timeline and prehistoric tales. Sampling Galician delicacies such at the soupy caldo gallego, and the soft sticky tortilla de Bentanzos, so don’t leave A Coruna without dining at the bustling Taberna Da Penela.

Bahrain Island, Bahrain

Bahrain was believed to be the site of the ancient land of the Dilmun civilisation, so why not pay the Bahrain National Museum a visit to see the archaic earthenware burial jars and other archaeological finds, with your very eyes. See the real thing and head out to A’Ali, where you’ll get to walk amongst burial mounds of various heights and sizes dating back from the Dilmun period. For something green, scout for Middle East’s indigenous animals at Al-Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve.

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