The United Kingdom is one of the most sought-after places for holidays. Be it the bustling streets of London or the quiet and exotic living of Sheffield, the country boasts a large variety of travel options. And if there's one thing that the English citizens do best - it's winter.
England culminates in a large pool of exclusive destinations, quite strategically placed, that allows you to explore the windy snow, beautiful sunrises and plentiful unspoilt and atmospheric landscapes that are must-visit spots.
But in this whole piece of map and less time to plan, where do one start with? To help you out, here are the top destinations that you can visit in the United Kingdom this winter.
Best Places To Visit In The UK In The Winter
10. York, Northeast England
York is amongst the most attractive locations in England. Founded in 71 AD, this cathedral city is situated at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss that deliver a mind-boggling view of the natural locations. The city also brings a great location, including the Yorkshire Dales, Ruins of Fountains Abbey (UK's most extensive monastic ruins) and Castle Howard that provide a sense of the historical timeline of Yorkshire.
The city is decorated with endless Christmas decorations and hosts a great Christmas market for local and international travelers. You can see this for yourself at Fishergate, South Bank, and Hull Road. Welcoming 40 million visitors now, every year, York also has numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, pubs, and lovely brunch cafes, which are a plus for any foodie.
Devon is what you call a mix-set of vibes of travelling at a location. The magnificent beaches stretch on the south and north coasts, the inland appeal of Dartmoor and Exmoor (vast granite plateaus), and the gentle gazing clusters of pastures and agricultural fields all boast a great experience.
The city is located between Exeter and Plymouth and is a 2-hour trip from Bristol which gives enough room for neighboring city residents such as students to visit during weekends. Devon's fascinating, rich, and mouth-watering local restaurants serve organic cider, apple juice, and ice cream. Lot's of unique dishes and a never-ending ocean is what makes Devon a genuinely fantastic place to visit.
Edinburgh is one of the most sought after locations in the UK in winter. Filled with snow everywhere, the city is famous for its majestic views on Edinburgh Waverley and ice rinks on St Andrew Square and Murrayfield Ice Rink. On top of that, you should also visit the famous Edinburgh Castle and gaze through the eyes of the tower and capture the city view.
The city also hosts a one-month New Years Party with grand celebrations and decorations. Events like concerts, street parties and torchlight processions are a must-see. And the shebang fireworks on the night of the 31st will be enough to fill your Instagram wall and stories.
7. The Cotswolds, England
Ever wondered what Hogwarts from the Harry Potter movies could have looked like in real life? Well, the Cotswolds is the place to see it. The snow-covered castles in the Cotswolds along the Malvern Hills and the popular snow slide competition near Broadway Tower are primary specialties for visitors.
The area is a highly popular location and is often visited by visitors going through its nearby areas. Be it Gloucester, Oxford, Cheltenham, or Reading, major UK cities are well-connected with the Cotswolds via the National Highways.
Interestingly, the Cotswolds' authenticity of the city's origin, which now outshines its monumental locations, including storybook villages- Castle Combe, Painswick, and Bourton-on-the-Water towns. You can also treat yourself to a husky ride with Arctic Quest creative company and enjoy the warmth of a delicious hot chocolate in your room afterwards.
The aesthetic beauty of Canterbury can be solely determined by its abbreviation as "Garden of England" by Henry VII. The city is filled with astonishing natural beauty and architectural marvels covering Canterbury Cathedral, King's Mile, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, and Dover Castle.
Like the majority of neighboring cities, Canterbury also hosts several art shows and events at New Year, which just adds the cherry on top of your holiday experience. You also have a surround experience at Canterbury by exploring the connected areas including Kent, Medway, and Colchester. This gives you enough before you visit the capital city (discussed below).
Bath is one of the UK's most gorgeous cities. The elegant land area delivers a full 2,000 years old history with its historic Roman Baths sculptures, Bath Abbey and exotic Georgian buildings. The town's Christmas market is also one of the most widely known and has been voted one of the best in the country. Here, you can explore over 170 chalets selling unique gifts and tasty treats (don't forget the Pump Room Restaurant) set within the ancient streets.
Every November, Bath hosts the annual Bath Mozartfest, a nine-day festival honoring the famed composer and his contemporaries such as Beethoven and Schubert. Over 16 world-class concerts performed by renowned artists is a special treat for the winter travelers here at Bath.
4. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
Located in the heart of Ireland, The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,600 kilometres natural sand-cliff stretch from Donegal to Kinsale. The area is known for its beautiful locations, picturesque for filmmakers and TV producers.
The Wild Atlantic Way also boasts a coastal route that offers visitors a chance to glimpse the most scenic vistas in the country. While winter's slippery conditions can make climbing more dangerous than usual, the areas are safer than ever, thanks to local communities offering an excellent treat for visitors.
You can also visit the mountain regions of Glenveagh National Park, Garden Trail, Lakeside Walk, and Gaelic Donegal Castle and take a detour to nearby areas covering Galway. Dublin and Belfast which is a complete package for the traveling bloggers and wanderers. Such a culmination of several locations at one spot can easily take your breath away (well, figuratively!)
3. The Lake District
The Lake District in Cumbria near Lancaster, England, is a phenomenal place during winters for a visit. The location - a cumulative of 16 lakes - is located in the centre of Cumbria. The region's tallest area, called Scafell Pike, and Lake District towns like Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cockermouth, and Windermere offer a Christmas market bonanza for you to leverage the best deals during the New Year.
Moreover, you can also enjoy the areas of Ulverston, the Lake District's neighbor, for its definitive history with the Christmas Carnival. The famous Charles Dickens holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, is based on the local beauty of Ulverston and its classic era markets, covering the Ulverston's Dickensian Christmas Festival.
Cambridge is one of the few cities in the UK that boasts both a modern lifestyle and a cultural habitat for its visitors. Based on the River Cam, the city has a reputation for its design arts on some of the best buildings in the country, like King’s Chapel, University of Cambridge, and The Fitzwilliam Museum.
Travelers can visit the Cambridge's best metropolitan suburbs covering Petersfield, De Freville Avenue, and Hills Road. Here, you can spot on the best shopping markets for winter clothing and find bargain deal. And if you miss the winter sale here, City Centre always awaits for your presence.
Moreover, the city’s annual Big Christmas Lights Switch On event and the Mill Road Winter Fair are two of the most significant events in the winter season for Cambridge visitors. You can also take another route and join the fun party at the Winter Wonderland in Parker’s Piece Park. A mix of all the games, ice rink skating, Ferris wheel, and ice slides are all present to steal your time away!
There’s more to London than being the capital city of the United Kingdom. The city’s history spans over 1974 years (yep, that’s the number of years) and delivers an incredible trip for fellow visitors. From vibrant streets at Regents and Oxford to watching Westminster Abbey near River Thames, the city of London has it all for you.
London also has enormous values in its cultural diversity, which you can spot at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum, Madame Tussaud, and Hyde Park, where you will explore a global celebrity presence at one location.
In the winter season, London also brings together a large variety of shopping, street carnivals and march parades where you can shop the best bargains. From Carnaby Street to Hamleys near Pret A Manger Restaurant, the city will fill you inside out with unforgettable memories.
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