When it comes to chimneys, no-one knows more than Father Christmas. Here are some fancy festive flues that Santa won’t want to miss out on this year’s global tour.
He’s about to embark on his annual world tour, but it’s not all work and no play for Santa – he’ll get to visit some of the UK’s finest chimney stacks on his way round. Well this is obviously not Secondlife we are talking about. It is the REAL chimney out there. Yet we still have a doubt, how can Santa managed to slides down that long and thick chimney. Wait.. does that sounds so wrong? Well that dirty mind of yours!
Hampton Court Palace, London
There’s no better way for Santa to kick off his tour de flues than by visiting Hampton Court Palace in Surrey.
Not only is it a beautiful historical landmark that looks magical in winter, but it also has the largest number of decorative chimney stacks in the country – 214. What Santa may not know, though, is that the brick chimneys of the palace were an integral part of the 1514 design for Thomas Wolsey’s palace.
The number of chimneys continued to grow after Henry VIII added four more after purchasing the palace in 1528. This winter, Santa can explore Hampton Court Palace’s gardens by night, as the area will be lit with an interactive light trail. However, those who aren’t night owls like Santa can enjoy the palace on a more traditional daytime visit.
The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye
Ironically, The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye building has six chimneys, but we’re sure that Santa won’t mind the confusion as the restaurant offers supreme high-end cuisine at its very best. The Michelin-starred seafood is one of Isle of Skye’s finest food establishments.
And if Santa has a bit too much food or feels tired and needs to have a nap, there’s also a 5-star accommodation, situated right next to the restaurant building, by the sea. The remote location is also perfect for Santa’s reindeer to stretch their legs and graze on some Scottish grass.
Battersea Power Station, London
Sadly Santa won’t get to see the original chimney ensemble at the Battersea Power Station in London in its full glory, as the work to dismantle the South West chimney started back in August.
Once the chimney is completely removed, it will be rebuilt again, 1.22 metres at a time until it reaches its original height of 101 metres. The other three chimneys will get a facelift once the South West tower has reached the height of 35 metres. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s creation is currently closed to visitors but it has a bright future ahead of it.
The Caledonian Brewery, Edinburgh
If Santa feels like having a pint, the Caledonian Brewery will be very easy for him to find, thanks to its massive chimney. The brewery is part of Edinburgh’s fabric and the reason the west of the city smells of hops.
The Caledonian brewery feels very welcoming and would make a great last stop for Santa – perfect for a quick tipple before stumbling back to North Pole and an awaiting Mrs Santa.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
This chimney should mix things up for Santa’s tour. One of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom, located in Dudley, is home to Anchor forge, which houses a 1.5-ton steam hammer, furnace and chimney, which were all collected from Isaiah Preston of Cradley Heath.
The museum’s chimney may not be the tallest or the best-looking, but it packs in more history than most chimneys in the UK. As Santa is a rather traditional fella, we’re sure he will like Black Country Living’s chimney, along with the other exhibits of this award-winning museum.
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This article has been extracted from home.bt.com