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Planning a UK honeymoon? Look no further than our guide to the best UK honeymoon destinations and look forward to a post-wedding retreat.

From leisurely strolls in beautiful settings to indulging in some of the finest food around, you and your partner are sure to find the perfect UK honeymoon! Traditional UK honeymoon locations like the Cotswolds and Portmeirion have made the list, but we’ve also uncovered some unexpected destinations, such as Inverness and Ballycastle.

Discover 16 of the best UK honeymoon destinations…

Why honeymoon in the UK?

Honeymooners typically search for relaxation, romance, good food, and natural beauty. And, believe it or not, the UK has it all!

There are many benefits to honeymoon holidays in the UK. From avoiding jet lag from long-haul flights to reducing your carbon footprint as you indulge in post-wedding euphoria. Plus, you can splurge on a champagne dinner, or a room upgrades with all your savings.

There’s even the bonus of being able to easily travel to the incredible regions of Cornwall, Scotland, Yorkshire or North Wales, which are considered the best UK holiday destinations.

Honeymoon accommodation range from luxurious apartments to rustic cabins, glamping locations, and cosy cottages for two. All of which are breath-takingly beautiful, comfortingly romantic, and just the right amount special.

1. Edinburgh

edinburgh landscape, UK Honeymoon Destinations

First on our list of UK honeymoon destinations is the city of Edinburgh. This thriving city provides an especially romantic getaway for your post-wedding celebrations in the UK as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

With vibrant art and music culture, the city hosts numerous events, including the Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Thanks to its cobblestone streets and Georgian buildings, Edinburgh provides an unusual combination of shopping, sightseeing, and delicious food.

Other things to do in Edinburgh during your honeymoon include exploring the Royal Botanic Garden, Dean’s Village, the Edinburgh Gin Distillery, and of course, Edinburgh Castle.

Where to stay

3 Lynedoch Place, Edinburgh

Edinburgh honeymoon cottage

3 Lynedoch Place is the perfect honeymoon destination to take a romantic city break with your loved one. This lovely apartment for two is located on the ground floor of a striking Georgian building in Edinburgh’s New Town.

This property will immediately capture your attention as you enter through a narrow hallway covered with rustic flagstones. Follow the home through to a welcoming living/dining room with a period fireplace, and a bedroom with another fireplace.

Spend intimate evenings under the stars and dine alfresco in the enclosed courtyard. Alternatively, cuddle up in the conservatory together with a glass of wine.

2. Cotswolds

Cotswolds scenery

Next on our guide to UK honeymoon destinations is the Cotswolds, boasting picturesque chocolate-box towns encircled by lush green hills and fragrant fields.

The Cotswolds, known for its market towns and buildings made of honey-colored stone, is the perfect place to fall in love again!

The Cotswolds offers an opulent retreat for a UK honeymoon with lots to do thanks to its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Additionally, there are many options for eating and drinking, including quaint taverns, pubs, and fine-dining establishments.

Other Cotswolds things to do include Sezincote House & Gardens, and the Painswick Rococo Garden, both of which are ideal for romantic occasions! Alternatively, have a thrilling 29-mile journey together on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Where to stay

The Lodge at MortonsGloucestershire

The Lodge at Mortons

The Lodge at Mortons is a contemporary, open-plan lodge nestled between the dreamy towns of Cirencester and Malmesbury. The charming Cotswold cottage makes the perfect romantic retreat for you and your loved one to enjoy some peace and serenity.

A stylish kitchen and cosy living area are connected to a luxurious double bedroom with a walk-in shower, complete with all the amenities you need. Open the wine bottle and enjoy a romantic summer evening on the porch as you breathe in the tranquil countryside.

3. Somerset


Discover three different Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the lovely city of Bath, and the coast while on your UK honeymoon in the West Country.

Long stretches of sandy beach dot the coast, punctuated by steep headlands and picturesque coastal villages. Whilst inland, you’ll find a vast, undulating landscape with walking pathways that connect a number of interesting villages and historic places.

In this picturesque area, you can hike up Glastonbury Tor, explore the caves at Cheddar Gorge, or stroll around England’s smallest city, Wells. A romantic break in Somerset would not be complete without tasting the local cider, and cheddar cheese, or learning the art of cane weaving.

