Britain isn’t exactly synonymous with romance. I’ve dreamed of romantic getaways in Paris, but not so much in Manchester. That said, over the years I’ve discovered that the country has its share of romantic travel destinations if you know where to look. So today I’ve put together a list of the 8 most romantic places in the UK.
Most Romantic Places in the UK
From Scottish islands to English country retreats, there’s no shortage of places to find love. So whatever your travel style or idea of romance, this list should help you find the perfect spot.
1. Isle of Ewe
When I first heard of Scotland’s Isle of Ewe, I thought of sheep. This isn’t such a bad thing, as sheep are pretty much the cutest things in the world. But if there’s one thing better than sheep, it’s love (most of the time, anyway). Which is why I thought it was pretty amazing when I said “Isle of Ewe” out loud and realized it sounded just like “I love you”. Try it. See? I’m not the only one to have discovered this, either. The Isle of Ewe is a famous place for marriage proposals, weddings, and good old fashioned amorous declarations.
2. The Cotswolds
With picture-pretty cottages and impossibly beautiful towns, the Cotswolds have the UK market for fairytale beauty cornered. Nothing says romance like a fairytale (or have I seen too many Disney movies?), so the Cotswolds make a perfect romantic getaway. It’s hard to go wrong there, but some of my favorite places in the area are Bibury and Upper and Lower Slaughter.
3. Isles of Scilly
Way out west, the Isles of Scilly are home to some of the most romantic places in the UK. Just off the coast of Cornwall, the remote archipelago feels like it’s straight out of the Caribbean. But even though the islands have turquoise water and sandy beaches, the landscapes are distinctly British, with lush gardens, coastal paths, and the odd red phone box popping up to say hello.
If there’s one thing that says romance in Britain, it’s a good Jane Austen novel. And there’s no better place to channel your inner Elizabeth Bennet (she’s the girl from Pride and Prejudice, but you knew that) than the place where she and Mr. Darcy finally fall in love. Derbyshire is home to many film locations for movies adapted from Jane Austen’s novels, including the famous Chatsworth House and the beautiful peaks in the surrounding area.
5. Vineyards of Kent
Being Californian, I’m used to attending winery weddings. From Sonoma to Paso Robles, Santa Barbara to Mendocino, wineries in the state host weddings almost every weekend. But last spring I discovered that I don’t have to travel all the way home just to experience a little romance among the vines. Over in Kent, beautiful English wineries with seriously good sparkling wines offer all the romance without the hassle of airport security (and 11-hour flights!). And there’s plenty of that bubbly for those in need of liquid courage before saying Isle of Ewe. I mean, I love you.
6. Causeway Coastal Route
Quality time together is a great way to express affection, and a road trip is just the way to do it. Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route has been rated one of the top five road trips in the world, placing it among the most romantic places in the UK. Along the way are gorgeous coves, stunning seascapes, and lots of places to pull over and soak up the scenery. Nearby is the Bushmills Irish Whiskey distillery, too, so once again you’re not far from something to loosen your tongue (substantially! This stuff is strong, so drink with care if you don’t want to get carried away and accidentally propose. Awkward).
7. Brecon Beacons National Park
Out in Wales, Brecon Beacons National Park is known for its lush green hills and secret little waterfalls. It’s the perfect place to wander down secluded trails and sneak a cheeky kiss. There are lots of sheep around, too. They’re cute and cuddly and exude love, so this is pretty much the perfect romantic travel destination.
Surprise! London is on my list of the most romantic places in the UK. But before you roll your eyes and accuse me of including the capital just because I write a London blog, take a look at my 14 most romantic places in London post. If you’re not convinced after that, let the eye roll commence. But I think you’ll find that this city can be pretty good at putting people in the mood for love when it wants to.
What do you think are the most romantic places in the UK? Please share!