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The Best Winter Breaks in the U.K

With the winter season in full swing and the Brexit deadline looming, it’s possible you are ready for a winter break.

If you want to get away before the end of the cold season you’ll need to start looking for the right one now!

Whilst the temperatures might not be the friendliest during Feb and March in the North of England and Scotland, there are still plenty of spots that make for a truly magical getaway.

There are so many hidden gems sprinkled across the North of the U.K that finding the perfect UK winter break location shouldn’t be that difficult.

The Best Winter Breaks in the U.K

Many struggle to find the perfect location and the thought of spending hours on end trying to find that special spot is enough to put plenty of people off the idea of going in the first place.

To help you out, I’ve picked out a couple of my top winter break locations in the UK, so be sure to take a look at these options if you want some pointers on planning a weekend break this winter!

Or drop me a message or comment below for further tips and advice.

Lake District 

When it comes to UK breaks, the Lake District is a long-standing favourite thanks to it welcoming character and the abundance of things to do, see, and experience.

If you’ve never been to the lakes before, you’re in for a real treat – the jaw-dropping scenery that you’ll be surrounded with will have you mesmerised from the get-go.

One of the most popular towns in the Lake District is Keswick, which is located on Derwentwater and is a quaint market town that’s bustling with life and authenticity.

Along with rural and rustic vibe that the lakes embody, there are still plenty of home comforts that help you to enjoy yourself to the max.

Whether it’s a slap-up meal at the Brossen Steakhouse or a luxury room in the adjoining Inn On The Square hotel, you’re sure to be able to find the perfect mix of simplicity and luxury in the Lakes.

If you are in the area, schedule permitting try and see a play at the lovely Theatre by the Lake.

Why not see what Lake District in Cumbria has to offer this winter?

Lake District, Cumbria
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Carlisle & Penrith

Whilst you’re in the Lakes why not check out one of the local towns or cities. The small market town of Penrith is packed with charm and character for all.

Castle Park in Penrith is perfect for an early winters day walk, topped off by a pint in a traditional pub.

Once you are done with the small quiet town of Penrith, head to Carlisle the heart of Cumbria. The city of Carlisle is rich in history and life from Carlisle Castle to the stunning Carlisle Cathedral.

The city of Carlisle is also the gateway to Scotland and Hadrians wall where you can explore the historic wall before crossing over and travelling up to Gretna Green.

The Scottish Highlands

Further north, you’ll find more beauty and tranquillity in the form of the highlands, where the temperature might be brisker, but the views more than make up for it!

Sitting at the heart of the Highlands is Loch Ness, home of the infamous monster ‘Nessie’ and the ruins of the medieval Urquhart Castle – if you want a place with a mystical feel, there are very few places that manage to rival the region.

The mountainous region has a range of peaks to be climbed and explored, just be sure to stick to the designated routes to avoid ending up in dangerous areas in the wintery conditions! 

If you want to see nature at its finest, check out the dolphins swimming in the Moray Firth – it’s one of nature’s most heartwarming events and a genuine experience to tick off of your bucket list!


If you’re heading to the highlands why not check out the stunning city of Edinburgh. With it’s famed castle and jam packed events calendar you’ll want to check out all the great things to do here this winter.

Why not combine your trips and spend a few days relaxing in the Lake District before taking the train through Carlisle to Edinburgh.

The old medieval architecture and endless places to eat and drink make this winter break relaxing and magical. Definitely add Edinburgh to the top of your winter breaks in the U.K bucket list.

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