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7 Romantic Things to Do 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 top 7 romantic destinations in England share a hint of what to expect during your romantic trip.

Rolling hills set in lush green valleys, quaint and charming towns dressed in historical decor, and bustling cities alive with glitz and glamour create an inviting atmosphere perfect for couples. 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.

1. Enjoy the Opulence of Regal London

View of the city and the River Thames from the famous London Eye, London

London Eye, London

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 ultimate romance. Take in a show on the West End, savor cocktails in Soho or take a 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.

Highlights: Dinner at OXO Tower | High Tea at Fortnum & Mason or Harrods | London Eye | Grand Canal | Hampton Court

2. Embrace Nature-Rich Northumberland

Historic Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park, England

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, serene journeys, this historic northeast county lends itself perfectly 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.

Highlights: Cawfields Roman Wall | Alnwick Castle | Howick | Amble | Farne Islands

3. Indulge in the Beauty of the Cotswolds

Village houses among green gardens, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England

Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England

Escape to the country 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.

Highlights: Burton-on-the-Water | Burford | Visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire | Enjoy charm in Berkeley Castle and Gardens in Gloucestershire | Corinium Museum, Cirencester

4. Explore Historical 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 cities in England, the city of 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 your own romantic fairytale as you explore the York castle.

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

5. Discover the Splendor of the Loving Lake District

View of Lake Windermere, Lake District, England

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 sheer beauty of the scenery 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 picturesque walks and slow boat rides on spectacular water, with a chance for those more adventurous to try activities from abseiling to ziplining. Heaven on Earth, the perfect words to describe the Lake District.

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

6. Delight in Breathtaking Cornwall Charm

View of rocky beaches and Newquay town, Cornwall, England

Cornwall, England

Secluded coves, secret hideaways, and ancient castles make Cornwall one of the most romantic discoveries in England. Set in the southwest of the country, the landscape lends itself to unique settings that take you from spotless beaches to quirky caves, from mountainous magic to pure 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.

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

7. Revel in Enchanted Nottingham and Surrounds

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, quietly romantic and pleasantly peaceful. 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.

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

Eager to Plan Your Romantic England Trip?

Couple walking along Great Park Alley towards Windsor Castle, England

Windsor , England

One can find romance in every corner of England, with lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches providing the perfect backdrop to a romantic escape. Cities and towns tell tales of years gone by and old-world charm embraces visitors with quaint accommodations or majestic castles. Find the information you need to help envision your perfect romantic getaway in England with our England Guide. Fill out a Trip Request or call our team at 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a Zicasso travel specialist.

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