Whether it’s with your loved one, a close pal, or even your furry friend, finding a picture-perfect place to visit with your partner in crime may seem like hard work. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most mesmerising outdoor date ideas across the UK for this Valentine’s Day.
If you would like to soak up some real British culture or lay eyes on some of the UK’s most alluring scenery, then take a sneak peek at these ten incredible places. From verdant landscapes to extravagant castles, if you’ve not yet found the one, you are certain to fall in love with some of these places. I know we have…
England: Little Venice
With its name derived from Italy’s jewel, Little Venice is a picturesque gem situated in the heart of London. This tranquil canal area is the perfect fit for a blissful day, whether you fancy a walk by the water, or a trip down the canal to visit ZSL London Zoo or Camden Town. Whatever floats your boat, Little Venice is home to some charming restaurants and cosy pubs which make it ideal to enjoy a peaceful date with that someone special.
Wales: Bodnant Garden
Take a peaceful stroll and cherish true nature with your valentine in one of the most stunning gardens in the UK, which according to research conducted in 2019, featured highly in the top 10 rated attractions list of the UK's Most Popular Attractions. Nestling in the foothills of Snowdonia in North Wales, this spectacular allotment offers a kaleidoscopic background to for the perfect date. A variety of plants and flowers fill the 80 acres of land containing large fields, pathways, ponds and lakes. So brighten up your valentine’s celebration and visit this remarkable garden.
Scotland: Dunnottar Castle
Playing a prominent role in Scottish history, this ruined medieval castle is positioned at the top of a rocky headland on the north-eastern coast of Scotland. Surrounded by the North Sea and joint to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, the fortress ruins, scattered across 3.5 acres, create a magnificent setting. So why not soak up some Scottish heritage with your loved one, and enjoy these picture-perfect surroundings?
Located in Gwynedd, North Wales, Portmeirion is a picturesque village built with an Italian flare, making it a unique tourist destination. Welcoming around 200,000 tourists per year, the village has become one of Wales' premier attractions. For the perfect valentines treat, enjoy an architectural stroll through Central Piazza, Portmeiron’s centrepiece, and enjoy the sight of beautifully ornate buildings and gardens. Or visit Battery Square where you’ll find accommodation, an aromatherapy spa, and plenty of cafés. The idyllic romantic break for a night away or even just a day out.
England: Port Isaac
This pretty little port, located at a small fishing village on the stunning Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. The olde worldly vibe is sure to provide a charming escape for any couple. From farming to classic cottages and plenty of hotels, you won’t be short of places to stay. Whether you stop for just the one night or for a long weekend away, enjoy the perfect Cornish coast adventure with your partner.
Ireland: Killarney National Park
Covering approximately 26,000 acres of land across Kerry, Killarney was the first ever national park on Irish land. With a collection of enthralling views made up of vibrant fields, huge lakes and a variety of wildlife, this beautiful setting provides the perfect location for two. Whilst visiting the park, you can take a trip around The Ring of Kerry, a scenic loop drive covering the most stunning sights and major attractions around the area, most of which are located in Killarney National Park.
Scotland: Isle of Skye
This breath-taking rock will astonish you with its spectacular scenery. Located in the Highlands of Scotland, the island is only 50 miles long, but is home to heaps of extraordinary wildlife. Whales, seals, otters, dolphins and red deer are just some of the remarkable creatures which make the island and the sea surrounding it heir home. Attracting around 650,000 tourists each year, Skye is not one to miss out on.
England: Castle Combe
This typically English village, situated in the Cotswolds, is known for its charming, picturesque surroundings. Often named the prettiest village in England, this charismatic place is made up of houses built from Cotswold stone, along with a 14th century market cross, a church, and a cute collection of pubs and B&B’s. If you’d like to experience a traditionally English getaway then the medieval village, Castle Combe, will deliver exactly that.
Scotland: Arthur's Seat
If you fancy seeing something a little more historical why not take a walk up this extinct volcano in Edinburgh? The hill rises above the city, offering magnificent panoramic views for you and your date to enjoy. And if you’re not an expert hiker, then don’t worry because the climb up is relatively straightforward, with the easiest route beginning on the East side.
England: Lake District
In the heart of Cumbria, this holiday destination is known for its exquisite landscapes made up of glacial lakes and large mountains. Attracting around 15 million visitors each year, the Lakes can be enjoyed for just a day, or if you want to gain a full experience, a long weekend away. For an unforgettable valentine’s get away, visit the Lake District and discover some of England’s biggest lakes and explore the bustling tourist towns surrounding them.
February 14th isn’t that far away so make sure you plan the perfect outdoor date to make this Valentine’s Day special! If you’re still stuck on places to go, then check out some of our other reads for inspiration…