We all know that Christmas can be a pricey time of year, but if you’re still longing for a holiday during the winter, help is at hand! These top 20 winter holiday destinations are some of the most affordable in the UK—all under £500 per week on average for a rental stay. So you won’t need to miss out on getting away during the colder months.
If you’re looking for a relaxing winter holiday destination, Holiday Lettings has thousands of options to choose from, including secluded cottages, family-friendly farmhouses, stylish apartments and rentals by the sea. Simply choose where you want go to enjoy your best winter break ever—without blowing your budget. You can rent a two-bedroom property in each of these winter holiday spots for under £500 on average for a weeklong stay.
The seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea has an atmospheric feel in winter. Watch the wind sweeping through the beautiful Blue Flag beach or take a stroll along the quiet pier. Step back in time at the West Cliff Theatre, established in 1899, where you can enjoy live performances, such as tribute acts, comedy and plays. On rainy days, treat the family to a day out at the Pavilion, with its bowling alley, amusement arcades, and cafe.
Great Yarmouth has been welcoming visitors since the mid-18th century and is one of the country’s most popular holiday resorts. Take a refreshing walk along Gorleston Beach or explore the Merrivale Model Village. Pop into a cosy pub and warm up next to a roaring fire before enjoying a hearty meal. And with so many affordable rentals and no plane tickets to worry about, this pocket-friendly winter holiday destination is definitely one to consider.
Keighley in North Yorkshire is the perfect winter break from which to explore the surrounding area. Brontë Country and the stunning scenic route of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway line are within easy reach. For literature lovers and history buffs alike, a wander round the Brontë Parsonage is a real treat. Children of all ages will enjoy a ride on the steam train that takes you past delightful countryside, much of which was used in the filming of The Railway Children. And in winter, a relaxing meal at the local watering hole will be a lovely end to your day.
Situated in southeast Cornwall, Callington was once a busy mining area. Walk to the top of the old mining stack on Kit Hill and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over Bodmin Moor. The nearby Tamar Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a haven for wildlife. Rich in history and legends, Cornwall has much to stimulate the imagination, and a winter holiday in Callington means you can also explore the surrounding countryside. After a busy day of sightseeing, refuel back at your private holiday rental.
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a great base to visit the surrounding area of Snowdonia. Famous for its quarries, this area has provided the slate that has roofed countless homes here and abroad. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this winter holiday destination, as mountain biking and hiking are popular pastimes in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Book a visit to Llechwedd Slate Caverns for an underground adventure, or get the adrenaline pumping at the Bounce Below Playground with its zip line slides and trampolines.
Looking for a cheap winter break with stunning scenery and plenty of amenities? Then Settle will be just your cup of tea. This lovely market town is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is the perfect place for anyone passionate about the great outdoors. There are plenty of scenic routes to satisfy walkers and cyclists, but if you want a more relaxing way to enjoy the landscape, then climb aboard the train and take a trip along the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line. In the evening, put your feet up in your own private holiday rental.
Sitting pretty on the coast of Northumberland, Amble is a popular holiday destination with a fascinating history—and makes for an intriguing, and affordable, winter break. The town and surrounding area have been inhabited since ancient times, and there is evidence of Roman occupation here. Being almost completely surrounded by water, some of Amble’s major attractions include sailing and fishing. However, if the British winter weather isn’t too great, Amble still has plenty of indoor activities to offer for a relaxing break. The nearby towns of Warkworth, Morpeth and Alnwick are all worth a visit, too.
This bright and breezy fishing port is a popular seaside resort on the East Yorkshire coast. In winter, the rugged white cliffs of Flamborough Head look stunning against a crisp blue sky. The award-winning promenade is the ideal spot for a bracing stroll on a winter’s day. There’s some seriously good seafood restaurants here, so your taste buds are in for a treat! And if you’re in need of a little refreshment, choose a pretty cafe or a traditional pub where you can stop for a tipple or a warming mug of hot chocolate.
This coastal holiday resort in Norfolk is just three miles from Hunstanton and offers a central location for exploring the many nearby east coast attractions. Famous for its lavender, the Norfolk Lavender visitors’ centre is the place to go to experience this evocative and nostalgic fragrance. The shop, tea room and restaurant are surrounded by acres of lavender fields, so it’s well worth a visit. Bird lovers will not want to miss a the Snettisham RSPB Nature Reserve, home to many species of birds. Norfolk is known for its big open skies and Heacham Beach has some stunning sunsets. So, be sure to get cosy in your winter woollies and head to the beach for a glimpse of this golden winter glow.
As part of Devon’s awe-inspiring Jurassic Coast, the seaside town of Seaton is popular with geological fanatics. Hikers can take a ramble down the mouth of the River Axe and marvel at the magnificence of the chalky cliffs which make up the coastline. If you’d prefer a less taxing journey, ride the tramway to enjoy the miles of natural beauty and breathtaking views of the English Channel. And on a chilly day, layer up and take a walk along the pretty pebbled beach. If you’re seeking a calm, scenic winter holiday destination, Seaton is won’t disappoint.
