101 romantic things to do in the UK

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Posted by Ed on 14th December 2020

Valentine’s Day, a wonderfully romantic tradition and a chance for loved up couples to celebrate their relationship, or a great excuse to get away, find somewhere new to explore and do something extra special together.

Nothing says 'I love you' like a date at one of England's most romantic sites. Renowned for its picturesque coastline, dramatic countryside and charming villages, the UK is brimming with enchanting spots, perfect for quality time together and hand-in-hand adventures.

We have searched Scotland, England and Wales to reveal 101 romantic things to do in the UK this Valentine’s Day. Show someone you're thinking of them with a surprise getaway in one of our cosy romantic holiday cottages and indulge in one of these romantic date ideas: they’re much better than a heart-shaped box of chocolates…

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Romantic things to do in Devon

1. Have a cosy picnic at Tarr Steps, Exmoor

2. Ride the iconic cliff railway Lynton and Lynmouth, Exmoor

3. Wander the landscaped gardens at Arlington Court, Arlington

4. Enjoy a 1950s afternoon tea at Tea on the Green, Westward Ho!

5. Go horse riding through Haldon Forest Park, Exeter

6. Take a peaceful cycle ride along the Grand Western Canal, Tiverton

7. Play crazy golf at Ilfracombe’s pitch and putt course, Ilfracombe

8. Visit the charming port of Clovelly, Devon

9. Book a cookery course at the famous River Cottage, Plymouth

10. Stroll the seaside at sunset on Devon’s beautiful Woolacombe beach, Woolacombe

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Romantic things to do in Dorset

11. Visit Mudeford Quay for unrivalled views of the resident swans, Christchurch

12. Keen sailors head to Christchurch to explore picturesque Dorset by boat, Christchurch

13. Skate harmoniously across the ice at the Cool Coast Ice Rink, Bournemouth

14. Photograph the well-known coastal area Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Lulworth

15. Unlock the key to each other’s hearts in a personalised treasure hunt at Treasure Trails Dorset, Dorchester

16. Discover the Dorchester local produce market, pick up fresh foods and cook a romantic meal for two, Dorchester

17. Get literary inspiration like Jane Austen did at the Cobb, Lyme Regis

18. Enjoy the fruits of Furleigh Estate’s labour by swilling the award-winning wine produced by vines, Salway Ash

19. Share a gastronomic slice of Victoria sponge at Love Cake. Two forks please!, Swanage

20. Photograph the magnificent cliffs of West Bay, as seen on Broadchurch, Bridport

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Romantic things to do in the Cotswolds

21. Meander through the golden architecture of Arlington Row, Bibury

22. Pay homage to Shakespeare at his cottage in Stratford-Upon-Avon

23. Take a craft course together at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

24. Jointly swing from the trees at Head 4 the Heights, Cirencester

25. Indulge in an afternoon tea at Lucy’s Tearoom, Stow on the Wold

26. Explore the resting place of Henry VIII’s late wives at Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham

27. Go back in time at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre, Tewkesbury

28. Catch a show at one of Britain’s smallest theatres, The Theatre, Chipping Norton

39. Have a picnic by the waterside in Bourton on the Water, Bourton on the Water

30. Drink beer together in the 150-year-old Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton

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Romantic things to do in Wales

31. Mosey around the grounds of Hogwarts looking scenery at Castell Coch, Cardiff

32. Grab a blanket and snuggle while watching the sun go down on Barafundle Bay, Pembroke

33. Take a canoe out onto the lake at Llyn Tegid, Gwynedd

34. Get your own taste of Italy within Wales at Portmeirion, Gwynedd

35. Spoil yourselves with a gut-busting American breakfast at AberYankee American Diner, Aberystwyth

36. Venture out on a boat to find mythical creatures on Llyn y Fan Fach lake, Carmarthenshire

37. View the spectacular landscape at the Brecon Beacons from the height of a horse, Brecon Beacons

38. Find, pick and cook foraged food found from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

39. Spot graceful dolphins from the side of a boat in Cardigan Bay, Cardigan

40. Indulge in a gourmet lobster lunch from the famous street food stall at Café Mor at Freshwater West beach, Pembrokeshire

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Romantic things to do in Scotland

41. Be lost and found in Traquair maze, Innerleithen

42. Admire the historic views from Calton Hill, Edinburgh

43. Wrap up and snuggle under the stars at Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway

44. Tour the Nevis Range from the Mountain Gondola, Lochaber

45. Take a dip in waters of The Falls of Bruar, Perth

46. Browse the classic antiques of Fife to find a lifetime artefact, Fife

47. Board a seaplane in Loch Lomond, leaving the world behind!, Loch Lomond

48. Swim in a fairy pool on the remote Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye

49. Collaborate and escape from a locked room. A test of patience!, Glasgow

50. Ride Segways at the Lothians & Fife Ranger National Trust Park, Edinburgh

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Romantic things to do in Norfolk

