Travel Essentials: Winter & The Christmas Season In The UK

Welcome back to the Tudor History & Travel Show: Travel Essentials!

The final episode in the 2021 series of Travel Essentials, today’s episode will get you in the festive spirit. As your one-stop shop for all things Tudor Travel, we make sure you have all of the information you need to make the most of your next Tudor trip. From Tudor buildings, to places to eat, and some lesser known places to stay, we share all of our tips on travel in the UK. Today, we look forward to the upcoming Christmas season, as we discuss visiting the UK in the winter season.

I’m joined by Philippa Brewell, from British History Tours as we share the best Tudor places to visit during the festive season. Tudor houses dressed for Christmas are so magical, and we’re going to let you know about some of our favourites. If you live in the UK, we’ll give you all the inspiration you need to seek out some extra special places to visit during the Christmas period. So, fellow travellers, wrap up warm and let’s get travelling!

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Winter & The Christmas Season In The UK: Things To Consider

First things first, let’s talk about the Great British weather. Despite what you might have seen on postcards, snow in December is fairly unlikely. Our snowfall is very unpredictable, and tends to be in January and February if it does arrive. Our transport systems grinds to a halt after snowfall too, so expect travel disruption if you do get snow during your visit. Frosts are likely in winter though, and look almost as magical. Daytime temperatures range from around 5 degrees Celsius to around -2 degrees Celsius, but we do get warmer or cooler spikes. Bring plenty of warm clothes and layers! With the cooler weather in winter, our days get shorter. Mid-winter days get light at around 8am and dark by 4pm.

Christmas Season In The UK: Historic Heritage Properties

Hampton Court Palace: The Festive Fayre takes place in early December, where the courtyards are full of stalls selling delicious artisan food and warming festive drinks. With the palace dressed for Christmas, head to Hampton Court t eat, drink and be merry!

The Vyne: An hour from central London, The Vyne has a strong Tudor heritage. At Christmas, they have a Victorian theme, and they dress the house beautifully. Not to be missed!

Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace
The Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace

Hever Castle, Leeds Castle and Haddon Hall: Combining inside and outside decorations, expect warm log fires, light trails and beautiful Christmas trees.

Ludlow Castle: The annual medieval Christmas Fayre includes jesters, entertainers, archery, historical re-enactments, and lots of stalls for Christmas shopping. The marketplace in the town on Ludlow is lovely too, and right next to the castle.

Burghley Christmas Fair: Expect snowy scenes, heated marquees, a food market and Christmas shopping stalls.

Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall

Winter & Christmas Season In The UK: Some Essential Links

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Recommended Places to Stay: Glamping at Layer Marney Tower

I’m joined by Deb Roil from The Tudor Times, as she shares her lesser-known favourite Tudor place to stay. England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower in Essex dates back to the 1520s. A gatehouse built as a statement of wealth and power, Layer Marney is a unique and fascinating place to stay. With private showers, outdoor hot tubs, Layer Marney’s glamping experience offers luxury as well as its incredible setting in the grounds of this Grade I listed Tudor building. For more information, click here.

The Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower
The Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower

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