At the start of the year, we like to plan a few romantic getaways in the UK. We are so fortunate living in England that so many beautiful and romantic places are just a few hours’ drive away.
It’s important to make time for romance in our relationship not just for Valentine’s Day but also for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and even just random weekends in the summer when we need to couple time.
Whether it is spending a chilled weekend in a cabin in the woods, or taking long walks along the fantastic coastline, there is something for everyone.
15 Romantic Getaways in the UK
1. Wellness Weekend in Cornwall
Soak in the clifftop hot tub with a glass of fizzy in hand as you watch the sunset over the ocean at The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth. Cornwall is known for its incredible coastline and amazing food. So don your walking boots and take a walk holding hands along a coastal walk then finish off with a 5-course dinner complete with a wine flight. And then, of course, spend the next day recovering in the spa complete with a candlelit copper bath together.
2. Natural Beauty in the Lake District
Possibly one of the most typical ‘English countryside’ views you will get, the Lake District is full of charm and beauty. Enjoy some fell-walking to take in the stunning views around the mountains and lakes. Alternatively, the foodies among us might enjoy one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants for a romantic meal. Do book ahead though as they are very popular.
3. History and Culture in Oxford
Oxford is a stunning city rich in history and culture. Go punting along the river and check out the iconic university buildings. There are some great museums and galleries to enjoy too.
4. Find Charm in The Cotswolds
Filled with beautiful honey-hued buildings, the Cotswolds is renowned for its charming villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Burford. Take a browse through the antique shops before finishing up with some scrumptious afternoon tea.
5. Ancient Ruins and Spa in Bath
Known for its historical Roman and Georgian architecture, Bath is a great romantic city to visit. In fact, the entire city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the Roman baths, stroll along Pultney Bridge, and visit the famous Royal Crescent. Round up the day with a visit to the Thermae Spa rooftop pool which is filled with water directly from Bath’s hot springs.
6. Wild Ponies in the New Forest
Take a road trip through the New Forest in Hampshire to see the wild ponies as they graze on the common land. Stop off at one of the many country pubs for a cosy meal by the fire. And maybe even try a spot of horse-riding yourself.
7. Weekend By the Sea in Margate
Stay in a trendy boutique hotel, visit the Turner Contemporary gallery, browse the vintage shops and try some fresh oysters. Stroll along the beach at sunset or try some swimming in the Walpol Bay tidal pool.
8. Rent a Cottage in Yorkshire
Cosy up for a romantic long weekend in Yorkshire by renting a cottage to yourselves. Make a day trip to the beautiful city of York. There you can visit the York Minster, and marvel at the medieval walls. Take a stroll down the Shambles, a 14th century street with overhanging timber-framed buildings.
9. Spa Retreat in Northern Ireland
Relax and unwind at the Galgorm Resort and Spa. Treat yourself to the suite and enjoy luxury treatments in the spa. Take a day trip to visit the famous Giant’s Causeway or the Dark Hedges.
10. Foodie Weekend in Glasgow
The food scene in Glasgow is thriving. Treat yourselves to amazing seafood and cuisine from all over the world. Stay in a boutique hotel and go on a local brewery tasting tour.
Possibly one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, Edinburgh has plenty to do if you are an active romantic. Walk through the medieval old town along cobblestone roads dipping in and out of bookshops and pubs. Have a candle-lit meal at The Witchery by the Castle. Or even book into one of their opulent suites to stay the night.
13. Luxury in London
Pick a luxurious hotel in London to stay at such as The Mandrake, The May Fair, or the Shangri-La at the Shard. Have cosy candlelit drinks at an underground wine bar such as Gordon’s Wine Bar. Book to see a show at the Royal Opera House or treat yourselves to a sumptuous dinner at Bob Bob Ricard.
14. Epic Skies in Norfolk
Enjoy the Norfolk coastline filled with sand dunes, marshes, and golden sands. Drive through pretty villages and stop off for some delectable seafood or fish and chips. Check out stately homes and even the Queen’s residence of Sandringham for a spot of cultural fix.
15. Countryside and Coastline in Pembrokeshire
Seek out some of the most stunning beaches in the country over in Pembrokeshire. Take a picnic to watch the sunset from the coastal path. Or take a boat trip to go dolphin and whale spotting.
Enjoy your romantic getaways in the UK and check back for more ideas soon.