The festive season brings people from all over the world to our shores, and many choose to spend their holidays in cities that offer a unique experience. Whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan city break or a quiet retreat, we’ve got the best UK cities at Christmas.
If you’re planning a trip to London during Christmas, check out our guide to the capital’s top attractions. You’ll find everything from traditional landmarks like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben to more modern attractions like the Tate Modern art gallery and the Shard skyscraper.
The city has plenty of things to see and do at Christmastime, including festive markets, ice skating rinks, and Santa Claus parades. And if you want to get into the spirit of the season, many events are going on into new the year.
If you’re looking for a city break away from the hustle and bustle of London, then why not head north to one of our favourite cities? We’ve picked out two of the best places to visit in the North West – Manchester and Edinburgh.
The capital of Scotland has been voted the most romantic place to visit at Christmas, according to TripAdvisor’s survey of 1 million travellers. And if you want to get into the festive spirit, there are plenty of things to see and do in Edinburgh during December. There are ice skating rinks, Christmas markets, and many events around town. Plus, some fantastic restaurants are serving Scottish cuisine.
Manchester has everything you need for an enjoyable breakaway. It’s home to the country’s biggest attractions, such as the National Football Museum, the Lowry Centre and Bridgewater Hall. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink, with plenty of pubs and restaurants serving traditional British dishes.
The city centre is packed with shops, bars and restaurants, making it easy to find something to suit every taste. You’ll find everything from high street chains to independent boutiques, plus plenty of markets and festivals throughout the year. Plenty of hotels and guesthouses are available if you’re looking for somewhere to stay. The best thing about staying here? It’s close to the airport, meaning you won’t have far to travel if you want to explore further.
Brighton & Hove
Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations with its beautiful coastline, picturesque parks and gardens, and lively nightlife. Its seaside location means many activities to enjoy during the day, while the city centre offers a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants.
The city has been voted Britain’s best place to live for the past three years, and it’s easy to see why. There are plenty of things to do throughout the year, from visiting the beach, taking a stroll around the seafront promenade, or enjoying a pint at one of the many pubs scattered across the city. In the evenings, the city centre buzzes with people enjoying a drink or two before heading home to unwind. Plenty of hotels and guesthouses are available for those who want to stay longer.
Birmingham has been voted Britain’s second biggest city by the Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated population of 1.3 million people and was voted as one of the best places to live in 2022. It was also named the UK’s fastest-growing city in 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The city is home to some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Bullring shopping centre, which opened in 1972, and the National Indoor Arena, which hosts sporting events such as boxing matches and concerts. In addition, Birmingham boasts several museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry, which houses one of the largest collections of scientific instruments in Europe.
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