Our guide to UK honeymoons

A honeymoon in the UK is becoming an ever more popular choice for couples who have recently tied the knot. After months of careful planning and organisation, you both deserve a relaxing holiday and a chance to be alone together as a married couple. Our collection of romantic cottages across Britain’s most gorgeous destinations, are the perfect place for the two of you to disappear as a couple and spend cosy days and nights by the coast or tucked into a countryside farmhouse. But where should you go on your honeymoon and when? The UK is beautiful and romantic all year round and our guide will help you to pick the perfect destination for you, whatever time of year you choose to get away.

January in Scotland

Edinburgh views

“We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne”

Scotland in January is a winter wonderland. Wrap up warm with woolly hats and scarves and explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The city is alive with thousands of sparkling lights from Christmas and from the New Year’s and Hogmanay celebrations. Visit early to be part of the famous Hogmanay street party with live music, fireworks, the torchlight procession, and of course lots of dancing at a Ceilidh!

“Great chieftain o the puddin’ race”

Towards the end of the month, Scotland celebrates the birth of their national Bard, the poet Robert Burns. Why not head to a local farmers market and stock up on ingredients for your very own romantic Burns supper? On the 25th of January it is customary to sit down to a delicious meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, and a warming bowl of ‘cockaleekie’ soup to start and a delicious clootie dumpling for dessert. After dinner, snuggle up in front of the log fire, recite Burns' most romantic lines and enjoy a dram or two of fine Scotch whiskey.

February in North Wales

Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

North Wales is a beautiful place to celebrate your honeymoon. High mountains dominate the horizon in one direction and the Irish Sea crashes onto the coastline in the other. In February, the weather can be wild and windy but you’ll also be treated to some brighter days of wintry sunshine. Visit the Isle of Anglesey and enjoy a romantic picnic at one of Wales’ most romantic spots, the 1,500 year old church built in dedication of St Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers.

For winter honeymooners with a love of snow sports, North Wales’ Snowdonia National Park has slopes and runs to rival resorts overseas. Snowdon itself is a little too rocky and rugged for any good skiing or snowboarding but its surrounding peaks give perfect piste conditions after a good snowfall.

March in the Heart of England

The rolling hills of Shropshire

For a mix of peaceful countryside and lively cities head to the Heart of England for a spring honeymoon where you will be spoilt for choice with romantic activities and beautiful sights to see. From the rural rolling hills of Shropshire and the dazzling peaks of Derbyshire, to the beautiful gardens of Cheshire and the riverside romance of Oxfordshire, there’s so much beauty to take in and inspire you on your honeymoon. Using a cosy cottage as your base, travel around this beautiful area to new places and see the sights.

April in Bath and Bristol

The elegant city of Bath

Easter weather can be hard to predict, so we recommend heading to a destination with plenty of activities whatever the weather. If the sun is out, go exploring through Somerset’s countryside. The Levels, Moors and ancient gorges provide perfect spots for romantic picnics. Or if the weather’s not so good, head to Bristol for some great shopping, restaurants, and a vibrant night life.

If something a little more chic is your cup of tea, head to historic Bath and take a rooftop swim in the Thermae Spa. If the sun fails to shine, you can take a dip in the covered pool and afterwards sit yourselves in one of Bath’s many Michelin starred restaurants and enjoy a wonderfully romantic meal.

May in Yorkshire

Rolling Yorkshire countryside

Beautiful Yorkshire is a wonderful destination for a honeymoon: the food, the beautiful countryside and golden sandy beaches, and in May the weather is mild and sunny so you can get out and explore the great outdoors. The rolling countryside has so many romantic spots where waterfalls tumble into rivers and the May sun makes rainbows dance on the curtains of white water. Or head to Yorkshire’s stunning coast, though the sea will be pretty chilly at this time of year. A boat trip along the county’s many river and canal networks is a wonderful way to spend a day, and as night falls, why not head to the drive in and snuggle up to watch a movie?

June in South Devon

Dartmouth harbour

Hints of summer are just beginning to appear in June and we recommend South Devon for a spot of early summer sunshine for your honeymoon. The riverside towns of Dartmouth and Brixham are so romantic, just walking along the harbours hand in hand seeing the multicoloured rows of houses across the water and watching the little fishing boats pulling in to the quay is a wonderful way to spend your days. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to taste the freshest catches from the boats in the area’s many great restaurants.

July in West Cornwall

The coast path at St Agnes

Summer is here so we recommend that you choose the UK’s most temperate climate, the sub tropical paradise of West Cornwall. From long lazy days spent on beautiful beaches to active days trying to catch your first wave or learning to sail, beachside activities are in abundance on a Cornwall honeymoon. Of course for something a little more relaxed, you can head to the beautiful towns of St Ives, St Agnes, and St Just and spend time wandering round the pretty streets and unique shops, soaking up the traditional Cornish atmosphere and that wonderful July sunshine.

August in Dorset

Durdle Door

For a UK honeymoon in the height of summer choose the beautiful Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Although many others will be heading to the beach during the summer holidays, the coastline is so vast and there are so many secluded coves that you won’t be crowded by holidaymakers heading to the beach. Lulworth and Eype have beautiful beaches where you can settle down for romantic picnics or head into the towns for delicious lunches. The Woolacombe beach

There are so many perks to taking a romantic honeymoon holiday in September. The majority of holidaymakers that head to Devon have all come and gone as the new school year beckons; the country roads are quieter and you will easily be able to find a spot on the beach. The weather can be glorious at this time of year and on average, September is hotter than June, plus the sea will be warmer as it has had all summer long to heat up! Head to a cosy coastal retreat in North Devon spending days walking its beautiful beaches and coast paths, and evenings sat outside snuggled in a blanket watching the sun go down.

October in the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water

Autumn in the Cotswolds is a kaleidoscope of green, gold, and amber hues. For a peaceful honeymoon in one of the UK’s most beautiful locations, the Cotswolds is a perfect choice. The mild climate at this time of year means that you can spend plenty of time outdoors walking through the pretty woodland trails and country lanes, stop into traditional pubs where a log fire crackles for a delicious meal, or hop from tearoom to cafe sampling yummy homemade cakes.

November in the North of England

Lindisfarne, Northumberland

November is the season for fireworks and bonfires and the North of England is where you’ll find the best celebrations. The nights are long turning the sky into a huge canvas for colourful displays and plenty of romantic stargazing opportunities. The Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield is world-famous for its amazing annual firework display attracting nearly 20,000 spectators every year. Each year, a surprise act will take to the stage to perform for the evening before the display kicks off accompanied by music, a fun fair and plenty of food stalls. By day, there are hundreds of miles of rolling hills and gorgeous countryside to explore, as well as coastal scenery to soak up.

December in Norfolk

The Norfolk Broads

Head to Norfolk for a festive honeymoon; from the beginning of December, traditional German markets begin to pop up around the county’s squares and halls offering hand-crafted gifts, delicious traditional food, and of course plenty of hot sweet mulled wine. Spend your days browsing the markets and sampling the wares, and head to the beach for wintry walks along the sand. Being on the beach in December seems like an unusual day out, but if you’re wrapped up warm and comfortable there’s a high chance you’ll be able to enjoy the entire beach to yourselves.

Posted by Emma on 14th February 2017