There’s nothing like spending quality time with a loved one. Sometimes life can get in the way and before you know it you’ve gone a few months without a date night. To make up for lost time, or simply to treat yourselves, why not go on a romantic city break? You don’t need to go abroad – there are more than enough romantic UK cities for you to choose from. Below are our favourites.
Ideal for outdoorsy-types, Torquay is sometimes overlooked in favour of its Cornish neighbours. Located on the UNESCO accredited English Riviera, the stunning coastal location makes Torquay a perfect destination for couples wanting some alone time. Sandy beaches and links to Agatha Christy books, mean Torquay will satisfy literary fans and surfers alike.
Set off on a boat trip and explore Tor Bay, learn how to wakeboard, or take in spectacular views from the Royal Terrace Gardens. Head to The Old Vienna for a luxury menu featuring seasonal local produce with an Austrian influence. Or, simply get fish and chips by the beach – nothing beats it.
Edinburgh is frequently lauded as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and we can see why. The aesthetics blend old into new, with both the Old and New Towns as stunning as each-other. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and a stone’s throw from the coast, Edinburgh is a fabulous destination for couples.
Edinburgh has many romantic things to do. Take a tour at The Chocolatarium and choose from over 30 delicious chocolates to sample, as well as mixing together your own creation to take home. Walk along the Water of Leith towards Dean Village, an Instagrammable village not far from the hustle and bustle, and if you really want to treat yourself, stay at the gorgeous Balmoral hotel.
Next on our list of the best UK city breaks for couples, is Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford is known mainly because it is the birthplace of Shakespeare, and you can visit his house, Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Mary Arden’s farm.
If you’re not much of a Shakespeare fan, fear not. You can hire a boat on the River Avon, explore a butterfly farm or discover mechanical art and design exhibits at The MAD Museum. Stratford-upon-Avon doesn’t lack romantic accommodation either – The Arden Hotel is a boutique hotel that comes kitted out with an all-weather terrace, luxurious rooms and numerous dining options – an ideal place to spend quality time with your other half.
Known by some as The City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is an idyllic city, famous for its prestigious university. While you can explore the university and its 38 college buildings, there are other attractions in Oxford that lure in tourists from all over the world.
Take part in an award-winning Ghost Trail – learn all about Oxford’s ghoulish history while snuggling up to your other half on this spooky walking tour. If walking around in daylight is more your cup of tea, the Botanic Garden is a great alternative. Finish your romantic weekend break with afternoon tea at The Randolph Hotel followed by a treatment at the spa.
Like Oxford, Cambridge is famous for its many colleges that dominate the city, and there are plenty of other things for couples to do after exploring the impressive architecture of the colleges and gardens.
A trip to Cambridge is not complete without a visit to the River Cam. Punting on the river takes you through the heart of the city, gliding beneath amazing bridges and among college buildings. Tours can even be booked to include a glass of bubbly – how romantic! If you’re a gin lover (aren’t we all?) book a tour to the Cambridge Distillery and learn more about your favourite tipple.
Nestled in the North-East, just 11-minutes on the train from Newcastle, Durham is another perfect location for a romantic city break. Whilst Durham is relatively small, there is plenty to do to keep you occupied.
Head to Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and enjoy incredible views after climbing the cathedral tower. Or, if you’re after something slightly more relaxing, Ramside Hall is a 30-minute bus journey from the station. Stay in a luxury treehouse, play a round of golf or enjoy a treatment at the spa.
Arguably the best thing to do in Durham is explore its cobbled streets. A walking tour is a great way to do this whilst learning about the city’s extensive history.
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Written by Seb