As the weather begins to get colder, it’s the perfect opportunity to combat those winter blues and escape for a great winter break! Although the temperatures might be lower than on those gorgeous summer days, the UK still has plenty to offer visitors no matter what the season. In fact, travelling during winter also helps you skip the worst of the tourist crowds and experience the England’s cities, coastline and countryside in an entirely different light.
So, if you are considering heading off on an English getaway this winter, here are some of the best places to visit!
North Yorkshire Moors
For rugged landscapes and breath-taking views, the North Yorkshire Moors truly are second to none. The National Park itself can be enjoyed all year round without the need to spend a single penny – perfect for travelling on a strict budget. Alternatively, the kids might enjoy a trip to Flamingo Land, a family-friendly theme park and conservation estate. To round off your getaway in style, pay a visit to Whitby for world-class fish and chips and an astounding view of the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Dracula, perched imposingly on the cliff overlooking the town below.
The perfect destination for a short break or long weekend due to its easily accessible central location, Nottingham has plenty to offer all year round. Head out for a visit to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, or alternatively, take shelter from the elements on a visit to the fascinating City of Caves or the National Justice Museum. You can even take a ghost tour, if you dare! For those looking to travel on a budget, some Nottingham hotels offer crash pads where you can find a comfortable place to rest your head after a long day spent exploring the city!
If you’re looking for a destination where you can go for long walks together and experience some stunning scenery, Wiltshire should be your number one choice. Don’t forget to factor in time for a visit to iconic Stonehenge. Visiting in winter will ensure you skip the summer crowds while still enjoying the sight of the fantastic monument. Longleat should also be a stop on your list; from the impressive Elizabethan stately home to the fun-filled Safari Park, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy!
It’s never off-season in London. So if you’re looking for a winter trip jam-packed with activities, things to do and places to visit, the capital is your go-to this season. If you visit before Christmas, a trip to Hamleys toy store on Regent Street will get the little ones excited for the big day, and a chance to take in the city’s annual Christmas light display should also boost the festive atmosphere. If you fancy visiting some of London’s biggest tourist attractions without the large summer crowds, why not make time to introduce the family to staples like Big Ben, the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace? Similarly, a ride on the London Eye will make the whole family breathless at the wonderful views of the city spread out below.
Last but certainly not least, the UK’s southern-most county, Cornwall, has plenty to offer visitors during the winter months. If the weather isn’t the best, there is always fun to be had at the fascinating Eden Project. Plus it will be warm in the greenhouses! On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, don’t miss the chance to visit Land’s End. Here you will enjoy spectacular views from the most westerly point of mainland England!
No matter where you choose to go this winter, make it a season to remember. There are so many fun-filled breaks for everyone to enjoy!
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