The 13 Most Romantic Places in the United Kingdom

The Welsh village of Portmeirion is among the UK’s most romantic places
The Welsh village of Portmeirion is among the UK’s most romantic places | © Rolf Richardson / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Emma Lavelle
12 February 2020

You don’t have to travel to Paris for a romantic weekend away; there are plenty of places in the UK that were seemingly created with couples in mind. From idyllic woodlands to coastal villages, here are 13 of the most romantic spots in the country.

Sail on the lakes at Windermere

The Lake District is one of the most romantic places in the United Kingdom, especially if you love to spend time outdoors. If you choose just one part of this beautiful national park for an idyllic getaway, head to Windermere; here, you can spend time walking around the lake, admiring the views or hopping aboard a boat for a cruise on the lake at sunset. When it comes to an intimate dinner for two, there are many places from which to choose. For Michelin-star cuisine with a view, visit Holbeck Ghyll, or for a casual al fresco supper, take a picnic basket and a bottle of champagne down to one of the wooden jetties and gaze up at the stars.

Windermere. Lake District National Park
Two boats on Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere is the ideal place to spend a romantic weekend away © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock PhotoWindermere is perfect for couples who love the outdoors © David Lyons / Alamy Stock PhotoTaking a cruise is a lovely way to spend a day © RICHARD ASQUITH / Alamy Stock Photo

Wander the woods of the New Forest

Stepping into the New Forest is like walking into the past; first designated as a royal forest in the Domesday Book, the protected area is home to many species of flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. The winding paths through the trees and low valleys also make for an incredibly romantic weekend away. Set off hand in hand to explore the woodlands, and keep an eye out for the famous New Forest ponies.

The New Forest ponies wander freely on the land | © Paul Vidler / Alamy Stock Photo

Dine on oysters in Whitstable

It’s said that oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac, and there’s nowhere better to put this theory to the test than in Whitstable. This beautiful coastal town in Kent has been a pilgrimage for seafood-lovers for centuries due to the quality of its oysters. Whistable even holds a festival in July that honours the oysters and the visitors they’ve brought to Whitstable’s shore. After a day of sunbathing and swimming on the sandy beaches and wandering through the quaint town, stop and share a plate of these briny delicacies, straight from the sea.

Fresh oysters in Whitstable, Kent.
Old Neptune Pub, Whitstable, Kent.
Whitstable, in Kent, is famous for its fresh oysters © Rick Strange / Alamy Stock PhotoOysters are an aphrodisiac, making for a romantic meal © Rick Strange / Alamy Stock PhotoWhistable hosts a festival each year to honour oysters and its visitors © Rick Strange / Alamy Stock Photo

Marvel at the magical Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

The entirety of the Isle of Skye is among the most romantic places in the UK, filled with beautiful scenery and remote, hidden corners for you to explore. If you’re searching for the best place for a picturesque stroll (or maybe even a proposal), head straight to the Fairy Pools, a series of blue and green rock pools and small waterfalls that are truly enchanting. They’re also one of the best spots on the island for a spot of wild swimming, although you and your loved one will have to visit early in the morning or late in the evening to have the place to yourselves.

The Isle of Skye is home to the enchanting Fairy Pools | © AndreaObzerova / Getty Images

Explore the quaint village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are filled with beautiful villages, but none are quite as romantic as Bourton-on-the-Water. Sat on the banks of the River Windrush, this village is teeming with traditional stone cottages, pretty bridges and charming little shops. The abundance of greenery and trees lining the banks of the river make it the perfect setting for a relaxing country stroll followed by a cosy meal for two, snuggled up together by the fire in an idyllic rural pub.

Bourton on the water's bridge
There’s nothing more romantic than exploring the quaint villages of the Cotswolds © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock PhotoThe Cotswolds is home to charming towns and cosy pubs © Colin Palmer Photography / Alamy Stock PhotoBourton-on-the-Water is among the most lovely towns in the Cotswolds © MELVIN GREEN / Alamy Stock Photo

Discover the unique flora of the Tresco Abbey Garden in the Isles of Scilly

Tucked away on the island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly, the Abbey Garden is among the most incredible (and romantic) gardens in the UK. Established in the 19th century, it’s brimming with a wide variety of plants, trees and flowers, including many species that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Spend an afternoon walking through its paths with your loved one while taking in the views from the highest terraces and uncovering plenty of hidden little nooks and crannies to share a moment alone.