4. Devon

Torquay, Devon

As UK honeymoons go, Devon has it all. Discover rocky cliffs, wide sands, untamed moors, and cosy pubs that beckon couples to fall in love once more.

The historic and stunning Exeter Cathedral and Dartmouth Castle are just two of the best attractions for couples to visit in the area. The county also contains two breath-taking coastlines, two national parks, and five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Devon has a diverse range of sites, from beach resorts to rural landscapes and lovely countryside. Dartmouth is close to Agatha Christie’s summer home, Paignton is great for watersports enthusiasts, and Exeter has a rich history. Discover even more attractions in the seaside towns of TorquaySalcombeWestward Ho!

Take advantage of long, lazy summer days on the beach and winter walks holding your sweetheart’s hand. Alternatively, enjoy evenings in front of pub fires or gazing at the night sky from the top of a tor.

Where to stay

Sandridge Boathouse, Stoke Gabriel

devon honeymoon cottage

Located about 1 1/4 miles south of Stoke Gabriel, on the Sandridge Barton estate, this charming boathouse was originally constructed as a bathing house in 1760.

This beautiful cottage is situated between Stoke Gabriel and Dittisham on the banks of the Dart in South Devon, in a secluded, private and romantic setting.

Find a gentle valley and woods that offer a 600-yard walk to the Boathouse, a haven away from everything.

5. Inverness

Greig Street Bridge, Inverness

Inverness is a stunning city in Scotland, where the Ness River meets the Moray Firth. Visitors flock to Inverness for its stunning natural scenery, historic ruins and prehistoric landmarks.

Delight in a broad variety of cycling and hiking paths that wind through woodlands, lakes, and canals. Go shopping in the 19th-century Victorian markets, or find history at churches and museums with your significant other.

You may also go on a romantic cruise on Loch Ness in search of the fabled lake monster Nessie. When it comes to whisky, Inverness has some of the best distilleries in the world where you can sample local ales.

Inverness is truly one of the most picturesque and exciting UK honeymoon destinations there is.

Where to stay

The Hen House, Highlands

inverness honeymoon cottage, UK Honeymoon Destinations

In a tranquil position at the heart of the beautiful Highland estate of Belladrum, the Hen House is a picture-perfect holiday home offering an idyllic setting for a honeymoon retreat to Scotland.

Step inside this miniature fairy-tale cottage, leaving your muddy wellies by the door as you admire the grandeur of the high hen house roof.

Take in the unique interior as you pop the kettle in the impressive wood kitchen. Spend evenings in your private garden and soak in the hot tub underneath the stars before heading inside to snuggle up in the stunning four-poster bed.

You can also stroll around Belladrum Estate and the nearby River Beauly to enjoy views of Beaufort Castle and Aigas Gorge.

6. Pembrokeshire

Milky Way over landscape of Freshwater West beach on Pembrokeshire Coast

Still, looking for your perfect UK honeymoon destination? Consider Pembrokeshire!

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was designated a national park in 1952 and covers an area of 225 square miles in Wales. The park consists largely of the Pembrokeshire coast and its islands, as well as the Mynydd Preseli moorland hills.

Among the rugged cliffs and coastal rock formations, there is a dense population of sea birds, porpoises, whales, seals, and dolphins. Explore the breath-taking coastline by bike, on foot or by sea kayak.

Where to stay

Stable Cottage, Newport

pembrokeshire honeymoon cottage
Stable Cottage is a peaceful retreat located just a short drive from Newport Bay, Poppit Sands, and Ceibwr.

It is the perfect honeymoon retreat, with the coastal town of Newport and the riverside towns of Cardigan and St Dogmaels nearby. Guests who have horses can bring them to stay at the villa for an extra charge and ride through the local country lanes and across South Wales beaches.

7. The Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

There are few places in the UK as romantic as the Isle of Wight. The island is peppered with breath-taking scenery, the best beaches, and a tempting choice of restaurants for a romantic dinner for two.

With its stunning scenery and diverse geography, this island is a great place for walkers of all skill levels. Explore many paths that wind through ancient woodlands, open farmland, and leafy green lanes, stopping at historic towns and charming villages along the way.

