The winter is a long and sometimes arduous season, but there are definitely some seasonal perks, such as Christmas and New Year of course, and the gorgeous winter sunsets! The sun disappearing so early shouldn’t be a reason to rejoice but when those entrancing colours take over the sky, it’s hard not to swoon.
There are many places around the UK where you can catch a picture perfect sunset on a clear late afternoon, so we thought we’d round up a few of them to cheer you up as the cold is upon us and winter creeps in.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Snowdonia is a magical place at the best of times; an area of truly outstanding natural beauty, but at sunset it becomes even more enchanting.
This is a wildly beautiful natural landscape, where you will find the highest mountains in Wales and views across the sea towards the emerald isle. You can hike, bird watch, take a scenic train ride, visit ancient castles and of course behold a spectacular sunset.
Use our winter breaks special offer to book a stay at Hallmark Hotel Wrexham Llyndir Hall, near Chester, which is only an hour’s drive from this enchanting place. Catch that sunset and then return to the hotel for a spa treatment followed by a warming winter meal to round off the perfect winter break.
Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth
The beaches on the south coast are picturesque and can make you think you’re on the riviera, but Bournemouth beach is particularly gorgeous and delivers a winter sunset that will stop you in your tracks.
For the perfect panoramic view of this spectacular winter sunset, head to the end of the pier. You’ll be able to see the Isle of Wight on one side and the Purbeck Hills on the other, just adding to the beauty of the sunset view.
Crosby Sands, Liverpool
Crosby Sands is a three-mile stretch of beach, away from the hustle and bustle of this busy city, where you can watch a really stunning sunset.
What makes this beach extra special is the presence of 100 cast iron figures, staring out to sea, which were placed there over ten years ago as part of the ‘Another Place’ sculpture project by Anthony Gormley.
To some it might seem eerie, to others it feels like a calming experience, standing alongside these silent figures, looking out to sea, at a magical winter sunset.
You can then retreat back to Hallmark Hotel Liverpool Sefton Park or Hallmark Inn Liverpool for a cosy night in, a good night’s rest, and a free glass of Aperol Spritz when you book with our short breaks special offer.
Alexandra Palace, London
Only 10 miles from Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent or a train ride from Hallmark Hotel Croydon Aerodrome, you’ll find this famous North London sports venue which boasts one of the loveliest winter sunset views in the capital.
The view from this amazing place includes nearly 200 acres of gorgeous parkland as well as the London skyline and that magical sunset. What a backdrop!
Enjoy a good night’s rest in our light and airy hotels, both offering top of the range British food for a warming winter meal after standing outside gazing at the view.
Ely Cathedral, Cambridge
Cambridge is a truly picturesque city, with its cobbled streets, ancient university buildings and monuments, as well as the gorgeous river where you can go punting while enjoying views of so many historical places along the riverbanks.
But if you want to catch a really spectacular sight, then head to Ely Cathedral at sunset this winter and you will get to behold the sun disappearing silently behind the towers of this magnificent cathedral.
The vibrant colours along with the breath-taking Cambridge skyline make this a sunset not to be missed if you are staying at nearby Hallmark Hotel Cambridge.
Enjoy the winter sunsets by taking advantage of our winter short breaks offer until 20th December. Book an overnight stay from just £39 per room and enjoy a complimentary glass of Aperol Spritz on arrival.