The most romantic honeymoon destinations in the UK

Where to head for a blissful couples’ break

Your first trip as a married couple should be a celebration of you. Whether you love hiking, luxury spas, a nostalgic seaside stroll or a high-end five-course menu, the most important thing about a honeymoon is giving you a total escape from your everyday.

  1. St Ives, Cornwall
  2. The West Coast of Scotland
  3. Northumberland
  4. The Cotswolds
  5. Edinburgh

We’ve gathered some of the best honeymoon destinations in the UK to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or an indulgent two-week break, here are some of our favourite UK honeymoon places with a truly special atmosphere.

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1. St Ives, Cornwall

Whether you’re looking to grab a surfboard, don your walking boots, or spend your afternoons sipping white wine and sampling seafood, St Ives is definitely one of the top UK honeymoon places. Anywhere in Cornwall would make for a romantic getaway, with everything from secluded and exclusive spa hotels to clifftop cottages. One of the keys to St Ives’ allure is its lively, artsy atmosphere: the town’s quaint cobbled streets are packed with quirky galleries tucked into historic buildings, not to mention The Tate’s southernmost outpost. In between perusing artistic masterpieces, make time to nip into artisan bakeries, fudge shops and ice-cream parlours. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy the seafood at the superbly rated The Mermaid, the gourmet Porthminster Kitchen, or One Fish Street. And why not let yourself be swept away by the cocktail menu at The Searoom? When it comes to nature, St Ives Head is criss-crossed with footpaths and encircled by quiet and picturesque coves, while Porthmeor is very popular for surfing. Those with something a little more strenuous in mind might head onto the coast path towards Clodgy Point, enjoying the rolling green on one side and the swirling azure of the Atlantic on the other.

Honeymoon type: Art and culture meets fresh sea air

Top-pick luxury stay: 4-Star St Ives Harbour Hotel

2. The West Coast of Scotland

With quiet, white-sand beaches and aquamarine sea, your pictures may look like you’ve been honeymooning in the Caribbean. In actual fact, you’ve chosen one of the best honeymoon destinations in the UK: Scotland’s west coast. You could embark on the classic Scottish road trip, the NC 500, for some truly epic photos – perhaps in your own car, stopping at luxury hotels and glamping spots, or in a cute campervan. Or create your own route, winding your way past dreamy spots like the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Eilean Donan Castle and then heading to the wild expanses and beautiful Fairy Pools of the Isle of Skye. Navigating via Applecross and Shieldaig, drive on north of Ullapool and Unapool to the gems of the north coast. You’ll find truly epic, windswept and breathtaking beaches like Achmelvich Beach, Balnakeil Bay and Ceannabeinne Beach. This is a honeymoon built around true escapism and embracing the peace of the wilderness, but you’ll also find your fair share of incredible fish restaurants and specialist distilleries in this neck of the woods.

Honeymoon type: Adventurous and secluded

Top-pick luxury stay: 4-star Invergarry Hotel (to start the trip)

3. Northumberland

For lovers seeking a secluded and far-flung break, Northumberland is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the UK for leaving your phone signal and your cares behind and embracing the great outdoors. The wide, sandy expanses, rolling dunes and sounds of the sea are enough to transport the two of you to your own little world. History and architecture fans can castle-hop from the romantic ruins at Dunstanburgh, best viewed from the sands at Embleton Bay, to regal Bamburgh Castle, overlooking the beach’s epic dunes. If you’re getting peckish, drop in at the Clock Tower Tearooms at the castle, or pop into the Potted Lobster for fresh seafood. For a more casual evening, grab a hearty portion of fish and chips almost anywhere along the coast. You could also take a boat trip around the Farne Islands, spotting seals and puffins in the invigorating sea air, or drive the causeway across to Lindisfarne. Here, at what feels like the end of the earth, you’re sure to find a thoroughly secluded spot for a picnic that leaves you feeling wildly adventurous, as if you’ve rented your own private island.

Honeymoon type: Restful, romantic and rambling

Top-pick luxury stay: 4-Star Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa

4. The Cotswolds

Surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside, UK honeymoon places don’t get much better than the Cotswolds. Where better to spend a week walking hand in hand than along the cobbled streets, past ivy-covered doorways and wisteria-clad cottages with traditional thatched roofs. There are dozens of beautiful villages for you to base yourselves in, including picture-perfect Castle Combe, Burford or Broadway. Pretty Chipping Campden and foodie-heaven Bourton-on-the-Water have plenty going on and offer just the right mix of quiet countryside meets fine wining and dining. In the unassuming, sleepy village of Lower Slaughter, you’ll find The Slaughters Manor House Restaurant with its elegant eight-course dining menu – just the thing for a special occasion. Make it a luxury getaway with a stay at Charingworth Manor in one of their swoon-worthy villas. Surrounded by rolling fields of green, the venue boasts roaring fires, hot tubs, a pool and a romantic terrace. With food and accommodation taken care of, you can spend your time strolling through stately homes and gardens, hiking into the hills, nestling down in pubs next to a roaring fire, or popping into quaint tearooms for scones with jam and cream.

Honeymoon type: Relaxing, food-focused, rural charm

Top-pick luxury stay: Picturesque Charingworth Manor

5. Edinburgh

While honeymoon destinations in the UK are often surrounded by swathes of countryside, Edinburgh is the ultimate city-break option. This foodie destination is as romantic as cities come, with cobbled streets, elegant shops and gorgeous architecture. Pack your days with sightseeing at the castle, the Scott Monument and perhaps a distillery, or take a stroll hand in hand to Arthur’s Seat. Or if you prefer, don’t pack your days at all: spend them wandering the streets, dipping in and out of vintage treasure troves, bookshops, designer spots and cosy, dimly lit bars. Tantalise your tastebuds with a themed six-course tasting menu at the famous Six by Nico, or book yourself a spot in front of the floor-to-ceiling window on the fourth floor of Chaophraya for stunning views of the castle and equally stunning Thai cuisine. Nestled just below Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery looks a little “Game of Thrones” with its opulent interior, but candlelight and phenomenal food make it a romantic hotspot. The Harmonium is a top choice for a delicious vegan date night in a trendy venue. For cocktails head to The Black Ivy, the Voodoo Rooms or the Devil’s Advocate, or ensconce yourselves by the fireside in The Last Word Saloon.

Honeymoon type: Foodie and chic

Top-pick luxury stay: 5-Star Kimpton Charlotte Square

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