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8 Most Romantic Places in the UK

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Couple walking on the Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs on the South Coast of England

Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs on the South Coast of England

With landscapes, legends, and lavish dwellings seemingly pulled right out of a fairy tale, it is clear why these romantic places in the United Kingdom can immerse you in the region’s quintessential spirit.

Lakes, seaside gems, and quaint villages connected to history’s depths offer fabulous accommodations, or you can stay in a lavish castle to indulge in the highlights the United Kingdom has to offer as a destination for passionate couples.

Whether you are embracing the hustle and bustle of a city or eager to spend quiet time in the countryside, romance is easy to find in these captivating destinations.

  1. 1. English South Coast
  2. 2. Scottish Highlands
  3. 3. Welsh Wilderness
  4. 4. England’s Lake District
  5. 5. Explore the Treasures of the Giant’s Causeway
  6. 6. Edinburgh & Glasgow
  7. 7. English Midlands
  8. 8. Wales’ Anglesey Isle
  9. Explore the Most Romantic Places in the UK

1. English South Coast

Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall on the South Coast of England

Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall on the South Coast of England

The lure of the sea stems from the glistening waves and the sound of nearby birds, demonstrated in the seaside gems of Cornwall and Kent, or Devon and Dorset. Beautiful bays linked to stunning beaches and quiet coves create the ultimate romantic setting.

Spend time in Porthcurno, its white-sand beach set against the unique Minack, an open-air theater on a rocky outcrop jutting out over the sea. Here, restaurants and pubs are the epitome of charm.

Embark on a romantic stroll to the remote Sunny Cove or take to the water on a boat in picturesque Lulworth Cove to find the perfect ambiance for couples.

Highlights: Devon • Minack Theatre, Cornwall • Lulworth Cove, Dorset • White Cliffs of Dover • Botany Bay, Kent

Learn more: England Tours for Couples

2. Scottish Highlands

Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands

Alt Text Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands

When it comes to romantic destinations, certain places stand out, and the Scottish Highlands, opening to breathtaking beauty and unparalleled drama, is one.

Traveling from towns to trails, you can find tranquil Loch Linnhe on the west coast, which mirrors the surrounding landscape as you travel by boat or listen to the sounds of nature. Travel in romantic style on The Jacobite steam train that passes through the town of Fort William at the bottom of the Ben Nevis mountains.

Admire the waterfall of Glen Nevis and wrap up your romantic adventure with a visit to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a pearl of the Scottish Highlands.

Highlights: Loch Ness • Glen Coe • Fort William • Eilean Donan • Jacobite Steam Train

Learn more: Scotland Tours & Vacations

3. Welsh Wilderness

Tyfan Mountain in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Wales boasts five national parks, beautiful regions of forests and hills, open lands seemingly without borders, and a collective ambiance that lends itself to romance.

Each natural wonderland is spaced close to villages and towns, all unique in their own style, from breathtaking Brecon Beacon Park in the south, filled with captivating waterfalls, bridges, and flowing green, to the popular national park of Snowdonia that occupies a large part of the country.

Quaint communities are scattered around the park's edges and inside the natural haven, where you can venture into the wilderness and rediscover love.

Highlights: Brecon Beacon National Park • Snowdonia National Park • Talgarth • Harlech Town and Castle • 360-degree views from Bwlch

4. England’s Lake District

Lake Windermere in England's Lake District

Lake Windermere in England's Lake District

Poets, writers, and artists have for years gained inspiration from England’s gorgeous Lake District, one of the best places to visit in the country. Water meets land in gentle ways and peaceful towns and villages create romantic and memorable experiences for all who visit.

Take a break with a steamboat ride on beautiful Ullswater Lake or an easy hike in the hills, ending your day with a candlelit dinner at a local favorite. Visit castles and cathedrals, placed as if inside a fairy tale and adding to the overall romantic atmosphere of the Lake District. Hotels and guest houses bring wellness to you with spas, some with hot tubs and fireplaces. There are many options to discover in this exciting part of England.

Highlights: Lake Windermere • Ullswater Lake • Grasmere • The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere • Wray Castle, Claife

5. Explore the Treasures of the Giant’s Causeway

Couple watching the sunset at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Travel along the famous Giant’s Causeway to pass through quaint villages and historical towns as you travel the dramatic landscape that runs between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Romance jumps out at you in rural towns and open countryside.

Admire the beautiful coastal scenery at Castle Rock and spend time in the fishing village of Portballintrae to find Dunluce Castle. Discover the hamlet haven of Ballintoy, steeped in local history and a destination in the popular TV show Game of Thrones. Visit with locals, embrace the fascinating myths, and uncover the many romantic treasures along Giant’s Causeway.

Highlights: Dunluce Castle • Portballintrae • Ballintoy • Bushmills Town • Panoramic Shepherd’s Steps in County Antrim

Learn more: Ireland Honeymoon Packages

6. Edinburgh & Glasgow

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

In the nooks and crannies of Edinburgh and Glasgow lie hints of romance that feel like hidden treasures. Step inside the point at which history meets modernity to experience everything from castles to walks in botanical havens.

Learn about heroes and highlights of the past, or enjoy a meal in charming quarters that lead to strolls through lit parks. Experience nearby remote villages and mountain retreats, or treat yourself to breakfast in bed, delivered in style by a celebrated local restaurant to create an unforgettable romantic city trip to the best places in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond.

Highlights: Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow • Edinburgh Castle • Glasgow • Water of Leith, Edinburgh • Dinner at the Balmoral, Edinburgh

Learn more: Scotland Travel Guide

7. English Midlands

Couple hiking through Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, England

Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, England

From the hometown of Shakespeare to enormous regal estates that roll on for miles, Victorian villages to magnificent dales, the magical English Midlands is an often-overlooked region. Steeped in history and rich in culture, discover dramatic architecture in the form of buildings, bridges, boutiques, and boat docks.

Walk through Sherwood Forest, enter fascinating caves, or enjoy a hike through the romantic setting at your pace. Enjoy classes from art to cooking in a true English setting and embrace a part of the country that’s perfect for starting a romantic trip through the United Kingdom.

Highlights: Derbyshire • Stratford-Upon-Avon • Nottingham • Warwick • Wren’s Nest

Learn more: England Travel Guide

8. Wales’ Anglesey Isle

Lighthouse on Ynys  Llanddwyn Island, Wales

Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn Island, Wales

Bask in romantic seclusion on the charming Anglesey Isle in northwest Wales. Take a walk to Point Lynas Lighthouse and visit the giant stepping stones that can be found when strolling along the dramatic coast. Marvel at architecture from a time gone by, with sites and stories that bring the area's history to life.

Take a walk along the Belgian pathway to find the best views of the Menai Suspension Bridge, the structure that connects the island to the Welsh mainland. Enjoy a snorkel in one of the many crooks and bays on the isle, and make the most of your downtime in an awe-inspiring setting.

Highlights: Llanddwyn Island • Point Lynas Lighthouse • Newborough • Stone Hut Circles • Tidal Island of Ynys Y Fydlyn

Explore the Most Romantic Places in the UK

Couple walking on the lawns at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England

Beauty and passion are easy to discover during your time in the picturesque and historic-rich United Kingdom. Combine a few top highlights to help create unforgettable and dream-like memories on a personalized couple’s trip. Step away from the norms and discover nature nurtured across the four countries of the region.

Take a look at our UK tours and vacations or our UK honeymoon packages to find featured trips, or find more inspiration on the romantic destinations that call out to you in our UK travel guide.

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