Top romantic destinations in the UK revealed

The Lake District has been revealed as the most romantic destination in the UK Windermere, The Lake District

The Lake District has been revealed as the most romantic destination in the UK

A study of 2,000 Brits discovered the most idyllic spots in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, including St Ives and Loch Lomond. The popular Cotswolds villages of Bourton-on-the-water and Stratford-upon-Avon also featured, as did Dorset’s Durdle Door.

Windermere
in the Lake District took the top spot and Scotland made up two of the top 10 places with Arthur’s Seat joining Loch Lomond. Although 64 per cent would opt for the countryside when thinking of romantic places, London sights including St Paul’s Cathedral, Little Venice and Greenwich Park made the top 40.

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Simon Ewins, Managing Director Premier Inn UK which commissioned the research said:

“In the lead up to Valentine’s Day it’s great to celebrate what we have on our doorstep. The UK clearly has lots of romantic destinations for days out or weekends away to escape the busy everyday and enjoy quality time away. And whether you opt for a city skyline or secluded green space, there are plenty of idyllic spots to enjoy. It’s important not only on Valentine’s Day but throughout the year to experience new destinations with a partner and enjoy what the UK really has to offer.”


The research also found half the nation believes UK romantic spots are underrated compared to those abroad. Coastal destinations in the top 40 list include Tenby in Wales, Langamull on the Isle of Mull and Liverpool’s Crosby Beach.

The ideal recipe for a romantic place was found to include a viewpoint to watch the sunset (61 per cent), a quiet and secluded area (58 per cent) and greenery (44 per cent).

Popular green spaces in the list include The New Forest, Richmond Park and Windsor Park and the most favoured places Brits have been proposed to include Arthur’s Seat, Durdle Door and Brighton Pier.

More than half of those polled said it’s important to visit romantic destinations with a partner to keep the relationship strong and 47 per cent have revisited a favourite spot whilst a fifth even admitted to visiting the same scenic place with a previous partner. And an eighth of those polled via OnePoll went to a romantic destination on a first date.

The average couple goes on two sentimental weekends away together each year, costing around £187 each trip.

While 63 per cent think of places as romantic if they have memories of visiting there with a partner, more than half said even if they haven’t been somewhere they can tell its idyllic based on photos.

A fifth chooses to visit destinations they’ve seen on TV or in films and a quarter want to show their other half places they visited as a child. And a third said wanting to cover off areas of the UK they’ve never seen makes them decide where to travel with a partner.

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3. St. Ives, Cornwall

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4. The Peak District

4. The Peak District

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6. Bourton-on-the-Water

6. Bourton-on-the-Water

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1.       Windermere, Lake District           

2.       Loch Lomond, Scotland 

3.       St Ives, Cornwall              

4.       Peak District National Park, Peak District               

5.       Grasemere, Lake District              

6.       Bourton-on-the-water, Cotswolds           

7.       Durdle Door, Dorset       

8.       Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh              

9.       The New Forest, Hampshire

10.   Royal Crescent, Bath      

11.   York, Northeast England              

12.   Brighton Pier, Brighton 

13.   London Eye, London

14.   Stratford-upon-avon, Cotswolds

15.   St Paul's Cathedral, London        

16.   English Riviera, Torbay  

17.   Giant's Causeway, Belfast           

18.   Kynance Cove, Cornwall

19.   Little Venice, London    

20.   Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds

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21.   Hyde Park, London         

22.   Greenwich Park, London              

23.   Windsor Park, Windsor 

24.   Langamull Beach, Isle of Mull     

25.   Richmond Park, London

26.   Castle Combe, Wiltshire

27.   Sandbanks Beach, Poole              

28.   Llanddwyn Island, Northwest Wales       

29.   Tenby, Pembrokeshire 

30.   Cambridge Quayside, Cambridge             

31.   Southbank, London        

32.   Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea            

33.   Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth       

34.   Suspension Bridge, Bristol           

35.   Crosby Beach, Liverpool

36.   Cardiff Bay, Cardiff         

37.   The Quayside, Newcastle            

38.   Alderley Edge, Cheshire

39.   Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan

40.   Clevedon Pier, Clevedon              

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7. Durdle Door, Dorset

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9. The New Forest, Hampshire

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10. The Royal Crescent, Bath

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If you want to enjoy a long romantic weekend and make memories you’ll cherish forever, check out our top romantic destinations article. And remember that whether you’re looking for great food, adventures, UK city breaks or trips to the beach, you’ll always find a warm Premier Inn welcome and a luxury king-size Hypnos bed waiting for you.

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