5 Places to Visit in The UK This Winter
The UK is bursting with beautiful places to visit, with something to offer everyone all year round. Though a lot of people associate the summer months with travelling around this country, there is plenty to see and do during the winter as well. From exciting activities to exploring breathtaking scenery, we are going to take you through five of the best places to visit in the United Kingdom during the next few months.
With most of the summer tourist crowd gone, now is a great time to have a private tour of some of the untouched parts of the UK. While we can't promise warm weather and sunshine, after visiting any of the places on this list you are sure to agree the UK can be beautiful no matter what the weather is doing. So pack up your raincoat, hiking boots, and gloves, and join us on this journey of winter travelling.
1. The Cotswolds, England
This popular summer destination maintains its charm throughout the winter. A particularly pretty area of the UK made up of small ancient towns. If you are lucky enough to visit the Cotswolds during snow be sure to bring a sledge to use on the hills near Broadway Tower. Expect fairy-tale-like scenes throughout the area with plenty of opportunities for hiking or walking.
The charming villages of the Cotswolds are unique to the area - instantly recognisable by the colouring and build styles. Villages are littered with picturesque cottages constructed with honey-coloured stone and finished with thatch rooves, all of which look incredible against the surrounding landscape. You will find it hard to put your camera away as every twist and turn of the quiet country roads reveals a new wonder.
Travelling to the Cotswolds during the winter makes for a much quieter, more relaxing experience than fighting through the crowds during the summer. Spend your days exploring the landscape around you, and spend your evenings next to a roaring fire in a cosy local pub.
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is a popular destination throughout every season, and for good reason - there is plenty on offer for all ages and interests. If you are lucky enough to catch Edinburgh after some snowfall you will see how magical this city can be. Full of ancient buildings lining cobbled streets, Edinburgh can be a very romantic getaway.
Visit Edinburgh Castle for a great day out and a trip back in time to learn about the early ages of Scottish history. Or for a more active trip, take a gentle walk to the famous Arthur's Seat. This iconic Scottish landmark is located within Holyrood Park, it was created by an ancient volcano and sits 251 metres above sea level. It offers a 360-degree view of Edinburgh and the surrounding land. Learn about the mediaeval remains of St Anthony's Chapel, or head to Duddingston Loch to feed the ducks. Most all the paths and trails are suitable for all abilities with wheelchair and buggy access.
3. Bath, England
Bath is well known throughout the whole of the UK as being one of the most charming settings. With a Christmas market that features more than 170 stands, Bath is certainly a place that thrives during the winter months. The city of Bath is peppered with Georgian buildings which look stunning after a light amount of snowfall.
The beautiful area surrounding Bath makes for a lovely crisp morning walk, but there is no argument over Bath’s main attraction - the Roman Baths. Established in 75 BC, this attraction has been used for over 2000 years, making for a very relaxing but fascinating experience. The Roman Baths are heated by hot springs beneath the city and leave the water rich in minerals that are said to cure diseases or relieve pain.
Head to Bath Abbey to marvel at the incredible stained glass windows and carved angels which are throughout this 7th-century building. Longleat Safari Park is just a short drive away from the city of Bath and makes a great day out for the whole family. Keep an eye out for events held at Longleat to make your trip there extra special!
4. The Brecon Beacons, Wales
Seeing a mountain range on a clear winters day can't be beaten. The Brecon Beacons is well worth a visit during the next few months. This breathtaking area of rising mountains covers over 46,000 hectares of the South of Wales. With plenty of peaks to summit and views to see the Brecon Beacons are a hikers dream. There are plenty of campsites throughout the Brecon Beacons which give great access to walks and activities
With paths and trails to follow which are suited to all abilities, this is a great destination for expert hikers or beginners. Hiking in the Brecon Beacons is a thoroughly rewarding experience, but always make sure you gear up properly before you begin your hike, and always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. To truly conquer the Brecon Beacons head for Pen Y Fan, the tallest mountain in the area, towering above the National Park at 886 metres.
5. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
Heading over to Northern Ireland for our fifth and final place to visit this winter, to The Wild Atlantic Way. At a massive 2,600 kilometres in length and stretching between Donegal and Kinsale, there is plenty to do along this part of Northern Ireland’s West Coast. This popular route offers some of the most fantastic scenery in the UK, from breathtaking natural landmarks to captivating ancient villages.
Wrap up warm and put on some sturdy hiking boots before taking to the paths and trails that trace their way along this coastline. While colder weather and rain can make some of the climbs here more slippery there are some truly mind-blowing sights to see. With a hiking option for all weather conditions, you will always find something to discover along The Wild Atlantic Way. If you prefer to stay away from the hiking trails take a trip to Gaelic Donegal Castle to discover the history of the area before heading to one of the local pubs for a warm bite to eat.
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