With plenty of places to holiday in the UK, you’re never too far from a romantic getaway with your loved one. Long country walks, a city break or an action-packed day trip are perfect for spending some quality time together.
So whether you’re looking for a coastal retreat or a luxurious country house hotel, get away from it all with these best staycation destinations.
Book a weekend break at Holbeck Ghyll
Where is it? Lake District, Cumbria
Best for: A romantic break with picturesque views
Set in the heart of the Lakes, this country house hotel offers a romantic break in the countryside. Just a few footsteps from Lake Windermere, spend your afternoon taking in the panoramic views on a Windermere Lake Cruise.
Book a table for dinner at Zeffirellis, an award-winning pizzeria in Ambleside. The venue even has an independent cinema, so why not make an evening of it by booking their 2-course meal and cinema seat offer. Head back to the hotel and cosy up in the lounge with a glass of wine—it’s the perfect way to round off your trip.
Visit Edinburgh Castle
Where is it? Scotland
Best for: A day trip filled with history
If you love a UK staycation packed with history, a tour of Edinburgh Castle is a must-do. Learn about the castle’s ancient history and exciting tales as you walk around this historic site.
Discover one of the best brunch spots in Edinburgh. Loudons serves everything from American pancakes, to a full Scottish breakfast. If you fancy tucking into a sweet treat, Artisan Cheesecake should be able to satisfy your cravings. They make over 250 different kinds of cheesecake, think Galaxy caramel, Eton Mess, key lime and so many more!
The rest of the city is easy to explore by foot, with a huge choice of bars and pubs to snuggle up in for the evening. If you’re keen to try a Scottish tipple, pop by The Bow Bar, known for its huge selection of ales, malts and whiskeys.
Take a stroll along Britain’s most romantic street
Best for: Quaint villages and rolling hills
Copsehill Road was voted the most romantic street in Britain, and it really doesn’t get much more romantic than that! From here, you can explore everything this UK staycation has to offer. There are lots of wonderful walks to choose from, leading you to buzzing market towns, stunning landscapes and charming villages.
Afterwards, enjoy a fine dining experience at The Wild Rabbit, where they serve locally sourced, seasonal dishes. Then, cosy up by the fire at The Kingham Plough, a barn turned village pub with a plentiful wine list.
Escape to a romantic getaway by the sea
Where is it? Devon
Best for: A beach holiday with sea views
Soak up the sea air and let go of life’s stresses on your very own coastal retreat. Perched along the sea front with a private hot tub, these Devon staycations have everything you need for a relaxing couples holiday.
In the mood to explore? Why not hop aboard a train on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and take in Devon’s glorious coastline.
For lunch, nothing says romance more than a picnic on one of Devon’s tropical-like beaches—at the top of our list is Woolacombe Beach. Voted as Britain’s best beach, it’s 3-mile golden sands makes it easy to find a peaceful spot to spend your afternoon. Fill a basket with your favourite food and head for sun, sea and sand. Spend the evening stargazing from your hot tub with a glass of fizz in hand.
Book a thrilling adventure at Zip World
Where is it? Wales
Best for: An exhilarating day to remember
If your idea of a couple’s staycation is filled with adrenaline-pumping activities, look no further than Zip World. Packed with unique adventures like the world’s fastest zip line and mountain go-karting, this couples day trip won’t be one you’ll forget in a hurry!
Afterwards, take a short drive to taste some of the best tapas in Snowdonia. Olif have combined Spanish tapas with traditional Welsh dishes, bringing you a taste of their homeland through their small plates menu. Their extensive drinks menu means you can enjoy a cocktail or two with your food too.
Go hiking in the Peak District
Where is it? Peak District, Derbyshire
Best for: Exploring nature and taking in beautiful scenery
Beautiful landscapes, idyllic villages and oodles of walking routes, it’s no wonder this national park is one of the UK’s best staycation destinations. Head out with your partner and take a stroll along its many trails. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, hike up one of the peaks, like Win Hill or Shining Tor.
Stop by The Barrel Inn, the highest pub in Derbyshire, for a drink and a bite to eat. Be sure to grab a table outside though—on a clear day, you’re able to enjoy views over Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire!
Take a day trip to Norfolk Lavender
Where is it? Norfolk
Best for: Visiting one of Britain’s most beautiful attractions
Wander through these sweet lavender fields on a summer’s day to see the flowers at their best. At this time of year, the lavender bursts into colour and is at its most vibrant. Spanning over nearly 100 acres, take in the relaxing fragrance as you walk hand-in-hand with your partner.
After you’ve taken an obligatory selfie in the lavender fields, be sure to visit the Lavender Oil Distillery. You’ll be shown how lavender oil is made, and you’ll even be able to buy some from The Lavender Gift Shop. After your visit, grab yourself a cuppa and a slice of famous Lavender Cake at The Lavender Lounge Tearoom.
Recently listed in the Michelin guide, family-run bistro restaurant The Old Bank is just a short drive from Norfolk Lavender. If you find yourselves there on a Sunday, their 3-course Sunday Lunch is a must-try!
Relax and unwind with a hot tub break
Where is it? Cornwall
Best for: Getting away from it all
Looking for a luxury couples staycation? Choose a holiday home with a private hot tub—at the top of our list is Westaway. This spacious open-plan beach house boasts panoramic sea views from almost every room. Watch the world go by from the soothing hot tub on the balcony. Or feel the sand between your toes on Portreath beach, just a short walk from your stay.
A trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without seafood, and The Portreath Arms serves up dishes every day of the week. You could choose a classic fish and chips, or share a few of their delicious small plates between you.
Sit on the beach terrace at The Waterside Inn and watch the sunset with your loved one. This traditional pub serves everything from wine to beer, and even hosts regular entertainment if you fancy something a little more lively.