With Valentine’s Day coming, Musement takes a look at ten of the most romantic cities in the United Kingdom for a lovesome getaway.
Whether or not Valentine’s Day is around the corner, a getaway with your better half is always a good idea. From poetic Edinburgh to the amorous London, you and your significant other will surely feel lovey-dovey under these fairy-tale-like city lights.
London, with its many charming neighborhoods, is a classic. Aside from discovering the magical quarters like romantic Notting Hill and colorful Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, you can treat your darling to iconic attractions such as an evening ride on the London Eye or a West End musical like Phantom of the Opera.
Located in South West England, Cornwall is surrounded by the English Channel and the Celtic Sea. Breathe in the saltwater air as you hike along the South West Coast Path with 630 miles of stunning scenery. Check out the official website for more information about suggested romantic walks along the coast, including one that follows the footsteps of the poets and novelists who once lived here.
A city with humble ancient beginnings, the spectacular Scottish capital is a pleasure to behold. Edinburgh itself is a work of art with cobblestone streets and magical medieval architecture reminiscent of the world of Harry Potter. Take a trip to the mystical countryside and discover the stunning Scottish castles and famous Scottish Highlands.
4. The Cotswolds
Consisting of five countryside counties including Wiltshire, where parts of Pride and Prejudice (2005), based on Jane Austen’s famous book, was filmed, this region of England between Oxford and Bristol is a must-see. Visitors are transported back to a time when life moved slower, and people enjoyed simpler things like the fresh scent of lavender fields. Explore this peaceful region by car or in a tour and don’t forget to savor some delicious local pub grub.
The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast’s centuries of fascinating history are exhibited by its masterful architecture with Tudor era buildings such as Queen’s University. Learn about the story of Titanic and see where it was constructed at Titanic Belfast, or tour the gorgeous filming locations from Game of Thrones.
6. Lake District
The Lake District is a beautiful mountainous region in North West England and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the county of Cumbria, the Lake District is a National Park that encompasses approximately 912 square miles. Have a traditional British afternoon tea after you explore the breathtaking scenery.
The capital of Wales, Cardiff has a history that spans at least 6,000 years. Visit the gothic Cardiff Castle with foundations that date back to 50 AD, check out the National Museum and Art Gallery and watch the sunset on the Penarth Pier Pavilion, an entertainment venue where you can also catch a movie at the Snowcat Cinema.
Founded by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa, Bath today is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Roman Baths and watch as the steam still rises from the waters, then take your own bath at the rooftop Thermae Bath Spa.
Also known as the ‘Dreaming City of Spires’, this picturesque city is full of culture and prestige with it’s 800-year-old Oxford University that served as the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Walk through the majestic streets of this authentic city and discover the surrounding countryside beauty with an Oxford Cruise on the River Thames.
Perhaps most well known as the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful market-town on the River Avon in Warwickshire county and developed along the River Avon. While in town, you’d be remiss if you didn’t watch one of the Bard’s romantic tragedies or comedies performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
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