UK Cities That Won't Slow Down This Winter!

Say goodbye to the sunshine and welcome the frosty mornings and thicker duvets… not exactly the most welcoming of thoughts, right? Well, autumn doesn’t have to be dull, it paves the way for spooky season, Christmas and a whole other load of celebrations. With this in mind, get away and book yourself into one of the many UK cities that buzz throughout the dampness and darkness of the colder months. 

The city of Oxford is not only famed for its prestigious Russell Group University; it is also home to some stunning Baroque architecture. These gothic buildings are as aesthetic as anything you’ll see in Rome. Blenheim Palace is surrounded by an amazing 2,000-acre park strewn with field maple, medieval oaks, copper beech roundels and even a rose garden for some truly wonderful scenery. And in autumn, you can also get lost in a maze - fun for the whole family. There are also buggy rides and even free outdoor film screenings, so grab the blankets and the popcorn! The students are also back - so, if you’re a fan of a tipple, the bars are sure to be well and truly alive. 

As one of the busiest capital cities in the world, London never slows down, and autumn is no exception. The 2,500-acre royal park that is Richmond is a sanctuary for wildlife, and the natural beauty here has to be seen to be believed. You can lose hours wandering, feeling mesmerised at the marvellous deer on show as they feed on conkers while you take in the crisp autumn air. Elsewhere, get lost in the awe-inspiring views at St Paul’s Cathedral, a peaceful escapade from the rush of the city centre. There are plenty of City of London hotels, too, so you’re to find the perfect respite for you. 

The Scottish capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why; historic attractions are in abundance here. Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle are each well worth a visit, and there is no better time to explore than during the autumn months. The streets of the Old and New Towns are alive all year round, while the Royal Botanic Garden is resplendent in colour, from the purple berries to the melancholic leaves. The eerie dungeons make for a great day out during this time of the year - so, if you’re brave enough, get yourself there! 

Leeds is the ultimate city for an inspiring break; vibrant and modern with a rich industrial past. It’s also a short while away from the natural beauty of Yorkshire, so there’s everything you could possibly want. Delve behind the cameras at Leeds’ newest visitor experience, the Emmerdale Studio allows fans to venture behind the scenes and see what really goes on as stories from the Yorkshire Dales are brought to life through our screens.  Excitement is certainly building in the city as Victoria Gate opens, with the largest John Lewis store outside of London set to be revealed. This will make Leeds the perfect place to indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy and start your Christmas shopping. The nearby Kirkstall Abbey and Roundhay Park make the perfect walking destinations, too. 

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