Posted on Monday the 28th of November, 2011 by kelly

Roomguide UK - Top 5 Christmas Markets

With less than a month to go before Christmas, the festive markets, fairs and fetes are well underway and let’s face it, you can’t beat a good old winter fair to get you in the Christmas spirit! So that you have the best Christmas yet, we’ve got some great offers on cheap hotels in all UK cities and it just happens their Christmas markets are some of the best in Europe!

We’ve listed our top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK where you can fill up on roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and festive cheer!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

When? 18th November – 3rd January

A visit to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! With a Christmas circus, Christmas Ice Rink, Christmas Ferris Wheel and of course a huge Christmas Market, you can shop for quirky crafts and tasty treats in the sparkly surroundings of central London! A definite MUST this Christmas!

Bath Christmas Market

When? 24th November – 11th December

The quaint streets and square running from Bath Abbey to the Roman Baths is transformed into a truly magical setting at Christmas. 130 wooden chalets offer what can only be described as a Christmas shopper’s haven with unique and unusual gifts, pretty decorations and delicious food.  

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

When? 17th November – 23rd December

Now in its 10th year, this is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria. Combined with the city’s own Craft fair, there are over 180 picturesque chalets to explore offering everything from handmade jewellery and wooden toys to German beers and sausages. 

Leeds Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market

When? 11th November – 18th December

Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas markets in the UK. With twinkling lights, carousel rides and over 40 wooden chalet stalls there’s festive fun for everyone. Set in Millennium Square, visitors can enjoy handcrafted jewellery, Christmas cards, toys and speciality foods such as bratwurst sausages, goulash, schnitzels and gingerbread.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

When? 24th November – 24th December

Edinburgh is recognised as one of the best cities in the UK to spend Christmas and with two Christmas markets, a Bungy Snowdome, Christmas Ice Rink, Christmas Carousel and the Edinburgh Wheel, it’s not hard to see why! The traditional German market has a mix of classic and contemporary gifts as well as a range of German food and drink and the Highland Village Christmas Market offers everything from Scottish foods to Scottish teddy bears! 

We have cheap hotels in all of these festive locations, so plan your Christmas break now!

Posted on Monday the 7th of November, 2011 by kelly

Christmas Events in Dublin 2011

Celebrate the festive season in style this year by booking cheap hotels in Dublin with Roomguide! There is so much going on in the Irish capital and with a number of exciting events planned to gear everyone up for Christmas 2011 we thought we’d share the best ones with you!

Festival of Light

Witness the streets of Dublin come alive as they transform into a winter wonderland of glistening LED street lights. On November 27th, the Christmas lights switch on ceremony will see plenty of entertainment preparing locals and tourists for the festive season.

Docklands Christmas Market

From December 8th until December 23rd the popular Christmas market returns to the Docklands. The charming yuletide event attracts thousands of visitors and draws its inspiration from German traditions which create a unique festive atmosphere.

7Up Winter Wonderland

7UP Winter Wonderland is Ireland’s newest and biggest FREE to enter winter park running from December 8th until January 8th at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. With a traditional Christmas market, an ice rink, a circus, rides and café bars – there’s festive fun for all ages!

Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas is a truly fantastic event where all ‘foodies’ can indulge in festive food and drink, sample signature dishes from Dublin’s top restaurants and be inspired by Ireland’s most popular chef talent. Running from November 25th- 27th, this isn’t one to be missed!

Take a look at all of our cheap hotels in Dublin and plan your Christmas break now!

Posted on Friday the 21st of October, 2011 by kelly

See Blackpool Illuminations this Autumn

Autumn just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Blackpool’s world-famous northern lights – the Blackpool Illuminations! Other holiday spots have gone into hibernation, but not Blackpool! The multi award winning Blackpool Illuminations light up the skies of the seaside town entertaining millions of visitors every year. Never seen them before? At Roomguide, we have plenty of cheap hotels in Blackpool so get yourself along and see what all the fuss is about! With over 180 hotels in Blackpool to choose from, you’ll be sure to find somewhere close to the event.

