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5 Reasons to Book a Break in York this December

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
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With its ‘A Christmas Carol’ looks and array of independent shops, York may well be the best place in the UK for a pre-Christmas break. Come the festive period, this ceaselessly-charming city takes Christmas to a whole other level; think spruces suspended above shop fronts; whole streets hung with lanterns aglow; carols soaring from the historic Minster; and the scent of cinnamon, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts drifting from the Shambles to Clifford’s Tower.

If that isn’t reason enough to book a short break in York this Christmas, read on for further inspiration.

Festive fun around every cobbled corner

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Feeling festive or notably ‘humbug’? No matter, a trip to York will raise your spirits. At Christmastime, York is transformed into a veritable grotto; an enchanting place for both children and adults alike. From the 28th November, Christmas markets line the streets, carol concerts raise the rafters, and Father Christmas is on hand to grant little’uns their Christmas wish. For an unforgettable festive treat, head to Fairfax House, where you can experience Christmas from days gone-by.

Christmas shopping in one place

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Want to get the shopping done in one fell swoop? There’s nowhere better than York. The city is home to a mix of both designer and high streets stores, as well as a multitude of independent gift stores. There are markets aplenty too, including St Nicholas Fair – famed for its speciality foods and craft. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in town, try one of the city’s retail parks; the McArthur Glen design outlet is crammed with lovely – albeit, pricey – gifts, or if you’re on budget, Monks Cross may have what you’re looking for.

Cosy pubs and restaurants

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If shopping is the last thing on your mind, York boasts a fabulous array of restaurants, cafes and pubs where you can relax and indulge on a chilly winter’s day. From the roaring fires and oak-beams of its 15th century pubs, to its contemporary riverside café bars, York is the perfect place for a romantic evening or festive shindig. If it’s eating you’re interested in, you’ll find all manner of cuisine across the city, from Thai, Japanese and Spanish to Indian, Italian and English – take your pick.

Fascinating Attractions

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No trip to York would be complete without finding out about the city’s eminent past. Whatever time of year, the history of this unique city always comes to the fore. From the moment you enter the imposing city walls, pass Clifford’s Tower and take a stroll down the Shambles, York’s legendary history is evident. A trip to the York Castle Museum is a must for anyone interested in the city’s history, whilst those with a penchant for the macabre will love the grisly York Dungeons.

Beyond the city walls

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Grow tired of the crowds and it’s well worth going beyond York’s limits to explore North Yorkshire. You don’t need to travel far to encounter some wonderfully peaceful pockets of countryside; the Ryedale Valley, Vale of Pickering and Howardian Hills are miles from the city, and offer spectacular opportunities for walking. There are lots of charming towns and villages around York too where you can enjoy a country pub lunch, including Stamford Bridge, Helston, Malton and Ampleforth.

Book a winter short break in York

Convinced by a pre-Christmas break? Check out our holiday accommodation in York that’s available for short breaks. There are some real bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas, so browse our collection of winter short break holiday homes today.

Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

Sykes Cottages Winter Short Breaks

Friday, November 1st, 2013
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As the weather gets colder, the days get shorter making our workdays seem longer and our home life rushed. At this time of year we find ourselves longing for a break to recharge and relax. Well you’re in luck! Here at Sykes Cottages our Winter Short Breaks are now available! From November 1st right up until April 5th you can book as little as a 3 night stay at any cottage that offers this special Winter Short Break discount (simply check the bottom of each property page to see if the discount applies). We want to make your winter break as stress free as possible, so here at Sykes’ HQ we have come up with a few tips for booking a winter getaway!

old town christmas market

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The Perfect Location

What would be your winter wonderland? For me I like nothing better than a heavy snowfall and plenty of open space to build giant snowmen and host epic snowball fights. In order to get a guaranteed snow fall, head up North to a Scottish cottage. Every year the Scots are bombarded with snow and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind us borrowing some! Make sure to look out for an isolated cottage so you have plenty of room to host your wintry battle. If you’re looking to do something different this year then why now cross the sea to Ireland? We have a whole host of Irish cottages which make for a perfect romantic retreat. Take a long walk hand in hand with that special someone through the Irish countryside and when you’re done, snuggle up in front of a roaring open fire. If you don’t fancy the crossing to Ireland you could always stay in a cottage with an open fire here in the UK, just as warm and a little closer to home!

Katchana Cottage, Cairngorms National Park. Ref 2666

Festive Activities

You could never be bored of winter activities here in the UK and I often find myself wondering how I can fit everything in, but with a 3 night Winter Short Break it allows you to make the most of your weekend off. Like all girls, I love shopping and delight in a good Christmas market! Salisbury in Wiltshire has one of the most spectacular Christmas markets around, with inspired gifts, beautifully decorated chalets, traditional music by the local choir and enough food to feed all of Santa’s little helpers. We have a stunning range of Wiltshire holiday cottages available so you can explore this fantastic market for yourself. Other traditional activities can also be done from your winter cottage; why not take up baking for the festive season? Or even hand craft your Christmas gifts? Having some time away from home really inspires you to get out there and try something new!

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A Winter Short Break with Sykes Cottages allows you to make the most of this festive season; just remember the dates exclude both Christmas and New Year week along with any school holidays. If you’d like more information on our winter short breaks, simply visit our main website or call our reservations team who are on hand from 9am to 9:30pm 7 days a week!


By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.