Are you looking to spend some time away from home with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Forget Paris and Venice, the UK has a vast array of beautiful and romantic locations to explore with your other half.

From the cobbled streets of York to the stunning coastal scenery of Devon, there are plenty of incredible destinations, and as Google searches for ‘Valentine’s getaway’ is already up 24% on last year, it’s clear couples are looking for that perfect place to escape for a weekend this year. But where should you pick?

The Lake District, England

Known for its picturesque landscapes and vast walking routes, the beautiful scenery of the Lake District makes it an ideal destination for couples looking for a romantic weekend away.

Thrill seekers can get their fill with plenty of water sports to choose from, and for those wanting a more peaceful experience why not head to Ambleside and take in the 360-degree views on a privately rented boat? Or take in the sunset with a hot air balloon ride over Windermere Lake.

For the foodies, the Lake District is also home to the world-famous, 3 Michelin star fine dining experience at L’Enclume, the number one spot in the UK Good Food Guide.

York, England

If cobbled streets, historical artifacts, and medieval towns sound like you, a couple’s trip to York is a must.

Start with a stroll down The Shambles, one of the most well-kept medieval streets in the country also voted the prettiest street in the UK, and sample World-renowned chocolate in one of the many chocolatiers.

A walk around York City Walls which have stood since the Roman era offers should also be on your list, as they offer fantastic viewpoints of the Cathedral city. York is also home to plenty of activities perfect for couples, from pottery painting to wine tasting.

Devon, England

With miles of white sand beaches, breathtaking stately homes, and historic villages to explore, the county of Devon offers endless possibilities when celebrating with the one you love.

Take a stroll in search of waterfalls at Canonteign Falls or use the Dark Skies Discovery Site in Exmoor National Park for a clear view of the twinkling stars, before returning to a cosy cottage in front of the fire. Plus with plenty of romantic getaways from Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays, you’ll have the perfect place to stay over Valentine’s weekend.

Portmeirion, Wales

Not your typical seaside destination, this Welsh town often dubbed the ‘Little Italy’ of the UK, offers sub-tropical gardens, colourful architecture, and a Mediterranean way of life, perfect for Valentine’s getaway.

Take a walk around the Village Gardens to explore the sub-tropical forest which is home to secret gardens and 19 miles of mythical paths. Save your Italian trip and settle for something just as beautiful, but 1400 miles closer.

Edinburgh, Scotland

For those wanting a mixture of city life and Old Town living, Scotland’s capital could be the perfect place for you. With cobbled streets and plenty of history, this city offers a truly romantic stay.

Embrace the surroundings and walk up Arthurs Seat, an extinct volcano that offers unmatched views of the city. After descending, stroll through Edinburgh’s backstreets in search of a secret bar to experience the Scottish nightlife.

Bath, England

Famous for its Georgian architecture, Roman baths and museums, the city of Bath is often dubbed as the jewel of South-West England.

Spend your weekend hand in hand walking through the city and admiring the grand buildings, before stopping to take a snap of the breathtaking Royal Crescent. To rest your legs, stop by at the Thermae Bath Spa to experience Britain’s only natural thermal spa, and feel benefits from the mineral rich water, just as the Celts and Romans did.

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