Top UK Honeymoon Destinations

Top UK Honeymoon Destinations

A honeymoon in the UK can be just as romantic as one abroad. In fact, the UK is home to some of the most romantic and jaw-dropping locations for couples to celebrate their love together. From villages that take you back in time such as those of the Cotswolds to dramatic coastlines in Devon and Northumberland, a honeymoon in the UK can be truly special.

Row of houses along the stream at Castle Combe, Cotswolds

1. Cotswolds

Couples looking for a unique honeymoon destination in the UK that is full of charm, culture and fairytale-like scenery will fall in love with the Cotswolds. Discovering this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will leave you both feeling blissfully happy in your romantic bubble. With a bounty of traditional pubs and casual and fine dining venues in the Cotswolds, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to celebrating newly-married life.

Hire a vintage car and discover the ‘Romantic Road’ from Broadway, which takes you back in time with the unspoilt scenery that comes into view. Drive through romantic honey-coloured stone villages, and stop off for beautiful riverside walks. Don’t miss out on exploring Abbey grounds to see the ruins and enjoy a picnic on the grass in the summer.

Furthermore, Broadway Tower is a must on your honeymoon in the Costwolds, for it presents unforgettable views that you will both cherish for many years to come.

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sea view and cliffs in Ilfracombe, Devon

2. Devon

Devon is home to rugged coastlines with beautiful beaches to surf or sunbathe, two sprawling national parks to discover and five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to take in. It’s no wonder why Devon is at the second spot of the top UK honeymoon destinations. Couples seeking relaxation or adventure can whisk away to this unrivalled location for romance.

For simply breathtaking scenery on your honeymoon, head to Croyde, located in Devon’s north coast Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty. Baggy Point treats you both to unmatched views of the surrounding area with vistas of golden sand and the countryside in the distance. Furthermore, enjoy a couple’s surf-boarding lesson on the beach for a fun activity, then relax in the evening at one of many 17th century inns that serve delicious food near a cosy open fireplace.

Hikers and explorers will love a day out along north Devon’s rugged coastline at the Valley of Rocks, where views of the gigantic rock formations that are home to wild goats are unbelievable. On a clear day, you may even get to see south Wales in the distance.

Alternatively, couples looking for a picturesque waterfront location for celebrating newly-married life can retreat to Salcombe. This beautiful harbour town is an idyllic getaway with romantic offerings at every corner. Discover the south Devon Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty, from the bobbing sail boats on the glistening harbour, to the pastel-coloured buildings that decorate it. Water sports and hiking are popular activities to do in Salcombe for couples, as well as endless dining experiences for date nights, including plentiful gin outlets to celebrate your nuptials in style.

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A lake surrounded by hills in the Lake District

3. Lake District

Celebrate newly-married life together in England’s largest national park with UNESCO World Heritage status. The Lake District is home to gorgeously romantic outdoor scenery, from glistening lakes to whitewashed cottages with plenty of walking trails for adventurous couples.

The Lake District’s romantic history goes back to the 1800s when it became a place of inspiration for William Wordsworth for his romantic poetry and has since become a popular place to propose. Couples on honeymoon can enjoy the dreamy outdoors of the Lake District’s top spots, including Lake Windermere where you can take a boat trip to admire the surrounding mountain peaks and villages. Furthermore, make sure to stop off at the 300-year-old High Sweden Bridge which is known a top proposal spot and the perfect place to have a picnic together.

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The beach and harbour at St Ives

4. Cornwall

A Cornish honeymoon presents a wealth of fun things to do in beautiful locations along its coast. Brimming with gorgeous beauty spots, Cornwall is blessed with lush countryside, sandy beaches and a dining scene that will tantalise your taste buds.

Escape to a secret hideaway in north Cornwall to St Nectan’s Glen, which takes you away from the coast and into enchanting ancient woodland with ivy-covered trees, mesmerising waterfalls and picturesque walks along the riverbanks to spot the local wildlife. Make sure you don’t miss the magical 60-foot waterfall, which is a truly spectacular sight. Afterwards, enjoy a Cornish cream tea and homemade cakes at the Tree of Life Cafe for a romantic afternoon together.

Cornwall’s beautiful beaches are matched by stunning sunsets, making this a wonderful beach destination for a UK honeymoon. Escape to the sea in Mawgan Porth and enjoy the Cornish coastline where you can laze the days away on soft white sands, or take up the challenge to surf the waves.

What’s more, Mawgan Porth is a gorgeous beachfront location with views of the countryside and is a top spot for sunset lovers. There’s plenty more to enjoy on your honeymoon including spa experiences and fantastic venues where you can wine and dine your beloved.

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Richmond Castle

5. Yorkshire

The mesmerising landscapes of Yorkshire are the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon. From stately homes and castles, to magical waterfalls and wildlife encounters, Yorkshire is ideal if the great outdoors is your passion.

