Shambles, York
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My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.
— Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Travel"

Romance in the UK

Five Cities in the UK
Ideal for a Romantic Trip

The United Kingdom has always had a rich history in terms of romance. For starters, it is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the man behind Romeo and Juliet. History Lists discussed the classic tale, stating that it is "probably the most well-known love story of all time." In more recent times, places such as Notting Hill have also been heavily associated with romance, not to mention a host of others. So, here are five romantic cities ideal for a weekend getaway.

1. York
In a European Traveler post, York was highlighted as one of the must-see cities in the UK. Heworth, one of the city’s villages, is the hometown of veteran actress Dame Judi Dench. She described it as a “remarkable city with its winding, cobbled streets and beautiful architecture.” But aside from its quaint appearance, another unique thing about York is its rich culture of chocolate.

Shambles Street was dubbed "Britain’s Home of Chocolate" in 2012. You can buy your loved one a box of chocolates from Monk Bar Chocolatiers, or you can share intimate moments while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa at York’s Cocoa House. The city is home to one of the world’s biggest KitKat factories, too, which produces six million bars each day.


LondonPhoto by Duncan from Nottingham, UK

2. London
Albeit London is the UK’s busiest city, it still has numerous places that let you enjoy relaxing activities. The Telegraph shared a list of London attractions which are perfect for a quiet romantic date. Popular romantic trips include hillside picnics in Hampstead Heath and rowing along the Serpentine in Hyde Park where you can share the waters with swans.

Enjoying quiet moments is a good chance to connect with your partner in a deeper way. Foxy Bingo stressed the importance of a quiet date in strengthening the intimacy of your relationship. After all, actions speak louder than words. And the best part is you don’t have to travel outside the country’s capital to find a spot where you can bond intimately with your sweetheart.


3. Edinburgh
Wow 24/7 listed more than two dozen romantic activities in Edinburgh, and highlighted it as having some of the most affordable places for a date. From the classic candlelit dinner at places like The Witchery at Castlehill and The Royal Mile, to stargazing at the Royal Observatory during their Winter Astronomy Evenings, Edinburgh has a multitude of romantic places to visit with your loved one.


Royal Ave., Belfast
Photo by William Murphy

4. Belfast
Live out your romantic fairy tale fantasies in Belfast at two palaces that serve as hotels. Visit Belfast included the two notable destinations in their Top 10 Most Romantic Places in the city. The Merchant Hotel showcases lovely Victorian architecture. It features elegant rooms, an exquisitely designed jazz bar, as well as a grand restaurant that takes you back to your favorite classic British novels.

Meanwhile, you can indulge in luxurious pampering at Hastings Culloden Estate and Spa. Built originally as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, it now offers guests a beautiful bed and breakfast experience. Take a couple’s massage and/or recreational oil treatments with your significant other.


Cleveland House
Photo by Rod Ward

5. Bath
Some of the most romantic stories in English literature are found in Jane Austen’s works, many of which have featured Bath. In fact, the city holds its own Jane Austen festival every September. Travel Live Learn highlighted it as one of the romantic highlights of Bath if you manage to get to the city during the time the festival is being held.

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