Looking to treat that special lady in your life to a romantic getaway? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t have to waste money on trains and planes to find a destination she’ll love. The UK is brimming with blissful boltholes and secluded spots, perfect for a romantic break just for two. With some of the most beautiful national parks and spectacular coastline in the world, as well as cities bursting with history and character, there are so many reasons why the UK is the ideal destination for couples.
Places to take your girlfriend in the UK
If you’re looking for a charming spot, then you definitely can’t go wrong with the Lake District. Renowned for its stunning scenery and fairytale villages, it’s little wonder that Romantic poets like William Wordsworth, found inspiration for their work in this enchanting landscape.
If she’s into hiking then don your boots and set off on romantic ramble together, with a picnic packed in the backpack of course! Otherwise, you can explore the lovely local landscape from the comfort of a traditional steam train. Chug your way past lakes, mountains and valleys on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. A ride on these beautiful steam engines will have you feeling as though you’ve stepped back in time.
For those who prefer to be afloat, then a cruise on Lake Windermere is a must. Enjoy beautiful views on England’s longest lake from the water, with a glass of something chilled in hand. Windermere Lake Cruises offer a range of trip options and have a collection of beautiful steamers and traditional launches. Or, in keeping with the spirit of romance, you can surprise her by hiring a rowing boat and heading out by yourselves for a couple of hours.
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Whisk her away for a romantic weekend in the beautiful city of Cambridge. Wander the ancient streets, gazing at the prestigious colleges and towering gothic chapels as you pass them by. There’s so much to do in this historic yet vibrant city: its collection of great museums, cosy pubs and pretty picnic spots make for a fantastic day out.
If the weather is looking good, then take her out for a punt along the River Cam. Book a punting tour and sit back and relax on the boat, watching the pretty buildings and greenery pass you by. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, then take on the punting yourself and impress her even more.
Once you’ve explored the city by water, why not take to the land for more sightseeing? Cambridge is famous for its cyclists and what could be more romantic than peddling around together on a tandem for a couple of hours? If you’re keen cyclists, then you could even head out into the countryside for an adventure together.
Enchant her with a weekend break to Edinburgh, one of the most magical cities in the whole of the UK. Easily accessible by train from London, Scotland’s hill and castle-filled capital has so much to offer couples looking for a romantic getaway.
There’s so much to do and see in this city; it’s hard to know where to begin. Make sure you visit Edinburgh Castle – the spectacular medieval fortress which towers over the city. For stunning views, hike up to Arthur’s Seat and watch the city unfold beneath you.
If she’s a fan of Harry Potter, then why not book the two of you onto The Potter Trail – a Harry Potter-themed guided tour of the city. If she prefers Game of Thrones, then Doune Castle – where Winterfell was set in the series – is just an hour’s drive away. The perfect day trip to surprise her!
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Having mentioned both England and Scotland, it would be unheard of us not to include the stunning countryside and charming towns of Wales, and especially cottages to rent in Brecon Beacons. This beautiful national park is the ideal destination if she’s a nature lover or simply craving a slower pace of life.
Take her out for a hike in the mountains, followed by a good dinner and a few pints by a roaring fire at one of Wales’ best pubs. If she’s the bookish kind, then the characterful town of Hay-on-Wye awaits. Brimming with bookshops, antique dealers and quaint little cafes, this small market town is quite possibly one of the most romantic spots in the whole of Britain.
Finish off the day with an evening spent stargazing in the national park, which is also an International Dark Sky Reserve. Due to the lack of light pollution in the area, on a clear night you can see the Milky Way and even meteor showers. We can’t think of a more romantic way to end your day together.
If she’s a nature-lover, then the Peak District is another great option for a romantic break away together. Characterised by its steep limestone valleys, sweeping moorland and dramatic gritstone ridges, you can hike, cycle and climb to your heart’s content here.
The park is pretty easy to reach from London – just a couple of hours away on the train – making it a great option if you’re a little short on time. Once you’re here, however, the city couldn’t feel further away. You’ll find yourselves relaxing in the peace and tranquillity of this stunning national park, the perfect remedy for a stressful week at work.
Base yourselves in the lovely town of Bakewell for the weekend. With its steep cobblestone streets, picturesque cottages and cosy pubs, you couldn’t find a more perfect spot if you tried! You can’t leave without having tried one of the famous tarts for which the town is renowned – ideal if she’s got a sweet tooth.
If she’s been feeling stressed out lately, then head to the beautiful city of Bath for the ultimate spa break together. Home to Britain’s only natural thermal spa, Thermae Bath Spa, the aptly-named Bath has been a site of relaxation since the Roman times.
Relax together in the stunning open-air rooftop pool or else enjoy the sauna, steam room and celestial relaxation room in the multi-sensory wellness suite. If you want to score some extra brownie points, then you could always book her in for a pampering treatment too. After just an afternoon at this award-winning spa, she’ll leave relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
When you’re done relaxing, it’s time to head out and explore the city. The only UK city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town’s elegant Georgian architecture and vibrant culture make for a romantic city break indeed.
Snowdonia National Park cottages are another excellent option for a romantic weekend away. During the day you can enjoy long coastal strolls and lazy pub lunches. If you’re feeling up to a challenge, then you can also tackle Mount Snowdon – the highest peak in both Wales and England. When night falls, snuggle up in a cosy cottage or log cabin in the middle of nowhere, simply enjoying each other’s company and the peaceful sounds of nature all around you.
If she’s a thrill-seeker, then organise a day trip to Zip World, over in the Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales. Zooming over the stunning Welsh countryside on the world’s fastest zip wire will be an experience she’ll never forget.
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