51. Woo your loved one in the dramatic grounds of Blickling Hall, Bickling

52. Purchase unique gifts for each other in the quaint lane of Elm Hill, Norwich

53. Prance through the fields of purple at Norfolk Lavender, Heacham

54. Admire the seals from the edge of a boat at the Temples Seal Trips, Morston

55. Feel an old-fashioned nostalgia at Hollywood Cinemas in Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth

56. Watch the birds swoop above you at RSPB Titchwell Marsh, King's Lynn

57. Candyfloss, carousels and casino games. The Pleasure Beach is a fun alternative to a date, Great Yarmouth

58. Hit the ski slopes together at Norfolk Snowsports Club, Norwich

59. Don the golf trousers and try your hand at the Lost World Adventure Golf, Hemsby

60. Splash out on a Michelin-starred restaurant for two at Morston Hall, Morston

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Romantic things to do in Yorkshire

61. Play the Crawleys in Highclere Castle, home of TV hit Downton Abbey, Newbury

62. Practice your balancing skills at Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

63. Sip a cappuccino on the water’s edge at Knaresborough, Knaresborough

64. Throw on the wellies at the beautiful Dalby Forest in North York Moors, Pickering

65. As the capital of the performing arts, catch a show at the Northern Ballet Theatre, Leeds

66. Dine on proper English fish and chips at one of the UK’s largest fishing ports, Staithes

67. Cuddle in the car at a drive-in movie at Harewood House, Leeds

68. Receive the model treatment on a romantic photoshoot at The Model Experience, Leeds

69. Enjoy a massage in a prestigious spa, Raithwaite Hall, Whitby

70. Fall in love over chocolate at York Chocolate Story, York

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Romantic things to do in the Heart of England

71. Punting on River Cherwell in Oxford, Oxfordshire

72. Enjoy the fresh local produce of the Good Life Wholefood Restaurant, Shropshire

73. Treat your sweetie to a sweetie inspired cocktail in the artistic bear garden in The Jekyll and Hyde, Birmingham

74. Marvel at the beauty of the butterfly at Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Whitchurch

75. Visit the Cider Museum to see how the delicious beverage gets its unique flavour, Herefordshire

76. Relish a dinner for two at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, Birmingham

77. Car enthusiasts will love the Donington Grand Prix Collection, Derbyshire

78. Dine on the ultimate Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Davenports Tea Room, Cheshire

79. Dress up, place your bets and enjoy a day at the Chester Races, Chester

80. Wander the mansion and the 1,000 acre deer park at Tatton Park, Peak District

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Romantic things to do in Cornwall

81. Walk hand-in-hand along the bay of Crackington Haven, Bude

82. Practice your rowing skills on a rowing boat for two, Fowey

83. Zip-off together down the 750ft zip wire in Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay

84. Seize a kiss on a moonlight walk adjacent to the River Fal, Roseland Peninsula

85. Visit the Tate St Ives located in one of Britain’s most beautiful spots, St Ives

86. Devour a steak accompanied by olives and cheeses at Dreckly’s Deli and Steakhouse, Penzance

87. Explore hidden pathways and bamboo tunnels in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Heligan

88. Swim in the great open fresh air at Jubilee Pool, Penzance

89. Explore 900 acres together of parkland and woodland at Lanhydrock house, Bodmin

90. Learn to cook like Rick Stein at his cookery school for two, Padstow

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Romantic things to do in London

91. Aphrodisiac lovers will enjoy knocking back the oysters at Bibendum, Chelsea

92. Sip a shared milkshake at an all-American café; Tinseltown Diner, Farringdon

93. Visit Lucky Voice Soho to do a karaoke rendition of ‘Endless Love’, Soho

94. Beat your other half at an intense game of ping pong at Bounce, Holborn

95. Get a sweeping view of the city at the Shard, Southwark

96. Tour the world’s oldest music hall, Wilton’s Music Hall, London

97. Take a leaf from Mary Poppins’ book and go fly a kite at Parliament Hill, Camden

98. Indulge in tasty treats by going on a guided chocolate tour, Mayfair

99. Gaze at the stars together at the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s planetarium, Greenwich

100. Seduce your loved one with fresh roses from Columbia Roads Flower Market, Tower Hamlets

101. Dance to electric jazz at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s, Soho

Romantic places to stay in the UK

The possibilities are almost endless - what takes your fancy from our list? Perhaps you now have several ideas for romantic holidays or are planning a road trip across the country together.

From beachside retreats to country hideaways, our romantic cottages in the UK are perfectly placed to be able to enjoy these wonderful days out, so make this Valentine’s Day one to remember…

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For more inspiration, why not check out our ideas for an alternative romantic break in the UK or if you’re thinking of popping the question, the ten most romantic spots to propose?

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.