Romantic Weekends and Getaways
The UK has become a popular destination for couples looking for romantic weekends. In truth, the country has a lot to offer visitors, from the gorgeous countryside to a growing culture of fine dining in some beautiful restaurants. And if you're interested in history, there's lots to explore together.
5 things to see or do on a romantic weekend in the UK
1. Enjoy the countryside
Despite its relatively small size and large population, the UK has very much retained its rural origins. In between the bustling cities and towns are wide open spaces, rolling hills, forests, farms and pretty villages to explore.
2. Discover the history
The ancient Romans were in Britain for almost 400 years, and evidence of their occupation can still be seen. Even older is the mysterious monument of Stonehenge, while the country's collection of medieval castles is legendary.
3. Sample the nightlife
The UK has long enjoyed a diverse and bustling nightlife, and that tradition continues to this day. From dancing the night away in a city club to a quiet drink in a traditional village pub, the UK offers plenty of entertainment options.
4. See the iconic sights
Every country is known for its iconic landmarks, but the UK seems to have more than its fair share. From the Angel of the North near Newcastle to Buckingham Palace in the heart of London, there just too much to see in a single weekend.
5. Explore the diverse cuisine
The UK's reputation for fine dining has been growing steadily over the last 25 years. It has also embraced the diversity of its culture, and its towns and cities are alive with new and exciting food courts and innovative restaurants. Whatever your taste, you'll find what you're looking for in the UK.
The best hotels for romantic weekends in the UK
Set within 80 acres of working farmland just a 20-minute drive from the centre of historic Oxford, the Crazy Bear at Stadhampton is the perfect venue for a weekend break. The hotel is beautifully designed with excellent facilities, and the Oxfordshire Costwolds are nearby.
This stylish hotel in the heart of London is the ideal setting from which to explore the city's culture, history and nightlife. From designer shopping to leafy Royal parks, it's all within easy reach.
For a truly English experience, the Court House in the county of Worcestershire will provide the perfect setting. This elegant rural retreat is less than half an hour's drive from the historic city of Worcester.
Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in the south-west of Ireland, guests at this beautiful lodge can enjoy stunning views over the water. Nearby are unspoiled stretches of coastline, picturesque towns and dramatic mountains.
This award-winning hotel is situated in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, also home to numerous castles and grand buildings. The county's pretty villages and thatched cottages make it the ideal location for romantic weekends.
Plan your romantic weekend in the UK
The best time of year to go to the UK
The UK is a great destination to visit at any time of the year, with plenty of regular events and places to go and see. If you're planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, however, it's probably advisable to avoid the winter months. The English countryside under snow can be stunning, but conditions can affect travel plans. If sunshine isn't a priority there are benefits to travelling out of season, as its generally quieter and often less expensive.
Going to the UK at the weekend
Most major cities in the UK are served by international airports, and travel to and from them is available via rail, bus or private hire services. Travel times and prices within your destination can be found online, which may be helpful if you wish to make travel plans prior to arrival. Once you get there, ask at your hotel reception for the best way to get to local attractions and amenities.
Where to eat on romantic weekends in the UK
There is no lack of choice when it comes to eating in the UK, and you will be well catered for whatever your preference, from fast food to fine dining. The UK is also gaining a reputation for its culinary diversity, and many new restaurants have appeared in recent years serving dishes from around the world. If your destination is near the coast, traditional British fish & chips comes highly recommended!
Nightlife on a weekend in the UK
The UK has always been famous for its pubs, and there are still plenty of them around. These can range from the traditional 'local' pub to fashionable gastro pubs featuring high-end restaurants. If you're looking for entertainment, most towns and cities are well served by theatres, cinemas and music or comedy venues. Many UK cities are also developing 'cultural quarters' with a bustling street scene, so it's worth checking online or with your hotel reception on recommended places to go.
Our practical advice for a weekend in the UK
What to pack
The weather in the UK is often described as unpredictable, and that's probably fair. Summer days in the UK can be sizzling, but sometimes they're not. We would advise checking online for the kind of weather you can expect on your weekend break, and packing outerwear accordingly. UK shops and supermarkets are generally well stocked with a good range of basic necessities, but always take with you any regular medication you require.
What budget to plan
What budget you decide on could be affected by your destination, as prices are generally higher in major cities such as London and Manchester. It will also depend on your preferences when it comes to eating. Picnic lunches in the countryside can be done quite cheaply. On the other hand, for a three-course lunch in a fashionable restaurant, you're going to need a bigger budget. If you want to keep the budget to a minimum, Voyage Privé offers some great deals on romantic weekends.
Useful information for a romatic weekend in the UK
Dress code in the UK is generally informal, though more often than not it's dictated by the weather. In sunny conditions, shorts and a tee-shirt is acceptable attire in most popular tourist attractions. When eating in a restaurant in the evening, however, something slightly less casual may be preferable. UK electricity sockets require a 3-pin plug, so you may need to pack (or purchase) adapters for any appliances you bring.