Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to one of the most romantic places in the UK? A survey of 2,000 people carried out by booking.com placed the Lake District at the top of the list of Britain’s most romantic places, largely because of the stunning Lake District National Park and the stunning scenery it has to offer. Visit Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, or the world-renowned Lake Windermere.
Next in the romance stakes, according to the booking.com survey, is the south-west county of Cornwall, and it’s not hard to see why. This is a county steeped in history and legend, and its cosy coves and spectacular coastline are easy to fall in love with. Visit Newquay if you want your Valentine’s Day celebrations to include a lively night out, or head to Padstow for a world-class meal at celebrity chef Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant.
Cosy up in front of a roaring log fire and enjoy a romantic lunch in a traditional pub in the Cotswolds – number three in the romance chart – or simply head out into the fresh air and hold hands as you stroll through the rolling Cotswolds countryside and take in some of the best scenery that Britain has to offer. It should come as no surprise that England’s capital city also made it close to the top of the romance list. Visiting London is a great choice for couples wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day in some of the finest restaurants in the world, party the night away, immerse themselves in fascinating history or simply shop until they drop. Don’t bother picking up a Valentine’s Day gift – just head to Oxford Street and pick one up there.
Share the romance of Shakespeare with a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. This bustling market town is a must-see for both literature and theatre lovers and historians. Take in a Shakespeare play or simply enjoy the cosy atmosphere and spend an afternoon strolling the streets and browsing in the great selection of antique shops. If you fancy a day trip north of the border, Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh has it all: world-class shopping, great eateries, a vibrant atmosphere, lots of history and more romantic appeal than most couples could handle in a month, let alone a week.