Stroll around Ventnor Botanic Garden or Shanklin Chine for a romantic afternoon in nature. This truly is the perfect place to start your married life with a romantic UK honeymoon on the Isle of Wight.

Where to stay

Sheepwash Barn, Freshwater

isle of wight honeymoon cottage

Located in the hamlet of Middleton, just half a mile from Freshwater and three miles from Yarmouth is this detached, Grade II listed thatched cottage.

Originally built in the 17th century, this charming holiday home is ideal for exploring the Isle of Wight with your other half.

Dine alfresco after a day of exploring or have breakfast before heading to one of the nearby beaches. The Isle of Wight is perfect for UK honeymoons all year round.

8. Ballycastle

Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle

Next on our list of UK honeymoon destinations is this exceptional Irish hotspot. The Causeway Coast’s eastern end is marked by the harbour town and holiday resort of Ballycastle.

It’s a lovely town with a lively promenade, a golden beach, and a vibrant bar and restaurant scene. From here, ferries to Rathlin Island depart over to Castle St and the Diamond where the action takes place.

Follow along the footsteps of your favourite Game of Thrones characters at Castle Ward, Inch Abbey, and Tollymore Forest Park in County Down, as well as the Cushenden Caves and The Dark Hedges in County Antrim.

Explore Belfast for a taste of city life, or County Donegal, where you can discover the beauties of the Glenveagh National Park, the 19th-century Glenveagh Castle, or tent up and attempt to get a sight of the legendary Northern Lights.

Where to stay

Sea Breeze, County Antrim

Ballycastle honeymoon cottage
Sea Breeze is located in the vibrant seaside town of Ballycastle, overlooking the magnificent Causeway Coast. This magnificent first-floor apartment has stunning sea views and provides a lovely seaside environment.

This first-floor apartment boasts an open-plan living space filled with natural light from huge patio doors that lead out to a delightful balcony with dazzling views of the sea.

Wake up next to your other half before a morning stroll down to Ballycastle Beach. You can venture further out to the historical ruins of Bonamargy Friary as you enjoy the fresh and salty seaside air.

9. Portmeirion

Village of Portmeirion

The model village of Portmeirion is the creation of Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who dedicated most of his life to the project. An oddly charming gamut of buildings in a delightful seaside setting makes up his whimsical piece of heaven.

This Italianate haven is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the UK! It was so idyllic and unusual that it served as the setting for the 60’s hit TV series The Prisoner.

Enjoy miles of golden sands that stretch down the coast, from the picturesque Morfa Bychan to the bustling town of Barmouth. Snowdonia is nearby and is a centre of outdoor activity, with options for walkers and bikers, as well as more exciting activities like climbing and watersports!

Visit other nearby destinations like HarlechBalaBetws-y-Coed, Criccieth and Pwllheli to make your UK honeymoon one to remember.

Where to stay

Aber Wharf, Porthmadog

wales honeymoon cottage
Aber Wharf is a stylish, modern holiday house located in Porthmadog, a harbour town.

Relax on the sumptuous sofa as you take in the views of glistening waters and far-reaching countryside! There is a full-length sliding door leading out to a small balcony, where you can relish in the fresh air looking out to the estuary. In this area, you will find delicious local food, exciting attractions, and wonderful walks.

Portmerion is just a 10-minute drive away, or if you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy a long walk on a summer’s day.

10. Dorset

Durdle Door Sunset, Dorset

Dorset is the home of Trivial Pursuit — it doesn’t get much more enticing than that. Aside from amazing board games, Dorset has one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Spend your days exploring the beaches and discovering the coves that make this part of the world so special.

There are so many romantic things to do in Dorset. A selfie at Durdle Door is, of course, mandatory. Once you’ve had your fill of the beach, return home and curl up on the sofa of your impeccable holiday home.

Explore the famous Lulworth Cove, as well as a multitude of beach havens along the Jurassic Coast. Alternatively, spend a day strolling along a lively promenade along golden sands at BournemouthLyme Regis, or Weymouth.

