It may not be the most popular, or the warmest, time of year to visit Britain, but we think winter can be a fantastic time to experience the best of Britain, so don’t write it off. Here are our top five reasons why.
1. Crisp winter’s days in the countryside
A covering of snow, a crisp morning frost or the wonderful low light of winter sun can make the British countryside more beautiful than at any other time of year.
Particularly for those with an interest in photography, when the sun comes out, the light during the winter months is perfect all day long.
2. Pubs are at their best during winter
Going to a pub is high up on many people’s list of things to do during their trip to Britain. And the pub’s popularity isn’t just the tourist picture of ‘classic Britain’ – wherever you are, from tiny villages to bustling cities, the pub remains the heart of many communities.
Popular all year round, it is in the winter that they really come into their own; nothing is more welcome after a cold winter’s walk than a pub with a roaring fire, local ale and a warm welcome.
3. Fewer crowds
Outside the main summer season and away from school holidays the crowds drop away – in winter, walk straight in to the Tower of London, forget fighting through tour groups at Stonehenge or Warwick Castle, and find yourself as the only person on many country walks!
It also means seeing more of the locals. With fewer tourist crowds, towns and villages are filled with people going about their day-to-day life so even the most popular destinations have a real ‘lived-in’ feel.
4. It’s cold
This may not be an obvious selling point but, let’s face it, Britain is not a destination you visit to get the perfect tan. So instead of trying to catch the best of the weather in summer, don hat, scarf and gloves and embrace the winter elements! It may turn out to be one of the best parts of your trip, especially for those visiting from places blessed with warm, sunny weather all year.
It also makes a warming cup of tea in a cosy café or a pint of beer by a roaring fire all the better!
Britain’s biggest celebration of the year is, of course, Christmas, and for the month of December it takes over towns and cities all over the country, with Christmas lights, trees and a variety of Christmas events, including carols and Christmas markets, to be found everywhere.
You will also find that Britain’s historic houses get into the Christmas spirit with elaborate decorations and many festive events of their own.