Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, or just want to do something special, nothing sweeps a loved one off their feet like a trip away. If you can’t stretch to a weekend in Paris, Barcelona or Lisbon, we’ve got three UK breaks that are just as romantic.
Famous for its rivers, culture and architectural brilliance, a romantic getaway in Cambridge offers plenty of opportunities to create memories that will last a lifetime.
A punt ride along the River Cam’s waterways includes heart-warming views of King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College, the Bridge of Sighs and many more famous wonders. You can charter a manned punt from several licenced operators, or rent a boat yourself and pack a bottle of wine for the journey all the way to glorious Grantchester.
A bicycle made for two
Cambridge’s relatively flat terrain makes it the ideal city to explore by bike. Cambridge Bike Tours’ main route takes you along the River Cam and passes by the college boathouses, the University Real Tennis Club and riverside pubs before heading back into town. You can choose from a range of rides for the journey, including exquisitely refurbished antique bikes with baskets.
This 3.1-mile route mapped out by the Ramblers provides a circular route that includes some of the best sights in Cambridge. You’ll stroll past gorgeous old churches, all 13 of the famous university’s colleges and beautiful buildings, including the Senate House.
Candlelit dinner in Cambridge
If you want to treat your sweetheart to an intimate meal, Cambridge’s classy eateries spoil you for choice. Midsummer House and Alimentum are both stylish establishments with Michelin stars and a varied menu of delicious dishes. Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo is an Italian restaurant that serves authentic food made from locally sourced ingredients, and The Riverbar Steakhouse and Grill boasts romantic river views.
Another exciting and architecturally rich city, Chester’s charming quirks and activities are perfect for happy couples.
The city walls
Chester’s city walls were recently named as one of the top five romantic walks in the UK. Built using remarkable red sandstone, you can walk hand in hand with your lover around a full two-mile circuit of the modern-day city. Along the way, you’ll take in wondrous views of the city’s most popular attractions, including Chester Cathedral and the Eastgate Clock.
The River Dee
The Groves is a river walk down the north side of the River Dee, starting at the end of the Lower Bridge Street and ending in gorgeous Grosvenor Park. The paved promenade includes waterside cafés, restaurants and tranquil river cruises that allow you to admire the city’s skyline and water-based wildlife that includes swans, cormorants and kingfishers.
The Rows arguably offers the most distinctive shopping experience in England. The two-tiered, half-timbered galleries run the length of four streets in the historic heart of the city. The oldest shopping façade in England is found here, along with well-known high street stores and a handful of independent retailers you won’t find anywhere else.
Candlelit dinner in Chester
There’s a romantic meal to whet every appetite in Chester. Duttons is a wonderful wining and dining experience hidden away on Godstall Lane, one of only four Medieval lanes left standing within the city walls. Upstairs At the Grill, located in the city centre, is a split-level Manhattan-style steakhouse with a meatylicous menu and speakeasy bar serving a delightful range of alcoholic beverages in a flamboyant setting.
Nestled in the English countryside, the birthplace of Shakespeare provides the perfect break for writing another chapter in your own love story.
Catch a play
The world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company have performed Shakespearean plays alongside the River Avon since the 19th century. Open daily from 10am, you can take a guided tour of the building, visit the Theatre Tower and enjoy views over the river at the stunning Rooftop restaurant. Throughout the year, the theatre hosts a programme of renowned plays and exhibitions. Find out what’s on now.
Follow the romantic road
Stratford-upon-Avon’s open air bus tour allows you to soak up the fairytale romance of the town and its surrounding area. You’ll see Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the childhood home of the Bard’s wife, the house the writer of Romeo Juliet called home, plus the Holy Trinity Church.
Visit the Butterfly Farm
Falling in love gives you butterflies, so why not spend a day in the company of these colourful creatures? Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is Europe’s largest butterfly farm and home to some of the world’s most vibrant living things. Tropical birds, reptiles, gigantic caterpillars also call this miniature rainforest their home.
Candlelit dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon is blessed with many romantic restaurants. No. 9 Church Street has a relaxed environment and an excellent menu of seasonal British cuisine. 33 The Scullery is widely regarded as the best place to eat by locals in the know. And the Countess of Evesham lets you eat aboard a 70-foot long river cruiser as it travels along the Avon.
Hallmark Hotels run magnificent places to stay in each of the romantic locations featured.
Hallmark Hotel Cambridge is situated a short drive from the city centre and has spacious rooms, a fitness suite, plus bars and restaurants onsite.
Hallmark Inn Chester is located just a short walk from the city’s best shops, restaurants and museums, and includes everything you’ll need to relax after a day’s exploring.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, set within 157 acres of landscaped grounds, is also situated just a short stroll from the excitement of the town
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