16 most unique romantic places in UK

Published on March 9, 2021
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Some of the most beautiful landscapes are often overlooked because they are on our doorstep. The lockdowns have had one benefit and that is making us realize what beauty there is close to home.

Yes, there may be more sun abroad but you'll find some of the most unique and most romantic places in UK. And what’s more romantic than going out for a stroll only to be caught in the rain (or have I just watched The Notebook too many times?). 

Here are some of the most romantic places in UK to treat your other half to and catch up on some quality time away from the business of real life. Or why not treat yourself and spend some quality time with you. 

Lake District, England

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The Lake District in England is so beautiful that it has inspired numerous poets and artists. The lakes glitter among woodland and hills, bright yellow daffodils spreading amongst the trees, their heads bobbing in the breeze. 

There are a host of activities for you and your other half to engage in here. Of course, you can’t go to the Lake District and not get on the water. 

Windermere is the largest of the lakes at 10.5 miles long, although sometimes it can be a little crowded here during peak season so you may want to go to one of the less popular lakes for a more peaceful break. 

Whether you decide on the adrenaline thrill of a motorboat or paddle board, or want to glide at your own pace in a rowboat to explore the lake, is up to you. If you’re brave enough, you could always swim. 

There are many walks to explore the lush greenery surrounding the lakes. Fell Foot Park is a pleasant picnic spot, and you can hire a rowboat or kayak here. 

Graythwaite Hall Gardens has 12 acres of gardens and 1,000 hectares of woodland. Home to golden eagles and falcons that glide above the gardens. 

The landscaped gardens are bright with flowers packed amongst the green lawns. The woodlands are wilder with huge trees, their trunks twisting upwards towards the light, the soft moss growing at their feet, wrapping themselves around the bottom of the trees. 

Or how about some history? The Lake District is famous for being the home of Beatrix Potter. Visit her 17th century farmhouse, a traditional building of gray stone. A green gate and green framed windows add a splash of color, a quaint stone wall surrounds the pretty garden and house. 

There are other historical landmarks dotted around the landscape. Wray castle is an impressive 180-year-old home. It looks like a fortress with lots of smaller buildings thrown together to create a mass of sprawling mansion. There are turrets and battlements lining the top of each building. 

The interior is like a religious building with stone archways, dark wood paneled walls, grand staircase, high ceilings, and stone fireplaces. Situated on top of a hill it overlooks woodland and lakes with mountains rising across the way. 

What could be more romantic than a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun set over this beautiful landscape of rolling hills and glittering lakes? A glass in hand as you clink it with your partner and enjoy the view.

North York Moors National Park, Yorkshire

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Yorkshire is famed for its moors and quaint villages. The North York Moors National Park is just a part of the beauty that is North Yorkshire. The rolling green hills, quaint stone cottages, and red telephone boxes make it a picturesque and tranquil getaway. 

Visit the Rievaulx Abbey that spreads out on a lush green with arching windows and rows of columns holding this ancient structure up. 

Stroll through Mount Grace Priory House set in woodland with a medieval monastery. A couple of the rooms of the manor house are open to take you back in time with their wooden beams, white painted walls, and simplistic furniture. 

Helmsley Castle is a great place to view the landscape. Set upon a hill over the town of Helmsley, it has an 18th Century Walled Garden and a new visitor center. It has a turbulent past, enduring a three-month siege before Cromwell’s men blew up the Gate Keep. 

There are many remains of forts and burial mounds scattering the landscape. Count the thirty-seven moorland crosses dotted about. These stone crosses are all different shapes and sizes, some grey, some white, some with etchings carved into them. 

There are a number of museums including the open-air Ryedale Folk Museum. See how life used to be in Yorkshire by walking around the thatched cottages in this idyllic setting. 

Or take the steam train to sit back, relax, and view the sights as the landscape tumbles past. 

There are lots of different types of accommodation from hotels to camping, romantic cottages, including dog friendly ones so your pooch can join you on your romantic weekend break. 

