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Nature, spa or city break? These are the best UK breaks for couples.

Even though I’ve been to nearly 40 countries, one of my favourites to explore is my own: the United Kingdom.

Thanks to our small size and large population, we’ve managed to fit a whole lot into just a small space and I want to start sharing more of my favourite spots. And I’m beginning with… drum roll… my favourite holidays for couples.

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The best couples breaks in the United Kingdom
 

 

Why the UK is great for a couples holiday

Whether you’re from the United Kingdom or travelling from further afield, there’s a whole to see and do here. 

The UK is packed with foodie hotspots, natural beauty and lively cities. With so much to do, it’s not hard to find a UK break for every kind of couple. And, if you happen to have different interests, it’s also easy to find a happy compromise.

While the UK might be the first destination you think of for a romantic getaway, it has a surprising amount to offer. 

The only thing we can’t guarantee is the weather – but the rain has a funny way of bringing Brits together.


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7 of the best UK holidays for couples

I’ve visited most of these UK holiday spots as a couple, but many of them also make great solo getaways or family trips. They cover the length of the country and some of the best things to do in the UK, and are the kind of holidays that have reminded me why I love my home country so much.

Whoever you’re travelling with, I think there’s something for everyone (and every couple!) here.

 

 

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1 – Go glamping in Devon

Probably my favourite county in the whole of England, I spent three years living in Devon and I’m still totally in love with it.

From the countryside to the local produce, Devon is a real hidden gem that often gets overlooked for neighbouring Cornwall or the bigger cities.

Why Devon makes a great holiday for couples

What could be more romantic than escaping to the countryside for a couple of nights? There are loads of glamping spots all over the Devon so you don’t have to rough it in a ‘real’ tent. Instead, you can enjoy a remote getaway with running water a private hot tub.

If you want to go all out, you can also take a champagne hot air balloon ride in nearby Tiverton.
 

 

 

When to go on holiday to Devon

If you want some sunshine, naturally the summer is your best bet. I’ve been glamping in Devon twice and both times were in June. The second summer was perfect but even the first, milder summer was incredible.

Where to check in

Checking into the Safari Tent at Knightstone Farm is becoming a bit of an annual tradition, but we’ve got our eye on the Shepherd’s Hut for next time. It’s set in the remote Devon countryside, with Ottery St Mary and loads of hiking trails just a short walk away.


Bedford Lodge Hotel Spa Break for couples


2 – Unwind at a couple’s spa retreat

As much as I love exploring, there’s nothing like the occasional spa retreat – and the UK has loads of great spa retreats for couples.

Why it makes a great holiday for couples

We all feel like we could use more time, and a spa break is a great way to spend some quality time together.
 

 

 

When to take a spa holiday

Any time! Most spas in the UK are open all year round. Just make sure you book ahead, especially around peak holiday seasons, bank holiday weekends and Christmas.

Where to check in

The Bedford Lodge Hotel has a beautiful 5 bubble rated spa, complete with rooftop hot tub, hydrotherapy pool and very decadent relaxation rooms. Book in for a day of unwinding or check into the 4-star hotel for a 1 or 2 night break.



3 – Escape to the mountains in Abergavenny

Wales really doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and Abergavenny is one of my favourite secret spots in the whole of the UK. Just a short train ride from Cardiff, it’s perfect for a 2 night break.

Why it makes a great holiday for couples

Abergavenny is a small time with lots of amazing food. It’s the perfect place to take it easy without getting bored. And if you’re feeling active, the Brecon Beacons are one of the best hiking spots in the whole of the UK.

A guided hike of the highest mountain in Brecon Beacons National Park promises epic views and treasured memories.
 

 

 

When to go to Abergavenny

It’s hard to avoid the rain in Wales, but visiting in summer will certainly increase your chances. However, don’t overlook the winter months – the mountains look beautiful when covered in a light layer of ice, making for a super cosy winter stay-cation.

Where to check in

The Angel Hotel was voted hotel of the year in Wales in 2016, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s one of my favourite hotels in the whole of the UK with massive rooms and a cute bar out back.

Even if you don’t stay overnight, make sure you stop by to try their incredible afternoon tea


 

Isle of Skye couples holiday


4 – Switch off on the Isle of Skye

From towering waterfalls to epic hikes, the Isle of Skye may just be the coolest spot in the UK. And it’s a fantastic place for a couple’s holiday or weekend away.

Why it makes a great holiday for couples

If our experience is anything to go by, you really won’t get much cell signal on the Isle of Skye. Which means it’s the perfect place to switch off and enjoy some quality couple time together.
 

