Get festive by booking a city break near a spectacular Christmas market. Packed full of unique handmade gifts, light shows, ice rinks, fairgrounds and much more, Christmas markets offer plenty of festive cheer to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Cities across Europe play host to Christmas markets from November. Visit Berlin to see Charlottenburg Castle bathed in romantic lights. Or discover unique handmade gifts in between seeing the sights in Vienna, Brussels or Prague.
In the UK, some of the best Christmas markets are held in London, York and Bath. Go there for traditional German-style stalls selling handmade jewellery, crafts and toys and tasty yuletide delicacies. And there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with street theatre, fairgrounds and, of course, Santa’s grotto.
“Weekend stay at Canal View” Very quiet property. Clean and tidy. Up to date bathroom and kitchen fittings. Nice meal at Bathampton Mill (walking distance) and no problem parking our car in residents' car park. Perfect for our visit!
What a lovely cottage/apartment - were able to abandon the cars and walk into Bath via the canal toll path. Did return once by boat (trips ran from Bath to Bathampton mill) as too tired to walk back… More
“What a Find”
Reviewed 12 Oct 2016
What a top place to spend a holiday. The location is very picturesque. The apartment itself is very clean, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and stocked with loads of condi… More
“Excellent property to stay if visiting York” Excellent property to stay if visiting York. Very clean and all you need for a great get away. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended to friends and family and will definitely go back. So
The apartment was perfect and we could not think of anything that would have made it better apart from maybe a second bottle of prosecco!! The location was so central with everything right on your doo… More
Your review made me laugh out loud! Cheeky! I am so glad you both enjoyed the stay and we'd love to see you again one day.
“Great location and well equipped flat”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We had a lovely time in Gillygate. The location couldn't be better. It is a fully well equipped, clean and comfortable renovated flat . Good quality linen!
Charming and friendly owner!! We will come… More
Thank you for your review. You will be back? Delighted!
“This is the perfect place for a city break in York.”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2017
Gillygate was perfect because it was within walking distance to York Minister, Clifford Tower and all the other attractions in York City centre. We took the train from Cambridge and walked here from t… More
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Our location is terrific and I am so pleased you liked the decor. We'd love to see you again!
“Location location location!” As soon as we arrived outside the building we could tell we'd picked a great place here, overlooking the quayside and extremely central. The flat was modern, spacious, bright and had everything we were looking for. Jacquel
Our annual get together with friends was arranged for Manchester and I booked this apartment. Jacqueline is excellent and the apartment really lovely and clean with everything you need for a short br… More
“Great apartment, local to town centre”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2015
Really enjoyed our stay. Apartment was clean and had everything you would need for a weekend away. Its within walking distance of shops and bars. Owners very helpful on arrival offering directions to … More
“Don't think about it, book it!”
Reviewed 2 Nov 2015
This apartment is excellent in every way, from the location to the host to the apartment itself.
It is right in the centre of town and yet very quiet at night (and both City and Utd were playing at h… More
“Fantastic Apartment” We loved our stay at Dardos apartment, it is clean & modern & in a really great location, lovely view of the river. Hard to beat! We would love to stay again if ever back in Dublin.
Andy & Corrine
“Amazing stay! 5* Apartment” Booked Kenilworth apartment for a girls weekend for 6 of us to stay. Apartment was spotless, gorgeous, great value for the price and just perfect for a mix of nights in with a takeaway and a night out on the Toon. Landlords
Just arrived back from a fantastic stay at Kenilworth Road Newcastle. The apartment is out of this world,its so spotless, modern and spacious. There is also a allocated parking spot which is good. It… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments it was a pleasure so pleased you and your family had such a great stay in the North East and loved Kenilworth We hope you will return in the near future.
Nige & Michelle
“Beautiful apartment, very helpful owners!”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We loved this place. It was more like a house than an apartment and beautifully renovated to a very high standard. The owners were extremely helpful from the initial booking and we met Michelle in per… More
Many thanks for your very kind words and comments delighted you and the family loved your stay in Kenilworth and the North East. Glad we were able to help in some small way to make your sons graduation special. We look forward to welcoming you again the next time you are in the UK and England.
Nige & Michelle
“Couldn't have been better.”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
Kenilworth House must be one of, if not, the very best place place to stay in Newcastle.
I am from the area and stayed here with my Canadian Husband and his 2 children. Every person was very impre… More
Thank you so much for the lovely words and fab comments we were delighted you loved Kenilworth and so pleased you thought it was the perfect start to your married life. Enjoy your new life in Canada and hope you can stay with us again when you return back to the UK.
