The arrival of Valentine’s Day means it’s time to spend some time with those you love the most. This year, instead of sending cards and chocolates, why not book a romantic getaway right here in the UK? There are some beautiful areas where you and your partner can relax and spend some quality time together. Here’s our pick of the top romantic hotspots for a weekend of romance and adventure.
Corfe Castle, Dorset
In the stunning Purbeck Hills lays the ruins of Corfe Castle, a National Trust site with a colourful history. Its fascinating past and gorgeous surroundings make it a hauntingly romantic location for you and your partner to visit. Try walking the hills at sunrise or sunset for an extra romantic view of the castle.
Corfe also boasts a quintessentially British village, complete with cosy pubs like The Greyhound Inn and The Castle Inn. After exploring the castle and walking the Purbeck Hills, stroll through the village and grab a bite to eat before driving back to your hotel room in Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff.
Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Butterfly Farm
For something a little different, yet just as romantic, head to the UK’s largest butterfly paradise in Stratford-Upon-Avon. No matter the weather, this indoor rainforest will transport you to a tropical country, complete with some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies. Unique and romantic, the trip will make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Once you’ve visited the butterfly farm, march down the River Avon to the Royal Shakespeare Company and see their performance of the iconic play Twelfth Night. After a busy day of butterflies and theatre trips, head back to your hotel room at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, only a six-minute drive from all the action.
Running from 9-14 February, e-Luminate is a festival of colour and beauty that will light up Cambridge. Several installations will be set up around the city, making the buildings glow with different colours, patterns and images. The mayor will kick off the week of events with a light installation on the façade of the Guildhall, so be sure to head down before 7.30pm to see the grand opening! Afterwards, have a romantic meal, perhaps in the esteemed Trinity, then walk amongst the city's amazing architecture, admiring the view with your loved one. Once you’ve seen the buildings in all their glory, head back to your Hallmark Hotel Cambridge suite and relax in the spa.
Just a 20-minute drive from Hallmark Hotel Manchester South, is the oriental restaurant Tattu. Located in the heart of Manchester’s Spinningfields district, this restaurant is the perfect place for you and your partner to have a romantic evening. Savour the exquisite cuisine in an intimate setting, complete with traditional Chinese décor which includes cherry blossom trees.
If you visit from 8pm Thursday to Saturday, you can enjoy unique cocktails whilst listening to the variety of live musicians and DJs Tattu has to offer. Head back to the Spinningfields district after your meal and grab a drink at one of Manchester’s cool bars such as The Alchemist or Neighbourhood to complete the weekend.
If you’re looking for a perfect weekend north of the border, spend the weekend soaking up Glaswegian culture. Explore the city’s famous cathedral and multiple museums then relax in Sloans, one of Glasgow’s oldest bars/restaurants. Founded in 1797 as a café, Sloans is a Grade A listed building that serves delicious food and hosts many fun nights against a grand backdrop.
A 12-minute walk from Hallmark Hotel Glasgow, it's a hub of activity and perfect for any couple wanting to have a fun Valentine’s. Take part in their Quiz Hard pub quiz, listen to talented artists at their folk night or get your dancing shoes on for their musical bingo evening. You can also find some hidden gems at the Sloan Market before having a romantic dinner together whilst trying a range of tempting gins.
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