9 of the best romantic breaks for couples in the UK

Although the weather might not always be perfect, a getaway in the UK can be romantic whatever season. Here are some of the best destinations for couples.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend staycation or you’re an international traveller looking to explore the best romantic weekend getaways in the UK, we’ve listed some of the nation’s top romantic getaways that are easily accessible by rail.  From city breaks to country escapes, read on for our list of the best romantic places in the UK.

North Devon

Centred around the ancient town of Barnstaple, North Devon is well known for its historical architecture and long stretches of sandy beaches, making it a picturesque location and one of the best romantic getaways in the UK. The river port of Barnstaple lies on the River Taw and grew thanks to its prosperous wool trade. Today, this quaint English town is a great place to eat and drink after a visit to its neighbouring national parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor. If you’re looking to get out and about with your partner, North Devon has a lot to offer. The Tarka Trail is a relatively flat 30-mile long cycle route that allows you to take in some of the region’s best scenery. Those looking for something a little more adventurous might fancy checking out the huge variety of watersports available locally. From paddleboarding to kiteboarding and surfboarding, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe beaches are great places to spend the day. Alternatively, you might like to go snorkelling in the Marine Conservation Zone around Lundy Island. Stay at the classic Imperial Hotel, sample the local fish and chips and travel stress-free by train from London in under three and a half hours.

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park consists of over 2,000 square kilometres and spans the counties of North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. Amongst its beautiful countryside are some of the region's most luxurious hotels. The Traddock uses locally sourced produce in its kitchens, Yorebridge House has a hot tub on-site, and the Simonstone Hall Country House Hotel is particularly well known for its afternoon tea.  As well as offering beautiful places to stay, the Yorkshire Dales has plenty for you to do together. Walk, or maybe swim, your way along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, hike up to the top of Malham Cove and take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Manchester

One of the country’s largest northern cities, Manchester, is not just a bustling city centre. Just a short ride out of the city lies a number of National Trust properties that can happily be the centre of any of the best romantic weekend breaks in the UK. Check out the picturesque Quarry Bank in Wilmslow, head to Lyme House to soak up the beautifully landscaped gardens, enjoy a theatre night in the gardens of Dunham Massey or travel to Tatton Park to tour the stunning house and grounds.

There are plenty of attractions in the city centre itself too. Comedy shows are played most nights of the week at The Comedy Store and The Frog and Bucket, with performances from national and international comedians.

For a date night, there are plenty of quirky clubs in the city that is perfect for impressing your significant other. Outside of peak hours, Flight Club will take bookings for couples wishing to have some drinks and a game of darts. 

Crazy golf is always a firm favourite date night activity, and Manchester steps up to the game with its Treetop Adventure Golf attraction.

Impossible bar pairs an evening of theatrical entertainment with good food and drink and is so popular we’d recommend buying your tickets in advance. Even if you don’t want to stay the whole evening, this is a really cool place to visit for a drink in the afternoon.

Other popular attractions include numerous top hotels and even a scattering of Michelin star restaurants for you to choose from.


Edinburgh

Not only does Scotland’s capital benefit from an abundance of bars, restaurants, public houses, cafes and other amenities you’d expect from a modern city, but it is also extremely picturesque. 

Edinburgh Castle stands on Castle Rock and looks out over the rest of the city. This impressive 11th-century fortress draws over two million visitors a year and boasts a rich history, as well as panoramic views of the city, the sea and beyond.

Well known for its literary figures, Edinburgh has been home to authors including J K Rowling, Sir Walter Scott, Ian Rankin and J M Barrie. The Edinburgh Literary Festival celebrates the city’s rich literary past and can be the perfect date if you and your significant other have an interest in the arts.

If literature’s not your thing, Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a popular annual event that can make for great, light-hearted entertainment on your romantic getaway.

Edinburgh offers some of the best romantic hotels, including The Witchery by the Castle, The Scotsman Hotel, The Balmoral and the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. Popular restaurants include Aizle, The Kitchin and Timberyard.


