The best Valentine’s Day destinations

Looking for a way to show that special someone just how much they mean to you? Well, turn your Valentine’s Day into a Valentine’s Stay with an affordable mini-break to one of the country’s many fantastically romantic locations. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best places for a wonderful romance where you can win the heart of your loved one, and show what a catch you really are.

1) Little Venice

Little VeniceLeafy canals and brightly coloured barges epitomise this quiet corner of London, which is a perfect place to take your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. The aptly named Little Venice might be our capital’s most romantic oasis. Head away from the hustle and bustle of a busy London street, and find yourselves immersed in the tranquility of Venice in miniature. Not well popularised by tourist boards, Little Venice is an ideal place to bring your beau for an intimate Valentine’s trip. Walk hand-in-hand along the water’s edge, stop off for a spot of lunch on a floating cafe, or do some wildlife watching at the beautiful Browning’s Pool. Much less busier, and much easier to get to, than the Italian version, your special someone will certainly be impressed with a trip to Little Venice this Valentine’s Day.  


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London Central Marylebone

 

London Greenwich High Road

 

London Covent Garden


2) Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon AvonRomeo and Juliet, Benedick and Beatrice, Anthony and Cleopatra. The world’s greatest love stories have all started in Stratford Upon Avon, so add your own chapter with a last minute Valentine’s getaway to this iconic town. The birthplace of our most famous playwright, Stratford Upon Avon is stuffed full of Shakespeare. See the house where he was born, take in a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the home of Shakespeare’s one true love. Even if you loathe a lengthy sonnet, there are plenty of things to do in Stratford Upon Avon for couples in love. Whisper sweet nothings whilst you stroll along the majestic River Avon, pucker up as you picnic in one of the beautifully sculpted gardens, or make their heart flutter with a visit to the incredible Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm. With no shortage of activities, you’ll find much ado in Stratford Upon Avon this Valentine’s Day.


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Stratford Upon Avon

 

Stratford Alcester


3) Bath

BathBath, just like your Valentine, boasts beauty and brilliance in abundance. So what better way to treat your beau than by bedding down in this exquisite Somerset city. With fabulous Georgian architecture on every street, one of the best free things you can do in Bath is just to take a walk. Bath looks especially beautiful at night, when buildings are lit up like your loved one’s heart, and you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with romance. There’s plenty to do for couples here, from punting along the river, hot air balloon rides, or just enjoying some of the world-class shopping. Of course, there are loads of intimate restaurants where you can sip cocktails and share desserts. For something a little different, take your partner on the Bath Skyline Walk, a National Trust managed walking route that circles Bath, giving unparalleled views over this beautiful place.  


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Bath City Centre

 

Bath Central

 

Bath Waterside


4) Torquay

TorquayWho wouldn’t be impressed with a mini-break to a stunning seaside town on the Riviera. Win their heart with a weekend away to gorgeous Torquay, the jewel of the English Riviera. This traditional Devonshire coastal town has become a popular summer tourist spot, but avoiding the crowds in the quieter season is a great way to see the beauty of this part of the country, which is a designated UNESCO Global Geopark. You’ll be spoilt for choice trying to decide which breathtaking part of the coast to watch the glorious sunsets. And of course, Torquay boasts some of the very best seafood in the country, whether it be humble fish and chips, or some fine dining fresh from the sea, Torquay has it all.  


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Torquay


5) Marlow

MarlowNestled on the banks of the River Thames is this beautiful Buckinghamshire town. One of the most charming towns on the Thames, Marlow is surrounded by beautiful meadows and the rich woodland of the Chiltern Hills. For hundreds of years, Marlow has been a desirable location, and these days boutique shops, artisanal restaurants, Georgian architecture and fabulous scenery make it one of the best Valentine’s Day destinations around. Whilst obviously you could spend a whole weekend sitting on the banks of the river, staring longingly into your loved one’s eyes, there are some fabulous couples activities you could engage with. Take your partner on a boat trip up the Thames to Henley or Windsor, play a round of mini-golf or get lost in the maze in the award winning Higginson Park, and get yourself a table at celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin star gastropub, The Hand and Flowers. Whatever you choose to do, it’s a wonderful place for two. 


