With just over six weeks to Christmas there has never been a better time to explore the numerous shopping destinations located across the UK, which are conveniently accessible via Ireland West Airport Knock’s suite of scheduled flights to the top shopping cities in the UK. While the prospect of Christmas shopping leaves some people less than thrilled, others will gladly shop until they drop and positively revel in retail therapy. The major UK’s cities are some of the best places in the world to track down exactly what it is that you're looking for this Christmas. With fantastic low fares from Ireland West Airport Knock to eight UK destinations providing a total of 16,000 weekly seats, getting there could not be easier on you or your pocket!
Buck the Trend in Britain’s Derbyshire & Nottingham Outlets: Travel from Ireland West Airport Knock to the UK’s East Midlands region with Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) for as little as €10 one way including taxes and charges* and you will not be disappointed, as the East Midlands has plenty to offer. Take a trip to the Nottingham Victoria Centre which has 120 shops and stores all under one roof, including anchor stores like John Lewis and House of Fraser. Alternatively base yourself in Leicester and take a trip to The Shires Shopping Centre which caters for all shopaholic needs with retail brands for clothing, health and beauty, and department stores. The centre also hosts events and live music to help get you into the festive spirit. If it is a real Christmas bargain you are shopping for then head to Matlock in Derbyshire to the Peak Village factory outlet shopping centre which boasts over 26 factory outlets.
From Braehead to Buchanan – Glasgow’s no ‘B’ list Shopping Break! Glasgow has a shopping experience unlike anywhere else in the UK. On your Glasgow Christmas shopping break, you will find an array of shops and stores that would give any fashion capital a serious run for its money. This funky, fabulous city is the perfect place to shop 'till you drop’ this Christmas. Buchanan Galleries is a must with big High Street names in Glasgow's premier indoor shopping centre. Home to 90 of the best retail names the Galleries are shopping heaven. Princes Square, situated on Buchanan Street in the heart of Glasgow's shopping district, is where the designer, boutique and high fashion stores will compete for your attention among the restaurants and bars. Open until midnight and sprawling five floors of excellent leisure space, the world-class centre boasts over 45 quality stores, bars, restaurants & cafés, and its very own nightclub if you have the energy after a hard day of shopping. If your budget can stretch to it, the Italian Centre is the place to visit for the big designer names like Gucci and Versace. Braehead is a massive out-of-town shopping complex that boasts everything you'll ever need. In fact, Braehead is more than just a shopping centre. It's a complete world of family entertainment. So you could visit the curling and ice rink, or see a show at the Braehead Arena, there's always something to do. Silverburn is also another out of town shopping centre on a massive scale. You'll find all the usual High Street stores here and the capacity to shop until you drop is well-catered for. Glasgow has it all and you can get there to see for yourself with a short hop from Ireland West Airport Knock to Glasgow International Airport with fares as low as €17.99 one way including taxes and charges with bmibaby.
Bristol’s Malls and Markets! Ryanair flights from Ireland West Airport Knock are also available to Bristol four times a week making this an ideal weekend shopping destination. Once in Bristol start your Christmas shopping at the Cribbs Causeway. This indoor shopping mall contains over 135 shops including a large John Lewis and a Marks and Spencer, over a dozen cafes and restaurants, a 1200 seat food court with 15 food outlets and every conceivable facility to make your shopping trip a good one. For an extra treat head to the Mall Galleries Shopping Centre which has alone has over 100 stores. Surrounding it, you'll find over 300 other stores, including all the big department stores, a range of markets, and a host of quirky specialist stores, catering to individual needs. Fly to Bristol or Liverpool with Ryanair from just €10 one way including taxes and charges*.
