There's something inherently romantic about the UK: the charming coastline, the rolling countryside, the quaint villages and towns. Why catch long-haul flights for valentine's day when there’s so much to do and see on your doorstep? You'll both be left speechless by some of the untouched and beautiful parts of the country.
Whether you're newly together or long-term partners, discover some of the best romantic staycations in the UK with CrossCountry.
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 just pips it. You could spend the morning with a coffee by Smeaton's Pier watching the fisherman bring in their haul and your evenings eating some of the freshest seafood imaginable in some of St Ives best restaurants. If you're looking for something active, you could slip into a wet suit and jump on a surf or body board at Porthmeor Beach.
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. This picturesque city is not only certified by couples, but the entire city has been anointed a UNESCO World Heritage site – a true seal of approval. On a romantic trip 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 like a new person.
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 UK city break. You won't be left short of things to see and explore, including York Minster, the Grand Opera House, and, for Harry Potter fans, 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.
Castles, bridges, and beaches – Edinburgh really is the perfect romantic UK 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 gorgeous Balmoral hotel.
Scottish tourism is booming, and rightly so. But for a more secluded staycation than an Edinburgh or a Glasgow, Loch Lomond is your answer. 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 camping isn't your thing, escape to the luxury 17th-century mansion, Cameron House.
The Brecon Beacons
Just north of Cardiff is 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.
It is a city famous for having one of the world's finest Universities, but it isn't all studying and student partying in Cambridge. Besides enjoying the exquisite architecture, a staycation here isn't complete without punting along the River Cam. Float into the heart of the city, beneath pretty bridges and amongst the stunning buildings - save yourself the flight to Venice. 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 tastes and budgets.
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), the very enchanting Stow-on-the-World, and the picture-worthy Chipping Campden.
If you’re looking for best romantic staycations in the UK, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or our CrossCountry app. You can also find information on how to get cheaper train tickets via our special offers page. If you need more information, you can contact us here.
The UK is bursting with fun activities. Whether you’re visiting one of the best castles in the UK, the best theme parks in the UK, or the best waterparks in the UK, you can always travel by train. CrossCountry has services running up and down the country to ensure you can get to the places you need to be.
Written by Julia