With around 100 castles dotted around the country, you could plan your entire trip around visiting Wales’ castles and there are so many historic landmarks worth visiting that it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down. From UNESCO-listed fortresses to haunted castle hotels, here are just 5 of the best castles in Wales.
Oxford’s dreaming spires are even more impressive beneath a dusting of snow, but even if you aren’t lucky enough to experience a white Christmas, the historic city is still an atmospheric place to spend the holidays. Christmas in Oxford kicks off with the Oxford Light Festival at the end of November, when the city’s dazzling illuminations are first turned on and a series of live music, dance and arts events are held around the city in celebration.
Festive markets will be popping up all around the UK throughout the holiday season, but for something a little different, head over the Welsh border to discover some of the country’s unique Christmas Fayres. From medieval themed Christmas markets to Royal country fairs, here’s our pick of Wales’ best traditional Christmas Fayres.
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.