7 Romantic UK Destinations for Valentine’s Day
Looking for the ultimate romantic getaway in the UK this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a selection of seven amazing destinations to consider. Whether you are city lovers, foodies, or in search of the great outdoors, the UK has something to inspire romance in every couple…
Llanddwyn Island, Wales
You’ve heard of St Valentine – but what about St Dwynwen? She’s the patron saint of lovers in Wales, and St Dwynwen’s day on the 25th January is the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day. Llanddwyn Island, off the coast of Anglesy, was her final resting place and it’s also a beautiful spot in the Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve – perfect for nature lovers and hikers.
One of the prettiest cities in the south of England, Bath is full of beautiful Georgian buildings and plenty of history. Indulge your inner Jane Austen in one of the many quaint tearooms, or enjoy a romantic night in one of the city’s historic hotels. What makes this place truly romantic is Bath’s spa heritage. Head to Thermae Bath Spa – the UK’s only natural thermal spa – and cuddle up in the rooftop pool while you enjoy the gorgeous city views.
Teeming with history, Edinburgh is arguably one of the most attractive cities in Scotland and the perfect destination for a romantic UK break. Cosy up by the log fire in one of the many historic pubs – like the 17th century Doric Bar – or venture out into the night for a ghost tour. After scaring yourselves silly in the Edinburgh vaults or at Mary King’s Close, you’ll definitely need to hold onto each other!
Lake District, England
If you want to get away from it all, head to the stunning Lake District National Park. There are few places more romantic than the rolling landscapes that inspired so many poets and writers. Take a hike together, or challenge yourselves to climb one of the four highest peaks in the national park. Then head to one of the Lake District’s many amazing restaurants for a romantic dinner!
Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
Epic natural sites, fantastic local hospitality, and a rising food scene saw Belfast and the Causeway Coast hit the number one spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018. From pretty seaside towns and staggering cliff walks, to dramatic castles and, of course, the famous Giant’s Causeway… this part of the country is well worth exploring. Plus the food in Northern Ireland is incredible. The Causeway Coast is perfect for a romantic break that’s a bit different.
With picturesque towns and villages, plenty of welcoming pubs, and idyllic English countryside, a weekend in the Cotswolds is one of the most popular romantic getaways in the UK. Don’t miss dinner at the Ebrington Arms – voted the best village pub by The Times last year – or a night at the historic Lygon Arms hotel.
Galloway Forest Park, Scotland
For the ultimate romantic activity, why not take your loved one stargazing? Galloway Forest Park in Scotland is the UK’s first Dark Sky Park – meaning it has low or practically non-existent levels of light pollution. The conditions make it perfect for stargazing, and you might be lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights! Pack a flask and a blanket, wrap up warm, and head out to discover the heavens.
Emily Luxton is an award-winning full time travel writer and blogger from the South West of England. She's been travel blogging full time for several years and has travelled to over 50 countries so far. Whether it's eating her way around a new culture, or throwing herself into a new challenge (and out of her comfort zone), Emily is all about really getting to know the world - and having fun doing it!