contributed collaborative post // The day of love is among us. Cupid is shooting his arrows, and people all across the UK are clamouring for flowers, chocolates, and cards to assuage their better halves. In 2022, it was estimated UK shoppers spent around £1.37bn – or £22 per person – on Valentine’s Day.

But if you are looking for something a little more meaningful than the usual cliché gifts, there are many beautiful and picturesque places to visit in the UK for an ideal romantic Valentine’s getaway and more importantly ones that do not have to break the bank.

Here are a few city and country break ideas to inspire you:


The glorious city of Cambridge boasts beautiful architecture and scenic parks, and is all very well connected by train for ease of access. The Fitzwilliam Museum, King’s College Chapel, and the University of Cambridge are among the more popular jaunts for history buffs.

Alternatively, why not take a trip to the Cambridge Gin Laboratory or Cambridgeshire Wine School to celebrate your romantic weekend in style? There are also walking and cultural tours to be explored to really enhance your trip.


A walled city in the northeast of England, York is one of the most beautiful places in the United Kingdom and idyllic for a romantic getaway. York Minster, Castle Howard and Clifford’s Tower are popular destinations to check out and are ideal for those who enjoy walking.

If you want to get the creative juices flowing, maybe take a trip to York Art Gallery, or possibly a guided walking Harry Potter tour can add a touch of magic to your getaway.


Around four million people visit Scotland’s capital annually, and it is not hard to see why this cosmopolitan city swimming in history and natural beauty is such a popular destination.

Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland are among the top tourist attractions while climbing the gorgeous Arthur’s Seat is popular with ramblers. The city also plays host to the largest arts and media festival in the world.

Lake District

The Lake District boasts stunning glacial lakes and fell mountains, making it a hugely popular choice for walking and water sports enthusiasts. Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick are ideal for those who enjoy exploring market towns, while Lake Windermere is an absolute must to visit.

Sailing experiences and train tours are also great ways to experience the beauty of the Lake District, while there are plenty of Beatrix Potter-themed destinations, alpaca farms, castles and distilleries to check out during your stay there.


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