Christmas for many Britons is a chance to escape on holiday elsewhere, away from the everyday.
The UK has plenty of amazing destinations to spend the festive season – so where are the best places to go on holiday? These are some of the most scenic staycation spots.
West Norfolk’s famous nature reserves attract thousands or migrating wildfowl in the winter months, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers.
There’s plenty of beautiful countryside to explore – Hunstanton has epic prehistoric cliffs – and a plethora of charming villages to scout out cosy pubs in. Thornham is a particularly fetching coastal village.
It’s not necessary to shell out on flights to Scandinavia to view the Northern Lights as they can be spotted in Northumberland.
The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers dark, clear skies in the winter, making it the ideal place to spot the Aurora Borealis. By day the region boasts picture-perfect coastal towns and a beautiful coastline.
This village is one of the most romantic in the UK thanks to its status as England’s most preserved medieval village.
It’s home to winding streets, galleries and a whole host of shops. Visit England recommends heading to Blaize Cottages for the best accommodation in the area.
Yorkshire benefits from a dramatic coastline and offers the perfect chance to stride out and enjoy some bracing winter sea air.
The clifftops at Robin Hood’s Bay offer panoramic views up and down the coast. The village itself is quaint and well worth exploring, too.
The New Forest is well known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies.
The area is ideal for nature and animal lovers – and the most interesting way to see the forest is from horseback. Accommodation here ranges from luxury hotels to camping and caravan sites, catering for an array of budgets.
The Cornish coast is home to Tintagel Castle – one of England’s most mysterious and romantic spots.
The castle – now a spectacular ruin – is said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. Visitors should include a trip to Merlin’s Cave and there’s a beautiful beach nearby, too.
The Cotswolds are famous for stunning countryside – perfect for winter walks – and chocolate-box villages.
A particularly picturesque ramble is from Upper to Lower Slaughter (or vice versa) along the banks of the River Eye.
Kent offers both coastal and marsh walks. An evening walk along the beach at Whitstable is particularly recommended – although be sure to wrap up warm!
Hidden gems include Walmer Castle and its gardens as well as Tunbridge Castle.
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