There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit at Christmas than by visiting a Christmas market or two in the UK. So give the high street a miss this festive season and fill your stockings with unique gifts from the best Christmas markets across the country.
London Southbank Christmas Market
Featuring traders from across the UK and beyond, this cosmopolitan winter market brings Nordic chic to the iconic Southbank, with food and other festive treats from around the globe.
Directions: Take the train or tube to Charing Cross or Waterloo station and follow the signs for the Royal Festival Hall. Alternatively, hiring a chauffeur car to drive you straight from your hotel to the market within 30 minutes without any hassle.
Bath Christmas Market
Perhaps the quintessential English Christmas market, nearly everything on sale here is from local suppliers. This award-winning market takes place in the picturesque streets around the Roman Baths and Abbey, making this an unforgettable experience.
Directions: Train or bus to Bath Spa station, junction 18 off the M4. Only with £500, you can hire a driven chauffeur car for one day to take you to Bath and back to London within 10 hours.
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
This most festive of cities hosts not one but two Christmas markets, offering shoppers a unique experience. Enjoy the best local produce and a dram or two of whisky in George Street, or head to Princes Square Gardens for a more continental experience.
Directions: Train or bus to Edinburgh Waverley station.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
The biggest German market outside Germany and Austria, this has bags of atmosphere – enjoy pretzels and gluhwein in a wooden chalet, then wash it all down with some choice Bavarian beers for a magical Christmas experience!
Directions: train to New Street station, metro to Grand Central New Street, M5/M6/M40/M42 will all take you to the city centre.
Transforming the area around the City Hall gardens into a winter wonderland of Christmas chalets, this magical market is a festive delight of tantalising tastes, delicious smells and twinkling lights, with arts and crafts and local and continental food.
Blink and you’ll miss it, but this lovely English Christmas market has been voted the best in the UK. The impressive Norman castle and Gothic cathedral form a breathtaking backdrop to over 250 stalls around the medieval market square.
Directions: train to Lincoln Central station, bus to Lincoln bus station. Park and ride to the city centre.
Leeds Castle Christmas Market
Set in the grounds of one of England’s most beautiful castles, this dazzling Christmas market promises carol singing, actual reindeer and more. Don’t miss the traditional fun fair rides and live music!
Directions: train to Bearsted station, number 13 bus from Maidstone to Hollingbourne, just off Junction 8 on the M20.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Another award winner, Manchester’s Christmas Markets takes their inspiration from across Europe with German gluhwein and French crepes. Dotted around the city, it’s a great way to see the sights and you can take your cup or mug home as a souvenir.
Directions: train to Manchester Piccadilly, coach to central coach station, Juntion 19 off the M6.
Cardiff’s Christmas market is part of the bigger Winter Wonderland festivities with ice skating, a festive funfair and the Alpine village. There’s a strong focus on arts and crafts with hands-on demonstrations to enjoy.
Directions: train to Cardiff Central station, bus to Sophia Gardens, Junction 32 off the M4.
Step back in time for a proper old-fashioned English Christmas. With roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, stilt walkers, jugglers and stallholders in traditional Victorian dress, this is a truly magical way to celebrate Christmas.
Directions: by train or bus to Worcester station, excellent road links via the M5, M6, M40, M42, and the M50.
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