Top Staycation Spots in the UK

Then fear not intrepid romantics, as staycationing is the perfect way to explore the beautiful beaches, craggy castles, sprawling countryside and picturesque villages that boast a palpable English charm that are great for romancing couples to discover.

There’s a plethora of romantic getaways to experience in the UK, each offering its own unique draw…

So, whether you want to relax on a sandy shoreline, scale a mountain with your special someone, unwind together in a four-poster bed, indulge a couple’s massage or punt your way down a river with a champagne breakfast – let’s take a deeper look at some staycation ideas that make for the ideal romantic getaways…

 

Enjoy Couple-Time on Cornwall’s Coast 

"Cornwall is very primeval: great, jutting cliffs and rocks, like the original darkness, and a pale sea breaking in, like dawn. It’s like the beginning of the world, wonderful…" - D H Lawrence, Letter 1916 

Tucked down in the southwest corner of England, this magical county offers a little bit of something for every type of holidaymaker to enjoy, whether you fancy a romantic weekend or a fortnight away.

  • Postcard-perfect sandy stretches of beach, including Trevone and Harlyn Bay, are ideal for keen walkers to explore
  • Harbourside villages like Padstow and Cadgwith boast dreamy settings perfect for sightseeing
  • Historical National Trust properties and their verdant gardens
  • Water sports including windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding are widely available in St Ives, Harbour Cove and Carbis Bay
  • The botanical enchantments of the Eden Project will captivate avid adventurers for hours
  • Adrenaline junkies can go zip lining in the Cornish countryside, surfing on the wild north coast and sky diving over the pretty coastline

Tasty seafood restaurants, including Rick Stein’s famous aptly-named Seafood Restaurant, are aplenty if you fancy a fresh fishy feast and views of the dramatic rugged coastline can be enjoyed while watching a play at the outdoor Minack Theatre.

Spa breaks for couples in Cornwall are easy to organise, where you can truly relax together while being pampered and massaged to your heart’s content. Many of the top Cornish spas boast stunning settings, with everything from perfectly-manicured gardens to the beautiful coastline just outside your window forming the ideal setting for a romantic UK staycation. 

 

Explore Mother Nature in The Lake District 

One of the most romantic getaways in the UK is the Lake District, made up of expansive national parkland, serene bodies of water and rocky peaks.

Couples wanting to explore Mother Nature at her very finest should head to this breathtakingly beautiful spot in northwest England, where you can enjoy the ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life on a UK staycation.

Switch your car for some walking boots and the daily grind for stunning natural vistas, and discover one of the most peaceful destinations in the country.

Whether you are searching for adventure or relaxation, the Lake District is home to a surplus of splendour and is great for a romantic weekend break. You can ramble up Scafell Pike, take a scenic boat trip on Lake Windermere and what better way to soak up the romance than by visiting the former home of the greatest romantic of all time – William Wordsworth. 

 

Frolic Together on the Norfolk Broads 

With over 125 miles of waterways, the Norfolk Broads are encompassed by quaint towns and expansive countryside and is a haven for UK wildlife.

These wild wetlands ooze an inherently romantic ambience and the Broads range from small ponds and large lakes, to flowing rivers and saltwater estuaries; making it the perfect location to enjoy a romantic boating holiday.

Wrap your arm around your partner and head to the charming town of Blakeney for an afternoon of seal spotting, pop to Wells-next-the-Sea to share some fish and chips and if historic market towns excite you, then Wymondham and Thetford are must-visits. 

 

 

 

 

Cavort in the Countryside in the Cotswolds 

If you’re looking for a quintessentially English holiday destination, then look no further than The Cotswolds as an idyllic UK staycation spot.

With its homely thatched cottages, studded by rolling green fields and winding streams; this romantic bolthole is made all the more perfect for couples with its local inns dotted around the pretty countryside serving fresh home-cooked food.

Activities for couples exploring The Cotswolds include:

  • Visiting Gloucester Cathedral
  • Touring the Cotswolds Distillery
  • Wandering down Arlington Row
  • Seeing the wildlife in the Cotswolds Wildlife Park

The Cotswolds is certainly one of the best romantic getaways. You can enjoy a tasty lunch in one of the many welcoming pubs, head to Chavenage House to soak up some culture, relax in a picturesque spa, or get back to nature at the exotic National Trust gardens of Hidcote. 

 

Discover the Beauty of Devon 

Devon is equal in its natural beauty to its nearby sister county Cornwall but with a shorter journey time, making it a hugely popular destination throughout the year for a UK staycation.

With its cluster of pebbled bays, windswept coves and sandy beaches that complement numerous harbourside villages but stand in stark contrast to its wild moorland; Devon is home to a variety of landscapes that are unrivalled in their disparity.

From hiking in the tousled parkland of Exmoor and Dartmoor, and meandering along the enchanting streets in Dartmouth, through to sailing the striking coastline from the bustling hamlet of Salcombe – the vibrant ‘English Riviera’ is a wonderful location for romancing couples to explore on a romantic getaway.

And if you want to indulge your more daring sides, take in the craziness of the annual Tar Barrel Rolling in all its flaming glory, where flaming barrels are hurled down the streets in front of hordes of baying crowds in the otherwise quaint village of Ottery St. Mary. 

 

Soak Up the Culture in Cambridgeshire 

When it comes to romantic weekend breaks, there’s a little bit of something to suit everyone in the historic location of Cambridge.

From couples who crave the hullaballoo of city life, to those who want to get away from the clamour and delve into some rustic, rural scenery; Cambridge is home to a vast range of activities perfect for anyone on a romantic weekend break.

Art galleries, museums, festivals, waterways, cycle routes and historical buildings can all be discovered and no trip to Cambridge is complete without a tour of one of Cambridge University in all its architectural glory.

Take your loved one’s hand and go punting down the River Cam, spread out a blanket and a hamper and munch on a parkland picnic together in Ferry Meadows Country Park or go twitching in the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve. 

 

You Know What They Say About Couples Who Staycation Together… 

From honeymooners wanting to avoid the jetlag of a lengthy plane journey to long-term twosomes looking for an affordable break; a UK staycation is a fantastic way to enjoy a holiday minus the hassle and cost of travelling abroad.

And with the UK offering so many experiences, why would you need to go anywhere else in the world? Book the perfect UK staycation for you and your partner now.

 

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