After living in China for two years, we can’t wait to head back to the UK this summer. In true traveler 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 romantic getaways in the UK.
Romantic weekend breaks in the UK
Oxford is a small, but stunning, British town that is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. It’s known for its world-class university but the narrow, cobbled streets, beautiful architecture, and open spaces also make it a wonderful place to visit for a romantic break. The majority of the buildings date back hundreds of years so walking through the streets of Oxford is like stepping back to times gone by.
There are plenty of things for couples to do, see and eat in this walking city. Start the day with a walk through the blossoming Botanic Gardens and beautiful Magdalen college (deer park and all!). Then head into the center of the city and check the iconic Radcliffe Camera library, the heart of Oxford University. A trip to Christ Church is a must, especially if you’re a Potterhead as this is the top Oxford Harry Potter filming location For a romantic dinner, Gee’s is a must with its beautiful conservatory dining area so you can dine under the stars.
Stay at the Randolph Hotel if you’re looking for the most luxurious hotel in the city, otherwise good options include the Old Parsonage and The Old Bank Hotel, which are essential Oxford hotels.
Laura from What’s Hot Blog
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 is 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 are 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 cozy night in.
Sophie from Remote Rainforest Mum
Kirkby Lonsdale is a beautiful market town in Cumbria that’s perfect for a romantic weekend away. It’s situated on the edge of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, meaning it’s often overlooked for these more well-known tourist beauty spots. But if you like quaint cobbled streets, stunning scenery, and consuming your own body weight in local food and drink, you’re going to love it.
For a small town, there are plenty of things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale. Walk to Devil’s Bridge, crossing the River Lune and looping back to climb the Radical Steps up to the famous Ruskin’s View, known as the best view in England. Wander through the picture-perfect grounds of St Mary’s Church into the town center and browse all the independent shops.
The Sun Inn has both pub food and fine dining. The latter is ideal for a special occasion. Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery serves its own locally brewed beer. There are a lot of lunch options in the town too – try the soup and fresh bread at the Lunesdale Bakery.
For a longer trip to Kirkby Lonsdale, there are plenty of other pretty towns and villages to visit nearby and country walks to explore.
Caroline from Pack the Suitcases
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 enjoying 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
The Isle of Wight is a small island off the south coast of England. It’s just 23 miles from east to west, and 13 miles from north to south. It’s not very famous and in recent years has had a reputation for being stuck in a 1970s-style time warp, with tacky seaside resorts and cheap summer accommodation.
While that’s true in some parts of the island, if you know where to head, you’ll find romantic, unspoiled beaches, superb local restaurants, and beautiful Victorian towns. For a couples getaway, I’d suggest the southwest of the Isle of Wight. Base yourself in towns like Ventnor, Bonchurch, and Yarmouth and you’ll discover the most beautiful parts of the island.
I’ve stayed in/around Ventnor a few times and have fallen in love with its Victorian villas and Art Deco architecture – but also its excellent restaurants that are perfect for a relaxed dinner. Two of my favorites are The Ale and Oyster and Cantina.
The beaches on this coast are wonderful for quiet walks on deserted long sandy beaches such as Compton Bay and rocky coves, like Steephill Cove.
Visit! You won’t regret it!
Clare from Epic Road Trips
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 areas of England and if you are looking to spend some quality time with your partner, then a Cornwall road trip is the trip for you.
If you are planning to pop the question, then St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall could be a top pick. Get 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 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. No matter what type of couple you are, you can enjoy one of the many things to do in St Ives and Cornwall.
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.
Alternatively, you can visit Cornwall on a budget too. There are plenty of cheap caravan holidays in Cornwall along with plenty of free things to see and do.
Deeptha from The Globe Trotter
Dartmouth is a lovely little harbor town situated at the mouth of the River Dart in Devon. The rows of colorful 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
Whether you’re looking for fine dining restaurants, nights out at the theatre, or a historical house to visit Leeds has plenty of romantic things to do. The stunning Victorian arcades make a great place to start. The marble interiors, mosaic floors, and decadent wrought iron features are beautiful, and the lovely designer shops are great if you’re looking to treat yourself.
If retro and quirky things are of interest, the corn exchange won’t disappoint. Afternoon tea at Mrs. Athas is fabulous if you like vintage interiors or the Lazy Lounge near the train station is fantastic for wine tasting. If you want to have an excellent meal, you can’t beat Michael O’Hare’s one-starred Michelin restaurant, The Man Behind the Curtain.
For romantic sunset cocktails, the Sky Lounge at the Hilton has stunning views of the city, or you could head to Brassiere 44 at Brewery Wharf to admire the River, Aire. In the evening visit one of the many theatres to catch a show or watch a ballet.
Leeds also has several major art galleries, and there’s usually some kind of festival on no matter what month of the year you visit.
Fiona from Passport and Piano
The Scottish Highlands
My favorite 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 Caribbean.
Is a road trip more your thing? Why not try the North coast 500. Take 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
Chocolate box towns, rolling hills, and the chance to escape from it all: it doesn’t get much more romantic than the Cotswolds, a picture-perfect destination in England just a few hours away from the bustling and busy city of London. Some of the more romantic places to stay in the Cotswolds include The Slaughters Manor House, which is to be found between the two Slaughter villages, and Foxhill Manor in Broadway.
Aside from road tripping through this quaint region, some of the more romantic things to do in the area include exploring the quaint buttery stone villages that are so synonymous with the Cotswolds (Burford, The Slaughters, and Bibury are all worth checking out) and enjoying the beauty of the nature to be found there. For example, while the summer months offer the chance to frolic in lavender fields, autumn provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy all of the stunning fall foliage.
Sophie from Solo Sophie
One of the most picturesque places in England with views for days and a fantastic culinary scene making use of amazing local produce, it’s no surprise that the Lake District is the most visited national park in the UK. The Lake District is full of amazing viewpoints looking out across the stunning landscape, some are a nice easy walk from a car park, and others require a little more of a hike but each is worth it! Our favorites have to be Tarn Hows for its spooky otherworldliness and Claife Viewing Station for great views of Windermere through the stained glass windows.
On the hotel front, with one of the best views of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, Holbeck Ghyll is a great place to stay for first-timers to the Lakes. There are several popular walking routes that start right from your door or if the weather is against you, you can hide away in the spa. Rooms are playfully named after Beatrix Potter characters and look out over the lake or back towards the fell. There are so many things to do in the Lake District that you and your partner will not get bored.
Laura from The Travelling Stomach
The quaint British village of Lacock probably isn’t on your radar but it absolutely should be. Located just an hour away from Bath, Lacock is one of the oldest villages in the UK. It hasn’t changed much over the centuries and so a visit to Lacock is like hopping in a time machine to times gone by. It should come as no surprise then that this is a popular filming location for British period dramas! It’s the perfect place to spend a romantic afternoon as you can explore the magnificent architecture of Lacock Abbey, wander the medieval streets pretending you’re in an Austen novel or visit some iconic Harry Potter filming locations.
There are lots of typical British pubs in the area where you can sit outside for a romantic meal or head to King John Hunting Lodge Tea Room for a spot of afternoon tea. As you wander around the village you might notice lots of trinkets and vegetables sitting on people’s doorsteps and window sills. These are actually for sale from the locals and all you have to do is push a few coins through the letter box and take what you want! It really is the sweetest little village and you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere more quintessentially British.
Laura from What’s Hot?
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!