Tiptoe through the tulips (and the rest of the flora) in the Tresco Abbey Garden | © will Perrett / Alamy Stock Photo

Visit the colourful Portmeirion in Wales

There’s nowhere else in the world quite like Portmeirion. Designed and created between 1925 and 1975, this unusual tourist destination in North Wales was built in the style of a traditional Italian village, bringing a hint of the Mediterranean to the UK. The town is filled with colourful buildings and quirky touches, but if you’re hoping for a romantic moment to yourself, head down to the beach or explore the clifftop path.

Italian style building and archway at Portmeirion, Wales
Portmeirion, Wales
Portmeirion is an impeccably designed, incredibly romantic destination in Wales © Joana Kruse / Alamy Stock PhotoIt resembles an Italian village © Howard Litherland / Alamy Stock PhotoPortmeirion dates back the early-20th century © Howard Litherland / Alamy Stock Photo

Relax and rejuvenate in the spas of Bath

The entire city of Bath is soaked in history; designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s been a place of rest and relaxation since the Roman times. In the Georgian era, it became famous for the supposedly curative properties of its waters, and today, many people still flock to this lovely city to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Take your loved one for a couple’s massage and some relaxing treatments, guaranteed to let you take a breath and reconnect.

Today, the historic Roman baths are a tourist attraction and a beautiful place to wander | © Alex Hinds / Alamy Stock Photo

Live out your own Regency romance at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

Set in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth House is probably the most romantic stately home in England. Green fields and beautiful woodlands surround the house, which is set on the banks of the River Derwent, overlooking the scenic countryside. Fans of Pride & Prejudice (1813) will remember the house from its mention in the novel, and viewers of The Crown will recognise some of the locations from the TV drama. For an idyllic day out, take your time to explore both the house and its gardens, admiring the intricate detail of the interior and the grandeur of the grounds.

Fallow deer graze in the parkland surrounding Chatsworth House, Peak District, Derbyshire.
Tower of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
The magnificent Chatsworth House dominates the countryside © Deborah Vernon / Alamy Stock PhotoBeautiful woodlands surround the stately manor © Deborah Vernon / Alamy Stock PhotoChatsworth House makes for a romantic outing © Photimageon / Alamy Stock Photo

Climb through the clouds at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

For a romantic day out in Edinburgh, you’ll be spoilt for choice with so many quaint streets and charming restaurants at your disposal. To truly appreciate the city, however, head up high and take on the challenge of climbing the peak of Arthur’s Seat. The walk itself isn’t too gruelling and can be taken at a slow pace, allowing you to stop and admire the views along the way. At the top, take some time to sit, gazing at the beautiful city far below.

Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat to see Edinburgh unfurl at your feet | © Kay Roxby / Alamy Stock Photo

Find a secluded corner at the Hampstead Heath Pergola in London

It can be hard to find a romantic spot in London, as it’s almost impossible to discover a hidden corner that you can have to yourself. But for some peace and quiet with your loved one, head to Hampstead Heath, bypassing the usual crowds of tourists and seek out the Hill Garden and Pergola. This particularly enchanting corner of the city is at its most vibrant in the warmer months, when foliage covers the raised walkway, providing the perfect shelter for a stolen kiss. The gardens aren’t well-tended, and the air of faded grandeur adds to the romantic ambience of this hidden treasure.

Hampstead Heath Pergola & Iverforth House.
Hampstead Heath and pergola gardens
Teeming with flowers and romance, the Hampstead Heath Pergola is an intimate escape in the capital © Bettina Strenske / Alamy Stock PhotoThis garden is the perfect setting for a stolen kiss © Eugene Regis / Alamy Stock PhotoIt’s at its most beautiful in the warmer months © Gibson Blanc / Alamy Stock Photo

Take scenic photographs at Durdle Door in Dorset

There are miles upon miles of beautiful coastline to discover in the UK, but nowhere is quite as romantic as Durdle Door. Among the most photographed landmarks in the country, the instantly recognisable natural archway offers beautiful vistas both from up on the cliffs and down on the beach. On a sunny day, bring your towels and enjoy an afternoon swimming in the sea together, or take a stroll along the cliffs, stopping for a picnic and admiring the views.

The famous arch of Durdle Door is the perfect scenic backdrop to a romantic photo | © daniela pecar / Getty Images

Discover the myths and legends of the Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is among Northern Ireland’s most visited attractions, and it’s not hard to see why. The weathered coastline gives way to towering hexagonal columns of basalt rock. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it was formed around 50 to 60 million years ago during intense volcanic activity; however, Irish myth says it was created by a giant, the mighty Fionn mac Cumhaill, to fight a Scottish enemy. Whatever the origin, the Giant’s Causeway is staggering in its beauty and is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away.

The Giant’s Causeway is among the most popular (and romantic) destinations in Northern Ireland | © Chon Kit Leong / Alamy Stock Photo

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