Nige & Michelle
“Craven street” The apartment was fantastic, big and spacious. The lounge was bright and homely, the grandchildren loved the swivel chair and remote light switch. The master bedroom, I can't describe how big it was, and the bed was so big. I have no c
Perfect location at an affordable price. Easy walking distance to many attractions and sights including Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Theatres, Museums and Restaurants. Trans… More
“Perfectly equipped and situated”
Reviewed 19 Dec 2011
Best city centre accommodation we have ever had. I had high hopes for the location which were well-founded - I doubt you could do better for a shopping/eating/theatre and sight-seeing visit to London.… More
“Perfect location, very nice apartment with all conforts”
Reviewed 30 Jun 2011
We stay there for 5 days.
The house is in a quite street, just behind Trafalgar Square. In a one minute walk you have underground, trains, buses, taxes and various supermarkets and obviously a lot of… More
“Perfect stay.” So glad I chose to book here. It was absolutely perfect, couldn't have asked for more. A beautiful apartment from great people who make you feel very welcome and can't do enough for you. We will definitely be booking to go again. Thanks
We stayed here with our two teenagers for 2 nights, and I can't say enough about how nice the apartment is, how wonderful the location is, and how gracious and generous the owners are. We usually sta… More
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post a review.We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our apartment. We're so pleased that you appreciated the special touches and look forward to seeing you again when you next return to York. Best Wishes from the Owners of 4 Talbot Court.
“Equipped to a high standard and Beautifully decorated”
Reviewed 11 May 2013
We stayed for bank holiday weekend at this apartment . We were amazed at how centrally located it is in York. Sometimes staying so central can be a problem due to noise but this was peaceful . York Mi… More
Thank you for your kind comments.We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our apartment. We're so pleased you enjoyed the freshly baked croissants with your continental breakfast - we think they're the best too! We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best Wishes from the Owners of 4 Talbot Court.
“Hidden gem - superb!”
Reviewed 12 Apr 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautifully furnished apartment. The owners had thought of everything to make our stay a memorable one, with all the comforts of home you could wish for and tho… More
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our apartment and hope you'll visit us again soon. We hope you liked the apartment so much that you'll tell all your friends and family about it.Many thanks from the Owners of 4 Talbot Court.
“Perfect location and excellent hosts” We enjoyed our time in Dubrovnik especially due to Marina and her daughter. We had arrived one day early and they were able to accomodate us no problem! Very nice space that had all the essentials. The location
I stayed at the apartment with my mom for 4 days. Even though I arrived early in the morning, Marina waited for us at the bus stop. She explained everything really kindly and the location was just per… More
“Clean. comfortable and great location”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2013
This modern and clean 1 bedroom apartment provided us with everything we needed for our stay in Dubrovnik.
It is 2 min walk from Pile gate and bus stop to Gruz port. The airport coach drops you dir… More
“Location, location, location!”
Reviewed 14 Jun 2015
This apartment is located less than a block from the Pile Gate and the local bus stop and there are two markets just steps away. It is accessed from a pedestrian alley and is behind a locked gate so i… More
“Nice stylish apartment in the heart of Northern Quarter” I received the code to the apartment and the key box prior to my stay, which was really convenient.
We had breakfast in the kitchen every morning, after filling the fridge on the first day. Cof
“New, clean and stilish apartment.” The apartment is very clean, nice and modern. It is fully furnished with anything needed including wifi. Nice welcome and explanatory tour of the aparment upon arrival. The apartment is 400 mt away from the tube Quee
“Contemporary Norwegian style in one of Europe's most dynamic cities.” We stayed in this stylish apartment for a week. It is in an ideal location in the new waterfront development next door to a famous boutique hotel. It is very convenient, comfortab
“The Perfect Stay” I've been more than pleased to stay in this apartment for a week.
The apartment looks even better than in pictures, it's clean warm and bright; well furnished and Mrs Jane Gildan is extremely kind and ready to answer all our questio
We stayed in the apartment over Christmas and it was just wonderful. Maggie met us on arrival and showed us everything in the apartment. The apartment was centrally located - a 5 minute walk to the … More
Thank you choosing to spend Christmas at Emperors Wharf. Its really good to hear that you enjoyed the apartment as much as the Christmas festivities in beautiful York.
Thanks for your review. Maggie
“Could not fault the property”
Reviewed 9 Nov 2016
The property was in a very good location, and the apartment was excellent, no attention to detail was too much for Maggie Abel, she really cares about the property and was really welcoming.… More
Thank you for your kind words. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your break and appreciated our efforts. I hope you will return. Best wishes, Maggie
“Amazing apartment in a fantastic location” This light and airy and well-equiped apartment has everything you need for a great break in York. Centrally placed but quiet with views over the historic city. We loved it.
