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Where to go between Christmas and New Year's?

Hello, all! We will spending Christmas in Edinburgh this year (meeting our college kid after his semester abroad at UofE and celebrating our 30th anniversary)...and we'll be in London by New Year's. (I know, I know...backwards, but that's the way the tickets worked best.) I would like some recommendations regarding where to go/what to do in the days in between--from Boxing Day until the 30th. Where would you go?

For context, this is our third trip to the UK. In addition to Edinburgh and London, we've been to Durham, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, and Cardiff. We love museums (including open air museums like Beamish and St. Fagans), nature, historic places, theatre, music, food...actually, we kind of love everything. We'll be a party of five--three young adults and the two long-married folk. :)

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If you haven't been the World Heritage Site of New Lanark ( Historic Woolen Mill and Workers Village) you should go there for the Holiday events. You can even stay there in what was a worker's home. They have lunch everyday and a Special Festive Xmas day meal for 59 pounds. Chatsworth is also one of my Favorites. They have timed tickets that you can reserve ahead. You would have just missed their Christmas Market; but the house and grounds decorated would be fabulous!

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Lots of things tend to close down in the period between Christmas and New Year. It is also a period when Network Rail takes advantage of the fewer commuters to close down stretches of track for engineering work so if you plan to use public transport your options might be more limited than at other times of the year. There is unlikely to be much of a train service on Boxing Day.

I would look to stay in a larger town or city where there will be more options of things to do. Liverpool would be a good choice. Lots to see and do in the city and it’s a good base to explore the wider area.

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Hi all,
So there is a new medieval village, Duncarron that opened earlier this year. It looks like winter events are weather dependent, and they may not have anything over the holidays, but you might want to email them and see if they have any plans. It is located south and a bit west of Stirling so not hard to get to from Edinburgh.