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Mandy Kloppers

Picturesque UK Breaks to Take This Winter

Getting away with your loved ones for a winter break can be an exciting idea. From decorations and dinners to local attractions and festivities, exploring the UK in winter can give you some of the best and most beautiful chilly days out.

So pack up your woollen gloves and windproof umbrella, and head out to a new location in time to enjoy the chilly weather and upcoming activities. Here we will explore the four best places in the UK for you to visit this winter, according to Planet Ware, and what you can do there in the coming months.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Whether you are looking for a beautiful scenery, a mix of city life and seaside, or a Harry Potter-inspired winter trip, Edinburgh is the perfect place to visit.

If you are looking forward to seeing some fantastic foliage and creative lighting designs, then you can visit Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens. This is a fantastic way to get lost in the winter spirit, whether with your partner, parents, or children – people of all ages can enjoy the range of beautiful designs Edinburgh has to offer.

And why not enjoy some Scottish festivities during the winter too? If you fancy a winter break after the Christmas rush, celebrating Burns Night might be the best chance to experience some Scottish culture in the cold. Taking place on January 25th each year, you can enjoy some wintertime activities with you family outside of the Christmas period.

York, England

Another beautiful location for you to try during your winter downtime is the scenic and historic city of York. And what screams winter and warmth like chocolate? York’s Chocolate Story can show you the process and history behind your favourite chocolate bars, give you a taster or some delicious cocoa and see you make your own personalised creation – making it the perfect day out for all the family and any chocolate lovers!

York also hosts the perfect attraction for the Harry Potter fans in your family. The Shambles, from which the film’s version of Diagon alley was supposedly based, is a Medieval side street full of local shops – including some Harry Potter-themed locations which sell merchandise from the books and films, as well as wizarding world-inspired drinks and more. York’s centre boasts a network of rickety old-time streets, so you can travel through time and fantasy as you explore.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

If you fancy somewhere a bit more remote, then why not try the Inner Hebrides for a few days? This can be a winter wonderland of moody coastal views, castles, and more. This is the perfect retreat for a family wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life for the new year.

With the stunning view of Eilean Danon Castle, you can stay inside a beautiful holiday cottage with a warming hearth. This is the perfect escape for anyone looking to ditch their technology for a bit of a detox over the winter period.

The Cotswolds, England

For picturesque English countryside and scenic, historic villages, the Cotswolds could be the perfect location for your winter getaway. You could stay in anything from a small cottage to a manor hotel, all while enjoying views of stonemasonry and rolling hills.

For those looking for a romantic break, you could consider activities such as afternoon tea, or even gin and whisky tasting. Or families might consider having fun in the countryside snow, building snowmen and sledding on the hillsides.

Whether you are looking for a romantic get away for two, a family retreat, or a digital detox, there are some incredible places you can visit across England and Scotland this winter season. From famous races to stunning views and chocolate history, you can go into the new year experiencing new things.

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

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