Where to stay

Deer Lodge, Wimborne Minster

dorset honeymoon cottage

Deer Lodge at Chapel Lodges is a beautifully renovated stable located in the environs of Wimborne Minster. This exquisite cottage is nestled among the owner’s 13 acres of gorgeous grounds, which include secluded woodlands and meadows.

With your own hot tub, you can rest under the stars or watch animals such as deer, rabbits, pheasants, and birds whilst the bubbles work their magic. Meet Mellow and Rapunzel the gentle sheep, or relax around one of the forest-clearing firepits for a BBQ.

11. Peak District

Peak District sunset

Take a romantic break in the Peak District and fall for the beautiful views, dramatic countryside, quaint towns and villages, and unique accommodations.

There are so many things to do in the Peak District for newlyweds! Visit Ashbourne, which has a lovely collection of Georgian-listed buildings, or Bakewell, the birthplace of the renowned pie.

Other Peak District attractions include Wirksworth, Matlock, and Whaley Bridge.

With its romantic landscapes and charming villages, a stay in the Peak District is easily one of the best UK breaks for couples!

Where to stay

Horton Lodge Boathouse, Leek

peak district honeymoon cottage

Located in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Horton Lodge Boathouse is a ground-floor apartment within an old Victorian boathouse on the banks of Rudyard Lake. Home to original features, the apartment is perfect for a romantic break for two.

With stunning views of the lake, this one-bedroom residence even has its own dock and boathouse. It comes with kayaks and rowing boats that can be used for leisurely lake cruising.

Launch your rowing boat from your private beach area onto the lake and drift along the waters, enjoying the beautiful scenery as you drift. Fishing is allowed on the lake, with all the rights to fish included from the garden and rowing boat.

12. Galway

Galway, morning view on Dock with boats reflected in water

Galway’s best feature for visitors is its walking culture. Get out and explore the streets the moment you arrive. Besides vibrant pubs and independent shops, there are charming cobblestone streets teeming with students, writers, artists, and craftspeople.

Take a ferry to Inismore for a one-day excursion and rejuvenate yourself with the sea air and stunning beauty. Explore Connemara’s stunning scenery and observe red deer and wild ponies grazing in the national park.

Or, make a splash along the shoreline, which is dotted with rugged nooks and crannies and washed by the rough surf. You can even enjoy a romantic sail to the Aran Islands, which have amazing landscapes, ancient monuments, and famous knitting yarn.

Where to stay

Spiddal Thatch Cottage, Spiddal

galway honeymoon cottage

This charming home is located two miles from Spiddal hamlet in County Galway, boasting lovely views towards the sea. For couples seeking a classic Irish rural retreat, you’ll love the exposed beams and high stone walls here. A picturesque mezzanine double bedroom in the eaves of this Galway home is encircled by a vaulted ceiling.

Surrounded by countryside, the tiny lawned area with chairs is ideal for a calm picnic as the sun sets over County Clare. Once the stars appear, head inside to enjoy a glass of wine and cuddle around the multi-fuel stove.

13. Cornwall

Cornish Fishing Harbour
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in the UK, Cornwall is the place for you! The coast of the island has wide sandy beaches, hidden coves, and footpaths offering views of sunsets. Sitting side by side watching the sun go down on a Cornish beach is one of the most romantic things you can do in the UK.

Visit one of Cornwall’s pretty harbour towns for a romantic meal at an award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant. Delight in a mouth-watering selection of freshly caught seafood, or, enjoy a picnic with fluffy scones, clotted cream, and jam.

The spectacular vistas deliver a remarkable experience, from the isolated golden beach at Bedruthan Steps to St Nectan’s Glen with its brilliant 60ft high waterfall.

Find excitement on your Cornish honeymoon and arrange a surfing class and ride the waves together. You can also travel to St. Ives and stroll through the Tate Modern or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Where to stay

Bear Cottage, Chacewater

cornwall honeymoon cottage

This excellent detached home lies on the owner’s gated estate on the outskirts of Chacewater near Truro. Bear Cottage is ideal for a relaxing, rural holiday in Cornwall. Guests are even welcomed with a homely and delicious cream tea on arrival.

A beautiful freestanding bath, plenty of storage and access to a huge bathroom with a walk-in shower make this home ideal for couples.

