When you think about holidaying, what do you imagine? Many of us will conjure up images of relaxing on the beach somewhere abroad – cocktail in hand, soaking up the sun’s rays. Pure bliss.
However, while that type of holiday may be great for one person, it might not be for another, so it’s important to have a bit of variety when it comes to going away. At winter especially, only by looking at other types of holidays will you be able to make the most of the colder months.
Join us as we take a look at the five best places to visit in the UK this winter. Whether you prefer sightseeing, rambling or city-hopping, we can more or less guarantee that there will be something for everybody on our list below.
- Bath, England
We start with a cracker. Known for its olde world charm and historic architecture, the West Country city of Bath is the ideal destination for people looking for some rest and recuperation.
Looking for an escape from the freezing weather? We don’t blame you – head to Bath’s Thermae Bath Spa to relax in the UK’s only naturally warm and mineral-rich waters. Not only will you be able to warm yourself up again, you’ll also do your body some good at the same time.
Once you’re ready to embrace the cold again, head to the city’s Christmas market – renowned globally as one of the best you can visit. Running from November 28 to December 15, here you will find an abundance of stalls, offering Christmas gift inspiration, and a large festive ice-rink – perfect to embarrass yourself on.
- Edinburgh, Scotland
Whether it be Hogmanay, Burns Night or St Andrews Day, it’s safe to say that Edinburgh really comes to life over the winter period. With bustling German Christmas markets, glittering lights and Europe’s largest open-air ice rink, the Scottish capital is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to get in the festive spirit.
Talking of festive spirits, Edinburgh’s Scotch Whiskey Experience – down the road from its famous castle – is a great experience for those looking to discover more about the city’s whiskey heritage. Princes Street, the city’s main shopping street, is also a must-visit if you’re eager to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done.
If Christmas markets, whiskey and shopping aren’t enough for you though, Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park are only a short walk away, each offering stunning views right the way across the city.
- Rye, England
Featuring cobbled streets, toy-stocked boutiques, charming tea shops and an abundance of timber-beamed inns, Rye at winter feels like stepping into the pages of a Charles Dickens’ novel.
The perfect place to bring your family, friends and canine companions, the medieval town brings history to life and offers a number of things to do. Enjoy wintery walks? Head to the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. How about winter festivities? Take a look at the Rye Christmas Festival.
The East Sussex-based town even offers festive spirit in both senses of the word – one in its incredible atmosphere, and another in its haunting history. If you ain’t afraid of no ghost, why not test your nerve on the candlelit ghost tour along the creaking corridors of the Lamb House? Or, if you’d rather do something less creepy, the St Mary’s Church Christmas concert is a great alternative.
- Pembrokeshire, Wales
Located only an hour away from the sights and attractions of Cardiff, Pembrokeshire’s Brecon Beacons National Park truly becomes a winter wonderland over the late autumn months. Even on the greyest of days, there are plenty of crisp countryside walks to see and enjoy – from the beautiful Wye Valley on the border to the Sugar Loaf mountain in Monmouthshire.
If countryside walks aren’t for you, the historic market town of Abergavenny is a must-visit. Sheltered by the break-taking scenery of the Black Mountains, visiting here will provide you with a real insight into the Welsh way of life. Plus, if you visit before January 25th, you will be able to pick up a traditional love spoon from the indoor market just in time for St Dwynwen’s Day.
- Dartmoor, England
While on the subject of walks, if you enjoy blustery yet refreshing rambles across the British landscape, there’s only one place you should think of heading: Devon.
Dartmoor in particular is simply a must-visit. While it may be beautiful all-year round, the scenic landscape becomes especially magical over the winter months. Featuring panoramic countryside views and picturesque beauty from Hound Tor to the Bowerman’s Nose, the national park is the perfect place for adventure lovers who adore winter.
Once you are done with all your exploring, there are a number of welcoming countryside pubs to warm yourself back up in. Simply kick back, relax and enjoy the comfort of a refreshing winter brew.