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6 top romantic destinations in the UK

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be looking for the ideal place to celebrate with your loved one in the UK.

Whether you’re city lovers, foodies or enjoy being in the great outdoors, the UK has countless options to explore with your special someone.

1. Llanddwyn Island, Wales

Llanddwyn Island isn’t only idyllic in its scenery, with its greenery and beaches. Its history is just as romantic. 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 25 January is the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day. The perfect cure for January blues.

A small tidal island off the west coast of Anglesey, Llanddwyn Island is perfect for nature lovers and hikers. The island features the Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, made up of sand dunes, mudflats and a freshwater lake.

Nearby, Newborough beach stretches from Llanddwyn Island to Abermenai Point, and is ideal for a romantic stroll along the coastline. Red squirrels can often be seen in the forest area, with a 6.8 mile route for runners to enjoy.

2. Bath, England

One of the prettiest cities in the south of England, Bath is full of beautiful Georgian buildings and plenty of history.

Hometown of Jane Austen, you can make a visit to the Jane Austen Centre or take a Jane Austen tour. Bath is also home to beautiful architecture, with its Roman Baths dating back to AD43.

What makes this place truly romantic is Bath’s spa heritage. Head to Thermae Bath Spa, the UK’s only natural thermal spa, and take in the city views with your special someone.

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Full of history, Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a romantic UK break.

Wander down the cobbled streets before stopping off at one of the many historic pubs – like the 17th Century Doric Bar, or venture out into the night for a ghost tour. Prefer the scenic route? Hike up to Arthur’s Seat hand-in-hand, and have a picnic overlooking the whole city.

4. Lake District, England

If you want to get away from civilisation, 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.

5. Cotswolds, England

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.

Take a trip to Burford, a small medieval town with tea rooms and impressive church, or head to Broadway, full of independent shops and restaurants. Or, if you fancy a drive out, head to nearby Oxford for a walk round the university’s college grounds and take in the stunning architecture.

6. 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 prepare for a cold but romantic evening with your special someone.