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UK Honeymoon Destinations

Finding honeymoon heaven does not require travelling halfway around the world. With our guide, find an impressive range of UK honeymoon destinations right on your doorstep.

You’ll find everything from sandy beaches in Cornwall to snow-capped mountains in Scotland and Wales. Honeymooning at home has multiple benefits too!

All you need to do is place all your belongings in the car and hit the open road without waiting in long passport queues and packing your toiletries into a sandwich bag. In addition to not having to worry about time differences, you can splurge on a room upgrade or a champagne dinner, with the money saved from flights.

Below are 16 of the best UK honeymoon destinations, as well as romantic accommodations to stay near each area…


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.

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 welcoing 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

A UK honeymoon destination ideal for newlyweds, the Cotswolds boasts beautiful chocolate-box towns surrounded by lush green hills and fragrant exotic fields.

With its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds provides an elegant retreat for a UK honeymoon. There are also plenty of old taverns, pubs, and fine dining restaurants, so there is no shortage of choice for a romantic dinner for two.

Where to stay

Oxbow Cottage, Gloucestershire

Cotswolds honeymoon cottage

Oxbow Cottage is a charming 19th-century conversion of a Cotswold stone barn located in the remarkable hamlet of Maugersbury. The charming Cotswold’s cottage makes the perfect romantic retreat for you and your loved one to enjoy some peace and serenity.

In addition to the Cotswold stone walls, exposed beams and high vaulted ceilings, the property has wonderful character features that create a welcoming and warm ambience. Open the wine bottle and enjoy a romantic evening by the wood-burning stove, cooking a romantic meal together.

Near the property lies a fenced paddock, which can be used at your leisure.


3. Somerset

Somerset

A honeymoon in the West Country will give you the chance to explore three different Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the beautiful city of Bath, and the coast. Aside from its dramatic coastline and seaside resorts, find classic England countryside and rich history.

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, cheddar cheese, or learning the art of cane weaving.

Where to stay

Quantock Hide, Bridgwater

somerset honeymoon cottage

The extremely rare Quantock Hide is located in a magical area at the summit of Somerset’s beautiful Quantock Hills, where the ancient forest meets untamed moorland and the Jurassic Coast.

This boutique luxury dog-friendly cottage is set at the top of its own forest road, beaming with romance and luxury. It provides exquisite luxury, solitude, and ideal isolation with views of the shore in the distance and vast moorland behind it.

You can’t help but be swept into the genuine spirit of The Quantock Hide as you slip beneath the eaves and enter into your silk ensconced luxurious cocoon of a bed. Especially when you crawl into your silk enshrined sumptuous cocoon of a bed, which is surrounded by candlelight.


4. Devon

Devon

As UK honeymoons go, Devon has it all. Experience rugged cliffs, sweeping sands, wild moors, and cosy pubs invite couples to fall in love all over again.

The amount of activities available for couples in Devon is unmatched. The county contains two breath-taking coastlines, two national parks, and five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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

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, and charming old villages.

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

Pembrokeshire

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. There are also opportunities for bird watching and rock climbing.

Where to stay

Stable Cottage, Newport

pembrokeshire honeymoon cottage
Stable Cottage is a peaceful retreat located just a few minutes 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

The 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.

Many have been charmed by the island, including Queen Victoria, Keats, and Tennyson to name a few. 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

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.

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

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. Today, guests can choose between a rugged but comfortable castle or a selection of cosy self-catering cottages with wonderful sea views.

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

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.

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

Take a romantic break in the Peak District and fall for the beautiful views, dramatic countryside, quaint towns and villages, and unique accommodation. We have romantic cottages to satisfy every kind of traveller, whether you’re newlyweds on your honeymoon or simply want to spoil your loved one on a romantic trip.

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, UK Honeymoon Destinations

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.

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

Cornwall
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 Kernow’s pretty harbour towns for a romantic meal for two at award-winning Michelin-starred restaurants. 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

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 destination. 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.

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 beautiful 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

Lake District

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. The Lake District boasts sparkling lakes, fell-top vistas, white-washed cottages, awe-inspiring walks, inviting tearooms, and pubs with fireplaces.

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

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

Oxfordshire
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.

As you walk through its meandering lanes and see its higgledy-piggledy houses and grand college edifices, Oxford is a great romantic destination. 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.


Inspired by these 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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