Lancelot & Guinevere and Robin Hood & Maid Marian, Mr Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett and Romeo & Juliet, Victoria & Albert and William & Kate. From the renowned to the literary, allow these famous lovers to be the inspiration behind your romantic breaks in the UK.
Whether you are interested in having a picnic by the side of some of the gorgeous beaches, walking leisurely hand in hand on country walks or just stargazing into velvet blue skies, there is no dearth of places for romance UK. So, here are top 10 romantic city breaks in the UK.
Being one of the major cities of the UK, it is also one of the romantic cities of the world. Enjoying a leisure stroll with your beloved on the mews streets of London can be an unforgettable experience. I personally liked Kynance Mews in Kensington, but there are plenty more, go on and explore.
London has so much in store for the lovers, if you fancy a candle light dinner or just spending some quality time together while you enjoy some of the best dishes, then there are so many options available. Make sure you have visited – Clos Maggiore, Dans le Noir, Aqua Shard, Icebar London, and much more. Explore flower shops on Columbia Road, and enjoy a picnic on Hampstead Heath.
The Lake District
No matter when you are coming here, romance is in the air of Lake District. Ever since the romantic poets visited in the 19th century, its gorgeous hilltops, glittering lakes, mountain tarns has been rousing the imaginations of the visitors. Some of the well-known writers found their inspiration here including – Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and much more.
Make sure you both have visited Buttermere, here you can witness pebbled bays, bridges over waterfalls, and paths are wide enough for holding hands. Finish your walk with a freshly made appetizing ice cream. Friars Crag is a must visit for the lovers as Ruskin Bond described this place as one of the beautiful places in the whole Europe. Enjoy sitting on the bench with your beloved and enjoy gazing across the water to Borrowdale and graceful form of Catbells.
You will surely cherish the gorgeous coastline with 300 miles of cliffs and dunes, oak-forested creeks, and medieval harbours. Cornish food successfully adds a romantic element to your visit. Rest assured that the meal for two is inspired and delicious. You can sit back and enjoy the dramatic sunset with a picnic in one of the breathtaking coves or you can walk hand in hand along the South West Coast Path.
If you are looking for an ultimate romantic place to propose then, Tintagel Castle an ancient and a popular romantic ruin, takes away the cake. Your visit to Cornwall will be incomplete without visiting St Nectans Glen Waterfall, which has the right ingredients of love and romance including – a sparkling river, ivy clad trees, and a striking waterfall. Some of the other romantic places to explore are – St Michaels Mount, Lusty Glaze Beach, and St. Just-in-Roseland Church.
Cotswolds has been voted as one of the most romantic places in the UK and while you are here, you can indulge in various romantic activities, visit some of the popular places, or just enjoy the beautiful countryside of Cotswolds. Being one of the most sought after romantic breaks; here you get to enjoy a wide array of romantic hotels, romantic bed & breakfast, and secluded cottages to choose from.
Both of you can make the most of each other company by visiting plenty of romantic gardens, romantic country houses, enjoy walking and just have a quality time appreciating the nature at its best. If you want to buy that special gift for your beloved, then Cotswolds offer a selection of independent shops selling local items and jewellery.
Cobbled streets, atmospheric bars & restaurants, and sultry panoramas together make this one of the most enchanting and romantic cities of Europe. You can enjoy canal boat trips; in the evening you can enjoy candlelit dinner at one of the swankiest and romantic restaurants enjoy stargazing at the Royal Observatory. You can take your beloved on a date at Edinburgh Playhouse to catch a show; here you get to enjoy pre-show drink and meal at The Boards (theatre’s own restaurant).
You can also indulge in a spa treatment at One Spa which offers you a chance to relax. Take a trip to the National Museum of Scotland which offers an ideal indoor day out for the couples. Edinburgh has so many places where you can visit including – Edinburgh Castle, The Scott Monument, Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh Zoo, many more.
This is a beautiful city which is famous for the couples to enjoy being together. Treat yourself with a cozy massage at the Treatment Rooms, be a part of a classical concert at Brighton Dome. If your lover is a film fanatic, then he/she will surely love Duke of York’s picturehouse. Enjoy champagne and oysters at Riddle & Finns.
Edinburgh offers various places where you can have a rendezvous including – The Witchery by the Castle, Guerlain Spa, The Boat House, Hotel du Vin & Bistro, and Contini Ristorante. Wrap up your trip by staying at some of the romantic hotels – The Balmoral Hotel (179 per night), The Scotsman Hotel (£134 per night), The Howard (£99 per night), Tigerlily (£120 per night), and much more.
Derbyshire offers so much for the lovers. You get to chill out in a luxury lodge which is designed exclusively for the couples at Darwin Forest Country Park. There is so much to do here, you can soak in the spa bath or enjoy unwinding in the sauna. Enjoy the best of pampering with a beauty treatment or enjoy rejuvenating massage.
Derbyshire has plenty of quirky towns and beautiful scenery is worth appreciating. Travel towards the caves near Mam Tor, witness the home of Blue John Stone, or step under the ancient oak trees at Calke Abbey, you will surely end up impressing your beloved. You can make the most of leisurely cycling around Carsington Water.
If you are looking for a romantic break, then Devon is a perfect location. Make the most of walking with your lover on the rugged coastlines and sandy beaches while you enjoy the breathtaking views. Head into the beautiful countryside to enjoy fresh air and spend a quality time all alone.
Devon is famous for its gorgeous views and locations; in addition it is the best place to eat at award-winning restaurants. Take some time out to explore the fishing villages and enjoy the best of seafood. You will surely love spending some relaxing time at the local spa or you can explore your adventurous side at a local adventure park as well.
It won’t be wrong to say that Suffolk is a perfect getaway for the couples. Travel towards the Suffolk coast which offers an abundance of tranquility and picturesque areas. Travel towards the market town of Beccles to enjoy some of the exclusive cakes, sandwiches, and homemade soups. Various boutiques and antique shops offer a great chance to wander and enjoying a leisure stroll together.
Woodbridge is a must visit. The town is famous for its bakeries and cakes. In the evening, enjoy a candlelit dinner and champagne to make your visit memorable. Let your lover indulge in some serious shopping at Aldeburgh. Here, you will find lots of independent shops alongside some of the popular brands including – Crew Clothing, Fat Face, and Joules. Suffolk is home to some of the gorgeous beaches, make sure you chill out and spend some beautiful moments with your lover.
When you are in Lincolnshire, you get to explore gothic architecture, stone gowns, and fresh air coming from the sea at Skegness. If you are looking to have a lip-smacking evening meal, head towards Old Bakery at Lincoln. Spend some lonely time exploring Gothic Cathedral and make sure you have visited Woodhall Spa to have a quirky experience.
Stay at some of the finest and romantic hotels including – Charlotte House, The Crown Hotel, The Royal Hotel, Stoke Rochford Hall, and much more. When it comes to shopping, you will find some of the best craft outlets, high street names, and boutiques. So, whether you are looking for arts & crafts, antiques, or you are looking for something different, then Lincolnshire won’t disappoint you.
Emma Brown is a writer by profession. She has done Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is a Gold Medalist in the same. A voracious reader, she has written several articles for sites like Fixithere and newspapers like The Telegraph. She loves traveling and photography.
Have a BSc in Computing and Psychology, a postgraduate degree in Internet Technologies. Outside work, love Oral Storytelling, long distance running and playing Volleyball.