Durdle Door, Dorset

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Durdle Door is a picturesque village in Dorset. It has curving beaches and chalk cliffs with a rock arch lunging into the sea. The ebb and flow of the sea has carved out caves in the cliff walls. 

A steep staircase winds down to the beach, the green blue sea spreading out to the horizon below. If you’re a history enthusiast, it is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site due to its important landforms and fossils.

The Lulworth Estate nearby is a 17th century castle that entertained the aristocracy and royalty. The white building has turrets at each of its four corners making it a foreboding structure. You could stroll around the gardens all day with woodlands sprawling for miles. You can even stay in the Lulworth Estate in a quaint thatched cottage or a traditional farmhouse with a swimming pool. 

Some of the accommodations are dog friendly so if you don’t have a better half you can always bring your furry friend on a romantic break instead. 

It is the perfect place for a romantic break. Stroll hand in hand along the shingle beach, watching the pinks and oranges of the sun setting over the water. Camp nearby and toast some marshmallows by the crackling fire as you listen to the gentle rush of the waves.

Portmeirion Wales

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Portmeirion is a unique place, situated on the outskirts of Snowdonia National Park. It is a colorful village with hotels, spa, shops, restaurants, woodlands, and beaches. Built in 1925 to 73 by architect Clough Williams-Ellis who wanted to create his ideal village. 

Its unique architecture is painted in bright yellows, oranges, and blues. The village nestles in a bay where the water glints and the greenery cascades down to the village from the hills. 

There are twenty miles of paths, with hidden lakes, and temples to keep you occupied. The 70 acres of woodland spread out, their trees creating a cozy, secluded walk for couples. 

The nearby Japanese garden has a lake strewn with lilies and there are sub-tropical gardens. Wander along the sandy beaches and stop at the gelateria for an ice cream.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye 

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The Isle of Skye, off the coast of Scotland is connected to the mainland by a bridge. It is an island of rugged hills, historical monuments, and cute villages.

The Fairy Pools are near Glenbrittle in the south of the island. The crystal-clear blue pools are situated on the River Brittle. The Fairy Pools are waterfalls situated in a beautiful rural landscape. The water rushes over the rocks into the clear water below, mountains rise behind them, the mist obscuring the tops. 

It is as if the rest of the world has disappeared and all you can hear are the cries from the birds gliding above you and the whisper of the wind. If you’re brave enough you can take a swim or perhaps just dip in a toe. 

To get to the Fairy Pools you have to use the stepping stones to cross the river and pass a large rock boulder, there from when the ice melted at the end of the last ‘ice age’. 

Apart from the Fairy Pools, there are lochs where dolphins can be seen. Or you can try cliff jumping if a stroll around the Fairy Pools is too serene for your taste. 

There is a range of accommodation including a Skye Eco Pod. A modern wooden hut with a cozy glamping feel. It has wooden decking that overlooks the mountains, the road trailing off into the distance towards them. It is the perfect spot to spend time together in the rural tranquil landscape.

Cheddar Gorge, Cornwall

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Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is Britain’s biggest gorge with the largest underground river system in Britain. There are guided tours into the stalactite caves, where you can see where Britain’s oldest complete skeleton was found here in 1903. 

Inside the caves are eerily illuminated by lights, the stalactites flowing down from the ceiling cast shadows. You may need to hold on to your loved one down here. 

The gorge is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s easy to see why. The cliffs rise 450 feet high and overlook Cheddar Reservoir and the village of Cheddar. The cliffs look like a set of steps, one jutting rock after another in this rugged landscape.

The Wookey Hole Caves are another great attraction where there is adventure caving, or you can sail through the caves in a rowboat. They also have adventure golf, abseiling, and an animatronic dinosaur valley. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the roars from the huge dinosaur replicas. 

