Top 10 Most Romatic Cities in the UK
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When you think of the most romantic cities for honeymoon, your first thoughts are likely to be of enchanting Paris, magical Venice, and beautiful Bruges. But it’s often easy to forget to look closer to home for travel inspiration. The UK has a whole host of romantic cities which are perfect for a couples getaway.
These romantic cities are ranked by KnowInsiders based on the romantic hotels, restaurants and things to do per square kilometer, and Norwich had the best average ranking across all the categories. The city scored especially highly for things to do as a couple, with 70 activities. Norwich Cathedral, the Broads National Park and Felbrigg Hall are all rated highly as date locations.
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3. Loch Lomond
5. Lake District
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Norwich was once the second largest city in the UK. It's the only city in the UK where a national park, the Norfolk Broads, falls into its borders. The historical remnants of Roman, Viking and Saxon influences over the years have left a memorable impact that qualifies Norwich to be one of the best UK city breaks for couples to visit.
There are several delicious places to eat and visit in Norwich. One of the most beautiful to take a post-meal stroll is Elm Hill. Here you’ll find an array of shops and galleries, designed to fit in with their surroundings. Elm Hill is one of the many picturesque areas of the city that offers a rare glimpse into its medieval past.
For something a little different, and slightly off the beaten path, head to the Plantation Garden. This is a stunning Victorian garden that fell into disrepair after WWII until it was restored to its current glory by volunteers in the 1980s. It's still lovingly maintained by volunteers to this day. The garden is set over three acres and features a rustic bridge and a gothic-inspired fountain.
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World-renowned for its academic prowess and ancient university, Oxford combines historical charm with a modern twist. Known as The City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford has been home to scholars, prime ministers and royalty. It’s bursting with charming historical buildings, as well as plenty of colleges and museums to explore.
History aside, Oxford is a thriving business hub, with a growing community of tech companies and world-leading businesses. It’s this combination of quintessential English charm and modern outputs that makes Oxford such an appealing and romantic city to visit. It’s also an absolute dream for Harry Potter fans, with countless filming locations to explore.
3. Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond is nothing short of magical, and so lands a well-earned place as one of the UK’s most romantic places to stay. The Trossachs National Park in which it sits is Scotland’s first national park, spanning from the Southern Highlands to the Scottish western coast and offers visitors who travel the distance, a window into a fairy tale.
From scenic hikes to enchanting villages and more opportunities for a waterside tipple than you can shake a short stick at, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in another world entirely.
Where to stay: The Lodge On Loch Lomond Hotel, sitting – unsurprisingly - right on the banks of Loch Lomond, provides a perfect base for the restorative waters of the loch and its mountainous backdrop. And, on your return, the hearty cuisine at Colquhoun's waterfront restaurant, using local seafood, will offer a further taste of what is on offer here.
Few rock bands have had as lasting an impact on a country's cultural scene than the Beatles (and probably the one band both individuals in a couple can agree to actually like!). And nowhere is this more evident than in the Fab Four's home town of Liverpool.
Popular things to do in this once again hip port city include hopping aboard any one of the many guided tours that will whisk you to the best-known Beatles' landmarks. These include the better-known spots such as the informative The Beatles Story, a museum dedicated to the band's time in Liverpool and on the world stage. It just so happens to be located in the Albert Dock area, so be sure to spend time exploring this old harbor area with its modernized wharfs and warehouses.
Those who enjoy a little exploration on their own would do well to pick up a Liverpool map and mark out a route that takes in some of the other Beatles-related points of interest. Be sure to include the Cavern Walks, a series of murals created by John Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, in the downtown area. Then head further afield to places like 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood home of Paul McCartney and now a museum. Also worth a visit are sites such as Lennon's old home on Menlove Avenue, along with the selfie opportunities along Penny Lane and at Strawberry Field.
5. Lake District
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The Lake District in Cumbria is one of those unique destinations that encapsulates the quintessential English scenery, its gently rolling hills and pleasant pastures interspersed with lovely lakes and charming villages, ensuring a timeless appeal. Whether you're simply looking for a place to rest your heels while enjoying the views, or are seeking something a little more adventurous, this collection of 16 gorgeous lakes, moors, and valleys is ideal.
Hill-walkers are spoiled for choice thanks to the large Lake District National Park, home to the tallest peaks – including England's tallest mountain, Scafell Pike – and the prettiest lakes. There are trails suitable for all levels, from gentle lake-side affairs to those that require a little more fitness but are well worth the effort for the spectacular views. Park highlights include a great visitor's center in Kendal, a variety of boat tours, and numerous lovely old villages in which to stop and rest awhile over a well-deserved lunch or dinner.
If you're wanting lakeside views, stick close to the shores of the region's largest lake, Windermere. Most of the Lake District's tourist attractions and related things to do are to be enjoyed here, including pleasant lake cruises that carry guests from quaint village to village. There's also the fun Haverthwaite Steam Railway, which travels through the spectacular scenery of the Leven Valley.
