Fly To The East Midlands, UK
The East Midlands in the United Kingdom offers a number of exciting holiday destinations, whether you’re looking for a country break or a city adventure. The area is made up of four major counties, namely Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, each offering its own special charm. Nottingham is home to Newstead Abbey and the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, whilst Leicestershire offers Market Bosworth, famous for being the site of the battle of Bosworth Field. The dignified old city of Lincoln is home to a fine cathedral and its surrounding countryside is postcard-pretty, offering historic market towns that are a treat to explore.
The most distinctive feature of Lincolnshire is the Fens – fields as flat as pancakes that extend all the way into Cambridgeshire that have been regained from the sea and the marshes. Fenland villages boast stunning parish churches that are worth visiting. On the coast, one finds beautiful long sand beaches all the way to Skegness, the main resort in the region. This coastline is very popular with holidaymakers, but large portions are protected as nature reserves. The best of these to visit is the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and East Midlands, United Kingdom. However, you can use Travelstart to find and book flights to East Midlands Airport on all airlines such as KLM, SAA, British Airways and Lufthansa. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap East Midlands flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to the East Midlands do require a UK Visa to enter the United Kingdom. Before applying for the Visa, ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to the East Midlands is the SA Consulate in London. Address: South Africa House, 9 Duncannon Street, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DP, London, United Kingdom Phone: +44-207-451-7299.
See and do
Visit Chatsworth Estate, in the heart of the Peak District, 105 acres of gardens and farmland offering giant water features, sculptures and spectacular views. The house located here, which is home to the Duke of Devonshire, boasts one of the most significant art collections in Europe.
Explore the land of Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle in Sherwood Forest. You’ll see the Major Oak Tree in the forest, where, according to legend, Robin Hood sheltered with his Merry Men. Located just 10 minutes from the centre of the city is the castle, a 17th Century ducal palace built on the site of a medieval building. There’s a museum and gallery that tells the story of William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart and other heroes.
Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest Gothic buildings in Europe. Explore this magnificent Cathedral, which is home to a famous library designed by Christopher Wren as well as beautiful stained glass windows. Nearby in Grentham is the home of Sir Isaac Newton, one of the greatest scientists of all time. The apple tree that inspired his world-changing theory of gravity is still located there.
Go fly fishing on Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in Western Europe. You can even learn how to fly fish there, and relax on a cruise, or go canoeing or windsurfing on the lake.
Other popular pastimes in the area include hiking over the Derbyshire Hills, taking gentle walks in the countryside, exploring the region’s many picturesque villages or cycling or pony trekking across the hills.
East Midlands Airport – EMA
Located between Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, 21km southwest of Nottingham and 13km southwest of Derby, East Midlands Airport is used by various budget airlines that offer flights to domestic airports as well as international. 60 minutes free Wi-Fi is available to all passengers at East Midlands Airport.
Food and beverage: Flat White, Frankie & Benny’s, Greggs, Espression, Pork & Pickle.
Currency Exchange: Order your foreign currency online with Travelex and arrange to collect at East Midlands Airport.
Lost Luggage: A lost property service is operated at the information desk (phone 0871 919 9000). Left-luggage facilities are provided by individual airlines, on request.
Airport Hotels: None at the airport. Nearby: Hilton East Midlands Airport, Nottingham EM Airport Travelodge, Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport and Thistle East Midlands Airport.
Car Hire: Europcar, Enterprise rent-a-car, Hertz and National Car Rental.
Airport Hub: East Midlands Airport (code EMA) is a hub for Ryanair, Jet2 and Thomson Airways.