- Strolling around the grounds of the Cotswolds’ beautiful Blenheim Palace
- Tasting the delicious local foods on offer at London’s Borough Market
- Getting into the Christmas spirit at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
In November, I took a quick 4-day vacation in England to visit a special someone – and, of course, to do some sightseeing along the way! This was my fifth trip to the United Kingdom, but I always find that there is so much more to see of this beautiful country. On this trip, I stayed in Bedfordshire, which acted as a wonderful base for exploring both London and the nearby Cotswolds. London is one of my favourite cities, but England has such beautiful countryside, and I was so happy to get to experience both during my short stay.
My trip started with a visit to Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. Despite holding the title of a palace, Blenheim is not a royal residence. It was, however, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and holds an impressive exhibit on his upbringing and legacy. Outside of its walls, Blenheim Palace is set on a beautiful riverside estate boasting gardens, trails and forests. In November and December, the palace hosts a Christmas craft market on its grounds. It also has a lovely café and gift shop.
I took the train into London for a day and paid a visit to Borough Market, London’s oldest market. The market plays host to traders selling local produce from all over England and Europe. Many stalls allow visitors to sample their produce, so I got to taste tea, chocolate, cheese, honey, olive oil, and paté. Borough Market is a great place to snack, grab some lunch, and shop for fresh produce. I visited on a Saturday at mid-day which is the busiest time at the market, but I really enjoyed myself and would highly recommend a stop at Borough Market on your next trip to London.
In the evening, I visited Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, an annual Christmas celebration that takes place in London’s Hyde Park and is open from late November until New Years Day. Winter Wonderland is a celebration of all things Christmas, with ice skating, fairground rides, shows, Christmas markets, and a Bavarian beer village. My favourite part is the giant covered observation wheel, which offers great views of Winter Wonderland and of London by night. It’s free to attend too!
Below are some of my favourite photos from my most recent visit to England: