The Lake District has been named the most romantic place in the UK

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.

a body of water with a mountain in the background: Durdle Door© Antony Spencer Photography – Getty Images Durdle Door

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.

a group of people sitting in a field: Greenwich Park© Pawel Libera – Getty Images Greenwich Park

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.

a bridge over a river: Bourton-on-the-water© ChrisAt – Getty Images Bourton-on-the-water

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


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