Birmingham Buzz! Unlock the secrets of Britain's second city and you soon discover the jewel in the English crown and this is true when it comes to Shopping in Birmingham. Birmingham has a number of shopping centers to wet the appetite of even those who dread the thought of Christmas shopping. Birmingham's Bullring, a landmark building clad in 15,000 aluminum discs has over 160 of the most imaginative and desirable shops to explore - including Selfridges and Debenhams. And more than 25 restaurants to try, right in the city centre of Birmingham. The Mailbox contains a variety of lifestyle stores alongside its designer retail stores. It also features a wide variety of stylish restaurants and café bars. Alternatively take a trip to the Arcadian Centre set in the centre of vibrant Chinatown and the Theatre District, the Arcadian has a number of specialist shops dotted among the bars, restaurants and other businesses. bmibaby operates daily flights to Birmingham log onto www.bmibaby.com for the lowest fares.
Liverpool’s Got a Lot to Give! Ryanair’s brand new daily service to Liverpool from Ireland West Knock is good news for shoppers with energy. As European centre of culture in 2008 and with a reputation as one of the UK’s most energetic and diverse cities there’s plenty to satisfy avid shoppers. Not to be missed is St John’s Shopping centre which is Liverpool’s largest shopping centre located in the heart of the city centre. There's an eclectic mixture of over 100 shops where you can enjoy high quality women's fashion; high street and designer brands; jewellery; childrenswear; home furnishings; cosmetics and lots more. The new Met Quarter and Liverpool One (a new shopping and leisure district the size of 28 full-size football pitches with 160 new shops, cafes and restaurants overlooking Chavasse Park wont disappoint.
Mancunian Meccas! When it comes to shopping for fashion, Manchester is hard to beat. Rub shoulders with the ‘WAGs’ in the designer stores of Exchange Square and New Cathedral Street, where Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and other top designer stores sit side by side. It’s a city also known for its hip, independent fashion stores, from classic vintage to up-and-coming local designers. At the Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre you will find a massive selection of shops from leading high street names to a variety of smaller, stylish boutiques. The Trafford Centre probably Manchester’s most well known shopping Mecca not just for its name sake but due to the fact that it is an excellent place to shop; with 280 stores, 38 restaurants, a 20 screen UCI cinema and excellent leisure facilities, you'd be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive shopping experience than at the Trafford Centre. With daily flights to Manchester with bmibaby (www.bmibaby.com) from Ireland West Airport Knock getting to this Christmas shoppers paradise is hassle free and great value with fares as low as €17.99 one way including taxes and charges*.
London – Fashion Capital! London is without doubt a must as a shopping destination and of course the famous London Christmas lights will add something special to your Christmas preparations. The city has always been a magnet for shoppers, many of whom cross continents for the privilege and yet all you have to do is take a short flight from Ireland West Knock, with daily flights to London Luton and Stansted it couldn’t be easier. Flights with Ryanair start from €20.18 one way including taxes and charges*. London’s various shopping enclaves are legendary; Oxford Street for mainstream chain stores, Bond Street and Mayfair for luxury goods, department stores from Harrods and Selfridges to Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. But do not miss London's myriad alternatives either like Covent Garden Market. Not strictly a shopping centre, but Covent Garden Market is still the home of specialty shopping in London. From leading fashions to stunning gifts and jewellery; from luxurious and pampering health and beauty products to unique toys and games, here a Christmas gift can be found for all the family.
For all your accommodation needs while you shop in the UK shoppers can log onto the Airport’s website www.irelandwestairport.com and grab great hotel accommodation deals on online hotel booking partner ‘booking.com’. But before you take off from Ireland West Knock why not take time to start your Christmas shopping in the brand new retail shop in the Airport’s departure lounge which will open 17th November. The new retail shop will offer more space for passengers to enjoy great value and hassle-free shopping on leading brands. As well as the expansion of existing brands in the current Airport Travel Value Shop such as; Swarovski crystal and Jewellery, Dolce and Gabbna, Gucci, Burberry, Clinique, Easons & Guinness clothing, the increased space will allow for the introduction of some new and exciting well know brands.