With all the German-style, festive Christmas markets springing up around the UK, it's easy for visitors to overlook the fact that Britain's own, home-grown markets are pretty terrific too. They're held all over the country, sometimes daily, sometimes weekly. They fill market squares in the shadows of cathedrals and castles or spread out over market halls that are hundreds of years old. Some markets in Britain have been going on, in pretty much the same place, for 800 or even 1,000 years.
At British markets you can buy fresh and prepared food, housewares, arts and crafts, jewelry, fashions, cheeses, fishing tackle, pet food - you name it. If you can buy it in a mall or a store somewhere, you can have a lot more fun buying it in a market. In Norwich the daily market stalls are protected by colorful striped canopies; in Oxford, the 200 year old covered market was built to shield the locals from messy market lanes, Asian brides from all over Europe buy their wedding saris at the Birmingham Rag Market.
These are just a few of my favorites. Find out more about my picks of Top UK Cities for Markets.
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