The bedroom includes patio doors out to an enclosed garden with lawn and patio areas where you can relax with a drink and enjoy the countryside. Or, soak in the large hot tub after a day of touring the area.

From the garden, you can access acres of open fields as you stroll hand in hand.

14. Yorkshire Dales

Thornton force, Ingleton Waterfall trail, Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire has a diverse mix of historic towns and cities, as well as miles of national park grounds within its borders, making for a wonderful UK honeymoon holiday.

Whatever your taste, Yorkshire might be just what you’re looking for – gorgeous moors, lush green dales, dramatic coastlines, and friendly hospitality in villages and towns. You’ll find out why the Brontë sisters were inspired by the dales and the moors as you travel through inspirational scenery and romantic landscapes.

You can even take a short car drive over to the coastline for some seaside bliss and visit Scarborough and Whitby, where you’ll find a range of lovely sandy beaches like the ones at Robin Hood’s Bay and Filey.

Where to stay

Beckside Cottage, Skipton

yorkshire honeymoon cottage

This stone-built stable conversion rests on the grounds of a 375-year-old listed farmhouse, boasting picturesque countryside views. This first-class cottage offers a romantic getaway for couples wishing to escape the rush of everyday life.

The bedroom boasts a king-size Victorian brass bedstead, a freestanding bath, and an en-suite rainfall shower with sophisticated mood lighting.

Outside, a big patio area and dry stone walling surround the hot tub with a music system and waterfall feature. Relax here and enjoy the views of the nearby poultry, lambs, and cows. Feel free to feed the alpacas if you desire.

15. Lake District

Dramatic Orange Sunrise Over Snow Covered Mountains, Lake District

As William Wordsworth wrote, “The loveliest spot that man has found…”, the Lake District is deeply intertwined with poetry and is a dreamy UK honeymoon destination.

The Lake District is the UK’s biggest national park and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, earning it the reputation as one of the most romantic destinations in the country.

Explore sparkling lakes, awe-inspiring walks, inviting tearooms, and pubs with fireplaces at a range of places to eat and drink in the Lake District.

There are lots of Lake District activities for couples, ranging from canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding on Coniston Water to boat tours around Windemere. Or, if you want to relax and wind down, catch a play at the Theatre by the Lake.

Where to stay

Boathouse on the Lake, Bowness on Windermere

lake district honeymoon cottage

Prepare for an unforgettable stay in this magnificent house surrounded by Lake Windermere, close to leisure and adventure activities.

Boathouse on the Lake is the ideal place to spend a romantic weekend visiting the Lake District. With its rich sceneries and luxurious lifestyle, the area is sometimes referred to as “Millionaires Mile”.

Enjoy your morning coffee or evening drink on the balcony with spectacular views of Lake Windermere, offering a memorable opportunity.

Take a few steps down to your own private hot tub for true relaxation, making it one of the best romantic breaks with a hot tub in the UK.

16. Oxfordshire

Cityscape of Oxford
Last on our list of UK honeymoon destinations is the city of Oxfordshire. This beautiful corner of the south captures the romance of English culture at its finest.

Discover dreaming spires, gilded domes, Georgian elegance, lively inns and the River Thames that winds through the county. Walk through meandering lanes and enjoy higgledy-piggledy houses and grand college edifices throughout Oxford.

Stroll along the riverside paths and cobbled lanes with your loved one in the footsteps of Romantic poets. Sit on Lyra and Will’s bench in the Botanic Garden, or enjoy strawberries and champagne punted down the river.

Where to stay

West Barn, Tackley

oxfordshire honeymoon cottage
Located in the picturesque village of Tackley, Oxfordshire, this charming barn conversion is the perfect place to explore the area. With its exposed beams and open-plan interior, West Barn is the perfect expression of an English country cottage.

Featuring a stone terrace with furniture, you can sit outside and enjoy the sun during the afternoons. In the area, you will find several local attractions, including Blenheim Palace, an 18th-century country house.

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Inspired by these UK honeymoon destinations? Take a look at our honeymoon cottages. We’ve even crafted a travel guide for couples, providing inspiration for the most romantic things to do around the UK.

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