Visit a Christmas Market

13 November 2017

In need of a quick break away and some festive cheer, then soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas at one of Britain’s atmospheric Christmas Markets and combine it with a relaxing stay at a cosy pub with rooms. Choose one of these fabulous inns close to traditional markets in Bath, York, Halifax, Leeds, Winchester, Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon, and one overlooking fairytale Leeds Castle in Kent.  For further inspiration visit

Judges Lodging, York, North Yorkshire

The stunning Grade I-listed townhouse dates from around 1730 and retains many original features despite being refurbished from top to toe. The entire building is shot through with period charm – expect a quirky interior and stylish bedrooms. So kick back and take your time, before striking out to explore the city’s magnificent St Nicholas Fayre and its 100 chalets (16th November to 22nd December).
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The Wheatsheaf, Northleach, Gloucestershire

Expect quirky boutique rooms, a contemporary menu, roaring winter fires and a chilled out vibe at this stunning Cotswold inn. Perfect for exploring the Cotswolds and Cheltenham’s traditional Christmas Market, where 40 stalls under Christmas lights are located on the famous Promenade in the town centre (23rd November to 16th December). Enjoy a cocktail at Lucky Onion’s sister hotel No.131 on the Promenade.
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The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent

The stylishly refurbished Milk House has a laid-back vibe, brilliant staff and exciting food on crowd-pleasing menus. The four spacious and very relaxing bedrooms provide the perfect winter bolthole for exploring Kent and stocking up on Christmas gifts at the Leeds Castle Christmas Market, located on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the floodlit castle (weekends late November to mid December). Read more about this pub with rooms in Kent
The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Transformed into a civilised country inn, the Greyhound backs onto the River Test in Stockbridge, England’s fly-fishing capital. You can expect a warm, sophisticated décor, stylish and cosy bedrooms, and some innovative cooking – well worth the 10-mile drive to Winchester’s famous Christmas Market, set in the atmospheric Cathedral Close (20th November to 22nd December).
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Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire

A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley – a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax. Visit the Christmas Market (3rd – 10th December) in the fabulous, newly refurbished Piece Hall in the town, or drive to Leeds to experience the city’s traditional German Christmas Market (until 24th December). Return to roaring fires, exciting menus and a cosy room.
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The Townhouse, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

Revamped in 2017 with an informal, elegant feel, this striking, historic and castellated building in the heart of Stratford offers an eclectic décor, contemporary-smart rooms and good classic pub food. Book a room for the weekend of the 8th-10th December to explore the historic Shakespearean attractions and savour the colours, sounds and aromas of Stratford’s first Victorian Christmas market.
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The Pear Tree, Whitley, Wiltshire

Refurbished wisteria-clad stone inn filled with rustic-chic charm, with quirky, comfortable rooms and great food. A cosy winter bolthole for visiting Lacock, Bradford on Avon and Bath’s fabulous Christmas Market – 200 twinkling chalets set in the picturesque Georgian streets surrounding Bath Abbey (23rd November – 10th December).
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