Britain is blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful backdrops - meaning there’s no shortage of perfect places for couples to enjoy a romantic date for two. Valentine’s Day might be behind us, but love is still very much in the air here at Visit Britain - and today, we’re bringing you 8 of the North East’s most amazing places to propose if you’re thinking of popping the question in 2017.
1. High Force
If you’re looking for a truly fairytale-esque setting for your proposal, you can’t go wrong with a glittering waterfall. You and your other half can marvel as the cascading waters gather momentum before eventually plunging 21 metres into the pool below. For a picture-perfect proposal, High Force is the ideal spot.
2. Kielder Observatory
If an evening proposal is on the cards, Kielder Observatory is the place to be. The last word in romance, this is the ideal place for a romantic gesture - allowing you to display your love for your other half under a star-speckled night sky. Grab some blankets, pack the champagne and get ready to ask the most important question of your life under the Northumberland starlight.
3. Newcastle Quayside
When it comes to couples, long weekend breaks in Newcastle have a lot to offer. With its bright lights and beautiful buildings, the city’s quayside is buzzing with bars and restaurants made for a memorable evening with your significant other. Whether you’re planning on hiding the engagement ring in a dessert or popping the champagne as you pop the question, there are any number of places ready to play host to your proposal.
4. Sycamore Gap
For lovers of the great outdoors, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a place to drop down on one knee - but if you’re searching for your very own slice of paradise, Northumberland’s Sycamore Gap won’t let you down. Along Hadrian’s Wall, you’ll find a solitary tree set against the beautiful Northumberland skyline. So, why not pack up a picnic and enjoy dinner with a view as you both watch the sun set over the region, then wait for the perfect moment to pull out the ring box?
5. Durham Cathedral
Dating back as far as 1093, Durham Cathedral is steeped in history. Despite its archaic origins, the iconic building has undergone a number of maintenance projects, with the Cathedral Tower alone benefiting from a £1.7m restoration last year. For a proposal with a view, climb the 325 stairs to the top of the tower and catch your partner by surprise as you pull out the ring. It’ll be worth every step!
6. Jesmond Dene
A park situated just minutes from Newcastle’s city centre, Jesmond Dene is a haven of tranquillity outside of the bustling metropolis. Surprise your other half by dropping onto one knee on the beautiful stone footbridge, then follow up your proposal with a visit to the amazing Jesmond Dene House - where you can sample its seasonal menu and celebrate your engagement in style.
7. Holy Island
Whether you’re both North East locals or visitors to the region, a trip to Holy Island is a must. After crossing the causeway, you and your partner can enjoy a secluded afternoon hidden away from the rest of the world - making this a great way to set the scene for your proposal. Just don’t forget to check the tide times ahead of your trip!
8. Hardwick Hall Country Park
For romance that stretches through the ages, the beautifully restored Hardwick Hall Country Park is the perfect place to celebrate your love for your other half. A Grade II listed site, the landscape alters dramatically depending on the seasons. So, you could be popping the question in a snow-filled wonderland or among a burst of springtime shades - meaning you can plan the place and time to suit you both.
If you’re looking for a little romantic inspiration this February, look no further than the North East! From picturesque backdrops to historical landmarks, this characterful part of the UK is the perfect place to pop the question.