 

 

When to go to the Isle of Skyle

Any time! Even in August, we spent most of time wrapped up in down jackets and dodging some intense rain showers. There’s no guarantee of sunshine in Skye, but avoid August if you want to see a calmer side of the island.

Where to check in 

Don’t! Camping is the best – and cheapest – way to explore the Isle of Skye and there are plenty of campsites all over.

If you can’t stand the mosquitoes or prefer a little more comfort, a private room at Skye Backpackers hostel is your most affordable option.


 

Land's End Cornwall couples holidays UK


5 – Be in it ’til the end in Cornwall

Land’s End, that is. But if you fancy getting hitched while you’re at it, there are certainly worse places to do so.

Why Cornwall makes a great couple’s holiday

Beaches, hiking trails and plenty of good food – Cornwall has it all, with that traditional British charm thrown in.

 

 

 

When to visit Cornwall

Anytime is a good time to visit Cornwall, but the summer months are when everything comes to life. Plus, you can share an ice-cream without shivering.

Where to check in

Looe is an adorable Cornish town, with plenty of friendly guest houses, beaches and the best Cornish pasty in Cornwall (apparently!). I haven’t tried them all, but I can promise you it’s delicious.


Tower Bridge London couples holidays uk


6 – Take a city break to London

Ah, London. My former home and the city I still have a love/hate relationship with. The thing I’ve learned about it, though? It’s SO much better when you don’t live there. And it’s the perfect city for an exciting couple’s break in the UK.

Why take a 2 night break in London

London is a captivating city when you’re there to see the best of it. There are few things I love more when I go back to England than a London theatre weekend, but the list of things to do in London is endless. Choose one area or event and enjoy it!

 

 

 

When to go to London

It’s always a good time to visit London, but avoid the major events (such as Notting Hill, Gay Pride, the Lord Mayor’s parade or royal weddings) if you want everything to go to plan. When the roads are closed, it’s kind of chaotic.

Where to check in 

There are plenty of hotels to choose from in London, but my favourite has always been CitizenM. You get a comfortable, boutique room complete with iPad controls for a below-average price, as well as the biggest hotel bed I’ve ever slept in. There are three CitizenM hotels in London, but the Bankside one is my favourite.


Glen Tanar Aberdeenshire Scotland
Aberdeenshire is stunning

7 – Get adrenaline flowing in Aberdeenshire

It may not be one of the most well-known areas of the UK, but don’t let that put you off. Aberdeenshire has a lot to offer for nature lovers and thrill seekers. 

Why Aberdeenshire is a great spot for a couple’s break in the UK 

Aberdeenshire is a place where you can have fun together, and then chill out together. There are plenty of adventurous things to do in Aberdeenshire to get your hearts racing, but also no shortage of epics views and scenes to enjoy together. 

 

 

 

When to go to Aberdeenshire

Right in the heart northern Scotland, Aberdeenshire can get cold! The summer months are the best time to go. When it’s sunny outside, you’ll be able to enjoy much more of Aberdeenshire’s incredible beauty.

Where to check in

For a romantic escape that’s both luxurious and affordable, the only place to stay is Meldrum House. Relax by the fire, tuck into some of the best food in Scotland or unwind in the cosy cave bar.


Short couple’s breaks outside of the UK

Thinking of travelling further afield? Check out these romantic European destinations:

Set sail on a cruise

You don’t need to fly to escape beyond the British borders. Southampton is one of the best cruise terminals in Europe and there are many short cruises that leave from there.

A cruise is the perfect romantic break for couples who want to spend quality time together without having to think about anything (but each other).

Check into Big Berry, Slovenia 

Eco-conscious travellers will love escaping to this unique glamping spot in Slovenia. From the daily deliveries of locally made produce the the idyllic landscapes around, Big Berry is the perfect nature retreat for couples. 

A long weekend in Slovenia is the perfect way to reconnect with each other while connecting with nature. This dreamy setting was made for romantic strolls and quality time.

 

 

 

Relax in Menorca 

Often overshadowed by its bigger, busier sister islands, Menorca isn’t on most people’s radar. Still relatively untouched, it’s the perfect island for a weekend break in the sun.

There are plenty of unique things to do in Menorca for couples. Visit the island’s unique cave bar for a romantic sunset drink or try something new together.


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Jodie Marie Dewberry

Jodie has been travelling the world full time since 2017, sharing the most unique places in the world along with tips for living as a digital nomad. She has worked with a number of prominent travel brands, including airlines, tourism boards, hotels and tour operators.

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