New Year Breaks: City vs. Country

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We’re mad about New Year’s – a fantastic excuse for the last getaway of the year (and the first of the next!) it’s a great way to start as you mean to go on. But which do you prefer? An exciting city break in the thick of it all, or a peaceful country retreat? The big question this year, SuperBreak’s own Michael and Millie take up the debate…

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New Year’s Eve is the year’s biggest party – why wouldn’t you want to celebrate it properly? For me, the only way to do that is to glam up, take to the streets and prepare to dance the night away. With so many special events at concert venues, pubs and clubs to mark the occasion, a New Year’s Eve city break is the only choice.

For a big event that’ll live long in the memory, there’s perhaps only two places in the UK to be at New Year. London hosts the night’s biggest party, with images of the firework spectacular beamed right around the world – seeing Big Ben chime at Midnight and ringing in the New Year is an iconic experience, something everyone should do at least once. No less popular, the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh see the already-vibrant Scottish capital come alive; don’t miss out on its fantastic street party!

City break destinations are so varied too – whether you’re after a rave or a cosy pub, you can find a city that suits your needs. Think about how different New Year is in Liverpool compared to, say, York. Either way, there’s always somewhere to celebrate with old friends and new. Plus, the brave can always choose to get up next morning and hit the January sales early!

Even if a little ambitious this year, why not consider taking a New Year’s Eve city break in one of Europe’s best party cities? There’s nowhere quite like Dublin or Amsterdam for a great night out, and nothing could be more memorable than a proper getaway with your friends and family. I know, I know, it’s all a bit last minute… but we could always start planning for the next New Year in January, right?



New Year’s Eve is most definitely time to party, but I’d much rather enjoy the festivities away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities! What could be nicer than sitting round a cosy fire at a local pub, sipping on a glass of mulled wine and singing along to classic Christmas tunes? With such a great variety of warm and welcoming hotels tucked away from the chaos of the city, a New Year’s Eve country break is the best way to see in 2016!

For a memorable occasion in a desirable location, there’s plenty of places to choose from in the vast countryside of the UK. The Peak District is perfect for a relaxing New Year’s experience, and you can blow the cobwebs away the next day by taking a brisk walk or exploring the stately Chatsworth House. Alternatively, a New Year’s break in Harrogate is ideal for those who want to get away from it all, as Ripley Castle and Brimham Rocks are just a short journey away.

Country breaks offer so much more than just rolling hills and bleating sheep, too – whether you’re wanting to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in a quaint tea room or head to the nearest town for an indulgent shopping trip, there’s always the opportunity for a fun day out. What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy a lie-in on New Year’s Day without having to worry about traffic noise or hurried pedestrians – ahh, bliss.

If you want to travel a little further afield this New Year, the Scottish Highlands provide a perfect backdrop for a tranquil break with a difference. If you’re super organised, you could even travel to Co. Down in Ireland to discover the terrific Mourne Mountains and Tollymore Forest Park.

Where are you heading on your New Year’s Eve break? Join the debate, and tell us in the comments section below!

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