After living in China for two years, we can’t wait to head back to the UK this summer. In true traveller fashion, we are already planning our romantic weekend breaks in the UK and, after asking some awesome travel experts, we have put together this list of the best places to relax and enjoy a romantic getaways UK.
Betws-y-Coed, North Wales
Betws-y-Coed in North Wales will always be the most romantic destination in the UK for me as it’s where I got married. Surrounded by beautiful woodland within the Snowdonia Forest Park, this quaint Welsh village is full of traditional stone cottages with hanging baskets galore and an ancient bridge over the Conwy River. There are a myriad of woodland paths to explore as well as stunning waterfalls such as Swallow Falls.
Given the natural beauty of the surrounding area, Betws-y-Coed is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts but you can still find tranquil spots to enjoy with your beloved. It is also a popular and romantic place to get engaged in the UK too.
As for places to stay in Betws-y-Coed, there are several bed and breakfasts and guest houses but my top choice would be the romantic 4-star Craig-y-Dderwen Hotel where we held our wedding ceremony overlooking the river. With 16 acres of grounds, there are plenty of pretty locations for a picnic or riverside stroll.
Julie from Julie Dawn Fox
The Liverpool docks may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a romantic weekend away. However, in recent years The Royal Albert dock has become a very trendy spot to hang out with heaps of activities on offer. Along the waterfront, you will see locks attached to the railing which couples have placed there to confirm their love for one another.
You’ll be blown away by the history and architecture of the city and taking a leisurely stroll around together is a must. If you’re looking for a bit more culture, visit The Tate to view some of their exhibitions to stir the soul.
For a really romantic experience get glammed up one evening and go see a show or a musical at one of Liverpool’s many theatres. Want something a bit more low key? There’s always incredible bands playing at the many venues around the city!
My top recommendation for a romantic hotel would be 30 James Street Hotel. The luxury and extravagantly decorated rooms are super french chic boudoir and perfect for a cosy night in.
Sophie from Remote Rainforest Mum
If my husband and I are planning a romantic weekend away, we always head to the Cotswolds. We normally end up in the beautiful village of Bibury, set on the banks of the River Coln and just a 2-hour drive from London.
The beauty of this place is that there really is little to do apart from just enjoy each other’s company. You can take a walk along the river, explore the delightful rows of Arlington Row Weavers Cottages, some of the most photographed houses in the UK, or discover other local villages such as Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold.
I highly recommend staying at the Swan Hotel, a former Cotswold Coaching Inn, the food is amazing and the rooms are complete with Moulton Brown toiletries and roll top baths. For the ultimate romantic experience, splurge on one of their garden cottages with hot tubs in the secluded gardens.
We actually find Bibury so romantic, we married there ten years ago!
Karen from Are We There Yet Kids
Snowdonia National Park is a great romantic destination for outdoor lovers. You can stay at a lovely bell tent in Dinas Caravan Park and Camping. This glamping experience will bring you closer to your other half! You will have your own wood-fired hot tub, which is perfect for stargazing in the evening over a bottle of wine. During the day several hiking routes await you, ready to be explored.
Climbing Snowdon is a must if you are a keen hiker. Unfortunately, as we know the weather in Wales can be quite temperamental. But don’t worry if it starts to rain. Cuddling up in the bell tent is always an option. But if you are after something more action packed the ZipWord has many cool indoor activities! Bounce Below is a playground in an old mine. It has trampolines on many levels and they are connected by slides! It is a very unique experience to share with your loved one.
Eniko from Travel Hacker Girl
Isle of Wight
From stunning coastlines to beautiful waterfalls and from glistening sand beaches to secret coves, there is no dearth of romantic places to visit in Cornwall. It is one of my favourite counties in England and if you are looking to spend some quality time with your partner, then Cornwall is the place you need to head to.
If you are planning to pop the question, then St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall could be a top pick. Cut away from the mainland at high tide, the place has an undeniable air of romance. Or you could head to Porthcurno Beach which has crystal clear waters and is a perfect hideaway for loved up couples. Another recommendation would be the Minack Theatre. Close to Porthcurno beach, the outdoor theatre overlooking the Porthcurno Bay is a fab setting for a romantic evening. Watch a musical or a play and then say those words of love to your partner! There are so many other romantic places in Cornwall but these three are my favourites – ideal for couples who are looking for some romance.
There are a number of star-rated luxury romantic hotels and holiday cottages in Cornwall. But one that I love is the Rosevine Hotel in Truro. Located near a sandy beach and close to the South West Coast Path, this boutique apart-hotel is perfect for romantic getaways.
Deeptha from The Globe Trotter
Dartmouth is a lovely little harbour town situated at the mouth of the River Dart in Devon. The rows of colourful houses that rise up the hills make it one of the most charming and picturesque towns in England.
It is the ideal location for a romantic getaway at any time of year. In winter you can warm up by the fire in the town’s oldest pub, The Cherub. In summer the riverside promenade will surely draw you in and you can watch the world go by from the Platform 1 champagne bar.
The River Dart is the heart of the town where you can watch fishermen, ferries and tourist boats going up and down the river, all with the beautiful backdrop of Kingswear across the river
There are lots to keep you and your loved one busy in this beautiful historic town. A walk to the castle that stands proud at the mouth of the river is a nice way to spend an afternoon. You can enjoy a nice cup of tea or ice cream at the tea rooms here, before taking the steps down to the tiny beach at Castle Cove.
Other great activities in Dartmouth include riding a steam train, wandering around the boutique shops and art galleries, or taking to the water for a boat trip out to sea or up the river to Totnes.
Chris from More Life in Your Days
Just 4 hours driving from London, in southwest England, on the English Channel in Devon, lies a seaside resort town called Torquay. It is filled with romantic locations that will take your heart away. Begin the intimate escape at your accommodation by booking a seafront hotel that promises evening chats, sunset walks, and long brunches amidst the stunning English Riviera. Follow this up with a walk through the Lost Gardens of Heligan, where the rhododendrons, camellias, and lakes will make you feel like a couple from a fairy tale.
Then, spend the next day with a blast from the past by taking a walk through the charming Cockington Court that seems to have sprung out of one of Jane Austen’s romance novels. Combine this with a walk through the village of Babbacombe and have lunch at the Imperial. Perhaps you can even have a proper English high tea while gazing at the stunning view below.
Karolina from Lazy Travel Blog
The Scottish Highlands
My favourite romantic place in the UK. Is a place I am lucky enough to call home. The Scottish Highlands. Where do I start from the rolling mountains to the castles and lochs and glens? There is nothing more magical than a Scottish sunset over the Isle of Skye and the small isles, plus Scotland trip costs are affordable with great value hotels and flight deals available.
There are so many things to do in the Highlands. Why not take a sunrise hike up Ben Nevis. There is nothing more romantic than watching the sunrise over the glen. Looking down on the world below you. Don’t fancy a hike. Why not take a walk on our never-ending white sand beaches like the one on my doorstep The silver sands of Morar. With the turquoise water and the white sand, you could be mistaken for believing you’re in the Carribean.
Is a road trip more your thing? Why not try the North coast 500. Taking in all the scenery your heart can desire. You will travel from the bustle of Inverness to Applecross to John o Groats. and back to Inverness. You will not find a better road trip in the UK. There is nothing more romantic than being miles from the nearest city, nestled in the Scottish mountains.
Laura from Miss LJ Beauty
So these are some of the most romantic weekend getaways in the UK but what do you think? Where are you visited in the UK and what type of romantic activities do you love doing on your weekend getaways? Let me know in the comments below, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
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