March 27th 2013

The weather is warming up, the daffodils and bluebells are in bloom and with wallet-friendly deals and fewer crowds, springtime in Britain is one of the best times to visit.
So pack your bags and take advantage of the following 5 reasons to visit Britain this spring.
Walking in a bluebell wood in England.  Credit: Visit Britain
  1. Spring savings: Springtime is sale time for airlines and hotels eager to attract travelers before the summer rush. Online tools like Bing Travel,SmarterTravel and Kayak can help you find the best deals. Or, take advantage of flight deals and special offers on hotels, sightseeing and car rental at British Airways and VisitBritain.
  2. Off-season is local-season for culture and heritage: Galleries, museums and heritage sites are in their crowd-free glory in the off-season. Take a hint from the locals who know better than to visit in the high-season and follow in the footsteps of some of Britain’s greatest artists, attend British theatre, opera and dance, or visit one of the UK’s 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, before the summer tourists descend.
Daffodils in Edinburgh. Credit: Visit Britain
Lupin display at the Chelsea Flower Show. Credit: Visit Britain
Lavendar. Credit: Visit Britain 3. Britain in bloom: Come celebrate the famous Chelsea Flower Show’s 100th birthday this May. Can’t make it? Don’t worry. From snowdrops to cherry blossoms and famed bluebells, wild flowers, blossoming trees and flowering rhododendron woodlands colour the countryside and National Trust gardens and parks in springtime. Here’s the Telegraph’s 10 of the best spring gardens to visit, or for a sneak peek, check out this lovely photo essay, Britain Blossoms.

4.A passion for seasonal food: The farm-to-table culinary scene is thriving in Britain, and no more so than in the season of renewal. With flavourful local, organic, and sustainable food served everywhere from trendy gastropubs, five-star restaurants, and local cafés, springtime in Britain is a favorite for foodies with a passion for seasonal cuisine. Listen to this video interview with Jamie Oliver and discover why one of Britain’s most passionate chefs can’t get enough of Britain’s food and learn a few tips for seeking out the best UK produce. 
Golden Cap Estate, Dorset, England. Credit: Visit Britain
5.Wide open spaces. Spring is an ideal time for walking in Britain; the hedgerows are blooming, lambs are gamboling, temperatures are perfect and the evenings are drawing out. Discover the best of the great British outdoors on foot with thousands of miles of walking and hiking routes all over Britain. Our free Walk Away Guide by leading travel writer Everett Potter offers expert advice on why a walking vacation is one of the best ways to explore, how to prepare, what to pack, and much more. 

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