City breaks, Europe

Roses are red, violets are blue, here are some ideas for the perfect way to say ‘I love you’!  We know that finding the perfect Valentine’s gift is a tricky business but fear not, cupids, we’ve compiled a list of the UK’s most romantic cities to surprise your beau this Valentine’s Day.  Just pack a bottle of bubbly and whisk your loved one away for a romantic valentine break for two.

Beautiful Bath

The beautiful Georgian city of Bath comes top of many people’s list when organising a romantic valentine’s getaway with that special someone.  With its grand architecture, beautiful gardens and charming tea rooms, Bath is a great choice for a Valentine’s escape.  The city is well known for its heritage as a Roman spa town and visiting the remains of the Roman bathhouse is a great introduction to this lovely city.  For a more romantic way to spend your time, visit the modern Thermae Spa in the heart of the city where you can enjoy quality time together in a wonderful setting.  Treat yourselves to a relaxing massage or treatment of just enjoy the totally unique view from the roof top pool.

Charming Chester

Chester may be well known for horse racing but its black and white fronted buildings and unique shopping centre make it the perfect spot for a romantic break.  Roman walls surround the city and completing the circuit is a great way to catch a glimpse of Chester; pose for a picture under the Eastgate Clock for a keepsake of your Valentine’s break.  The Tourist Board has recently launched a campaign to encourage more romantic breaks to the city so now is a perfect time for a visit.  Chester is also famous for jewellery with an astounding number of jewellers located in the city centre.  If you’re planning to pop a certain question or simply want to purchase your loved one a token of affection, you’re in the right place.  If the way to a man’s (or woman’s, for that matter) heart is through his stomach, there are plenty of wonderful restaurants to enjoy a candlelit meal à deux.

Awe-inspiring Anglesey

True romantics will find peace on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey which was the home of the patron saint of lovers, Saint Dwynwen, during the fifth century.  Her church on the west of the island was a common place of pilgrimage for those seeking clues to their romantic future but today the ruins lie just above a beautiful beach, the perfect place for a walk hand in hand.  The island also has royal connections with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge making Anglesey their marital home.  Pretty Beaumaris Castle is a must as is the Victorian seaside town full of unique shops.  Outdoors lovers will enjoy the stroll through Newborough Forest which brings you onto the sandy beach at Llanddwyn Bay with stunning views of Snowdon to enjoy.

Yummy York

With chocolate being a popular present at Valentine’s Day, where better to spend a few days with your sweetheart than in the home of chocolate.  Wander the cobbled streets and discover the history of chocolate with plenty of tasters as you go.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the top of York Minster; perhaps it’s the perfect place to propose?  Keep a tight hold of each other’s hands as you descend to the depths of York Dungeons before enjoying a spot of afternoon tea at the famous Bettys Tearoom.