20 of the Best Romantic Getaways in the UK for Couples to Visit in 2021
From the cobbled streets of Edinburgh to the sloping fells of the Lake District, the UK is home to some of the most romantic places in the world. If you’re looking for a couple's holiday, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the best romantic getaways in the Great British countryside and our closest UK campsites.
Our favourite accommodations for romantic getaways
From glamping pods to charming chalets, we’ve collated a list of some of our favourite types of accommodation for your next romantic getaway.
With over 100 locations across the UK from Cornwall to the Highlands, Club Sites are managed and monitored by the Camping and Caravanning Club to ensure the highest standard. Arrive, pitch your tent and immerse yourself in the full camping experience.
Camping in the Forest
We have teamed up with Forestry England and Forestry and Land Scotland to offer a range of campsites in the serenity of a Great British woodland. Camping in the Forest hosts campers in a variety of locations, from the New Forest to the Cairngorms and members of the Club can benefit from a 15% discount on pitches.
Make your camping trip as easy as possible by staying in one of our Ready Camp tents. Available on over 40 sites, these tents are already set up when you arrive and include bedrooms, kitchen, living room and a dining table. Camping and Caravanning Club members can enjoy a 20% discount on all Ready Camp stays.
With accommodation ranging from lavish lodges, rustic chalets and cosy caravans, self-catering is a great way to camp with the whole family. Self-catering is available across 10 Club Sites, from the Scottish Borders to the Brecon Beacons. A 20% discount is available on selected Self-catering locations for Camping and Caravanning Club members.
Glamping is a great way to have the outdoor experience, without the hassle of assembling your unit. We provide accommodation so that you don’t have to. We offer a range of glamping options on some of our campsites, including pods, yurts and safari tents.
Our favourite places in the UK for couples to visit
Take a look at our favourite romantic getaways in the UK, as well as the closest place to camp nearby.
1. Bath, Somerset, England
Taking its name from the baths built by the Romans in 60 AD, Bath is a historic city with charming cobbled streets and pristine Georgian architecture. Situated in the heart of Somerset, Bath is also home to royal parks, fascinating museums and a Gothic cathedral. In 1987, the city officially became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland
Located in northeast Scotland, the Cairngorms National Park comprises towering mountains, glistening lochs and rushing rivers. Covering over 4,528 square kilometres, the Cairngorms is the largest national park in the British Isles, double the size of the Lake District National Park and bigger than Luxembourg.
3. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Cambridge is the county town of Cambridgeshire and is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Wander through narrow streets and pop in and out of independent shops and trendy eateries. Explore the various university colleges and discover the famous alumni that studied there, from Stephen Hawking to Prince Charles.
4. Cornwall, England
From craggy cliffs to charming harbours, Cornwall is arguably Britain’s most romantic county. Take a trip to some of Cornwall’s most popular attractions, including Land’s End, the westernmost point of England, and Tintagel Castle, widely believed to be King Arthur’s elusive Camelot.
5. Cotswolds, England
Officially recognised as an Area of Natural Beauty in 1966, the Cotswolds is one of the most popular rural areas in the Great British countryside. Each year, visitors flock to the area to explore its rolling hills, idyllic villages and iconic sandstone architecture. Take a romantic walk through the riverside village of Bourton-on-the-Water, or head to Broadway Tower for breath-taking, panoramic views of the Cotswolds.
6. Devon, England
Combining dramatic coastline, cathedral cities and spectacular national parks, Devon is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. For the coastline, head to the golden beaches and pretty harbour towns of the South Devon Area of Natural Beauty. For the city, take a trip to the cobbled streets of Exeter. If it’s the countryside you’re after, explore the untamed moorland of Dartmoor, or the unspoilt beauty of Exmoor.
7. Edinburgh, Scotland
Best known as the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is one of the prettiest cities in the country and the ideal place for a romantic getaway. Uncover the city’s Old Town, where you’ll find unique attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Ascend the ancient volcano known as Arthur’s Seat for spectacular views of the city.
8. Isle of Skye, Highlands, Scotland
Connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by a bridge, the Isle of Skye is famed for its picture-postcard fishing villages, rugged landscapes and mountain scenery. Situated in North-West Scotland, Skye is the largest and northernmost of the Inner Hebrides. For a romantic day out, take a trip to the Fairy Pools and try your hand at wild swimming.
9. Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England
Stretching for over 95 miles, from East Devon through Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is the ideal place for a romantic getaway. Taking its name from the fascinating geological history associated with the area, the Jurassic Coast is also famous for its golden sandy beaches and verdant rolling hills. For a memorable day out, head to Durdle Door and try to capture the perfect photograph with your partner.
10. Lake District, Cumbria, England
Teeming with towering mountains, shimmering lakes and pretty hamlets, the Lake District is an exceptional place in northwest England and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Make your way up one of the local fells and marvel at the panoramic views beneath you. Take a lakeside walk around one of the various stretches of water, such as Windermere, Derwentwater or Ullswater.
11. Loch Lomond, Highlands, Scotland
At our Milarrochy Bay Club Site, you can pitch your unit on the shores of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Great Britain. Often considered as the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands, Loch Lomond stretches for over 36 kilometres and is surrounded by imposing Munros. Camp beside the tranquil water and keep an eye out for the diverse variety of wildlife that inhabits the local area.
12. London, England
With an unparalleled number of historical landmarks, museums, galleries, churches and parks, London is arguably the most romantic city in the world. Soak up over 2,000 years of history and culture when you visit popular attractions such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
13. New Forest, England
Contrary to its name, the New Forest was initially created as a private hunting ground for William the Conqueror in 1079. Covering over 219 square miles of rugged heathland, sweeping coastlines and meandering rivers, the New Forest welcomes over 19 million visitors each year. Take a trip to the quirky village of Lyndhurst and try a delicious cream tea at a traditional British tearoom.
14. The Broads, Norfolk, England
Offering miles of unspoilt coastline, spectacular wildlife and bustling market towns, the Norfolk Broads is the perfect location for a couple’s holiday. Covering over 300 square miles of East Anglian countryside, the Broads is a vast navigable network of intricate waterways. Explore the Broads by taking a waterside walk or a peaceful bike ride. Keep an eye out for the swooping birds that inhabit the coastline.
15. North York Moors National Park, Yorkshire, England
Boasting the largest expanse of heather moorland in England, the North York Moors is a wild and untamed landscape – making it the perfect place for a couple trying to reconnect with nature. At just over 500 square miles, the Moors are the smallest of Yorkshire’s three national parks. Head to the Cleveland Hills for stone villages, rolling hills and vast woodland. Take a trip to the coastal resorts of Whitby and Scarborough for a traditional seaside break.
16. Northern Ireland
With mystical folklore, dramatic coastline and captivating history, Northern Ireland is a unique place for couples to visit. During the Ice Age, Northern Ireland was covered by an ice sheet, which has shaped the country into mountains, river valleys and drumlins. Make for the Causeway Coastal Route to explore the unique beauty of the Northern Irish countryside, including its most iconic attraction – the Giant’s Causeway. Head into Belfast, the country’s capital, to uncover the magical story of the construction of the RMS Titanic.
17. Northumberland Coast AONB, Northumberland, England
Combining rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches and widespread dunes, the Northumberland Coast sweeps along some of the finest beaches in the UK. Officially established as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958, the coastline is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including grey seals, puffins and dolphins. Due to its proximity to Scotland and Scandinavia, the area is dotted with various brooding castles, each one with its own colourful history.
18. Peak District National Park, England
In 1951, the Peak District became the first national park in the United Kingdom. It was recognised for its picturesque villages, windswept hills and lavish estates. Covering six different counties and over 500 miles, the Peak District’s rugged moorland attracts over 10 million visitors each year. Take a trip to Chatsworth House to see the perfect example of a classic British stately home.
19. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Covering over 243 square miles of the western Welsh coast, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is famed for its golden beaches, craggy cliffs and wild moorland. Along with the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast is one of three Welsh national parks. For the perfect romantic day-out, take a walk along one of the award-winning beaches. Or, take a trip to St Davids, the resting place of the patron saint of Wales and the smallest city in the UK.
20. Wye Valley Area of Natural Beauty, Wales and England
Straddling the Anglo-Welsh border, the Wye Valley boasts verdant rolling hills, winding rivers and wild woodland. Encompassing Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, the Wye Valley covers 126 square miles of beautiful British countryside. In 1971, the area was designated as Area of Natural Beauty and today attracts thousands of visitors each year.
If you’re interested in uncovering fascinating British history, read our guide to the best cathedrals in the UK. For more breaks in the Great British countryside, take a look at our Club Sites near some of the best nature reserves in the UK.