NORTH BOUND: Why flying Etihad Airways to Manchester is a fab idea

Fly Etihad Airways into the heart of England’s north and embark on year-round adventures and unexpected experiences in the UK’s sightseeing superstars.

Fly Etihad Airways into the heart of England’s north and embark on year-round adventures and unexpected experiences in the UK’s sightseeing superstars.

Etihad Airways lets travellers bound for Great Britain touch down in Manchester – the magical metropolis a stone’s throw from Cumbria, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire.

That means Aussies can choose to fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to Manchester and be holidaying in the heart of England’s captivating northern counties after an easy one-stop flight from home.

And there’s never been a better time to find your Great Britain with Etihad Airways offering every traveller the chance to personalise their journey and take the tough out of travelling halfway around the planet.



Etihad understands every passenger is unique and it’s the opportunity to create a personalised experience that takes a sky-high journey from routine to remarkable.

That not only means choosing the most convenient gateway for an England stay – be it London or Manchester – but adding bonuses like extra legroom in economy, a stopover in Abu Dhabi, or even upgrading at the check-in counter for a departure-day treat.

And to continue creating that one-of-a-kind holiday here are five destinations in that pretty part of England for travellers looking to encounter a unique and unexpected corner of the world.




Step into one of  England’s most dynamic destinations. Manchester does not only boast a colourful history with a significant chapter written during the Industrial Revolution but throw in a couple of famous sporting teams, classic architecture, spectacular shopping, trendy neighbourhoods, and a celebrated music scene.




Image Credit: Visit Britain

Explore the landscape that inspired Beatrix Potter with a wander through Hawkshead, a tour of Hilltop Farm, a stay in a stream-side bungalow at Langdale Hotel, a stop at the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop to sample the gourmet goodies, and a cruise across Lake Windermere on board a vintage steamship.




There’s more to the city that sprawls beside the Mersey River than The Beatles with travellers able to see below the surface of the unappreciated settlement by browsing the Walker Art Gallery, wandering beside the water to see architectural icons, visiting Liverpool Cathedral, and popping into as many hip restaurants and bars as possible.




Image Credit: Yorkshire Dales, Summer hay meadows near Muker, Photographer: Tom Collier

Tranquil valleys, roads meandering around drystone walls, a patchwork of farmer’s fields, picture-perfect villages, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, castles sitting in the shadows of windswept peaks, and walking tracks winding through moody forests await outdoor lovers in this national park just over an hours’ drive from Manchester.



The definition of reinvention, Leeds is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and a visit here makes you understand why. The thriving metropolis is a perfect combination of revitalised Victorian architecture and rich history combined with a chic revitalised city centre. With its thriving independent scene no matter whether you are looking for music, arts, food or fashion, Leeds is a hub of creative indie spirit.



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For more information on creating that once-in-a-lifetime adventure around England – flying from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane and using London or Manchester as a gateway for travels taking in big cities and small towns away from the tourist trail – visit the Etihad Airways website.


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Written by Sarah Nicholson, a KARRYON contributor.

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