When it comes to romantic holiday destinations in the UK, there’s a wealth of places, from the Highlands to the Cotswolds, that are ideal for lovers – but a new survey has named the Lake District as the number one spot for couples.
Released in time for Valentine’s Day, the poll of 2,000 Brits by Premier Inn found that Windermere, in particular, is the romantic holiday location of choice among the majority of couples.
With its 10.5-mile lake, picturesque surrounding fells, the towns of Bowness and Windermere to explore, there’s never been a better time to plan a romantic escape to the lakes.
It wasn’t the only natural beauty spot to be favoured by Britons in love. Loch Lomond, the location of Country Living‘s Scottish rail and lochs break, is another must-see if you’re travelling as two, while Dorset’s Durdle Door and the Peak District also made the list of the UK’s most romantic spots.
Traditionally beautiful settings for couples such as the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-water, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Crescent in Bath, which you can explore from the Country Living Hotel Lansdown Grove, also featured in the top 40.
While 64 per cent of Brits said they opt for the countryside when thinking of romantic places, London sights including St Paul’s Cathedral, Little Venice and Greenwich Park also made the cut.
The research found that half of the nation believes Britain’s romantic locations are underrated compared to those abroad.
Viewpoints to watch the sunset (61 percent), quiet and secluded areas (58 percent) and greenery (44 percent) were the most important features of a romantic destination, while more than half of those polled said visiting a romantic place with a partner keeps the relationship strong.
The poll revealed that the average couple goes on two sentimental weekends away together each year, costing around £187 each trip.
Top 40 romantic holiday destinations in the UK:
1. Windermere, Lake District
2. Loch Lomond, Scotland
3. St Ives, Cornwall
4. Peak District National Park, Peak District
5. Grasmere, Lake District
6. Bourton-on-the-water, Cotswolds
7. Durdle Door, Dorset
8. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
9. New Forest, Hampshire
10. Royal Crescent, Bath
11. York, North Yorkshire
12. Brighton Pier, Brighton
13. London Eye, London
14. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
15. St Paul’s Cathedral, London
16. Torbay, English Riviera
17. Giant’s Causeway, Belfast
18. Kynance Cove, Cornwall
19. Little Venice, London
20. Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds
21. Hyde Park, London
22. Greenwich Park, London
23. Windsor Great Park, Windsor
24. Langamull Beach, Isle of Mull
25. Richmond Park, London
26. Castle Combe, Cotswolds
27. Sandbanks Beach, Dorset
28. Llanddwyn Island, North Wales
29. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
30. Quayside, Cambridge
31. Southbank, London
32. Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea
33. Bournemouth Beach, Dorset
34. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
35. Crosby Beach, Merseyside
36. Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
37. The Quayside, Newcastle
38. Alderley Edge, Cheshire
39. Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan
40. Clevedon Pier, Somerset