by Javeed Anwar

The best British cities for a New Year’s Eve Party

Newcastle on New Year's Eve

When the last cracker is pulled, left-over Turkey turned to soup and the wrapping and boxes consigned to the bin bag, the thoughts of many turn to a New Year and how to celebrate it.

We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t share a round-up of some of the best events, gigs, parties and experiences that you can enjoy on NYE in three of Britain’s best party cities, Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh.


Some parties become so big they take on a life of their own. Think Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is now one of those must-visit events and is now billed as ‘Scotland’s New Year Festival’ – three days of events and bands, with audiences from every corner of the globe.

Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014 by Michael Curi creative commons
Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014 by Michael Curi creative commons

Our sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh is in the heart of Edinburgh’s trendy West End, near Waverley Station and Prince’s Street, and is a perfect base for your Hogmanay knees up.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanany features the traditional Street Party and fireworks on December 31, but there’s always a host of other great stuff going on, including torch-lit processions, live music in Prince’s Street Gardens, street parties, ceilidhs and candlelit music recitals.

For the truly hardy, you can finish off your New Year’s Eve Party by taking part in the Loony Dook, a fancy dress themed dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry at 11am on New Year’s Day.

Most of the events are individually ticketed but some event packages are available for the entire festival.

To check ticket availability visit the festival website and to check availability at Cityroomz, visit:


A little further South of Edinburgh is Newcastle, the Geordie Capital, and recently voted the #1 place to visit in the world in 2018 by travel guide publisher Rough Guides.

Newcastle’s New Year fireworks are often compared to those in London and Edinburgh, as the sight of colours bursting over the iconic Tyne Bridge and Quayside attracts huge crowds year on year.

Newcastle on New Year's Eve

So special is New Year in The Toon that the city has created its own mystical Winter Festival.

There are huge numbers of events going on in the city and further afield in the North East and the best place to find out more is from NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the destination marketing agency for the city. Click here for a list of all the NYE events in the Newcastle Winter Festival.

winter festival newcastle

Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is less than two minutes’ walk from Grey Street right in the heart of the city and perfectly located for The Diamond Strip, Bigg Market and Quayside night spots.


The Welsh Capital is another super-cool place to say farewell to one year and welcome in another.

Check out all the best events and fun happenings on NYE in Cardiff with this handy guide from Visit Cardiff.

Christmas in Cardiff by Jon Candy - creative commons
Winter Wonderland Cardiff by Jon Candy – creative commons

Cardiff has a major music scene and most of the cities bars and clubs will be hosting themed NYE events and there’s always comedy clubs packed full of mirth.

Whether it’s glamour or guffaws you go for, New Year’s Eve in Cardiff is a night to remember.

Our 74-bed Sleeperz Cardiff Hotel is less than 500m from Cardiff Rail Station and close to all major shopping, night spots and cultural attractions.

Britain’s best New Year’s Eve Breaks

So, there you have it, three of Britain’s best New Year’s Eve party cities that you can enjoy while staying at Sleeperz Hotels.

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Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!