The Blackpool Illuminations run for 66 days from the end of August to November each year. This year they began on the 2nd September and will shine nightly until 6th November. Over the course of the festival, one million lamps of different shapes and sizes play their part in the six mile long promenade illuminative display. Tourists have been coming to see the magical display since 1879, when only arc lamps lit up the Promenade in what was described as “artificial sunshine”. Blackpool was the first town to “go electric” in Victorian times and today, in 2011, its love affair with light still remains. Blackpool Illuminations only use green electricity from renewable resources comprising wind, small-scale hydro, landfill and Bio-Gas. The introduction of green electricity has reduced the annual Illuminations carbon dioxide emissions to zero, saving 420 tonnes per year in the atmosphere.

You can experience the magic of the Illuminations by hopping on an illuminated tram or an open top bus which will guide you through the six mile spectacular. With so much going on including circus shows, comedy events and theatre performances, it’s a great time to visit Blackpool with your loved one or as a family. Book cheap hotels in Blackpool today with Roomguide!

Posted on Monday the 17th of October, 2011 by kelly

Chester Halloween Ghost Tours

Steeped in 2000 years of history and with hundreds of ghost sightings, Chester is one of the most haunted cities in England. This Halloween, why not book a night-time ghost hunt in Chester and take a night-time journey around the haunts of the city. With your very own Ghosthunter Guide you will hear spine-chilling tales of ghosts and ghouls and revisit scenes of supernatural happenings from Chester’s mysterious and murky past.

Just in time for Halloween, Roomguide have jaw dropping deals on cheap hotels in Chester so you have somewhere safe to hide at the end of your tour! The tours will be running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday leading up to Halloween with extra tours departing on Sunday 30th October and Monday 31st October. Tours depart from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre at 7.30pm and tickets should be purchased in advance where possible as they are extremely popular!

Ghost Tour Ticket Prices:

Adult: £6.00

Child/Student/Senior: £5.00

Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 concessions): £17.00

You can book your tickets here.

Take a look at all of our cheap hotels in Chester and plan your Halloween now!

Posted on Friday the 14th of October, 2011 by kelly

Halloween Events in New York 2011

With Halloween around the corner, the ghosts and ghouls are making their way to New York and no city celebrates it better than the Big Apple! This October, Roomguide are offering even lower prices on cheap hotels in New York so you can make the most of the haunted holiday. Packed with parties, festivals and attractions, New York is the perfect place to go if you want to be truly spooked this Halloween! New York Halloween Parade will see thousands of people take to the streets of New York City including costumed marchers, bands, dancers, puppets and more! The Parade has been a tradition since 1973 and is the largest Halloween celebration in the world. This is a fun event for all the family but if you’re looking to be really frightened, there are many other events currently running until the 31st October:

Blackout Haunted House

This scary Halloween attraction requires you to go through on your own, with a protective mask and a flashlight. The intense experience is for over 18’s only and although you can scream as loud as you want, there is absolutely no speaking allowed.  The New York Times calls it “the extreme theatre event of the year.”


The zombie apocalypse starts again in the Bronx this Halloween. This Pelham Bay safe house is an onslaught of zombies lurking in the dark and jumping out at every corner. Quarantine protocols have begun in the Bronx and 1157 Pelham Bay has been identified as the safest location for residents to take refuge, or is it?

Steampunk Haunted House

Combining a steampunk culture with a traditional creepy house, this haunted location has been taken over by demented robots and clockwork spiders. This immersive experience separates audience members and thrusts them into a terrifying world of twisting hallways and dark cellars.

Blood Manor

A hit every year since 2005, this is New York’s premier haunted attraction featuring several fright filled environments including the Graveyard of the Doomed, the Chamber of Killer Klowns and the Cabaret of Death. From pig hanging carcasses to eerie graveyards, this is not for the faint hearted!

Plan your trip this Halloween and book one of our cheap hotels in New York.