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Top Christmas Markets in Southern England

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December 20, 2014 / English / By
Rachael

Some of the loveliest historic towns and cities in Southern England have some wonderful Christmas markets. These are very atmospheric and are the ideal opportunity to combine some cultural sightseeing with Christmas shopping and many are within 2 hours of London. Here are some of the best places to go to get into the Christmas shopping spirit.

Winchester Christmas Market

At one time Winchester was England's capital city and has many famous buildings including the Great Hall which houses the famous King Arthur's Round Table. Right by the cathedral the Christmas market attracts people with smells of chestnuts and gluhwein. There's a skating rink too, carols from choirs and some delicious local food to taste along with crafts and decorations. You'll find cheeses, cakes, sausage, and much more. On the main street the historic Charter market is full of even more foodie delights.

Bath Christmas Market

The Georgian city of Bath makes a wonderful location for a Christmas market and is very atmospheric. You could explore the historic city and enjoy the architecture or the Roman baths. Then again the smells of cooking from the Christmas market arer enough to entice you away and into the labyrinth of stalls. Youll find edible treats here and much more. Do check out the delis in Central Bath too for their regional specialties.

Salisbury

Another historic city, Salisbury is dominated by its cathedral spire and has many beautiful shops all year round. You'll find narrow lanes with charming cafes and shops but head to the town hall and the Christmas market is the big attraction. Full of crafts, local foods, stollens, Gluhwein and sweets there are plenty of gifts and treats to buy. Salisbury also has a regular market selling regional specialties all year round and is also worth checking out.

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Cornwall's Christmas market sets up each year on Lemon Quay and has a food section dedicated to local culinary specialties. You'll find fresh seafood here alongside cheeses, cakes and meats. There's craft stalls too and lots of ideas for foodie gifts. Why not combine a visit to the market with a tour of the cathedral or a walk around town.

Many of these historic towns have markets all year round which have traded in local food for centuries. The Christmas markets are relatively new but are a wonderful way to attract shoppers into the area. Taking the train is the best way to avoid the parking problems but there are some really helpful out of town park and ride schemes. And who could resist another slice of stollen or glas of mulled wine?

 

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