A romantic holiday with your beloved is often the best way to get away from the routine and reconnect your souls. You do not need to fly to the other side of the world, as you can find peace and love in Yorkshire, enjoying serene gardens, World Heritage sites, and museums. Yorkshire includes lots of unspoiled countryside perfect for long walks as well as lovely little towns for more urban getaways.
Harrogate in North Yorkshire
In 2013, Harrogate in North Yorkshire earned the title of third most romantic destination in the world, ahead of Rome, Paris, and Vienna. This town was a popular destination as early as the 19th century and offers Turkish baths, stylish restaurants, and boutique shops. The Studley Royal Water Gardens and Fountain's Abbey in Harrogate is a World Heritage site that provides visitors the combination of a medieval deer park and Cistercian abbey. This spot is popular for wedding proposals, while in spring many marrying couples take their wedding photographs with the blossoming trees on the 220-acre Stray. The top hotels in Harrogate include The Balmoral, The Majestic, and The Old Swan, the latter of which Charles Dickens also visited regularly.
Hardcastle Crags in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire features hectares of unspoiled woodland with glorious waterfalls and lots of wildlife. The middle of the valley hides a gem of a former cotton mill and entertainment emporium, the Gibson Mill, which now functions as a visitor centre for those on romantic walks. The centre offers exhibitions as well as dressing-up experiences. The footpaths around the mill are in total 24 kilometres and can thus provide activities for the entire day. There are two holiday cottages for overnight stays: The Lodge and Widdop Gate Barn. The Lodge is at the entrance to Hardcastle Crags and it has many gardens nearby. The Widdop Gate Barn stands at the edge of a hayfield, providing stunning views over the valley. It reflects the open plan of an original barn from the 19th century.
Whitby Abbey carries the title of Britain's most romantic ruin and it resides high on a cliff, looking over the respective seaside town. The abbey served as a settlement, burial place for kings, setting for meetings between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints, and also the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. This historical site includes an interactive visitor centre that tells its rich history. There are many hotels to choose from in Whitby, some of the romantic ones including The Mainstay, Dillons of Whitby, and Pinewood Guesthouse. Generally, small bed and breakfasts and cottages are the best options for romantic getaways.