As the most romantic day of the year, it’s unsurprising that Valentine’s Day ranks as the most popular occasion to make a marriage proposal. But before you pop your question – perhaps the most important one of your life – take a moment to consider the setting. None less than the most romantic and stunning of all will do and with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the UK’s most romantic spots for a Valentine’s Day proposal.
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A totally tropical Valentine’s Day
The Caribbean is too far for just the day and way too expensive in February so let the azure waters and white sands come to you. Pop over to the Isles of Scilly where subtropical temperatures mean spring flowers bloom in winter. Wander the coastal paths and explore the hidden bays before visiting the Abbey Garden at Tresco, famed as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Pop the question… underneath the ruined arches at the 12th century Benedictine Abbey in the Abbey Garden with just the tall Canary Island palms for company.
A wild Valentine’s Day
Another of the UK’s many islands makes a great spot for rugged romantic proposals. The Isle of Skye offers some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes with just the right smattering of remote sandy coves, lovely lakes and majestic mountains. You’ll be in good company with the island’s unique wildlife – otters, red deer and the white-tailed sea eagle – all too hoping to find a mate to say “I do”.
Pop the question… at the Fairy Pools, near Glenbrittle where the crystalline pools and waterfalls make a magical backdrop.
A truly romantic bending of the knee
The Lake District lies at the heart of English Romantic poetry, led by the Wordsworth and his immortal “I wander’d lonely as a cloud”. Allow your hearts to be won over by the stunning landscapes of endless lakes, rolling fells and quaint villages, pretty even in a wintry February. This is one of the UK’s favourite spots on Valentine’s Day so don’t expect to be alone, but there are plenty of quiet spots just for you and your loved one.
Pop the question… at Friar’s Crag on Derwentwater where mountain and woodland views stretch for miles over a lake spotted with island retreats. An impeccable backdrop for an engagement selfie. Celebrate afterwards at a cosy pub in Keswick.
An Italian-style Valentine’s Day proposal
Italy might be nearer than the Caribbean but it’s still a challenge for a day so take yourselves to the land of pastel façades, Florentine domes and Venetian turrets at Portmeirion in Wales. Wander the Italian-inspired village streets, marvel at the views of the Welsh coast and lose yourselves in the 70 acres of heavenly woodlands on the doorstep where amore is sure to be in the air.
Pop the question… on the village beach at sunset after the crowds have gone when it’s just you two and the quietly lapping waves.
An olde worlde Valentine’s Day out
Locations don’t come much quainter or more quintessentially English than the Cotswolds where picture-perfect villages in mellow ocre set in rolling green countryside come together to make one of the UK’s most romantic settings. Take a drive round the area and amble through the sleepy villages with their pretty cottages and traditional shops.
Pop the question… at the top of Cleeve Hill, just outside Bishop’s Cleeve, where the magnificent vistas will sweep you both off your feet and mean the only possible answer is yes.
A perfectly framed proposal spot
Head down to the shingle beach at Durdle Door in Dorset for a romantic spot with a unique backdrop. The almost symmetric limestone archway has been carved by the sea over centuries and where better to frame your love. Make your way down the cliffs and settle down for a picnic à deux on the shingle beach as you wait for sundown.
Pop the question… at sunset and don’t forget to immortalise the “I will” in a selfie with the archway behind you.
An urbanite Valentine’s proposal
Busy, busy London might not spring to mind as a place to make a marriage proposal but one of the world’s most happening capitals comes packed with special spots for love. Meander the canals at Little Venice; climb Parliament Hill for breathtaking views of the City skyline; buy the bouquet to go with the ring in Borough Market; take yourselves on a river cruise up to Hampton Court, built by the king with the most wives of all…
Pop the question… over a glass of a little something at dinner at Aqua Shard on the 31st floor or at Darwin Brasserie at Skygarden on the 36th. Who could possibly say no with the bright lights of London at their feet?
The most elegant Valentine’s Day city break
Scotland’s capital does elegance with a capital E and Edinburgh is home to some of the UK’s finest architecture. Take in the medieval marvels on Royal Mile before admiring Georgian finesse in New Town. And if you have forgotten the ring, pop into one of the wee jewelry shops in Grassmarket or on Rose Street.
Pop the question … at the top of Arthur’s Seat with the whole of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth below you before you celebrate the yes with a wee dram in one of the city’s historic pubs.
An incurably romantic wedding proposal
Where better to make your marriage proposal than in the city home to the creator of some of Britain’s greatest romantic heroines? Take yourselves to Bath and follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, and Emma and Mr Knightley, Jane Austen’s most romantic couples. Wander the Royal Crescent and visit the Roman Baths before crossing the Avon via Pulteney Bridge, Bath’s very own Bridge of Sighs.
Pop the question… over afternoon tea and champagne at the Pump Room and then ask the Pump Rooms Trio to play your tune.
A medieval romance
For a proposal with shades of knights in shining armour and damsels in distress, à la Game of Thrones, Tintagel in Cornwall is your venue. Allegedly the birthplace of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle ruins are the stuff of medieval romances at its best. Wander the village streets before you descend to the Castle itself whose turrets and towers have commanding views of the sea.
Pop the question … at a remote spot on the cliff top near the castle. Choose your moment and get down on one knee just as the sun slips down over the Atlantic and you might even hear the Knights of Round Table toast your yes.