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Marlow


6) Porthmadog

PorthmadogPorthmadog is a quiet port town where the mountains meet the sea. Set in the stunning surroundings of Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog is a perfect dreamscape for romancing your partner. Known as The Gateway to Snowdonia, Porthmadog is the perfect base to explore the beautiful scenery of North Wales, and see for yourself why it is quickly becoming one of Europe’s hottest destinations for outdoor activities. After a day in the mountains, pop down with your partner to Black Rock Sands, an incredible 3 mile long beach with sand so soft, they won’t believe it is in the UK. It might not be sun-bathing weather on Valentine’s Day, but you’ll likely have this beautiful beach all to yourselves. Porthmadog itself is a charming little town, with craft shops, fabulous local restaurants, and plenty of incredible history nearby, including three World Heritage castles, Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy, making this a perfect place for a couple’s getaway. 


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Porthmadog


7) York

York MinsterLegend has it that couples who kiss under the heart shaped window of York Minster will stay together forever. In that case, think hard about who you’ll be taking to York for a Valentine’s Day break, or you could be stuck with an awful grumbletonian for life. York is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With dramatic gothic architecture, world-class culture, fabulous food, and shopping aplenty, it would be hard for your better half to not be impressed by a stay in York. Whilst a visit to York Minster is obviously a must, there’s also river cruises, the York Dungeon, over 30 fantastic museums, and a sumptuously delicious history of chocolate for you and your beau to indulge in.  


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York Central Micklegate

 

York Central

 

York Central Layerthorpe


8) Chester

ChesterTravel back in time to one of the best high streets in the country. Beam-fronted buildings and dramatic gothic structures line the streets of the centre, making Chester one of the most attractive cities around. Fortunately, just like your Valentine, Chester has both beauty and substance. Steeped in history, Chester is enclosed by the most complete Roman wall in the UK, and also boasts the largest Roman amphitheatre. It’s oh-so-easy to shop until you drop, especially with the fabulous Chester Rows, a 700 year old half-timbered shopping terrace which sits above the High Street. The cafe culture here rivals that of Paris. Grab a delicious pastry, a smooth cup of coffee, and take a pew on an outside table to engage in some people watching. One thing certainly not to miss is a trip to Chester Zoo, one of the UK’s most popular attractions, with over 500 species of endangered animals set in acres of beautiful garden, it is one of the finest zoos in the country, and a great way to spend some time with your loved one.       


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Chester Central

 

Chester Central Bridge Street

 

Chester Warrinton Road


9) Lake District

Lake District Coniston WaterLakes, mountains, forests, and more lakes. There is perhaps no better place to show your adoring affection than in the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District National Park. Home to England’s highest peak, deepest lake, and cutest couple (that’s you guys), the Lake District is one of the most enthralling places you can visit. Dotted with delightful little villages where you can get pub lunches, afternoon teas, and all sorts of local treats to round off a good day’s hiking, this awe inspiring place is fabulous for a couple’s romantic getaway. Whilst you’re here, make sure you take your flame to Grasmere, right at the heart of the Lake district. It’s a gorgeous village, home to the very best, traditionally made gingerbread, unlike any you will have tried.      


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Cockermouth

 

Penrith


10) Edinburgh

EdinburghThe great Scottish bard Rabbie Burns once wrote, O my luve is like a red, red, rose. Well, your love can’t help but blossom and bloom in the gorgeous city of Edinburgh, guaranteed to give you a great time this Valentine’s Day. A walk around Edinburgh is a true spectacle, with a castle, a palace, and beautiful buildings round every corner, your spouse will have a hard time keeping their eyes on you in the stunning Scottish capital. For breathtaking views over the city, take a walk up Arthur’s Seat, the remains of an ancient volcano, or head to Portobello Beach for some bracing sea air and dolphin spotting. For some great couple’s fun, pop into the Camera Obscura, a treasure trove of a museum dedicated to illusions of light, jam-packed with magical exhibitions to trick the eyes. Make your own magical experiences with your partner this Valentine’s Day, and book a stay in Edinburgh.       


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Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place

 

Edinburgh Central Princes Street

 

Edinburgh Central