Bath

Named after the Roman baths for which the town is famous, the city of Bath remains a popular destination for couples’ getaways, 

Situated in the county of Somerset, Bath enjoys a romantic backdrop of Roman, Norman and Georgian architecture. It is particularly well known for its Georgian Royal Crescent. In fact, it is credited as a UNESCO world heritage site and is even listed as one of the Great Spa Towns of Europe.

There are a range of hotels in Bath to suit all budgets, so whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away in a hostel, or a blowout weekend in a five-star hotel, there is something for everyone. 

Hotel Indigo offers a luxurious environment just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. You’ll find a similarly warm welcome at the nearby boutique Roseate Villa hotel. Meanwhile, attractive hostels include St Christopher’s Inn and YMCA Bath.

Bath is easily accessible by road or rail, with train journeys taking less than an hour and a half from London and roughly two hours from Birmingham.


Lake District

The Lake District National Park boasts some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. Not only is the Lake District the UK’s largest national park, but it is also a World Heritage Site.

On rainy days, curl up with your other half in front of a log fire in a lodge overlooking one of the district’s many lakes. The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House even offer individual lodges with their own spa hot tubs.

If you and your significant other are keen hikers, the Lake District is ideal for you. Climb England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, before tumbling into one of the area’s warm pubs for a post-walk drink and a meal. Some of our favourites include The Drunken Duck Inn, The Woolpack and The Mortal Man.  

If you’re looking for a fancy restaurant to enjoy an evening meal, the Lake District has loads to offer. Home to several Michelin starred restaurants like Rogan & Co. and Askham Hall, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes in the area.


Peak District

The Peak District National Park offers a romantic backdrop to any couple’s getaway. Accessible from London in just three hours by train or car, the Peak District can be a convenient location for those looking to escape city life.

A great location for any adventurous couple, activities in the Peak District include rock climbing, bouldering, walking, or cycling around on bicycles rented from Ashbourne, Derwent, Parsley Hay or Manifold.

The Peak District boasts numerous prestigious hotels and eateries. The Rutland Arms, Losehill House Hotel & Spa, and The Peacock at Rowsley all offer luxurious lodgings to unwind in after a day out in the countryside. Great food and drink are served at all of these hotels, but if you’re looking to get away from your hotel for the evening, romantic meals are a specialty of several local restaurants, including Anoki, the Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes and Darley’s.


Mid Wales

Picture perfect Mid Wales is easily accessible by train, with stations at the market towns of Newtown and Welshpool, and at the Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells.

A hidden gem, Mid Wales is one of the least densely populated areas of the UK, making it the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This can give you the ideal opportunity to focus solely on your significant other without any distractions from the outside world.

For a quiet weekend break, consider a private lodge with a hot tub at one of Unique Welsh Stays’ sites, soak up some history at the romantic backdrop of Powis Castle and Gardens, and take in the breathtaking scenery walking along Offa’s Dyke.

London

Although this sprawling metropolis might not have the same natural beauty as the UK’s national parks, it still offers some of the best romantic city breaks.

Depending on your tastes, London has the perfect romantic restaurant to suit your style. Restaurant Ours in Knightsbridge pairs an intimate, stylish setting with great food and drink and even acrobatic performances to keep you entertained. 

Alternatively, you might like to enjoy a more classically luxurious time with your significant other by treating them to dinner at The Ritz London in Mayfair.

Romantic hotels are aplenty in the nation’s capital. Try Shangri-La at The Shard, The Landmark, or the Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s.

The other major benefit of spending your romantic break in London, aside from the shopping, activities and attractions the capital has to offer, is that it is easily accessible by road, rail and even air.


Getting there by train

All of these best places in the UK for romantic weekends can be accessed by road or rail. If travelling by train, book your ticket in advance using our Journey Planner. Make the most of your romantic weekend and book first-class so you arrive in comfort and style.

 

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