Or take a stroll around the Bishop’s Palace, a medieval palace with 14 acres of gardens, surrounded by a moat. It has a private chapel with stained glass windows filtering in the light across the stone floor and a ruined Great Hall. 

Bath

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Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been famous for its baths since the Romans used them as a wellbeing destination. The city is a blend of history and modernity with classic architecture and luxury spas. 

The Georgian architecture inspired several artists including Jane Austen. If you’re a fan of her work, stop by the Jane Austen Centre to see how the city influenced her writing. 

The Royal Crescent is another example of decadent architecture. It is an iconic townhouse; rows of columns stand between the windows. Inside is a classic décor with oil paintings, patterned wallpaper, and chandeliers. 

Wonder through Prior Park Landscape Garden, where you can walk along the beautiful stone Palladian Bridge over the lake. It has columns rising to hold its stone roof and you can peer across the lake and watch the swans glide along the water. 

Green Park Station is ideal for catching lunch and some unique wares. This old railway track has a glass roof with many marquees underneath selling local food, art, and vintage clothing. Find your favorite vinyl, try a pizza as the delicious smell of fresh food wafts through air, or stop to smell the herbs in the vegan soaps. 

Of course, you couldn’t go to Bath without experiencing their naturally warm mineral waters. Call in to any number of spas and warm yourself in their thermal waters. 

The Thermae Bath Spa has a rooftop pool where you can soak together and admire the picturesque city. Or have a couple’s massage to unwind from your busy day admiring the boutique shops, museums, and galleries. 

In the evening visit a Michelin-star restaurant, then go to a cocktail bar to hear some live jazz music. 

Loch Lomond

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Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is just forty-five minutes from Glasgow, Scotland. There are 720 square miles of mesmerizing landscape. 

The mountains rise up majestically as the loch glimmers tranquilly far below. The woodlands spread through the landscape where red squirrels bounce from tree to tree. The bluebells cluster amongst the trees, their little heads swaying in the breeze. 

At scenic points along the way you’ll find artworks like the mirrored cabin. Benches are built into its shiny surface reflecting the landscape. Or the eight-meter pyramid shape structure of An Ceann Mor. Climb the steps up the wooden structure for breathtaking views over the loch, the hills rising behind.

There is not a lot of light pollution so if the weather is right there are many areas in the park to see the clusters of stars above you.

Lake Vyrnwy, Wales

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Lake Vyrnwy is like a scene out of a storybook. The lake's surface shimmers in the sunlight, different shades of green from the trees spread across the landscape, and across the majestic mountains. 

A little fort sits out on the water as if it has risen from its depths, the green from its spire roof dwarfed by the fir trees beside it. The great stone dam blocks the water's way, letting it through the stone archways to cascade into the lake below. 

The lake is a peaceful place to spend some quality time with your better half. There are plenty of activities from horse riding, to boating, water sports, fishing, cycling, walking, and star gazing. 

There is a massive 24,000 acres RSPB Reserve to explore for quiet walks and picnics. The area has craft shops to meander around and, in the evening, there is a choice of restaurants to wine and dine each other. 

Stay at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, their spa has stunning views across the lake. Sit in the Jacuzzi and watch over the mountains as a mist starts to slink over its peaks. 

Tresco Island, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Situated twenty-eight miles of the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly is a family-owned island (I know I’d love to own an island too). 

The island is two and a half miles long and would remind you of a Caribbean island with its sandy beaches overlooking the deep blue sea and the subtropical gardens packed with flowers. 

Even getting to the island is an adventure as you have to fly by helicopter, or take the ferry or plane to the neighboring island of St. Mary’s. 

There are different types of accommodation from modern apartments to quaint cottages, their gardens bursting with bright colored flowers in pinks and yellows. 

The Tresco Abbey Garden is packed with plants. Home to 20,000 plants from all over the world, it was established in the 19th century around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey. 

There are succulents, palm trees, exotic flowers, everywhere you look you are surrounded by greenery. Walk hand in hand along the paths with trees meeting above your head. 