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When it comes to romantic getaways in the UK, few places in Europe can match that of Edinburgh. The Scottish capital boasts no end of great views over its most important historical landmarks, whether it is catching a glimpse of a stunning sunset behind Edinburgh Castle (a great place to spend a day exploring), or relaxing on Calton Hill, with its spectacular views across Princes Street, especially from its famous folly, a replica of the columns from the Acropolis in Athens.
After taking in these and other top Edinburgh sites, including the lovely Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen's Edinburgh residence), treat your loved one to a sumptuous dinner at one of the city's top-rated restaurants. Some of the best come with stunning views over landmarks such as the castle (the award-winning Tower Restaurant atop the National Museum of Scotland is a great choice).
If great theater and cultural activities are your thing, try to time your visit to include such world-renowned events as the Edinburgh Fringe (August), a 25-day celebration of the arts, or the equally popular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August). In winter, it's all about the city's great Christmas Market (December).
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Those seeking a romantic weekend break couldn't do much better than visit the university city of Cambridge. Less than an hour north of London by train, it's easy to get to and a lot of fun to explore on foot – so leave the car behind.
Start your Cambridge adventure with an exploration of the city's many magnificent university colleges. There are 31 of these historic colleges here, together providing an endless array of architectural eye-candy, with historic attractions that date back as far as the late 1200s.
If pressed for time (it'd take weeks to visit them all), be sure to include King's College in your Cambridge itinerary, notable for its large well-manicured grounds and river views, and its stunning chapel (try to time it for a choir practice or service – early evenings are often good). And for the ultimate romantic selfie, head to the 15th-century Queens' College with its many well-preserved medieval buildings, and look for the old Mathematical Bridge for an unforgettable backdrop.
Finally, no visit to Cambridge would be complete without hopping on one of the many people-powered punts, the distinctive flat-bottomed watercraft used to move people around the city's shallow canals and on the River Cam. Punting is a delightful way to spend an hour or two with a loved one and provides views of this historic college town you may otherwise have missed (not to mention the chance for some quality time together).
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Bath is a truly beautiful city, with its renowned Georgian architecture, sand-coloured townhouses and recognisable sweeping crescents. It brings a strong historical presence with its famous Roman baths and former resident Jane Austen. Add to this charm a healthy amount of greenery and it’s easy to see why photogenic Bath is the perfect UK city for a romantic getaway.
Surrounded by rural farms and rolling countryside, Bath benefits from fantastic local produce. This makes for an impressive selection of independent shops and eateries, as well as some fantastic restaurants. With year-round festivals, Bath is a hub for theatre, music and sport. Plus, it’s easily accessible from London if you’re looking to escape the capital.
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The vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a city with a troubled history and rich cultural appeal. It may not be the first UK city you think of when looking for a romantic getaway, but it has plenty to offer couples. With stunning scenery and famous landmarks, you won’t be short of things to do in Belfast.
You’ll find world-class restaurants and bars for delectable food and drink. Or spend some time soaking up the long and complex history of the city. And let’s not forget the friendly people – settled down with a couple of drinks in a traditional pub and get to know the locals.
What to see
From the Titanic and Game of Thrones to walks and landmarks, here’s what to see in Belfast:
Titanic Belfast: The world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, take the chance to explore the famous ship in an interactive and insightful way.
Cave Hill Country Park: Enjoy a romantic but challenging walk through Cave Hill Country Park. Take in the archaeological sites, beautiful gardens and panoramic views.
Game of Thrones tour: For fans of the popular series, a Game of Thrones tour is a must. Visit the recognisable landmarks used in the series and get the insider scoop.
Where to stay
If luxury is what you’re after from a romantic UK city break, you’ll find it at The Merchant Hotel. With spacious art deco rooms and an excellent spa, it’s a top pick for a special occasion.
For an option that won’t melt your credit card, choose a unique Airbnb. This Hot Tub House is the perfect spot for a romantic city break. Plus, it’s right in the centre of the city so you don’t have to compromise on location.
Where to eat
Hadskis is an award-winning restaurant serving European cuisine in a modern setting. Enjoy Irish steak, homemade pasta, and great wine.
Coco Restaurant is ideal for a romantic meal with your better half. With a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, it’s a classy restaurant with a ‘date night’ offer from Monday to Thursday
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York is renowned for Vikings and the stunning buildings, such as the York Minster Cathedral and even the train station. However, if you fancy discovering a hidden gem amongst the architecture, then why not visit the Bar Convent Hotel and its not-so-secret chapel tucked away inside. While this is now a hotel, it’s also one of England’s oldest working convents, having been founded in 1686 and it’s still going. The chapel itself is both ornate and humble but comes complete with a priest hole, which was once used to hide priests from persecution.
If hidden chapels aren’t for you, then why not take a walk around the city perimeter, via the wall. The medieval walls of York offer the longest stretch of preserved boundary building work in the UK. It’ll take you roughly two hours to complete the full circuit, but you can opt for shorter routes as well. The walls are generally open from sunrise to sunset, which means that opening times vary depending on the season. This is a fantastic way to view the whole of the city and keep on top of your steps too!
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