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Best Romantic Staycations in the UK

Tuesday 30 January 2024

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There's something inherently romantic about the UK: the charming coastline, the rolling countryside, the quaint villages with local charm. Whether you’re taking some time alone to celebrate Valentine’s Day, planning an anniversary getaway, or simply looking to spend some quality time with the one you love, holidays in the UK can offer stunning scenery and a spark of romance. For new couples and long-term partners alike, join CrossCountry as we discover some of the best romantic staycations in the UK.

St Ives, Cornwall

Cornwall has to be on your shortlist if you're looking to sweep your partner off their feet. The only trouble is deciding whereabouts in Cornwall to go. You could cherry-pick a number of places in the county, but with jaw-dropping views, some of Cornwall's best beaches, and quaint places to stay, St Ives is a great choice. You could spend the morning with a coffee by Smeaton's Pier watching the fisherman bring in their haul and your evenings eating the freshest seafood in some of St Ives best restaurants. If you're looking for an energetic activity, you could slip into a wet suit and jump on a surf or bodyboard at Porthmeor Beach.

Not far from St Ives is the Scarlet Hotel, one of our picks for the most romantic hotels in the UK.

Bath, Somerset

Put on the map by the Romans, Bath is steeped in beauty as much as it is in history; relaxation and romance are etched deep into the ancient walls. The entire city has been anointed a UNESCO World Heritage site – a true seal of approval. On a romantic spa break to Bath, the Roman Baths are non-negotiable. Head to the Thermae Bath Spa to enjoy ultimate spa treatments, a swim in a rooftop pool, and a dip in the thermal baths. You'll leave Bath feeling refreshed and more in love than ever. Best of all, Bath is easy to get to with CrossCountry; simply hop on a connecting service from Bristol Temple Meads.

York, Yorkshire

This historic city has long held its name as a romantic hotspot, and it certainly lives up to it. With narrow cobbled streets and wonky timber-framed buildings, it's the epitome of a romantic British city break. You won't be left short of things to see and explore, including York Minster, the Grand Opera House, and the Shambles. You can also make the most of lengthy walks along the river Ouse, the city walls, and climb up to Cliffords Tower in York Castle – the views are worth the sore legs. York also happens to be one of the most exciting gastronomic cities in the UK, so you can enjoy your evenings dining in some of the country's best restaurants. 

Edinburgh, Lothian

Castles, bridges, and beaches – Edinburgh has a little of everything, making it an ideal romantic city break. Whether you're hopping along boutique stores, touring world-famous monuments, or wining and dining in some of Europe's top restaurants, there is an abundance of things to see and do. If you’re looking for some seclusion from the hustle and bustle, the Scottish capital is surrounded by awe-inspiring countryside and some of the best coastal walks in the UK. If this is a real staycation treat, stay at the outrageously opulent Witchery by the Castle, where you can dine on lobster and sip on fine wine surrounded by gilded ceilings, rich tapestries, and flickering candlelight.

Loch Lomond, Scottish Highlands

Scottish tourism is booming, and rightly so. But for a more secluded staycation than Edinburgh or Glasgow, Loch Lomond is a great alternative. While Loch Lomond may not be as famous as Loch Ness, the views of Scotland's biggest lake are truly spectacular. The freshwater wonder runs across the south side of the Highlands, and you can enjoy swimming, boat cruises, bike rides, and much more. If you truly love the great outdoors, camp under the stars in the Trossachs National Park. Or, if you prefer the finer things in life, escape to the luxury 17th-century mansion, Cameron House.

Brecon Beacons, Powys

To the north of Cardiff lies the Brecon Beacons, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. With winding trails, panoramic views, and steep peaks, this is a couple’s romantic getaway dream if you're keen walkers and love the great outdoors. To feel on top of the world, climb up Pen y Fan, perfect for avid walkers or weekend moochers. You can explore some of the UK's most beautiful waterfalls within the Welsh woodlands of the Brecon Beacons National Park . Or, for a picnic experience like no other, lay on the grassy banks of Llangorse Lake, appreciating the view of the largest lake in South Wales. The Brecon Beacons is also home to The Felin Fach Griffin, a charming countryside hotel that invites you in with a roaring fire, comfy leather sofas and a place to kick off your muddy boots.

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Cambridge is famous for having one of the world's finest Universities, but it isn't all about studying in this historical city. Besides enjoying the exquisite architecture, a staycation here isn't complete without punting along the River Cam. Save yourself the flight to Venice by floating into the heart of the city, beneath pretty bridges and amongst the stunning buildings. Get a ticket at the Corn Exchange for a special evening to see some of the UK's biggest names in comedy, music, and theatre. You also won't be short of great places to eat, from Michelin-starred restaurants and intimate brasseries – something for all kinds of couple.

The Cotswolds, West Midlands

Blanketed by 800 square miles of rolling hills, luscious countryside, and charming villages, the Cotswolds is like something out of a fairy tale. This magical region of the UK is so big that you won't be able to see it all in one holiday, allowing couples to return every year. There are plenty of gorgeous villages which leave you feeling like you're back in 'ye olde England'. Some of the best include the Bourton-on-the-Water (otherwise known as the Venice of the Cotswolds), Castle Combe, and Bibury, described by William Morris as the most beautiful village in England. Not far from Cheltenham Spa station, you can get to the Cotswolds easily with CrossCountry.

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Oxford’s medieval architecture is the perfect backdrop for romantic strolls and treating your loved one. Pop into one of the city's many quaint stores and spend some quality time with your partner. The University Parks are great for picnics and walks surrounded by a vibrant array of flowers in the spring. The city also boasts a selection of romantic restaurants catering to your favourite cuisines, from romantic tasting menus to British pub grub. 

If you’re planning a romantic staycation, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or the CrossCountry app. If you need more information, you can contact us here.

Written by Julia

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