As spring is still months away, it’s best not to let the winter chills pull you down, and instead embrace it and make the most out of a choice of winter retreats that the UK has to offer. From Luxury hotels to cosy cabins, there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy ourselves as we live through this cold time of the year. We offer this guide on the best winter staycation locations…
If you want to escape the winter busy cities, then seek out the many amazing forests that the UK has to offer.
Take refuge from the busy built-up cities and enjoy the warmth of a log burner in a wood cabin. Stroll through beautiful forest and enjoy a winter meal without sweating in the kitchen. Forest Holidays also offer secluded cabins with your very own hot tub, in case you wanted to bring a little summer vibe to your holiday.
Cost: The cost for a Thorpe Forest retreat is £685.00, and that covers two adults sharing one room at Golden Oak Hideaways for 3 nights. Please note there are a number of locations available up and down the UK.
If you prefer cities, then consider a trip to Belfast and see what the gorgeous city has to offer. Belfast was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which the legacy of the famous ship is showcased at its museum located on the docks of where it was built and set sail. That’s just one of many exciting discoveries in Belfast. The city is alive with music, street theatre and festivals. You can discover unique shops and shop at your favourite high street retailers along with dining at award winning restaurants.
- Game of Thrones Tours
Winter definitely comes here (But no Night king). If you’re a loyal to the King in the North, then this route is for you. You’ll see sets and settings for scenes from Robb’s Camp to the fateful spot where the Starks found their Direwolf Pups.
- Giant’s Causeway, Rope Bridge and Iron Islands – this route will see you cover everything in its title, as well as settings used for Arya in Braavos and the Red Lady’s Cave. Plus, you’ll get to explore the natural formation of The Dark Hedges. These beech trees were planted in the 18th century and form a beautifully haunting tunnel. It is even said that the famous Grey Lady wanders through the road…
Where to stay in Belfast?
Jury’s Inn, Great Victoria Street
Get warm after a day out in the winter’s chill at the Jury’s Inn. The hotel is used as a pick-up point for the Game of Thrones Tours, the coach arrives outside the Jury’s Inn at 8:15am. Upgrade your whole stay with the Superior Package at Jury’s Inn, featuring:
- Air conditioning
- Complimentary mineral water and biscuits
- 10% lunch and dinner discount
- Daily complimentary Costa coffee per guest
Cost: For a double room with Superior Package costs two adults £233.50 for two nights.
The Capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, offers so much all year round. It’s compact with so much to see and do, it has a medieval Older Old Town and Elegant Georgian New Town with neoclassical buildings, and looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, which tourists can visit between 9:30am – 5pm. The city also offers a lot of tourist attractions such it’s very own Zoo that play’s host to the Giant Panda, and you can enjoy a great shopping experience with plenty of unique bars and restaurants to encounter.
Where to stay in Edinburgh?
The Cairn Collection, Edinburgh
Once you get off the train, you’ll find Edinburgh Hotels near Waverly Station. It’s just a ten-minute walk from the hotel to Princes Street Gardens, and less than a 20-minute drive to Edinburgh Zoo. With free Wi-Fi in all rooms, you’ll be able to upload all your captured photos of the great city.
- En-suite bathroom
- Complimentary snacks and bottled water
- Tea and coffee making facilities
Cost: A small double room will cost from £243 for two adults for two nights.
*Prices correct as of 12th November 2018