UK Winter Staycation Ideas: 2020

Tuesday 22 December 2020 by Kayleigh Little Summer is now but a distant memory. The weather is becoming chillier by the day, our breath is visible whenever we step out into the cold and the prospect of escaping to warmth until spring is all-the-more appealing. It may be tricky to jet off to luxury resorts right now, but thankfully the UK excels when it comes to cosy spots that tick all the boxes: crackling log fires, piping hot hearty food and toasty pubs for warming tipples.


The thought of a Coronavirus winter may seem bleak, but there’s still time to find the perfect winter holi-stay for you. Whether you fancy a coastal escape, city break or rural retreat, there’s something for everyone in our list of top UK winter staycation ideas.


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The Best UK Winter Staycation Ideas for 2020 & 2021

When it comes to choosing the best winter staycation in the UK, the possibilities really are endless. With less travel time, planning and luggage (perhaps!) to consider, there’s never been a better time to make the most of what the UK has to offer. But where do you start? And how do you decide which of our winter holiday deals is for you? Browse our top UK winter staycation ideas to find out more.


The Cotswolds

Dotted with chocolate-box villages and picture-postcard cottages, it’s no wonder the Cotswolds is a popular winter destination in the UK. A real foodie’s paradise, the Cotswolds is home to a wealth of independent farm shops, tearooms and restaurants that serve delicious locally-sourced food – just remember to book ahead to secure your place! Looking for family winter city breaks? If so, the Cotswolds is just a stone’s throw away from the iconic cities of Bath, Bristol and Oxford.



If you’re looking for winter city breaks full of attractions and activities, Bath is the perfect choice for you. From visiting the Roman Baths to architectural masterpieces like the Royal Crescent, you’ll travel centuries in just a few steps. But it doesn’t end with impeccable heritage. Bath is a lively, thriving city, with hundreds of restaurants and cafes serving everything from Michelin-starred gourmet dishes to satisfying street food. And with chic cocktail bars, traditional pubs and an evening scene that embraces live music, comedy and theatre, you’re guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy!



A bustling and vibrant city steeped in history, there are plenty of reasons why Edinburgh is one of the best winter city breaks in the UK. Whether you want to take part in a Scotch whisky tasting experience on the Royal Mile or immerse yourself in Scottish culture visiting the Edinburgh castle, this destination truly has something for everyone. Heading on your UK winter staycation during the festive period? In the run up to Christmas, Edinburgh becomes festooned with beautiful decorations and light installations, with the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens providing a particularly spectacular display.


Looking for accommodation near to the city’s best bits? Book your weekend away in a serviced holiday apartment with SACO.


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For that perfect seaside escape, Devon is a must. During the winter months, the coastal scenery and sprawling beaches offer the ideal destination for a crisp morning walk, with more challenging hill hikes available for dedicated ramblers. As well as residing in a stunning location for outdoor exploring, Devon is also home to quaint towns and villages that offer unique shops and eateries, perfect for a wintry day out. Looking for the perfect place to stay? Devon also offers an array of holiday cottages to cosy up in with a warm hot chocolate.



You know winter is on its way when thousands of pink-footed geese migrate to the UK. Each year these pink-grey birds swap their breeding grounds in Iceland for the mudflats and salt marshes of Norfolk, spending their days feeding on sugar beet left by farmers. But what about if you’re not a birdwatcher? Don’t worry! Norfolk is a truly diverse location, with an array of churches, stately homes, theatres, shops and places to eat on offer. What’s more, north Norfolk is one of the few places where you can see the northern lights, making it an ideal spot for star gazing.



While at first glance it may seem like the enjoyment of our capital city is somewhat restricted as a result of social distancing rules, there are still lots of brilliant things to do in London. Whether you want to soak up some culture with a world class exhibition at the Tate Modern, sip martini’s in the comfort of a Mayfair cocktail bar or experience a cornucopia of gourmet goodies as you eat your way around Borough Market, London is still a firm contender in our top UK winter staycation ideas for 2020.



As one of the friendliest cities the UK has to offer, Liverpool is ready to welcome those looking for winter city breaks with (socially distanced) open arms. Whether you’re new to the region or are already familiar with many of the city’s landmarks, you can experience Liverpool’s unique culture and heritage in a variety of ways. From wandering around the iconic Royal Albert Dock to stopping off for a tipple at the legendary Beatles’ venue, the Cavern Club, this loveable city is a UK winter staycation gem. Do you prefer to shop until you drop? Liverpool is a hub of high street stores and independent boutiques, with over five shopping centres to choose from.


Find holiday apartments for winter 2020 & 2021

So, you’ve chosen the best winter staycation in the UK for you, but where are you going to stay? The most important factor of any trip is the accommodation. And no matter where you end up, you’ll want somewhere that’s comfortable, convenient, clean and close to the buzz of the city. Luckily, SACO have a variety of UK serviced apartments that provide exactly that.

Our holiday apartments are situated right at the heart of the action, with fully-equipped kitchens, cosy living areas and modern furnishings. This means that regardless of the UK winter staycation you choose, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing and memorable trip.

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