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Looking for romantic UK destinations for your next couples staycation? Britain is blessed with gorgeous spots that are ideal for a loved-up break. So if you’re a Brit wanting to holiday closer to home, you’re in luck!
Perfect for a week or long weekend, staycations are one of my favourite types of travel. They’re SO much easier to plan and prepare for and they give you the opportunity to explore beautiful destinations nearer your doorstep.
From rugged coastline and countryside to national parks and pretty villages, the UK has so many romantic and picturesque spots to enjoy!
I’ve been lucky enough to visit so many amazing spots around the UK. So if you need help deciding where to go, here’s my pick of the best romantic getaways and couples staycation ideas for 2024 and beyond!
Best UK staycation ideas for couples
Beautiful Devon is on most people’s lists for a romantic staycation. Within easy reach of London, it’s one of the UK’s top holiday hotspots and is famous for its beaches and wild national parks.
If you love being by the sea, Devon is the couples staycation for you! In South Devon, you’ll find dramatic coastal cliffs, gorgeous secluded coves and fossil-filled beaches that are perfect for a picnic.
Picturesque fishing villages are also part and parcel, with pretty waterside towns including Salcombe, Torquay and Dartmouth.
On the other side of the county, Devon’s north coast has a rugged Atlantic shoreline and sweeping golden sands.
If you’re into surfing, you’ll love North Devon’s Croyde and Woolacombe beaches. Woolacombe is one of the UK’s prettiest and best beaches!
Country pubs and cute cafes are found everywhere in Devon, so you’ll also have lots of places to rest, relax and take in the scenery.
2 Outer Hebrides
Boasting sensational, remote beaches, Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands are a true gem and a heavenly choice for a couples staycation.
Even with the Scottish weather, the scenery in the Outer Hebrides is absolutely breathtaking. You’ll find the most picture-perfect, postcard beaches with powdery white sands and clear waters.
As one of Britain’s best-kept secrets, these Scottish isles offer an unforgettable experience. It’s also really secluded, so you’ll have plenty of space to yourself.
Across the Outer Hebrides islands there’s a lovely choice of romantic places to stay – from self-catered cottages to cosy glamping pods.
3 Lake District
There aren’t many places as romantic as the Lake District. The beauty of the Lakes is undeniable, so if you want to feel the romance – this is the staycation for you!
In summer, the Lake District comes alive and you can make the most of the picturesque landscape. There’s are loads of hiking trails and water activities to take part in, as well as romantic boat trips to take in the views.
Away from city lights, stargazing in the Lake District is also amazing. Staying in a glamping pod, yurt or cabin is a fab off-grid option that will give you the best views on a clear summer’s night.
The Lake District is also magical in autumn and is one of the most peaceful times to visit. With the colder months drawing in, you can expect all the cosy vibes – think roaring fires in charming lakeside cottages.
If you want a romantic city, Edinburgh needs to be high on your list. Deserving of its own spot, the Scottish capital has everything you need for a couples staycation.
With its historic Old Town, cobblestone alleyways and comfy cafes, Edinburgh is bursting with charm. It’s a very welcoming city, so you’ll feel totally at home here, and you’ll have lots to see and do.
If you love history and art, an Edinburgh staycation will be a winner for you. The city has a number of free museums and galleries, as well as iconic landmarks, like the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat.
You’ll also find a shopping paradise along Princes Street in the Georgian New Town. Plus, there are so many bars and restaurants that are great for a couples staycation – the city has multiple in the Michelin Guide.
The Cotswolds is possibly one of the UK’s most picturesque spots. Filled with charming chocolate box villages and glorious rolling landscapes, it’s easy to see why the Cotswolds makes the ultimate couples staycation!
Castle Combe is one of the most famous villages here. Quintessentially English, this village is picture-perfect and an absolute must if you’re heading to this part of the UK.
If you staycation in the Cotswolds, you can spend your days flitting between gorgeous villages, ambling in the countryside or enjoying downtime at a traditional English pub.
If you want more to see and do, you’ll also find vibrant towns and cities in the region. Cirencester, Cheltenham and Bath are all great options.
Cheltenham is one of my favourite places in the UK. This beautiful regency spa town is known for its festivals, but it’s also home to upscale restaurants, bars and romantic boutique hotels.
Hotel pick: Barnsley House
6 Isles of Scilly
Lying off the South West coast, the Isles of Scilly are a great alternative to a Cornwall staycation. Easily reached from Penzance, this beautiful destination has five inhabited islands that are all about nature.
Scilly has its own balmy microclimate so you’ll find palm trees, bright succulents and plenty of sunshine. The islands are also surrounded by turquoise seas and have the prettiest sandy beaches.
As with a lot of the UK’s islands, the Isles of Scilly are relatively untouched so it’s an idyllic choice if you want to avoid the busyness of Cornwall.
Nature and wildlife are a big draw of the Scilly Isles. Tresco Abbey Garden is a lovely visit, and you can spot puffins, seals and dolphins around the islands, too.
The Scillies are also a fab option for water activities and island hopping with boats trips between islands each day.
For somewhere to stay, you’ll find quaint, romantic hotels and peaceful B&Bs scattered across the islands. It’s also a great choice for for camping with countryside spots and sites on the water’s edge.
Britain has so much beauty – and it’s proof you don’t have to travel abroad to find a dream location. From beaches to rolling countryside and gorgeous cities, there are loads of amazing choices for an unforgettable UK staycation.