The Valhalla Museum exhibits shipwrecked figureheads from across the island and the gallery has an array of paintings in delicate colors and unique jewelry. 

Cycle or walk around the island, past deserted beaches, historical forts, and the 17th century Cromwell Castle. Or try snorkeling with seals in the azure sea filled with marine life. 

A horse ride together at sunset along the tranquil sandy beaches is as romantic as it gets. Watch the colors brighten the sky and fade to dark over the horizon. 

Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds are spread over 800 square miles, through five counties, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. 

The rolling hills, quaint English villages, castles, country houses, and churches make this one of the prettiest parts of England. 

Visit the Woodchester Valley Vineyard and get a tour of the rows of plants that make white, rose, and sparkling wines. The mouth-watering black grapes hang from the vines ripe for the picking, and of course you can’t go without tasting a sip of their wine. 

The Cotswolds is home to Blenheim Palace, a historic house with Baroque architecture. It makes a great day out to visit the house and gardens. The landscaped gardens have carefully manicured hedges and fountains trickle with water. 

Inside is a vast collection of art, tapestries, and antiques. It is like stepping through a time machine. Extravagant wall coverings of men on horses, gold-lined doorways, great fireplaces, and antique furniture transport you to an era unlike our own. 

The sprawling mansion is situated by the water’s edge, secluded with trees in its own little oasis of English countryside. 

Brecon Beacons National Park

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The stunning landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park is located in Wales. The landscape is characterized by undulating hills, lakes, and waterfalls. It encompasses 17 parks and gardens to stroll around until your heart's content. 

Included in the National Park is Fforest Fawr a UNESCO global geopark. It is 300 square miles of mountains, moorland, woods, lakes, rivers, and towns that you could explore for days. 

Walk or cycle through the landscape past the many castles. Like the medieval castle of Abergavenny Castle and Museum. Set amongst the hills, this 19th century fortress has two defensive towers, a gatehouse, and banqueting hall. It rises up between the trees, the red brick around the windows contrasting with the green and stone. 

Carreg Cennen Castle stands impressively with its huge intimidating ruins. It looks as if it was built out of the ground it stands on, the rocky hilltop with a 100-meter drop. It’s high wall and pits, drawbridges and gatehouses protect it as it surveys the land. 

Wonder through the National Botanic Garden of Wales with its themed gardens and tropical butterfly house. The evening can be spent checking out the theatres and galleries. 

The park is a Dark Sky Reserve, so it is perfect for stargazing. You might see a meteor shower or see the glittering of millions of lights over your head. Why not stay in a treehouse in the middle of the forest to see the stars perfectly? 

The treehouses ooze luxury, with the high wooden ceilings, swing outside, and hot tub amongst the trees. Have a glass of bubbly and lie back and watch the stars. 

The Brecon Beacons National Park allows you to lose yourselves in nature for some quiet time while providing lots of activities if you want to come out of that couple bubble. 

The New Forest

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The New Forest National Park offers couples a chance to immerse themselves in nature and take advantage of the quiet without any technology so you can pay attention to your other half. 

Walk and cycle through the beautiful forest and wetlands. With heather carpeting the ground in the heathland. Both ancient and ornamental woodland are thick, growing high to meet the sky. 

Rivers snake through this idyllic part of Southern England. Explore the 26 miles of coastline and lagoons. Just people watch and listen to the gentle lap of the waves against the boats bobbing on the waters. 

On the edge of New Forest is Rockbourne Roman Villa. You can still see the tiles with a black and white pattern on the floor. Walk in the footsteps of people from long ago and imagine how different life was.

Fort William, Scotland

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Fort William is in the Scottish Highlands beside Loch Linnhe. The town sits under the shadow of mountains and overlooking the still waters. Little red and white boats gliding across serenely. Sandy beaches stretch along the coast with islands scattered out in the water. The dramatic hills hide castles amongst them. 

