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7 Most Romantic Places in England for Couples

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Couple at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England

Alnwick Castle. Photo courtesy of Northumberland Tourism

England comprises many intimate and serene layers for couples to experience and these most romantic places share a hint of what to expect during your trip.

Rolling hills set in lush valleys, quaint and charming towns dressed in historical decor, and bustling cities alive with glitz and glamour create an inviting atmosphere. From ancient archeological sites to lavish castles, opulent gastronomy to grand museums, you can find adventure, spirit, and passion across the country.

With the selection of romantic destinations shared below, you can find a variety of experiences that will leave you with cherished memories long after you return home from your romantic England escape.

  1. 1. London
  2. 2. Northumberland
  3. 3. The Cotswolds
  4. 4. York
  5. 5. Lake District
  6. 6. Cornwall
  7. 7. Nottingham
  8. Explore the Most Romantic Places in England for Couples

1. London

The London Eye at sunset in England

The London Eye in England

Notably one of the world’s most popular and beloved cities, London is not just a hub of high streets bustling with shoppers, a capital steeped in history, and a playground for the rich and famous, but also a site filled with romance.

Restaurants set seemingly in the sky, high tea at a famous London store, or a slow boat ride down the River Thames all allude to the idea of romance. Take in a show on the West End, savor cocktails in Soho, or stroll along the Queen’s Walk Promenade.

Feel like royalty as you visit castles and manors, with grounds and gardens that make the experience that much more romantic on your Europe tours from London.

Romantic Highlights: Dinner at OXO Tower • High Tea at Fortnum and Mason or Harrods • London Eye • Grand Canal • Hampton Court

2. Northumberland

Historic Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park, England

Walltown Crags along Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland National Park, England

Open fields scattered with castles and large skies dotted with stars make Northumberland one of England’s most romantic destinations.

Ruins that stand alone along a sandy coastline and trails that take hikers and bikers on long, peaceful journeys, this historic northeast county lends itself to quiet outings in nature, mixed with visits to manors and mansions of old that are certain to take your breath away.

Accommodation options range from boutique hotels to charming guesthouses, all equipped to offer the ultimate romantic stay. From captivating Alnwick Castle to historic Hadrian’s Wall, activities and adventures in Northumberland are endless.

Romantic Highlights: Cawfields Roman Wall • Alnwick Castle • Howick • Amble • Farne Islands

3. The Cotswolds

Costwolds village Burton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, England

Burton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, England

Escape to the country of the Cotswolds, one of England's top destinations, when visiting the southwest and English Midlands, home to cobbled streets and breathtaking buildings, strewn together with tales of old.

Cotswold stone lends a golden, honey-like hue to cottages and castles, which stand out amidst the green hills and floral pathways. Spend a few nights near lavender fields, dramatic sunsets creating a most romantic end to your day.

Picturesque villages and towns invite you to explore their museums and markets, with bridges spanning over gently flowing rivers and streams. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into your own romantic haven.

Romantic Highlights: Burton-on-the-Water • Burford • Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire • Berkeley Castle and Gardens in Gloucestershire • Corinium Museum in Cirencester

4. York

Evening city view with York Minster in the background, York, England

York, England

Mix romance with mystery and you have a destination that adds intrigue and charm all at the same time, the city of York.

Said to be one of the most haunted in England, York comprises historical buildings set among chic restaurants and trendy lanes, bringing a timeless feel to the city that carries a unique romantic vibe.

The Roman Walls have stood for centuries and add a medieval charm to this popular city. Feast your eyes on the famous Minister and be whisked away in a romantic fairytale as you explore the York castle.

Romantic Highlights: The Minister • The Timber-Framed Buildings of The Shambles • York Castle • Haunted Walk of York • Lendal Bridge

5. Lake District

Sailboats moored at Bowness-on-Windermere Town with green rolling hills in the background

Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, England

Nothing speaks tranquility as much as the stillness of a lake, the water mesmerizing all who glance upon it. Surround this with forests and fells, and you have the Lake District region of northwest England. Those seeking a romantic getaway will be taken aback by the beauty that inspired poets like William Wordsworth and authors such as Beatrix Potter.

Boutique guest houses create the perfect place to rest after a day exploring on picturesque walks and slow boat rides, with a chance for those more adventurous to try activities like abseiling or ziplining. Heaven on Earth describes the Lake District.

Romantic Highlights: Bowness-on-Windermere • Keswick • Ullswater • Panoramic Views from Binsey Loop • Train Ride on Historic Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

6. Cornwall

Aerial view of Porthocurno coastline with outdoor theater on the cliffs and beaches in the distance

Porthcurno in Cornwall, England

Secluded coves, secret hideaways, and ancient castles make Cornwall one of the most romantic discoveries on England trips for couples.

Set in the southwest of the country, the landscape lends itself to unique settings that take you from spotless beaches to quirky caves, mountainous magic to English charm in the form of whitewashed buildings and stone-lined walkways.

Breathtaking sunsets and a night sky filled with stars create the perfect backdrop to a romantic outing and at the end of the day, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or a hot tub with a view, all adding to the romance of this region as you experience the top things to do in England.

Romantic Highlights: Minack Theatre at Porthcurno Cove • St Michael’s Mount • St Nectan’s Glen • St Ives • South West Coast Path

7. Nottingham

Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England

Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England

Famous for its connection to Robin Hood and enchanting Sherwood Forest, Nottingham lies in the heart of England, in the West Midlands.

Castles and caves give way to romantic restaurants and architecture as old as time, including England’s oldest inn. Discover art galleries and museums, shopping districts and the theater, or head into nature just outside the charming city.

Visit rural towns in Nottinghamshire, such as the Dukeries, home to impressive Ducal Estates, or the market town of Mansfield, located along the River Maun. Create your own romantic story in this beautiful part of England.

Romantic Highlights: Sherwood Forest • Nottingham Castle • Wollaton Hall and Park • Newstead Abbey • City of Caves, Nottingham

Explore the Most Romantic Places in England for Couples

Couple hiking at sunset with blooming heather in the Peak District of England

The Peak District in England

One can find romance in every corner of England, with lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches providing the perfect backdrop to such an escape. Cities and towns tell tales of years gone by and old-world charm embraces visitors in quaint accommodations or majestic castles on England tours.

Find the information you need to help envision your perfect England romantic getaway with our England travel guide.

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