As the self-proclaimed cultural center of the north, Liverpool makes a popular choice for the holiday season and the UNESCO-listed port city is full of fun things to do in the run-up to Christmas. The start of the festive period is marked by the star-studded Christmas Lights Switch-on ceremony at the start of November, when the iconic 64-foot-high Christmas tree is erected on Church Street and the city’s dazzling illuminations are turned on.
With its snow-capped fells and frosty lakes, the Lake District offers an enchanting backdrop to a winter trip and it’s one of the few places in England where you’ll have a chance of a white Christmas, at least on the mountaintops. While temperatures can be chilly, there are still plenty of things to do in winter in the Lake District, with steamers still cruising around Lake Windermere and Ullswater, and many tourist attractions still open.
As one of England’s most prestigious university towns, it’s no surprise that Oxford boasts an enviable selection of research facilities and with many offering free entry, there’s no excuse for not enjoying the city’s cultural highlights. To help you choose, here are 5 of Oxford’s best museums and galleries to add to your itinerary.
With the nights getting longer, the weather frostier and the city glittering with Christmas illuminations, Liverpool makes an atmospheric winter destination, especially over Christmas and New Year. With average daytime temperatures hovering between 6°C and 8°C, it might not be the best time of year for sightseeing, but there are still plenty of things to do in Liverpool in Winter.
With notable alumni including 5 Kings, 26 prime ministers and 40 Nobel Prize winners, not to mention literary legends like Lewis Carroll and J. R. R. Tolkien, Oxford University needs little introduction. Renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious learning establishments and the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the entire city of Oxford is centered around its famous university, with its many colleges, churches, libraries and parklands dotted all around town.
A warren of passageways and alleys woven throughout the historic city center, York’s famous Snickelways have long been the beating heart of the city and one of its most charming assets – dozens of narrow winding streets, lined with medieval buildings and paved with timeworn cobblestones. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Snickelways take their name from the local term ‘Snicket’, meaning alleyway, and range in size from tiny, narrow passageways to long, meandering streets, linking together the city’s main shopping streets, markets and attractions.