Britain’s winter wonderland

Winter has arrived in Britain and as we settle into the New Year, it’s time to sit back and appreciate some of our wintry wonders

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Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park

A popular annual London attraction, the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park features Christmas markets, fair ground rides and an ice rink. If you don’t make it there before its 4 January ending, don’t worry, it’ll be back next year with plenty more surprises.

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The New Forest, Hampshire

The New Forest is a charming National Park found in south-west Hampshire first built for King William I in 1079 as an area to hunt deer. Although, if there’s snow on the ground, don’t expect to see any of these majestic beasts.

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Anne Hathaway’s house, Warwickshire

See where William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home in the Bard’s native Warwickshire, especially beautiful around this time of year.

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Compton Verney, Warwickshire

This 18th-century country mansion near Kineton in Warwickshire has been converted into the Compton Verney Art Gallery and houses British portraits including paintings of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King Edward VI and works by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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The Lake District

The Lake District in the north-west of Britain is one of the nation’s most picturesque spots – William Wordsworth and the other Lake Poets found inspiration in its snow-topped landscapes.
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Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Known from TV and film as Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead”, Castle Howard in Yorkshire is one of our most stunning stately homes – its silhouette makes for a perfect wintry horizon.

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Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill is one of our national treasures and looks particularly charming under a frosting of fresh snow.

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York Minster

With its Gothic nave, York’s imposing cathedral is particularly atmospheric during winter months. Most days include at least one service sung by the Minster Choir – certain to warm the cockles of the heart at the very least.

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Stanbrook Abbey

The Victorian gem Stanbrook Abbey is nestled in the splendid Malvern Hills and offers the perfect backdrop for an enchanting winter break.

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