It happens every year: the UK is hit by a smattering of snow and the whole country grinds to a halt. It’s been especially impressive this year, and we’ve doubtless not seen the last of it yet. But notwithstanding the inconvenience of the snow, our towns and villages certainly look beautiful in a blanket of white, as these places demonstrate…
Our gallery of snowy photos kicks off with a shot of picturesque Conwy on the north coast of Wales. Its impressive Medieval castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 1280s, and it dominates this charming town to this day. Houses for sale in Conwy are popular with investors because of the tourist appeal of the town, which also has the unusual claim to fame of being home to the smallest house in Britain
A glorious city regardless of the time of year, Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, is especially beautiful in the snow. Like Conwy, it’s dominated by a mighty castle and is enormously popular with tourists, who also enjoy a climb up the extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat, which offers spectacular views of the city. Famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture, you’d be hard-pushed to find a more stylish place to live, and apartments in Edinburgh are highly sought-after.
From one of the UK’s largest cities to a quaint English village: Goodrich in Herefordshire. It may be rather smaller in scale, but it shares in common with the previous two cities the presence of an impressive castle, this time a Norman one. With its post office, village shop and cricket club, this is quintessential rural England at its best. Here it is looking pretty in the snow – its cosy cottages and houses must be wonderfully snug in this wintry weather.
The striking red paint of the traditional red phone and post boxes stand out in this snowy view of the inner-city district of Islington in London. This borough is famous for The Angel, a former coaching inn turned bank, which is featured on the Monopoly board. Book worms and film fanatics might consider buying a property in Islington: it was the home of Hitchhiker’s Guide author Douglas Adams, as well as the setting for Nick Hornby’s novel (and the film of the same name) About a Boy and the hugely popular depiction of life in Victorian London, Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith.
This wintry scene was captured in a snow-covered park in the northern city of Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland. Newcastle is well-known for its impressive bridges, notably the Tyne Bridge, Robert Stephenson’s High Level Bridge, and, most recently, the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, which rises like a blinking eye to allow the passage of ships up the river. The building of the Gateshead Millenium Bridge was part of a regeneration project which has seen the transformation of the Quayside into the place to be seen in Newcastle, with Norman Foster’s music centre, The Sage Gateshead, also having opened within the last decade. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in a former flour mill a stone’s throw from The Sage, will play host to the 2011 Turner Prize, one of many indications that buying a property in Newcastle is a wise investment as this city continues to grow in popularity.