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The Top 5 Winter Staycation Ideas

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It seems that we’re still making up for precious time lost during the pandemic, with increasing numbers of us planning a Winter break somewhere in the UK. And who can blame us? As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, who wouldn’t dream of a snug and cosy Winter staycation somewhere beautiful? What could be more glorious than being tucked away in a picturesque cottage by a roaring log fire watching the snowfall, or getting in amongst the action for some scenic walks or outdoor activity?

It may be that recent events have reminded us to make the most of the time we have to seek out new experiences and broaden our horizons. The UK is a beautiful country with plenty to offer thanks to our woodlands, national parks, and protected greenbelt. There are cities and towns all over that are chock full of intricate architecture and stunning structures waiting to be discovered over a long weekend.

So if a Winter staycation appeals to you, here are the five most popular destinations we’ve found.

  • The Cotswolds
    Rough stone-built houses in a traditional honey shade surrounded by green land, trees and stately homes typify the Cotswolds for most people. The whole area has been classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) protected by Natural England. During the Winter the crowds are smaller, so experiencing everything on offer is significantly quicker, and the frosts and snows make everything glisten.

  • Edinburgh
    Scotland’s capital is an excellent city getaway over the Winter thanks to the many events and seasonal shows. The most well-known is probably Hogmanay, Scotland’s New Year party which makes Edinburgh one of the best Winter staycations in the UK. From traditional ceilidh dancing to torch processions, fireworks, and parties, it’s a night to remember!

  • North Norfolk Coast
    If you’re fond of the great outdoors, this area is jam-packed with cute villages, seaside walks and fun things to do. It’s also classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), so it’s a great choice for a Winter getaway. Why not visit one of the dedicated Seal beaches from November to February and see some pups being born and venturing into the sea for the first time? Or head to some local heritage sites like the Deep History Coast or the North Norfolk Railway.

  • York
    If it’s culture you’re after, this is a vibrant city full of gothic architecture like the gigantic York Minster Cathedral and classic art galleries and museums. Take a wander through The Shambles, a cobbled street with loads of little shops, or visit the Jorvik Viking Centre which delves deep into the historical relationship between the UK and Viking peoples. There are excavations, museums, and plenty to explore.

  • Bath, Somerset
    A UNESCO World Heritage site, the spa town of Bath is a must-visit this season. Take a dip in the historic underground Roman Baths or the open-air Thermae Bath Spa, wander along the famous two-sided shopping and dining stretches over at the Pulteney Bridge, or discover the finest of preserved Georgian architecture along the perimeter of the Royal Crescent.

About the Author: Helen Say is a freelance copywriter and blogger

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