5 Great UK Destinations for a Family Getaway this Winter

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Although we usually think of holidays as being suitable only for the warmer summer months, there’s no reason why a fun family getaway can’t be enjoyed all year round! Throughout the winter, the majority of holiday destinations are much quieter than during the jam-packed summer months, and although the days may be shorter and the temperatures cooler, there’s still plenty to see and do all year round!

Instead of jetting off for some winter sun, this year, why not make the choice to visit more of your home country and explore some of the delights the UK has to offer? Of course, some attractions will be shut during the off-season, but there are still plenty of activities to do and exciting natural places to visit – even with the family in tow!

If you’re finding yourself stuck for destination inspiration, here are some top ideas for your winter staycation this season.

Brecon Beacons

Situated just inside the Welsh border, the Brecon Beacons is a stunning area of natural beauty. From the beautiful landscape of the national park to the quaint towns and little villages dotting the area, Brecon is a lovely place to visit all year round. However, as this is quite a rural and isolated area, it’s best suited to a late autumn or early spring getaway – the last thing you want is to end up stranded during the depths of winter!

Great for the more active family travellers, there are plenty of opportunities for walking and hiking throughout the park. Whether you want to take some photographs of the stunning winter landscape or just let the kids run off some holiday steam, this is the perfect place to do just that.

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A historic Midlands city, Nottingham is often looked over in favour of a visit to larger cities or the pull of the seaside. However, with UK beach resorts much less attractive in winter, why not take the opportunity to explore a new city?

The ideal destination for a weekend away with the family, Nottingham’s central location and great transport links make it easily accessible whatever the weather. Even if you decide to make a real journey of it and travel by train, there are plenty of hotels in Nottingham city centre which can set you up for a great night’s sleep.


The picturesque beauty of Edinburgh’s traditional streets and outstanding architecture has won over travellers and tourists for many years – why not take advantage of the season to see it without the endless summer crowds?

The city boasts plenty of shopping opportunities for picking up those last-minute Christmas gifts, as well as numerous boutiques, cafés and delightful businesses tucked away down hidden passageways. Always an atmospheric setting, the season only adds to the city’s charm and intrigue.


In search of some warmer weather this winter? While it might not quite be up to tropical standards, the south coast will probably be a lot warmer than many other parts of the country at this time of year. Take the opportunity to explore the Garden of England in a new light, with misty coastal walks and a visit to some of the many attractions the county has to offer.

The ancient city of Canterbury is definitely worth a visit, with charming festive lights and cobbled streets only adding to the seasonal atmosphere. If you do decide to visit close to Christmas, the annual display of the traditional nativity scene outside the imposing Gothic cathedral is definitely worthy of a photograph!


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Of course, no list would be complete without a mention of the capital. London is unique as it offers plenty to do and see all year round – just because the temperatures are plummeting, it doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop!

From festive markets to the fabulous Winter Wonderland attraction in Hyde Park, why not make the most of the opportunity to really theme your seasonal getaway this year? Plus, if you’re behind on your Christmas shopping, there are plenty of opportunities to pick out the perfect gifts for your loved ones in the capital. Just don’t forget to make time for a visit to the world-famous toy shop, Hamleys, with the kids!

Feeling inspired? The world is out there, just waiting for you to explore it! From gorgeous misty mornings with frost crunching underfoot to bracing walks taking in the stunning winter landscape, a seasonal getaway is a perfect way to get refreshed and rejuvenated ready for the year ahead.

One thought on “5 Great UK Destinations for a Family Getaway this Winter

  1. Fabulous ideas – I love York and Edinburgh at this time of year but this year it’s Manchester that we’re heading to.

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