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Rekindle your romance in the United Kingdom: our top picks

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.

2) Cornwall

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.

4) Snowdonia

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.

Top Driving Roads in Europe?

Many of us have thought of driving some iconic routes in Europe, I know I have. As it happens, we’ve come across a comprehensive infographic listing some of the best driving routes in Europe and attached it below.

Frankly, all of them look good but the one that really gets my attention is the Black Mountain Pass in Wales which, not surprisingly is known as one of the best roads in Wales. Take a look at the image above, it’s from the Black Mountain Pass, I’m glad I wasn’t sipping on a coffee when I saw it or said coffee would have ended on the screen. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

Big thanks to Yourparkingspace for compiling such a great collection of driving routes.

Discovering the best cultural highlights of Wales

photo by CC user Dbenbenn on wikimedia commons

Want to uncover the best cultural highlights of Wales on your next journey to the UK? These attractions should be at the top of your “to see” list…

1) Conwy Castle

A massive medieval era fortress built in the 13th century to help Edward I conquer Wales, this imposing structure isn’t just a highlight of Wales, but of the entire United Kingdom.

UNESCO has recognized this castle for its brilliant construction with regards to military tactics, and though it has gotten on its years, its form has resembled what most people think about when they think about what a castle should look like.

2) Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is another impressive keep in Wales, as its tall walls will inspire awe as it inspired fear in conquering armies back in the olden days.

In much better shape than it was during the days of the Tudor dynasty, when the unity between the English and Welsh made the upkeep of castles a less urgent matter, you will enjoy the time you will spend strolling inside its walls.

Used up until the English Civil War, when its deteriorated but still usable fortifications still managed to repel parliamentarians three times during the period when it was occupied by the Royalists, you still be able to feel the history of this place as you walk through it.

3) St Fagans National History Museum

Located in the village of the same name, the St Fagans National History Museum is where the traditional lifestyle, architecture and culture of the Welsh people is put on display for visitors from abroad to observe and learn about.

Considered by several travel publications to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United Kingdom, the grounds of this museum contains over 40 buildings that were re-located from elsewhere in Wales. This gives visitors a solid idea of what is what like to live in this country in centuries past, making a worthwhile addition to your travel itinerary.

4) Big Pit National Coal Museum

Up until the 1980’s, much of the economy of Wales was propped up by the coal industry. After this point in time, prices collapsed and collieries folded in dramatic fashion.

Little remains of this dusty way to make a living today, but the Big Pit National Coal Museum stands as a testament to the hard work of that era.

It shows how the citizens of this country dedicated themselves to pulling an energy rich rock from the ground that helped power a nation during its apex, which is a compelling enough reason to add it to your plans.