Lancelot & Guinevere and Robin Hood & Maid Marian, Mr Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett and Romeo & Juliet, Victoria & Albert and William & Kate. From the legendary to the literary, let the great lovers inspire your romantic breaks in England. Whether it’s strolling hand in hand on country walks, stargazing into velvet blue skies, or laying down a private picnic on a hidden beach, there are plenty of places for romance in England. If all this sounds too traditional, a 21st-century romantic holiday can be enjoyed in hedonistic haunts. Choose raunchy weekends in courtesan bedrooms, indulgent spa breaks and pitch-black restaurants.
Too many hours indoors during winter’s gloomy days and you’re looking to break out into spring’s fresh air and lengthening daylight hours.
Location: Yoxall, Staffordshire
Celebrated author and vet James Herriot gave the view from Sutton Bank the ultimate accolade – “England’s finest”. Find out if he was right…
Location: Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Ever watched people punting and felt you’d like to have a go? Pick up a few tips at Cherwell Boathouse, grab the pole and off you go.
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
The O2 offers a unique expedition over its famous roof for amazing 360° views of London, and is an experience worth sharing with your loved one.
Location: Greenwich, London
When it comes to romantic things to do, it’s doesn’t get much better than a windswept horse ride, followed by retreating to a cosy lodge.
Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Wander hand-in-hand along Worcestershire’s Spring Blossom Trail, through field after field, amongst the county’s blossoming flowers and plant life.
Location: Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire
The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is made up of dramatic limestone ridges which offer spectacular views
Location: Mendip Hills, Somerset