Winter is here, the cold days are setting in, and all eyes are on better and sunnier days. Despite the cold weather, there are many destinations in the UK that are perfect for a winter getaway. The UK may not get many sunny days during the winter months, but that doesn’t limit the opportunities to venture out and make the most of our beautiful surroundings. For the luckier ones who can get a break from work over the winter period why not think about a small getaway?
Together with Vauxhall Astra dealers Lookers, we’ve listed some of the best destinations to explore this winter:
The Scottish city is most lively in the winter months. From the National Museum of Scotland to Edinburgh Castle, this city always has something unique to offer. Visit the traditional Edinburgh Castle, right at the centre of the city, keep yourself warm in the beautiful National Museum or indulge in some winter shopping in the many shops available. Another attraction not to miss is “Burns Night”, an event dedicated to Robert Burns, a renown poet in Scotland. It is also worth visiting the city around February, known as the ideal period for ski lovers. During this time, you might also be lucky enough to see the beautiful Edinburgh covered in snow.
Melrose, Scottish Borders
Known as the pick of the border’s market towns, Melrose offers connections to Robert the Bruce — his centre is in the romantically ruined Cistercian abbey! With many amazing hiking routes and an awash of cosy public houses, this town also offers a line of beautiful independent shops. In the winter, the scenery is likely to be even more eye-catching with the nearby hills often sporting a dusting of snow, making views very picturesque.
The birthplace of Rugby Sevens offers both relaxing and active things to do. Cyclists can enjoy the four Abbeys circular cycle route where they can link all four Border abbeys, while walkers can head up the Eildon Hills and Scott’s View.
Corbridge is an idyllic Northumberland village made up of stone houses, market cross, shops and pubs making it perfect for a winter getaway. Its infrastructure and quaint design mean that it’s an ideal spot for a brisk walk in the wintry air. With a bunch of shops that allow Corbridge to punch above its weight on the retail front, there’s a host of antiques, fashion, shoes, kitchenware and jewellery abodes to choose from.
It’s very well linked to the nearby cities, with Newcastle only half an hour away, and Edinburgh and Leeds both taking two hours.
If you don’t love cold weather, South Cornwall is one of your best options for a UK winter getaway. Often, you’ll find the daffodils flowering in December and camellias blooming at Christmas time and in its aftermath. But it’s not just the cooler climes that make South Cornwall a great getaway.
Although your top list may not include the National Trust beaches between St Mawes and Veryan Bay, if you get a crisp day, this desolate walkway could be a relaxing jaunt. If the winter weather lets you down, there are many indoor activities to tickle your fancy, including the Blue Reef Aquarium, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, and Bodmin Jail.
During summer, tourists flock to East Anglia, but not many are intrigued to explore its beauty in the colder periods — meaning this little gem can be your perfect quiet getaway. Head to the frost-covered banks and you may be lucky enough to partake in a bit of otter spotting! Mussels are also available in many of the area’s coastal pubs, so there are plenty of local delicacies to delve into.
You can also visit the region’s abundance of all-year-round attractions to get away from the cold. This could include tasting Norfolk’s history by visiting its medieval castle or Norman cathedral. There’s also the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia to make sure you stay busy.
The UK offers beautiful places and an array of luxurious locations you can see at any point of the year. With a bit of planning, you could find that a winter holiday can blow away any negative feelings brought on by the cold and dark nights. Above are just five of many options available to take advantage of.