As we begin to leave behind the cold nights and long days, there’s never been a better time to celebrate your love for one another on a weekend away. Whether it’s a belated Valentine’s treat or an excuse to make the most of that unused holiday leave, whisking your other half away on a romantic British break means you can enjoy some much-needed quality time together and create memories that neither of you will forget in a hurry.
Whether you've been turned down for a loan by your bank or the effects of a costly Christmas are leaving you strapped for cash, couples can often feel like a romantic weekend away is a luxury that they simply can’t afford. While expensive city stays and exotic breaks may be out of budget for the most of us, opting to stay closer to home and making the most of money-saving transport hacks means exploring Britain’s most romantic backdrops needn’t break the bank. You can’t put a price on love, but today, we’re bringing you a handful of romantic hotspots - so whatever your budget, you can show just how much you care about your significant other this spring.
1. Discover the myth of Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway
From the lush greenery to the wealth of culture, a trip to the Emerald Isle is guaranteed to be one that you won’t want to forget in a hurry. Just a stone’s throw from the quaint village of Bushmills, and only 60 miles north from the bustling city of Belfast, County Antrim’s unique natural coastline is admired by visitors from around the globe. The rugged symmetry of the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns may be thought to be a result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, but with legend saying that the ancient causeway was built by the mythical giant, Fionn mac Cumhaill, visitors are encouraged to make their own mind up about the origin of this World Heritage Site.
2. Escape to the Yorkshire Dales
With rolling hills and river valleys, the untouched Yorkshire Dales are guaranteed to entice a feeling of love in the air. Whether your stay is in a secluded cottage or one of the area’s stunning spa towns, the immaculate preservation of this captivating countryside means you’ll only ever be minutes from iconic rock formations and romance-inspiring moorlands. With an array of charming stone-built villages and breathtaking scenery everywhere you look, there’s no shortage of hotspots and hidden gems to explore on a budget-friendly break in the Yorkshire Dales.
3. Explore Edinburgh’s dramatic profile
While the array of tourist attractions can often make a break in the Scottish capital seem like it’ll be an expensive affair, the city’s seemingly endless list of things to see and do mean there’s countless budget-friendly ways to fill your itinerary on a city break in Edinburgh.
With free guided tours of the Old Town and transport between the city’s three national galleries, it couldn’t be easier to see it all in this historical capital - without breaking the bank. From exploring the city’s wealth of history on a visit to the Scottish Parliament to climbing to the rocky summit of Arthur’s Seat and seeing the arresting skyline for yourselves, there’s something to suit every kind of couple - and budget - in this culturally-rich city.
4. Check out Cornwall’s rugged coastline
Whether you’re caravanning on the coast or relaxing in a remote countryside cottage, a trip to the rugged Cornish peninsula is sure to strike a romantic chord. With spectacular sea views and picturesque harbour villages aplenty, Cornwall boasts some of the most beautiful backdrops in the country - meaning there’s nowhere better to declare your love for one another. As a county that’s awash with adventure - as well as being home to some of the UK’s most unique theatres and gardens - whether you’re thrill-seekers or culture vultures, there’s something for everyone in this charming corner of the country.
5. Experience the romance of Welsh islands
There’s nothing more romantic than whisking your loved one away on an island getaway, and with Llanddwyn Island famed for being the final resting place of St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, it doesn’t get any better than island hopping along Wales’ coast. Steeped in history and home to some of the most secluded beaches, a hike on the tidal island of Llanddwyn means you can enjoy complete privacy together as you take in the unspoilt views of the Snowdonia National Park.
Whether you cross the Irish waters, escape to the northern countryside or opt for a relaxing break on the Cornish coast, Britain’s beautiful backdrops mean that a budget-friendly staycation is sure to spark a sense of romance. So what are you waiting for? Treat your significant other to an unforgettable weekend away, and see for yourself all that Britain has to offer as we head into spring!