We have just returned from a two night stay at Popes Head Court and had the most amazing time. We have stayed in hotels in York many times but nothing has been as good as this apartment. It is excepti… More
“Beautiful apartment in the centre of York”
Reviewed 24 Oct 2015
The apartment was spotlessly clean, warm and very well equipped. The accommodation was perfect for 2 couples with 2 large bedrooms and bathrooms. The position of the apartment in the centre of York w… More
“Perfect in Every Way”
Reviewed 1 Dec 2014
It's the second time I've stayed at this apartment, and couldn't recommend it highly enough. The location is right in the heart of York, the building is easily accessible and very secure.
“Spacious,clean, perfect apartment in Bath” Norfolk Green met our needs perfectly.
We were more than happy with the cleanliness,spaciousness and comfort.
The kitchen was very well equipped,had we wanted to cook a meal.
The bed was luxuriously dresse
We very much enjoyed our stay. The flat has everything one needs and is very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the welcome tray which had decaffinated coffee and Tick Tock tea both of which I usual… More
“Classic apartment in Georgian crescent terrace”
Reviewed 26 Sep 2015
A unique experience to stay in such a classic setting. Very quiet too and well placed to access Bath centre. Highly recommended.… More
“a little gem”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2014
quiet, well equipped, walking distance of town centre.
clean and beautiful property, photos don't do justice. Spacious bedroom and a great size bed. lovely original features remaining.
And a bonus p… More
“Perfect alternative to a regular hotel stay” The flat was very cosy and you have much more space in comparison to a regular hotel room in London. Kitchen is fully equipped, bathroom is fine and the studio is very comfortable. The communication with Na
This is a very good modern property close to the museums and with easy transport links to all the best of London's attractions.
While small, the apartment was clean and well maintained and was much m… More
“Excellent apartment right in the middle of York” We stayed at this apartment for 2 weeks recently and cannot fault it. The owners include special touches such as milk, cereals, sauces, toiletries and even a bottle of wine and slice of cake! Beautifu
We spent 4 nights in 2 Talbot Court which is located in a quiet and secure gated courtyard next to the Minster. The apartment is modern and clean and contains everything you need for a very comfortabl… More
Many thanks for your kind review.We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in York & appreciated the personal touch on arrival.We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes from Stephen & Christine
“Perfect apartment in the heart of the city”
Reviewed 20 Jul 2015
Stayed here for 5 days in July with my husband and daughter. The apartment was lovely, well equipped and in a beautiful little courtyard a stones throw from the Minster, which you could see from the n… More
Many thanks for your kind review.We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay & appreciated the little personal touches.We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes from Stephen & Christine
Reviewed 9 Jan 2017
Fantastic apartment, perfect location ,had a wonderful stay , Stephen was very helpful on arriva, came to meet us when sat nav went wrong .… More
Thank you for your "perfect" review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in 2 Talbot Court.We're pleased that you will know where the car park is next time ...looking forward to seeing you again in the not-too-distant future.In the meantime, please feel free to recommend the apartment to your friends & family. Best wishes from Stephen & Christine
“Very comfortable and convenient for a city visit” Spent an excellent week in the apartment. Accommodation was clean, warm, comfortable and ideal for exploring the city of York. Access was easy and the owner's directions and local advice were very help
We had a lovely week in this apartment in York. It's a great location, just a short walk from everything in the city centre, the city walls. Extremely easy to find, with good directions provided by th… More
“Perfect” My partner and I stayed at the Artpad for a couple of nights this month and had a thoroughly wonderful stay!
On arriving at the Artpad we were very impressed with the beautifully grand apartment. The rooms are huge with plenty of space to
My husband and I stayed in the Artpad at the end of July for 2 nights. I had high expectations from all the positive reviews so was surprised that in real life the apartment is even more amazing than… More
OOOOOOh so lovely to hear your feedback - thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed staying at The Artpad. You must return one day x
“Wonderful apartment, wonderful location!”
Reviewed 23 Aug 2015
This apartment really has the wow factor, having been twice (once being for our wedding) I can say this really is better than the photographs suggest. It has the perfect location for walking out to Ba… More
It's so great to hear that your return trip to The Artpad was just as good as your first! Thank you for your lovely feedback and hope to see you back again one day soon...
“Paradise in Bath”
Reviewed 18 Jan 2015
We recently stayed here for our Christmas mini break, from start to end this place lived up to our expectations and more. Becky was so friendly and it was so easy to deal with her, she made our bookin… More
So glad you had a good Mini Christmas break with us - thanks for staying and hope to see you again this year!
Had a lovely weekend away with hubby and our friends. The appartment had everything we needed and more, we were able to sit back and relax in the home comforts. The apartments querky layout was very d… More
Reviewed 8 Apr 2016
Superb apartment! lovely and clean with a perfect location in the centre of York, couldn't ask for more… More
“High Standard as usual”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2015
We have stayed several times at both Sandra's lovely apartments, they are so comfortable, homely, clean and have everything you need. They are located in an ideal spot only 3 minutes walk away from t… More