The Old Inverlochy Castle overlooks River Lochy. Built in the late 13th century, it has had a violent history. Its walls are falling but battlements and walls still stand. Four walls, each with a turret in the corner survey the landscape for danger. 

If you’re a couple who like adventure rather than relaxing, then you could always try climbing Ben Nevis. If an actual mountain is a little intimidating, try the climbing center. 

Canoe in the Loch to get a panoramic view of the area. You might even catch a glimpse of a seal or porpoise.  Or if you’re a thrill-seeker fight your way through white-water rapids. The water rushing over the rocks, the spray thrown up into the air. 

Admire the dramatic scenery from the Hogwarts Express. OK, not the actual Hogwarts Express, but the Jacobite steam train that played the Hogwarts Express. 

Sit back and relax as it chugs along the great stone arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The sweeping landscape gliding past your window, waterfalls cascading down to the water below. 

Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland

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Lough Erne Resort is in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. It is a five-star resort with a hotel, lochside lodges, a spa, golfing, and restaurants. 

Stay in a holiday cottage along the water’s edge and watch the reeds sway. Stroll along the pier lit up at night after a delicious meal in the resort. 

Explore the many castles and manor houses nearby. Enniskillen Castle is perched by the water in Enniskillen town and Castle Coole, a grand stately home in acres of ground is just outside the town. 

Visit Enniskillen for some boutique stores and quaint cafes. Catch a boat out to one of the islands nearby. Devenish Island at the lower Lough Erne is one and a quarter miles long. 

It is a monastic site with the remains of a church and a tower still standing. Once raided by Vikings it offers a peaceful perspective on the surrounding landscape. 

Visit the Marble Arch Caves and take a boat through the underground caves. The caves were formed centuries ago. The light illuminates the stalactites tumbling down from the ceiling in twisted shapes. 

How much do you trust your other half? Enough to go off-road driving? For thrill seekers, this is just the thing to get your heart pumping. 

You may need to relax in the spa after. Soak in the Jacuzzi or get a couple’s massage to unwind after a busy day. 

Cornwall, Southern England

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Cornwall is postcard perfect. Dubbed the Cornish Riviera due to its pretty villages, harbor, and the towering cliffs lining the coastline. 

Get your shoes off and stroll along the sandy beaches hand in hand with your loved one. There are many walks along the rugged coastline to view the panoramic scenes and azure sea.

Carnewas at Bedruthan is National Trust owned with a cliff staircase down to the sandy beach below. The beach is secluded with little alcoves etched into the rock and the sea leaves little rock pools along the beach. The views are spectacular over the coastline with the sea meeting the sky on the horizon. 

Stay in luxury accommodation like The Scarlet Hotel. It is the perfect place to unwind. Located on the coast it is an eco-hotel for adults only. Bathe in a hot tub on the cliffs overlooking the beach and Atlantic Ocean. They have both dog friendly and dog free areas so you can bring your beloved fur baby with you to enjoy the views too. 

A romantic getaway is a great way to rekindle the romance with your other half. Lazy days spent on walks amongst beautiful scenery, couple’s massages to ease the muscles from all the walking, and stargazing at night. 

There are many beautiful places across the UK where you can enjoy some time together without the rest of the world vying for your attention, or maybe you’re thinking of popping the question at one of these beautiful places. Make sure to check out the blog on The Best Wedding Venues in London, if you are. 

You don’t have to be a couple to enjoy a romantic getaway. You could take yourself on a romantic break and spend some quiet time in your own company. 

With all the dog friendly accommodation available you can even take your dog on a romantic weekend. He’d love running into the waves and chasing a ball through woodland. 

Whatever type of romantic break you want, there are so many stunning landscapes across the UK yet to be explored.

 

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  • Timi The Landloper

    I’m a blogger, Londoner, self-confessed travel junkie, and lover of all good things. I help you to travel like a local so you can live the real experience and learn something new and unique everywhere around the globe.

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