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With Covid making travel abroad difficult, we at Mirthy have compiled a list of UK based destinations which make glorious winter travel destinations, whether you are looking for a warm drink and a cosy fireplace, sparkly festive lights, picturesque frosty walks, or shopping galore, the UK boasts destinations fit for any traveler in the winter months.

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For a city break:

Edinburgh

From November to January, Edinburgh Christmas Market fills Princes Street Gardens. The market is a mixture of the traditional German-style markets seen in cities all over Europe at this time of year, while also representing Scottish traditions.

Edinburgh Castle is also a particularly magical attraction in the winter, sitting atop an extinct volcano in the center of the city.

Looking for some world-class off-screen entertainment? Winter is the season of pantomimes, and where better to watch some festive theatre than in one of Europe's top creative cultural destinations? Find out what’s on here.

York

York is known as one of the most haunted cities in Europe, and therefore makes an exciting destination for anyone interested in ghosts. There are several different walking tours and also bus tours, including one aboard a traditional 1960s Routemaster bus. Discover what York has on offer here.

If you’re looking for something a bit less spooky, St Nicholas Fair will be back on the streets of York from 18th Nov 2021 - 23rd Dec 2021 for some festive fun.

Bath

Unfortunately due to Covid, Bath’s 2021 Christmas market has been cancelled. But despite this, it is a great winter travel destination for other reasons. Bath boasts some glorious heritage sights, with its main attraction being the perfect place to warm up in winter. The pride of the city are the ancient hot springs and glorious spa of the Roman Baths, established in 75BC. Bath Abbey is also an enchanting winter attraction, with intricate stained-glass windows and sculptures to marvel at.

London

London boasts an overwhelming array of activities and attractions for the winter months, so there’s something for everyone, whether it be food and drink, music and theatre, museums and galleries, or just a spot of shopping. The Museum of the Home is free and exhibits Rooms Through Time, which are decorated for Christmas, making for a fun way to discover how Christmas was celebrated over the last 400 years.

Fancy a sit down? Avoid the crowded streets by taking a bus tour of the spectacular Christmas lights from Regents Street to Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Marble Arch, The London Eye and Tower Bridge.

Covent Garden is one of the ultimate festive London locations, with oversized decorations including a giant illuminated Christmas tree as the centerpiece of the famous square and the market is the perfect spot for a bit of Christmas shopping.

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To be at one with nature:

Norfolk Broads

The ‘Venice of the East’, the Norfolk Broads is a network of waterways spanning over 120 miles. But despite all that water, it is the perfect place for those who love walking. With over 190 miles of footpaths and nature trails, the Broads are particularly beautiful in the winter. This exquisite destination can be explored by boat, foot or bike with plenty of ways to enjoy the natural beauty of this region, whether you prefer walking, boating, fishing or simply staying in a lovely cosy cottage.

The Peak District

In 1951, the Peak District was the first area in the UK to be designated as a national park, and it is a haven for those who love the outdoors. The most popular activities are walking and cycling, but there are many other activities to enjoy too, such as horse-riding and caving. The Peak District boasts some of the most picturesque, rural landscapes you could hope to enjoy in the UK, made even more enchanting at winter-time in the frosty weather. Feeling chilly? Warm yourself up with a glass of mulled wine in a cosy country pub!

Dartmoor

Misty or frosty mornings make Dartmoor appear even more magical. A film maker's favourite, visitors to Dartmoor can discover famous filming locations of movies such as War Horse.

If you have an interest in photography, bringing a camera is a must as the landscapes are awe-inspiring and can make for the subject some incredible artwork.