When it comes to celebrating Valentine's Day, nothing can compare to quality time away from the norm with your loved one. With breathtaking landscapes and fascinating cities, a romantic break in England is the perfect way to start 2022.
We’ve put together a list of the most romantic places in the UK along with some ideas to make your break more memorable.
With its breath taking landscape that is rich in character and brought to life in literature, it’s easy to see why the Lake District is one of the favourite destinations for a romantic getaway.
Here are a few ideas to make your Valentine's visit more memorable.
Get out on a lake
By paddle or power, the tranquillity of being out on the water is hard to beat. Why not pack a picnic and enjoy the stunning backdrop of Ullswater or Derwentwater?
Indulge in a Michelin starred date
If you’re after a foodie treat then you’re in the right place, the Lake District is home to a number of Michelin Star restaurants. Our favourites are The Old Stamp House in Ambleside, and Forest Side in Grasmere.
A date with a difference
For those looking for something a little different, how does walking with Alpacas sound? With starting points all close to Keswick, this certainly isn’t the ‘same old’ date idea.
Take my breath away
Like we said earlier, the Lakes is breath taking in its beauty, and nowhere is more stunning (and accessible) than Aira Force. On the edge of Ullswater and said to have inspired Wordsworth, the iconic bridge overlooking the falls is the perfect picture for that dream dates scrapbook.
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With its rolling landscape and chocolate box villages oozing charm, there are so many opportunities for romance in the Cotswolds.
Here are a few ideas to add to your itinerary.
Wander through the Arboretum
As winter turns to spring and the sun starts to shine, there is no better time for a romantic wander through Westonbirt Arboretum. A short drive southwest of Cirencester, pack a picnic, and enjoy some quality time with your loved one.
Discover picturesque villages
One thing that makes the Cotswolds so beautiful is the architecture and that trademark Cotswold Stone. Bibury has one of the most photographed streets in the world, and Bourton on the Water is the perfect coffee and cake destination. Get in that convertible sports car and set exploring!
Rejuvenate at a Roman bath
Often voted as the most romantic destination in the UK, Bath is famous for… its Roman baths. Indulge with your partner in the Thermae Spa and take in Bath’s beauty from the rooftop pool. Afterward retire to Cirencester and avoid the hustle of the city.
Relax in the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’
Fancy throwing the car keys on the side and leaving them for a few days? We hear you, that’s why Cirencester alone is perfect for a romantic getaway, Coupling beautiful Cotswolds stone with the greenery of Cirencester Park, the only thing missing is a swimming pool. Instead enjoy the company of your loved one in your own bath at The Fleece Inn, so much more romantic!
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The historical city of York is another of England’s most romantic destinations. With ye olde streets and cozy coffee shops, we can see why.
Here are some ideas to help your stay.
Cruise down the River Ouse
Enjoy the beautiful city from a different perspective and admire the architecture and scenery from a river cruise. Keep an eye out for York Minster and Clifford’s Tower whilst enjoying a picnic and a glass of fizz.
Discover York’s chocolate story
Learn about the city’s famous chocolate making families whilst uncovering the surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind household staples like the chocolate orange and Kit Kat. For the perfect fun date why not create your own chocolate bar to take home?
Get above the city
Dating back to the 7th Century, York Minster is considered one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals. Take some time out together and wander around the stained glass and stone masterpiece, then climb the tower where the views and possibly the height really do take your breath away.
Enjoy an evening stroll around the city
There aren’t many cities where the true beauty comes out as the sun begins to set. Take a stroll before dinner and see the twinkle of the lights along the river, or head to The Shambles, famous for inspiring Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.
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If you’re the type of couple who love a wholesome day walking across rolling hills, finished with a drink in front of a roaring fire then the Yorkshire Dales should be the top of your bucket list.
Add a few of these ideas to your itinerary for the perfect Valentine break.
Explore Malham Cove
A landscape like no other, Malham Cove is an amphitheatre shaped limestone cliff that creates a unique atmosphere for a special moment. Take the path to the top of the cliff to discover the iconic limestone pavement eroded into an unearthly pattern. The walk to Malham Cove can start from the Lister Arms’ front door, so that accomplished drink by the fire will be even better.
Discover Bolton Abbey
A showcase of the cultural heritage of the Yorkshire Dales, a trip to Bolton Abbey will never disappoint. As well as admiring the beautiful abbey settled within the valley, you can learn about the history of the area, and why the Dales we’re more than just a beauty spot in times gone by.
Get your hiking boots on
Whether you’re starting from Malham, Burnsall, or Settle there are plenty of stunning walks through the Yorkshire Dales. The rolling hills create those iconic moments without the need to scramble up the side of a mountain. You’re also guaranteed to enjoy that welcoming Yorkshire hospitality as you toast a good day spent with your loved one over some proper grub.
Tour the quaint villages
Whilst it is possible to throw your car keys in your bag and forget about them for a few days, we’d encourage you to go and explore- the beautiful villages throughout the dales. Home to picture-postcard cottages, welcoming cafes, and independent shops, it’s the villages that make the Yorkshire Dales so romantic.
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Just below the hustle and bustle of Manchester and Liverpool, northern Cheshire’s green spaces and market towns are ideal for your romantic break.
Here are some things to help you plan your trip away.
Deer spotting in Tatton Park
With 1000 acres of deer park to find that perfect picnic spot, Tatton Park is the perfect place for a relaxed date day. You can enjoy spotting the majestic deer together or take a wander around the estate, including gardens, the Old Hall, and the Stableyard shops.
Monkey about at Chester Zoo
Fancy a date with a bit of fun? Chester Zoo is packed full of great things to do, and hundreds of fascinating animals to compare your partner to!
Sometimes, the perfect Valentine’s weekend is simply about switching off and enjoying each other's company. For those special moments, Cottons Spa is a dreamy place to relax and unwind, with an outdoor jacuzzi and a variety of treatments to soothe any aches and pains.
Go shopping in Knutsford
The Cheshire market town of Knutsford is packed full of boutique shops and sophisticated wine bars, meaning you can enjoy some retail therapy without the crowds of Manchester city centre. It’s also about a mile away from Cottons Hotel and Spa so take a taxi and enjoy some of the hospitality on offer.
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A city where trendy hipsters have made homes amongst the cultural heritage of one of England’s great cities, Bristol has a certain romantic charm about it.
Here are a few ideas to spice up your trip.
Create your favourite tipple
Ever wanted to create an alcoholic masterpiece to impress the one you love? Bristol has a variety of cocktail masterclasses in its quirky bars, offering that date packed full of fun with some alcohol to finish.
A dinner date to celebrate
For many, food is the language of love, at the two rosette Curious Kitchen restaurant the team understands that. Matching deliciously crafted dishes with some spectacular wines, dinner here is certain to be the one you tell your family and friends about.
Get some belly laughs
For those whose love language is laughter, Bristol’s comedy scene is perfect for your romantic break. Showcasing up and coming talent alongside household names, there’s something to get everyone chuckling.
Glide along the ice
There is something romantic about gliding around an ice rink with your loved one, maybe it’s all the cliché movie scenes? Planet Ice is located near the Aztec Hotel & Spa and has all you need for a magical few hours on ice.
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