With over 100 miles of dreamy coastline, Yorkshire is blessed with places to stroll along the beach hand in hand. Beautiful seaside towns such as Filey, Scarborough, Saltburn and Whitby are popular resorts, each offering something different, from culture to attractions and activities.

If the idea of escaping to the countryside is more on your honeymoon agenda, the Yorkshire Dales is a must. Offering a slower pace of life with fairy-tale scenery and rich history in the many beautiful market towns, you will never be short on things to do. It’s a great place for couples to enjoy the great outdoors together. Walk alongside the rivers and hiking paths to breathtaking viewpoints, discover hidden underground caves and go horse-riding along ancient Roman roads and mining tracks.

Meanwhile, a honeymoon getaway in the vibrant and historical city of York offers world-class museums, theatres and gorgeous gardens. Discover York’s Viking past, chocolate-making history, medieval gothic cathedrals and castles. What’s more, embark on a romantic city cruise with a glass of bubbly to toast to wedded bliss.  York is also the gateway to other stunning UK destinations such as Leeds and Harrogate.

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Benllech Beach in Anglesey, Wales

6. Anglesey

Indulging in an island escape for your honeymoon doesn’t mean you have to jet off across the world. Anglesey is a beautiful Welsh island where the gorgeous beaches and medieval history help make your Welsh honeymoon truly memorable.

A destination for romance, Anglesey is home to 27 gorgeous beaches, with much of the coastline being declared as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The popular Benllech beach has golden sands and clear blue waters for an idyllic beach honeymoon full of relaxation. Or, how about the seaside town of Beaumaris that features gorgeous medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, as well as tempting tea shops and stunning sea views?

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Loch In The Highlands

7. Scottish Highlands

Remote romance can be relished in the Scottish Highlands with varied landscapes that will capture both of your hearts. Cascading waterfalls, unspoiled coastlines, ancient castles and glistening lochs paint the views for a honeymoon in the Highlands.

Designed for the adventurous, a honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands has no limits on the choice of activities you can both do to create unforgettable memories. Take the plunge and partake in adrenaline-filled activities including white-water rafting, sailing and climbing. Furthermore, a slice of serenity can be had on a champagne cruise on Loch Lomond that is surrounded by mountains that are home to wildlife including red deer.

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Countryside views of the peak district

8. Peak District

Situated in the heart of England, the Peak District spans more than 550 square miles with gorgeous natural landscapes, reservoirs, cycle tracks and an abundance of wildlife and habitats.

Spend your honeymoon enjoying a range of activities together, from horse-riding to climbing, caving and water sports. Reside in one of many villages and towns in the Peak District for an idyllic and peaceful break from city life, at one of our cosy luxury cottages.

Known for the Bakewell pudding, the quaint market town of Bakewell lies on the river and is a tranquil escape for a honeymoon. Meanwhile, the village of Castleton in the high Peak District of Derbyshire is a lovely spot to take in countryside views of the hillside and an ancient castle.

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The Beach At Dunstanburg Castle In Northumberland, England

9. Northumberland

Discover Northumberland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with romantic castles, quaint market towns, unspoiled beaches and varied landscapes and countryside for hiking and walking. For a truly unique honeymoon experience in the UK, head to Dark Sky Park, which covers 572 square miles and is designated as being of Gold Tier status meaning that stargazing here is truly world-class.

Wildlife lovers will want to add Kielder Water & Forest Park to their honeymoon itinerary where red squirrels, ospreys and water voles can be spotted. It also has  the largest man-made lake in the UK with outstanding activities for two to enjoy together. Water-skiing, snorkelling, archery, fencing and cross-bowing are just some of the thrilling activities you can do here. It’s also another wonderful place to stargaze.

Dreamy beach locations in Northumberland make for a romantic escape for two, with over 30 miles of beaches that have barely been touched. From coastlines with castles, to dog-friendly shores, sea view pubs and seaside towns, there’s so much choice when discovering this beautiful destination on your honeymoon.

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Cliffs on the Isle Of Wight

10. Isle of Wight

Explore the Isle of Wight, which is situated off the south coast of England. Loved for its beautiful beaches with vintage beach huts, this paradise island is an utterly romantic place to escape to for your honeymoon. Declared as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise with romantic strolls there for the taking, including to the viewpoint of ‘The Needles’, which you can view from atop of a cliffside via carriage ride. These famous needle rocks are the island’s most iconic landmarks that showcases unspoilt and spectacular views.

Another idyllic place to walk is along Compton Bay. This two-mile stretch of rugged coastline features prehistoric treasures dating back to the dinosaurs. Additionally, walk in the footsteps of royalty by wandering through the gardens at Osborne House, which is a beloved holiday home of the Queen. This gorgeous house with landscaped gardens is the perfect place for a romantic picnic, in between discovering regal statues and ancient trees. The estate also features a private beach where the Queen would often take a dip in the summer.

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