Winter is right around the corner and for anyone in need to an escape from reality, it’s the ideal time to plan a getaway. When the days and evenings are so dark, it’s easy to get stuck in a slump, which is why it’s important to take yourself away from the same mundane routine and shake it up with a fun-filled staycation every once in a while.
Whether you head there by train or taken out insurance for the day so you can venture further afield, you can expect lots of replenishing adventures ahead of you. Without further ado, here are three suggestions for your next winter escape.
The famous Viking city is a sight to behold in the wintertime. From the towering York Minster to the flowing River Ouse and winding historic streets, it can feel like a true escape. The Shambles is the city’s most famous street – walk along the cobbles and you’ll find everything from tea shops to vintage stores and even the famous The Shop That Must Not Be Named, selling Harry Potter merch.
If you want to warm up with tea and cake, head into Betty’s Tearoom. Established in 1919, this tearoom has a rich history of delicious baked goods and afternoon teas. Finally, let your food go down with a wander around the historic city walls – just make sure you wrap up warm!
The Scottish capital has plenty to offer at this time of year, with comfortable pubs and eateries aplenty to keep you toasty. The city itself is home to Edinburgh Castle, which looks extra mighty against a harsh wintery sky, especially against the winding streets, which feel as though you’re walking through a bygone era. Keep an eye out for any outdoor markets while you wonder around.
If you happen to be in the city for Burns Night on the 25th January, you can indulge in poetry and whisky, plus plenty of haggis, neeps and tatties. There’s nothing like a Burns Night jig to warm you up!
Bath is an iconic winter destination. In its maze of historic streets, you’ll find plenty of quirky independents, from gift shops to cosy drinking dens. They offer a much welcome escape from the winter chill, but once you’ve wrapped up and you’re ready to face the elements, there’s lots of exploring to be done.
You can go ice skating near Royal Victoria Park and visit the famous Roman baths. If you’re inspired to seek out some R&R yourself, head over to Thermae Bath Spa. Here, you can warm yourself to the core in naturally warm, mineral-rich waters.
Do you have any winter staycation suggestions you’d like to add to the list? Leave your comments down below!