We’ve got a gloriously beautiful country here in Blighty. And with more and more couples opting to stay in Britain for their honeymoon, we wanted to do our own research to find the top five UK honeymoon destinations for you right here in the UK.
We know the weather can be, at best, a little temperamental, so we’ll be looking mostly at the top summer honeymoon locations. That being said, we’d like to kick off with visiting Scotland in January.
As long as you remember to bring lots of layers and wrap up warm, Scotland is an absolute treat. The coastline is three times larger than England’s and twice that of France and Spain, so there’s lots of seaside exploring to be done. But, for a winter honeymoon, you simply must visit Edinburgh. The city comes alive during the festive period with sparkling Christmas lights with many parties, live music, fireworks and processions to get involved in. Visiting early will mean you’ll make it in time for the Hogmanay celebrations!
Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than anywhere else in the UK, so when it comes to choosing your favourite, you really are spoilt for choice. Michelin starred restaurants like The Kitchin right through to gems like Devil’s Advocate are well worth a visit.
The harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea is known for its long sweeping beach bordered by woodland and no chain store or supermarket in sight. It’s nothing like a typical British seaside town; it has managed to retain the beauty and historical charm of a coastal resort. Wells is great if you’re looking to get away and explore, with stunning Georgian houses, quiet pubs and restaurants, it’s truly unspoiled. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, donning a pair of walking boots and heading into the great outdoors could see you spend hours exploring the vistas.
Being sandwiched between Holkham Beach and Blakeney Point, Wells has a lot to keep you entertained, but is also perfectly positioned for you to get out and explore the neighbouring towns.
A great summer festival is Wells Carnival Week, an event that is held every year and is really worth a visit.
If you are thinking about booking your UK honeymoon in summer, there’s not many places better suited that Dorset. It’s breath-taking views, Jurassic Coast and secluded coves mean you can always settle down for a romantic picnic without being crowded by tourists and holidaymakers.
If preparing your own food sounds too much like hard work, you’ll be pleased to know that Dorset is full of independent restaurants and bars serving fresh local produce for almost every taste. We love The Greyhound Inn, located under Corfe Castle and overlooking the Swanage Railway. A great place to enjoy freshly caught local lobster and crab.
For those who want their UK honeymoon to be filled to the brim with activities, Dorset easily fits the bill. This county offers a great range of extreme sports, including rock climbing, visiting one of the outdoor pursuit centres on the world famous coastline or even getting on-board a high speed rigid inflatable boat!
The bright lights of the capital. A lot of us are used to the busy hustle and bustle of regularly commuting in and out of London, but when do we really take the time to sit back and appreciate this stunning city. There’s just so much to do! Using the Tube to navigate and enjoy the endless historical and cultural pursuits is the only way to travel.
There are so many luxury hotels in London, including the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel , The Dorchester and The Connaught. But, take a little look off the beaten track and a truly authentic experience can be found. Renting an apartment gives you more space, privacy and with daily room-service, is a more modern way to explore the city.
There’s something for everyone in London. Culture-seekers might want to visit Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, while those looking for a bit more romance might rent a private pod on the London Eye.
Known as God’s Own County, Yorkshire is full of Old English charm and a parallel between inner city chic and untouched natural beauty.
Yorkshire is a foodie’s paradise, whether you want to explore some of the Michelin-starred restaurants or seek something a bit more authentic. Yorkshire puddings, proper fish and chips, pork pie with mushy peas, might not all sound like your typical honeymoon fare, but throws you head first into the Yorkshire experience.
North Yorkshire is home to the Wensleydale Creamery located in Hawes, a stunning market town with quaint pubs and cafés. For the ultimate in luxury, head over to Rudding Park in Harrogate. It was votes ‘No 1 Best UK Hotel’ by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2010.
As the largest county in the UK, you won’t be short of things to do, from visiting the Yorkshire Dales, Aerial Extreme in Bedale, quad biking, skydiving and much more. Visit Yorkshire.com for more information.