Car-free trips to seeChristmas Magicaround England

Brighten up the gloomy winter months with these fabulous displays of festive wonder. Flowers, animals, incandescent waterfalls... you're sure to be enchanted. If your immediate response is to say "bah humbug" then these are particularly for you. Here are five gold rings: skilfully-created extravaganzas that can convert even the most grumpy Scrooge to the magic of Christmas. Make sure you book ahead though - they are deservedly popular. If the one you've set your heart on is sold out already, make a note to get in early next year! Bring sturdy shoes and plan how you'll get away at the end (not all buses are as frequent as we'd like in the evenings).

  • County: around England
  • Great for: Christmas | family fun | forests | gardens | historic houses | Shopping |
  • Refreshments: cafes and kiosks, often pubs nearby
  • Please note: researched/updated in November 2019. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. RHS Wisley, Surrey

    As joyous as a summer garden in full bloom, this winter garden full of plant-themed lights at RHS Wisley is a thing of wonder. The familiar, ancient trees are lit up so visitors can see them afresh and really admire their beautiful wintry shapes. All four seasons are represented in a luminous display of artistry: there are glowing snowdrops on Seven Acres and the Jellicoe Canal is lined with dazzling daffodils. The glasshouses are an incandescent rainbow and giant glowing waterlilies are reflected in the pond. This year. with the new Welcome Building to start from, the trail takes an exciting new route too.

  1. 4. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

  1. 5. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2019!