Britain’s best places for romance

To mark Valentine’s Day love it!’s ANNA BIBBY turned the magnifying glass on the UK to find, in no particular order, the top 10 most romantic places for a getaway…

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1. DORSET
With its stunning coastline, Dorset is ideal for a romantic break. Walk along the cliffs to enjoy the views or go further inland to explore quaint little towns like Shaftesbury and Wareham.

 

 

2. LAKE DISTRICT
This picturesque part of the world is ideal if you want some alone time with your loved one. Have a country walk to take in the hills and beautiful lakes and then wind down in a country pub. Just remember to take your waterproofs!

 

3. LUDLOW
If you’re looking to treat your loved one to a fancy meal, Ludlow is the place to go. The Shropshire town is famed as a foodie centre with great restaurants of all kinds.

4. ISLE OF WIGHT
Outside the peak months of the summer, the Isle of Wight is a tranquil island where you can enjoy some peace and quiet with your partner. Go on one of the coastal walks and take in the scenery, then warm up with a meal and a few drinks in a cosy pub.

5. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
The birthplace of William Shakespeare offers an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the town’s olde-worlde atmosphere by having a drink in the cosy Old Thatch Tavern, enjoy a romantic picnic for two on the river bank, or take in the sights on a 40-minute river cruise. Cruises cost £5.50 for adults, or you can hire a rowing boat for £6 an hour. Go to www.avon-boating.co.uk for more info.

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6. EDINBURGH
Wine and dine in Edinburgh’s array of bars and restaurants, go to the theatre or a concert, or walk up to the castle to enjoy the views of the city. There is plenty to see and do in these fabulous cobbled streets.

7. PORTMEIRION
This beautiful Italian-style village will take you and your partner into another world. With its Mediterranean architecture – featured in cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner – and views of the North Wales coast and Snowdonia National Park, Portmeirion is the perfect romantic destination.

8. YORK
This medieval city has a rich heritage and a lot to explore. Amongst the narrow, cobbled streets you’ll find a number of quirky little shops and pubs – and enough history to satisfy any buff.

9. OXFORD
This famous university town boasts some of the best architecture in the country and has a wide variety of eating and drinking establishments to try out. Explore the quaint, cobbled streets or take a romantic stroll in the grounds of one of the colleges. Treat yourselves and stay in the luxurious Old Bank Hotel in the city centre.

10. WEST SUSSEX
West Sussex is awash with serene hills and beautiful coastline. Be unique – stay at the Castle Cottage bed and breakfast, which offers a treehouse room set in an old chestnut tree!

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