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Top 10 UK destinations you can definitely drive to this winter.

As we all know Christmas can be a pricey time of year, and even though your bank may be frozen there's nothing stopping you from planning a magical winter break this festive season. All you will need is a full tank and let me map out the best icy destinations that are easy on the eye and your bank balance. 

If you ask me, country roads are overrated, and over sung about. Strap on a good set of winter tyres and take on some icy roads with a real picturesque feel - But please try to keep your eyes on the road. 

Lake District

The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. 

One of the most picturesque destinations in the UK is only elevated by the layer of pure white snow on the mountain tops, a view like this and you almost forget you’re in England. 

Aside from the beautiful views, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained especially during the Christmas period. 

From Christmas markets to cosy pubs and teahouses! But if you decide cold weather camping or even just crashing in your car is not for you, beautiful cabins are available lakeside. 

Birmingham Frankfurt Market 

Now I wouldn’t say that the drive to Birmingham is especially scenic however the destination is well worth the journey. 

One of the UK's largest Christmas markets, Birmingham is the place to be this winter! Warm your hands from the winter chill with some hot gluhwein... A German Christmas speciality guaranteed to lift your Christmas spirit and make you Ho Ho Ho this winter. 

Not to mention, Birmingham is now home to the world’s biggest Primark! So it makes this the perfect destination to get all your Christmas shopping done! 

Skye and Northern Scotland

For those brave enough to tackle the winter roads of Scotland you are sure to be handsomely rewarded on the roads of North Scotland.

There are a few things to consider, the roads tend to be very nice and sometimes covered in snow, especially in the northern region. 

It would also be wise to remember there are fewer daylight hours at that time of year, so if you are comfortable driving in the dark, you will be just fine. but on the plus side, there are fewer cars on the road at that time of year. 

Bath Christmas Market

Although this popular attraction offers three different 'park and ride' services for its hundreds of guests in the festive season, the journey to this magical town in much easier than you might think, not to mention rewarding. 

Bath is just 20 miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway, which runs directly from London Heathrow Airport. 

Although this is not the most visually appealing drive the destination is worth it! So stick on some Christmas tunes and you’ll be sipping on eggnog before you know it.

Different to the Birmingham Frankfurt market, the Bath Christmas market differs in the sense that it is more wholesome to British Christmas traditions. 

The Cairngorm National park

Known for its beautiful winter landscapes and amazing scenic drive, The Cairngorm National park is a great place to visit this winter season. 

The parks are much quieter during the snowy seasons despite having great skiing opportunities. Also based in North Scotland, The park is home to wildlife you can spot on a lovely winter walk with the children. 

But beware! Prices rise during school holidays, but it is definitely worth the money for the unforgettable memories. 

Look ahead for weather warnings and make sure your car is prepped for an icy drive.


It’s hard not to get into the Christmas spirit when in London during Christmas time, forget what you’ve heard about driving in London and brave the journey for a magical time in the countries capital city. 

Although London is known for being pricey, the great thing about the city is during the winter months, even taking a winter walk is an adventure. The sights, lights and decorations rival New York City. 

Christmas markets with local food stalls, late night shopping or catch a show on the West End. The possibilities are endless in this magical city for a range of budgets. 


Hampshire is located in the south-east of England and is the gateway to the Isle of Wight. Bordered by Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex. 

Hampshire is known as the place to be during the festive season. 

With beautiful scenes and amazing winter walks, children’s Christmas trails and so much more. 

The beautiful scenery in Hampshire allows for some amazing drives, along your journey you will pass what the locals call “Hidden Hampshire” known for its beautiful scenery and small villages with thatched roofs. In the winter, it looks like a Christmas card. Definitely worth the drive! 

Brecon Beacons 

Dark winter nights mean bright starry skies. The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve, which means you have the chance to see the Milky Way and other major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers on clearer nights.

The Brecon Beacons offer some of the highest quality dark skies in the country making it the perfect place for stargazers. 

The place has the whole package! A complete nativity and a worthy addition to this list.

North Yorkshire 

I am sure you already know of the beautiful North Yorkshire moors, but have you considered spending Christmas there? The uphill drive will have you in the mood to cosy up around a fire in one of Yorkshire’s cosy pubs. 

Yorkshire is known for its steam trains, what a postcard-perfect Christmas experience. Travel through the heart of the north york moors on a steam train and it’s even better when joined by Santa and his helpers.

Yorkshire, if you're unlucky could very likely end up being a wet and murky day, depending on when you visit. 

But winters tend to be slushy roads and strong winds. But if you’re lucky enough to catch a snowy frosty day, you will not be sorry and it could end up being one of the most beautiful Christmas sights you've ever seen. 

Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

Known as a famous location where Game of Thrones was filmed Dark Hedges is one of the most famous drives in the country. 

However, it tends to be less busy in the winter months, making its spot on this Christmas list.

The tall winding trees make for an amazing picture opportunity, drive slow because of the snow and also to give you time to take in this wonder. 

Northern island has many amazing views and activities during the wintertime, but like Scotland, it can become a risky holiday with chances of being snowed in. 

Like all the locations on this list prep your car for the winter weather and plan everything in advance. Leave the spontaneousness for summertime!

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