Whether you are a newlywed couple, celebrating an anniversary, planning a Valentine’s surprise or simply looking for a romantic break away, the UK is one of the best destinations in the world for a holiday with your significant other.
From glorious rolling green landscapes to rugged and dramatic coastlines, Britain is made for romantic holidays and you would be hard pressed to find another location that can offer such diversity in such a small island. It incorporates small historic villages, enchanting towns and bustling cities to provide enough variety for a range of destinations to suit every taste.
With the Royal Wedding capturing hearts and minds in 2012, romantic holidays have risen in popularity. However, rather than splurging out on a hotel why not consider a self-catering cottage? Not only can it provide a cost effective option, but the big advantage is being able to go at your own pace and not be constricted by set times for meals or housekeeping. You get a much cosier and more homely feel to your accommodation and plenty of space and privacy to relax and be as romantic as you wish! Breakfast in bed, candlelit supper, a champagne bubbly bath or melting marshmallows and hot chocolate in front of the fire, there’s no excuse to not push the ‘love’ boat out!
You have a vast range of holiday homes available from fishermen’s cottages where you can enjoy a romantic stroll along the beach, to log cabins with a hot tub on the verandah for star gazing. Maybe a city apartment is what your heart desires for a weekend of shopping and fine dining or a cosy cottage with a log fire for a taste of country living.
So, we considered all the top UK destinations for romantic holidays and we came up with the following list. Hopefully they can provide that passionate edge to your next break away!
As the home of Wordsworth who helped to launch the English Romantic movement and also penned ‘She was a Phantom of Delight’, the Lake District is a top UK destination for new love or rekindling an old romance. With its beautiful scenery and tranquil nature, it sometimes feels like you are the only two people for miles in some locations.
A relaxing rowing boat trip down Windermere armed with a picnic and not a care in the world is the perfect way to spend time in the area. Alternatively there are champagne hot air balloon flights where you can truly experience the beauty of the region and take in the breath taking scenery. Go in the evening to experience the calm environment as the sun goes down – a memory that will stay with you forever!
Wales for wildlife lovers
With a selection of the best wildlife spotting locations in the whole of the UK, the Welsh countryside and coastline is awash from greenery and scenic views. Visit Cardigan Bay for a weekend of dolphin spotting and fine Welsh cuisine. A tip in January and February will allow you to embrace ’28 Days of Romance’ and celebrations for Santes Dwynwen Day and Valentine’s Day. Or why not search for seals in Pembrokeshire while experiencing some of the most dramatic landscape on offer in these isles? Wales is a nature loving couples dream with secluded villages, picturesque countryside and a diverse range of wildlife naturally inhabiting its countryside and waters.
Cornwall provides one of the prettiest romantic backdrops for a break away in the whole of England. Idyllic pretty fishing villages to explore spread around a coastline which offers secluded hidden coves for a romantic picnic; golden sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and rocky little inlets with sheltered pools to rekindle the childhood fun of combing the rock pools and crabbing! Miles and miles of coastal paths provide endless opportunities for invigorating walks surrounded by rugged stunning seascapes that are bound to tug at your heart strings.
Cornwall is also home to The Mermaid of Zennor legend that can rival some of Shakespeare’s best for love and romance. Visit the mermaid chair at St Senara’s Church where, according to some, you can still hear the mermaid and her lover, a local chorister, sing at night.
Bordering the home of Shakespeare, the Cotswolds need no introduction as to their romantic holiday credentials. Pretty honey coloured villages and historic towns such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are as traditional as you are likely to find in England; and the rolling hills of the great English countryside that borders these picturesque villages is great for spending time with a loved one. Centrally located in the country, the Cotswolds is a popular destination for a weekend break.
The gardens at Sudeley Castle are great for couples to explore and find some seclusion, or why not experience a romantic meal in some of the areas award winning restaurants with local culinary delicacies. Enjoy each other’s company beside a crackling fire in one of the many tradition pubs afterwards to round off visiting one of England’s greatest treasures.
The Scottish capital is bustling, lively and a popular location for a romantic break away. Set inside a 16th century building, The Witchery is the epitome of fine dining in Scotland and offers a great way to experience local, national and internationally renowned food in one of the finest romantic settings.
With centuries old culture, little cafés and bars hidden in the back streets of the city and refreshing walks, Edinburgh is a city for active couples. If you are both feeling brave enough, then opt for the underground Edinburgh ghost tour that takes in the old city then make haste to George Street for a stiff drink in one of the many cocktail bars afterwards!
A romantic cottage break away can really provide that spark to your relationship – whether it needs it or not. The locations we have listed are our top 5 in the UK and each one offers a different experience for couples who want to add a romantic edge to their holiday or weekend away. We can even help you plan your romantic break with some great suggestions for romantic things to do.