There are few better ways to get involved in the nitty gritty of everyday life when travelling is to visit a market. Markets hum with activity from early in the morning to late at night around the world and give travellers the opportunity to interact with local people in a way not possible elsewhere. You'll hear people haggling for deals and talking about local happenings, you'll see people buying ingredients for tonight's dinner and treats for special events.
The UK is filled with thriving local markets that should be on every travellers list. Whether you're looking for local delicacies, or a great deal on souvenirs, you are sure to find what you're looking for at these great markets.
Catterick Sunday Market, North Yorkshire
The largest Sunday market in the North of England is a feast for the eyes and for the taste buds. Filled to the brim with local produce and traders a visit to Catterick is sure to be memorable.
Open every Sunday rain or shine this extraordinary local market sits smack in between the Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, making it a great day trip from either of these beautiful National Parks. You can spend the afternoon collecting great Yorkshire produce at the market and then head back to your holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales and whip up a gourmet meal. There is no better way to spend a sunny summer afternoon.
Bury Market, Bristol
The award winning market in Bristol city centre has dominated local shopping for more than five centuries! A trip to the Bury Market is a history lesson as well as a cultural one! With 370 stall holders you are sure to find anything you are looking for, whether that is a new backpack or the local black pudding.
Welcoming over 250 000 visitors every week, Bury Market is a great place to just sit back and watch the world go by. You're sure to see it all here! Most of the market is covered as well so it's a great place to visit on a rainy day when wandering the streets is less than pleasant.
Open every day except Sunday.
Borough Market, London
No discussion of markets in the UK is complete without a mention of the famous Borough Market, located under the famous London Bridge. This isn't the place to head if you're looking for a great deal, but it is the place for quality. This is a foodie wonderland, offering a plethora of exotic delights and local specialties.
You'll want to visit Borough Market with an empty stomach as there is so much to try, from artisan bread and cheese, to locally made cider and seasonal fruits and vegetables. It's only open Thursday to Saturday and is always busy so give yourself the time to mill around and soak up the atmosphere. Grab yourself a sandwich from one of the many stallholders (and don't forget desert!) and sit back and watch the world go by. This is bliss for a food lover.
Author Bio: Amanda Andrews
Amanda is a Canadian living in England who loves to travel and see the world. Amanda has travelled extensively through North America, Europe, and Australia and loves to share with others what she has learned along the way.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post
Photo Credits: Borough by??WordRidden, Bury by??bertwade (wadey)