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.
Sneak away to Hever Castle, where one of history’s greatest love affairs blossomed when Henry VIII courted the young Anne Boleyn.
Location: Hever, Kent
As the nights draw in, make yourself at home in a 13th century royal retreat that is anything but old and stuffy.
Location: Penrith, Cumbria
Enjoy a romantic stay in a beautiful chalet in the grounds of Langar Hall, and explore the surrounding area including country walks and walled gardens.
Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
With its winding streets lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, it’s very easy to fall in love with Lavenham.
Location: Lavenham, Suffolk
Take a glimpse of medieval splendour where brooding walls rise majestically from a moat, and let the magic of Bodiam Castle capture your imagination.
Location: Robertsbridge, East Sussex
Grab an early morning hot drink from the marina and watch the sunrise from the lively town of Seaham before setting off on a windswept walk with dramatic views.
Location: Durham Coast, Durham
Topping the list as England’s fastest growing Valentine’s Day destination, where better to rekindle a romance than in Birmingham?
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Stroll hand in hand around the ancient Roman Walls, take a romantic boat trip along the River Dee and go for a delicious dinner in Chester.
Location: Chester, Cheshire
Rekindle the flames of love on a romantic break at the luxury five-star Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Location: nr Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Rekindle your romance and stay in a luxurious cabin within tranquil, secluded woodland, ideal for romantic escapes.
Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.
Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire
There is no better place to take in the change of the seasons than London’s Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line.
Location: Greenwich, London
A beloved destination for romantic breaks, this elegant spa town has luxurious hotels, top restaurants and exotic Turkish Baths.
Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Escape to north Nottinghamshire for a romantic break, discovering ancient countryside, decadent dining and luxurious B&Bs.
Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire
Relax in the heart of Sherwood Forest with your own private cabin and outdoor hot tub. Explore ancient woodlands and give archery a shot.
Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
Get out of the town and explore the romantic countryside and luxurious hotels of Shakespeare’s England in the heart of rural Warwickshire.