In the early years of a relationship, the flames of romantic passion burn hot. We can barely stand to spend a single second apart from our soul mate. As the years go by, though, we get comfortable, work gets in the way, and the flames die down to smouldering embers.
Don’t let the daily grind of living in a city like London or Birmingham kill the excitement in your relationship – relax on a romantic weekend break with your partner, and the petty problems which define everyday life will fade away within hours of arrival.
Stumped on where to go? We’ve got it covered – read on below if you are looking to find some romance in the United Kingdom.
1) The Cotswolds
Located within an easy driving distance from Central London but a world away from its congestion, The Cotswolds is a rural area which will transport you to England’s medieval past. A region composed of rolling hills, farmland, and villages boasting stone homes and cobbled streets, you will wonder aloud how this place has managed to resist the relentless march of ‘progress’ in our modern age.
From Castle Combe to Bibury, you’ll fawn over cosy cottages and homes and bucolic countryside scenes as you tour the area with your love. When you aren’t busy cuddling in your own stately holiday home, make time to see attractions like Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, and the restored Roman Baths in Bath.
Famous for being home to some of the most stunning beaches in the United Kingdom, the Duchy of Cornwall is an excellent choice for the couple who are easily wooed by seaside vistas. Harbour towns from Looe to Penzance offer charming homes overlooking the water, seafood restaurants offering the day’s catch, and ancient castles are just a few of the reasons you and your partner should board a National Rail train for the southernmost corner of England.
When you aren’t gazing into the surf whilst holding each other’s hands, check out Tintagel Castle, the place rumoured to be the home of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
3) Scottish Highlands
More into mountains? No place in the UK has prettier ones than Scotland. Hop a short flight to Glasgow, hire a car and head straight into the brilliant peaks of the Scottish Highlands. From thatch-roofed cottages in the Isle of Skye to log homes within a short drive of Ben Nevis, there are numerous options for couples seeking romance amidst the remote mountains of the north.
If you have the motivation to leave your home during your stay, there are numerous whiskey distilleries about, as well as innumerable walks that will take you high into the hills.
Seeking the solace mountains can grant, but want to stay closer to home? The peaks of Snowdonia are a much shorter drive and is cheaper than buying a round-trip flight to Scotland. While not as lofty as its cousins to the north, they are charming in their own way, and the Welsh which inhabits the villages throughout the region make amazing hosts.
Looking for things to do when you aren’t bonding in private? Like in the Scottish Highlands, there are many spectacular mountain walks – on a clear day, you can see Ireland from the top of Mount Snowdon. Not athletically inclined? Check out Conwy Castle, a massive fortification dating back to the 13th century.