Surprise the one you love
If you’re looking for places to woo your lover, or exciting places to travel with your nearest and dearest, Britain has everything you need. Dramatic landscapes, quirky bars, romantic weekends in cosy cottages or adventures through the countryside in a campervan for two.
Stuck for first date ideas? Britain’s cities will give you plenty of options. Stroll arm in arm through one of London’s royal parks and settle at a cosy bar, or practise your boating skills with some punting in Cambridge.
If you’re both outdoors types, a walk up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh should get the heart racing. In Wales, explore the Brecon Beacons National Park for some romantic stargazing in one of Britain’s best Dark Skies spots.
Head over to London’s Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday morning to find the perfect blooms for your loved one, then treat yourselves to a romantic view over London from the top of The Shard, Europe’s tallest building.
If you’re down in Cornwall, soak up the rural splendour of the Lizard Peninsula and explore its whitewashed coastal villages, or up in Manchester, spend a day buying some great new records in the cool Northern Quarter. For dinner choose between country inns in Sussex, lavish eateries in London’s Mayfair, or a tower-top restaurant like Liverpool’s Panoramic 34.
Unwind after the wedding with a road trip around Britain, taking it all in in a vintage car or a VW Campervan. Drive in style through Yorkshire’s two National Parks, and stop to explore any romantic spots that take your fancy: the shady, atmospheric Fountain’s Abbey is a good bet as is the grand elegance of Chatsworth House not far away in Derbyshire.
If a honeymoon on the road isn’t for you, head down to Devon and stay in Rose Cottage, an 18th-century thatched gem set among the rolling green countryside of North Devon. You can head out on bicycles and explore the Tarka Trail by day, perhaps stop for a picnic, or arrange for the local pub to deliver a tasty meal to your door.
A weekend of luxuriant pampering can’t fail to impress. Make like Romans in Bath and enjoy the naturally hot springs of Thermae Bath Spa, which does special spa days for two. Or, for even more luxury, try the Charlton House Spa Hotel in Somerset where you can combine spa treatments with accommodation, breakfast and champagne. In Hampshire, visit Chewton Glen in the heart of the New Forest for some atmospheric relaxation surrounded by natural beauty.