This Welsh harbour town has a rich, maritime history and is famous for its role as a commercial port in the 1800s. Not far from Porthmadog is Portmeirion – an Italianate-style village used as the setting for the filming of the cult 1960’s show, The Prisoner. If a winter walk along the seashore stirs your soul then wrap up against the elements and visit Black Rock Sands. Afterwards, head back to town for a visit to the Purple Moose brewery where you can sample some craft beers at the end of the tour.
Launceston in Cornwall is steeped in history, making for winter holiday as educational as it is affordable. Stroll around the narrow streets to get a feel of its ancient Norman past. The castle and nearby prison are well worth a visit, and the row of grand Georgian houses near the gatehouse was described as the “loveliest street in Cornwall” by poet, Sir John Betjeman. In town you’ll find traditional butchers, bakers and independent shops. The indoor Friday Market at St Mary’s Hall is the place to go to pick up some local produce, so you can cook a delicious meal back at your private holiday rental.
With its world-famous malt whiskies, locally caught seafood, and picturesque villages, North Ayrshire makes a great countryside escape this winter. Take an invigorating stroll along the scenic coast or bundle up and go stargazing near the Firth of Clyde. The wildlife in this area is abundant and fascinating, so be sure to take a camera. Why not treat yourself to some locally-caught fish to enjoy back at your cosy holiday rental?
Scotland is a country renowned for its beautiful and varied landscape, and Dumfries and Galloway certainly has its fair share of stunning scenery. For sports enthusiasts, there’s watersports, cycling, walking, and golf amongst the activities on offer. Or maybe pull on some winter woolies and explore the beaches with their sandy bays and rugged, rocky outcrops. Dumfries and Galloway has a wide range of places to visit including castles, monuments, and heritage sites, so you’ll have plenty to do.
Situated between the Lake District Fells and Morecambe Bay, Grange-over-Sands has plenty to offer winter visitors. The Promenade, with its ornamental gardens and a duck pond, is a great place to take a refreshing winter walk. The town has an Edwardian feel, with many of the shopfronts retaining their original features. If you want to venture further afield, explore Kendal or Windermere with its range of activities on offer, such as a visit to the aquarium or a segway tour.
Beaches don’t have to be a summer only attraction and Weston-super-Mare’s miles of sandy beaches are ideal for a winter walk. If the weather turns too chilly then Westerns’ famous Grand Pier offers an indoor theme park for a family day out. Here, you can also enjoy a range of food from fish and chips to afternoon tea, or relax in the pub whilst enjoying the view. For fans of aviation, a visit to the helicopter museum is a must and if you’re feeling adventurous you could even book a flight.
County Tyrone in Ireland is steeped in myths and legends. If you enjoy walking or cycling in beautiful unspoilt landscapes, County Tyrone will be perfect for you. The stunning scenery has plenty of photo opportunities so take your camera to snap those memorable moments. If you enjoy delving into the past, visit the Beaghmore standing stones and feel the presence of Ireland’s Celtic ancestors. After a day of sightseeing and invigorating walks, warm up in your private holiday rental for a relaxing end to a busy day.
Newtonmore lies at the southern end of the Spey Valley in the Cairngorms National Park. Its location makes it the ideal place to explore the surrounding area, whether you’re planning a short winter break or a few weeks away. Fans of the TV show, Outlander, may recognise the scenery, as much of the area was used for filming. With a plethora of outdoor activities on offer and a variety of places to eat, Newtonmore is an ideal place for a winter holiday destination.
Benllech is a seaside resort on the east coast of Anglesey. Its golden sands and clear blue sea make it a firm favourite for family holidays in the summer. However, if you’re planning a winter break, the peace and quiet is sure to appeal. Wrap up warm and enjoy a scenic walk along the Anglesey Coastal Path before tucking into a warming meal at one of the restaurants or pubs nearby. Approximately seven miles from Benllech is Beaumaris Castle where you can find out about Edward I’s campaign to conquer North Wales.
Feeling flat after the Christmas festivities are over? Why not enjoy a winter break in Brixham to give you a lift. Situated at the southern end of Torbay, Brixham has something for all the family, including scenic walks, golf, fishing, and outdoor pursuits. Many of the towns and villages nearby have heritage centres and museums where you can find out more about this fascinating area. A visit to the nearby Babbacombe Model Village and Garden is not to be missed. This charming miniature world is packed with surprises, humour and replicas of historical buildings, including Stonehenge.
Prices reflect the average weekly cost of a Holiday Lettings two-bedroom rental property in that destination, for a stay during Winter 2017/2018 (December through February).