Who says you need to go abroad for a romantic trip with your loved one? There are plenty of dreamy places right here on our doorstep. We’ve picked out some of the most romantic hotels in the UK that are accessible by train.
For splendid 5* Luxury- The Grand Hotel & Spa, York
To show your loved one how much you really care this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Yorkshire’s only 5* hotel. With stunning views of the Minster and the city’s ancient walls, fine dining and an array of relaxing spa treatments, The Grand Hotel & Spa is one of the most romantic hotels in the UK.
Built in 1906 as one of the great railway buildings of York, the hotel’s splendid Edwardian architecture is complemented with top notch food and a luxurious spa complex which includes an indoor pool and treatment rooms. Why not book you and your partner in for a pamper treatment, before enjoying a gin and tonic afternoon tea together? Take a walk-through York’s cobbled streets and return to the hotel for the 9-course tasting menu, accompanied by a live band.
Whether you choose the penthouse suite with private butler or one of the state-of-the art modern rooms, The Grand Hotel & Spa is sure to treat you to one of the most romantic getaways York has to offer.
Getting there: You can walk from York Station to The Grand Hotel & Spa in under 5 minutes.
For an adults-only, eco-friendly retreat – Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
Cliff top hot tubs, a giant copper bath and swinging pods big enough for two - this eco hotel brings you relaxation at its finest. Every room has a beach or sea view providing stunning vistas over the local area. In the hotel’s restaurant you can watch the sun dip below the headland as you dine on fresh, locally sourced food. The Ayurvedic inspired Scarlet Spa is one of a kind with luxury tented treatment rooms lit by lanterns and far-reaching views. Slather yourself in rich mineral mud in the rhassoul experience, try your hand at massage guided by an expert therapist or join one of the complimentary spa classes, such as yoga, tai chi or meditation.
The two log-fired hot tubs perched on the cliff-top invite you to stargaze or storm watch, and a natural reed-filtered swimming pool beckons you in to enjoy its sea views. The atmosphere makes it the perfect place to truly unwind and concentrate entirely on each other - the Scarlet really is one of the most romantic hotels in the UK.
Getting there: The nearest train station is Newquay. From here the Scarlet Hotel is around 30 minutes on a bus or 15 by taxi. The hotel offers a green discount to any guests who travel via foot, bike, rail or coach.
For charming countryside & homemade cake– 5 Chapel Street, Cambridge
For something more understated, 5 Chapel Street is a small Georgian townhouse with a cottage-like feel located in the heart of Chesterton and close to the River Cam. This delightful and welcoming b&b will make you feel like you’re secluded in the middle of the countryside whilst being within walking distance of central Cambridge.
The 3 guest room hotel prides itself on providing all your modern comforts in traditional surroundings and the owner, Christine, is one hell of a baker. You’ll find homemade biscuits in each room, afternoon tea with scones and a beautiful breakfast served in the dining room every morning.
You can walk into Cambridge’s historic city centre via a pedestrian bridge in under 30 minutes, and there are even a couple of Dutch bikes that can be borrowed for daytime use. Impress your partner even further and make a reservation at one of the best restaurants in Cambridge.
Getting there: From Cambridge Station, 5 Chapel Street is accessible by bus, taxi or even by foot! Bus or walking takes around half an hour and a taxi will take around 10.
For something a little different -The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh
One of the UK’s most romantic hotels, The Witchery by the Castle has 9 indulgent suites which are less hotel rooms and more gothic love nests. Set in a 16-century building on the Roya Mile, these intimate secret dens are each uniquely dressed in antique velvet drapes, silks and brocades, carved wood and embellishments. Located a short walk from the city centre, they sit by the gates of Edinburgh Castle waiting for you and your loved one to arrive. Book the Heriot Suite for a sumptuously-romantic four-poster bed hung with gold-embroidered velvets, sitting room, walk-in dressing room and a hidden gothic chapel bathroom! The drama continues in the atmospheric dining room, where Scottish menus are served by candle light, alongside tapestries and a suit of armour.
This hotel’s elaborate interior coupled with its excellent location at the heart of Scotland’s romantic capital city make it a perfect choice for lovebirds. Whilst you’re in Edinburgh, why not sample some of Edinburgh’s Secret Bars?
Getting there: If you are taking the train to Edinburgh Waverly Station, you can walk to The Witchery in under 10 minutes.
For a modern, sexy hotel – Number Thirty Eight, Bristol
If you want to get romantic in a stylish setting, Bristol’s Number Thirty Eight will serve you well. An elegant B&B in buzzing Bristol, with vivid artwork and panoramic city views, you and your partner will be elated at your choice.
Up a lavender-lined front path, through a stained-glass door, you will find huge style and comfort, without a whiff of pretension. Bristol’s original boutique hotel consists of chic bedrooms in a recently refurbished Georgian merchant’s house at the top of the city. The bedrooms are all elegantly decorated in pastel colours and wood-panelled walls, with big beds, deep mattresses, splendid views and trendy bathrooms. For something extra special book one of the hotel’s suites, or if you can book Room 3 you can enjoy a freestanding bath perfectly placed for enjoying the view.
Getting there: Get the train to Bristol Temple Meads, then take a 10-minute taxi ride or 30-minute bus ride to Number Thirty Eight.
Whichever romantic hotel tickles your fancy, remember to book an Advance ticket via our website or our Train Tickets app.