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Top Ten Valentines Day Destinations for UK Romantics

Updated on August 24, 2015

Plenty of couples like to make Valentine’s Day that little bit special. It’s a nice opportunity to show the one we love how much we think of them. So how about whisking them away for a long romantic weekend somewhere?

Even if you can’t manage a whole weekend you can always surprise them with a day out – and there are certainly plenty of places to choose from that will really hit the spot. Read through my selection of the top ten places you should consider in order to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

The Uk is far enough to travle for most Brits, but there are a couple of further afield choices if you have some air miles or cheap airline tickets for students lying around.

The Lake District

There is nothing more romantic than taking long leisurely walks among some of the most stunning scenery in the country. And there is no better place for this than the Lake District.

Wander by the shore of Lake Ullswater, browse round the shops at Lake Windermere and take a boat trip as well. Then round it all off with a romantic meal and a stay in one of the delightful hotels in the area. There’s only one downside – one night may not be enough...


Why London? Simply because the capital has plenty of romantic treats you can surprise your loved one with. The classic choice is to book tickets for a West End show and have a pre-show meal at one of the top restaurants in the area.

After that you can check into a five star hotel and be treated like a king and queen for the night. Don’t hasten your journey back home the next day either. Why not grab a tasty bite to eat and explore the shops in Covent Garden instead?


Book a room in a privately owned hotel anywhere in Cornwall for a chance to explore some of its rugged coastline and beauty. Visit Tintagel Castle, the ruined castle said to have belonged to King Arthur himself. It offers magnificent views of the coast and you can find a quiet spot to enjoy a romantic lunch together away from the crowds.

Once you are back in the town you’ll have worked up an appetite for a cream tea before heading back to relax in your accommodation.

The Scottish Highlands

This is one of the best choices for a romantic Valentine’s Day break if you really want to escape from it all. Stay close to Loch Ness for the chance to see Nessie and to enjoy a quiet location.

If you want to explore, Inverness is less than half an hour’s drive away. Pick a romantic restaurant or simply hole up in your room and enjoy a romantic evening in. Not only will you feel more relaxed you’ll also have the chance to re-connect with each other. And isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?


You don’t have to stay in the UK this Valentine’s Day – why not think about treating your loved one to a surprise weekend abroad? Vienna is the perfect choice; the capital of Austria and arguably one of the best artistic and cultural centres in Europe.

You could get tickets to the opera or consider going to a concert instead. And of course you cannot visit Vienna and not sample the delightful desserts they are famous for. Don’t miss the sweet pancakes or the hot apple strudel – they make the perfect romantic dessert to share after a main meal to celebrate the big day.


Back in the UK, how about indulging in a spa weekend? And there is no better place to go for this kind of break than the city of Bath.

The Roman Baths are well worth a visit, and if you take advantage of their Ancient and Modern experience you can surprise your loved one with more than just a visit to the ancient baths. This treat includes two hours of relaxation in the Thermae Bath Spas – one of which is on the roof. They also throw in a 3 course lunch so you can enjoy a complete romantic experience all in the one price for the day.


This Scottish city has plenty to commend it for a romantic break – whether it lasts for a day or a weekend. The Old Town provides the perfect place to start, offering shops, museums, eateries and much more besides.

Don’t miss the climb up to the top of the extinct volcano on which Edinburgh Castle has stood for many hundreds of years. Make sure you are there before 1pm so you can hear the firing of the One O’Clock Gun.


Lots of people will be tempted to go for what is arguably the most romantic destination of all for Valentine’s Day – Paris. It’s one of the best spots abroad to reach for a two day break.

Whisk your loved one up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, treat them to a view of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and then take them to a restaurant to round off the day with a tour of Paris’ gastronomic delights. No matter what your idea of a romantic break is, you can find it in Paris.


How about a break by the sea? It may not sound particularly romantic but Brighton offers one of the best spots for a breath of seaside air and the chance to walk hand in hand along the beach.

You can sample some seafood from the promenade or grab some fish and chips and eat them out of the wrapper for the perfect al fresco romantic lunch by the sea. There are plenty of attractions and places to visit, including some rides on Brighton Pier if you fancy doing something a bit different.

The Cotswolds

If you keep coming back to the idea of getting away from it all, don’t discount the Cotswolds. For many couples villages like the famous Bourton on the Water are the only possible choice for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway.

Book a night or two in a charming Cotswolds stone cottage and hole up away from the madding crowd. Bourton on the Water is noted as being particularly attractive thanks to the charming pedestrian footbridges that take you across from one side of the River Windrush to the other. It’s delightful, cosy and very romantic for those who are so inclined.

As you can see you are really spoilt for choice this Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of options for enjoying a romantic break away from home, and these are my own personal top ten choices. They don't even involve flying for the most part but if you DO need flights shop around for a bargain - there are even cheap airline tickets for students deals nowadays.

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    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Wonderful Hub. In 2005, we were at Exeter for several days. I was impressed by: beer in the student dorms (try that in the U.S. and there would be an uproar - everyone would go off campus to drink at a bar and debate the issue) and how the landscape looked like my hometown in Western Pennsylvania.

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      PDGreenwell 7 years ago from Kentucky

      I've been to a few of these spots and they are lovely. Someday, I hope to add the Scottish Highlands to the list. Thank you for this fine review of romantic spots.

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      dragonbear 7 years ago from Essex UK

      I really enjoyed this - some of the places you mention we have been to and they are as good as they look. You've made a great hub - the pictures are superb! Like ethel smith - I want to go book something now!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Great ideas for Valentine getaways in the UK and beautiful photos as well. Oh to be going away for a romantic Valentine weekend!

    • ethel smith profile image

      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some lovely destinations. Those images make we want to get away

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a lovely hub with beautiful pictures. You little romantic, you.

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Nice Hub, but what's a "cheap" airline ticket cost in Great Britain these days? I understand you can fly from England anywhere in the EU for a hundred U.S. dollars - true or not?

      Obama has got our economy in such a mess few of us common folks can even think about going to Paris, London, Brighton, Eninburgh, or anywhere like that. Thanks for letting us know how the rich Englanders live. Don White