Why You Should Travel to the UK In Winter
Some international visitors may choose to avoid winter because of the increased hours of darkness and the freezing temperatures. However, it is during this frosty time of year that the celebratory spirit of the UK really comes to life. From unique festivals to exciting winter sports, here are a few ways to make the most of winter.
The colder weather doesn't mean you have to stay away from the beach
In fact, it actually means you can enjoy stunning beaches without the crowds. Planning a trip to the UK may conjure up images of the majestic streets of London, elaborate palaces, fields seperated by hedgerows or cobblestone laneways. However, the country is also home to some fantastic beaches.
Southern regions like Cornwall and Devon may not be immune to the frosty temperatures, but their scenery is as beautiful as ever. And you may get the added bonus of watching an impressive storm from the comfort of your accommodation. Visit the coffee shops lining the seaside and try some of their hot chocolate.
Cornwall is one of the warmest regions in the UK in winter, so if you are looking to escape the snow, head south! Imagine popular tourist hotpots like St Ives but without the throngs of tourists.
Participate in the elaborate Christmas celebrations
Nobody does Christmas like the UK. Cities and towns all across the country put on a great show through the holiday season. See the incredible Christmas light displays in London, and you will certainly find yourself wandering around to the sound of carols. Check out the impressive lights at Kew Gardens.
Across the country you can also visit plenty of Christmas Markets, some that may make you feel as though you are walking the festive streets of Germany. One of the largest Christmas markets is held in Birmingham. It features more than 100 stalls offering unique items and delicious food.
Take to the slopes
You'll find some of the best ski slopes in the UK in Scotland. Head to the Nevis mountain range and try your luck at skiing and snowboarding. Take a gondola ride to the top of the peak and make the most of winter. You will find the mountain range near the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.
Additionally, Glencoe Mountain Resort also offers skiing and snowboarding. Not only will you have a great time in the snow, you can also enjoy the incredible views of the mountain range.
Fighting your way to get a photo of Buckingham Palace? Not in winter.
If you are happy to do a few extra layers of clothing and head out onto the frosty streets, you will find you won't be battling thousands of other tourists at popular sights like Buckingham Palace. Although there will still be visitors, the lines will be significantly shorter at the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey.
Just because its winter doesn't mean the event calendar goes quiet. Of course, winter will see in London's massive New Year's Eve celebrations, and undoubtedly Christmas themed events will take place all over the country. Enjoy various music festivals, and if you are in Brighton don't miss the fascinating winter equinox celebration Burning the Clocks.