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Winter city breaks across the UK

Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but it’s perfect weather for getting to know a city a little bit better. From winter festivals to Christmas markets, there’s plenty of things to see and do this season whilst on a city getaway with loved ones. There might even be a glass of mulled wine (or two!) on offer to keep you warm.


London bridge at night

It’s all happening in London this winter that’s why it makes for a fun-filled city break.  Book a stay at YHA London Central and be in the middle of it all! With a massive range of both traditional and alternative things to do, there’s everything from ice rink discos to drag queen cabaret. Explore Oxford Street too – the Christmas shopping location of your dreams.


Bristol at sunset

Green as our logo and oh-so upcoming, this city oozes atmosphere during winter – YHA Bristol is perfectly in tune with its vibe. Bristol’s sacred buildings come to life at Christmas and there’s a fantastic German Market; complete with Bavarian-style music from Der Alpen Klaus. Visit Stokes Croft for more indie shops than any street in the country, or experience Bristol’s fab events scene.


Cambridge river in the snow

One of our most stylish hostels, YHA Cambridge has everything you need to explore the university city this winter. The North Pole Christmas Festival is in full swing – an extravaganza of interactive stalls, festive fairground rides and warming cocktails. After your skating session, refuel and relax at the Alpine Cabin Bar with a delicious bratwurst, a steaming cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows or a mulled wine.


Santa made of lights in Manchester

From concerts in the cathedral to massive family-friendly events – this city boasts that “Nowhere does Christmas like Manchester”. Winter Wonderland Manchester is the UK’s largest indoor festive theme park – featuring rides, magic shows and lots to capture the imagination. Use our city centre YHA Manchester for unrivalled shopping sprees in the Arndale or a place to relax after a day exploring.

Fancy something else instead?

Winter sunset over snow

It’s not just winter city breaks that YHA does so well. If you’re more into wandering in the wilderness than bustling in the city, we’ve got plenty of countryside locations and rural retreats, perfect for cosying up this winter, as well as seaside getaways for rugged walks on the beach and hot chocolates by the sea. So, if you want to get away for less this winter, have a look at our other lovely locations. Plus, some of our hostels can even be all yours exclusively for the festive season.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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