The UK is one of the most romanticised countries in the world, especially when it comes to literature, so it’s no surprise that you can enjoy many a romantic weekend in one of its beautiful cities. From the cobbled streets of Canterbury to the awe-inspiring architecture of York and Oxford, here at Alamo we’ve put together a handy guide to three of the country’s most romantic city retreats. So, hit the road with your one and only, and prepare for a dreamy escape.
There’s nothing quite as lovely as a trip to Canterbury, the location of and inspiration for Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. A great way to spend a weekend in Canterbury is simply by walking along the cobbled streets and admiring the medieval buildings that are dotted around the city’s centre; from quaint cafés to interesting shops, you’ll be inundated with fascinating places to explore.
Another way to enjoy your romantic retreat is by taking a tour of the renowned Canterbury Cathedral, followed by a stroll of the hauntingly beautiful gardens and ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, which was once a Benedictine monastery.
End your time in Canterbury with a romantic and delectable meal at the Moroccan restaurant, Café Mauresque. Choose from a range of tapas dishes or mouth-watering tagines that work perfectly with a side order of couscous.
Hand in hand, begin your time in York with a saunter down one of the city’s most famous streets, The Shambles. With a narrow cobbled path, medieval architecture and charming cafes, this street is a perfectly romantic way to begin your little escape.
After you’ve stopped for a cup of tea and delicious slice of cake, make your way down to Shillingfeet Lodge Gardens. Wander around the stunning flowers, modern water features and towering trees, or stop and watch the world go by together on a sheltered bench.
Finish your time away with a starry-eyed meal for two at York’s OXO’s Restaurant on the Mount. There you can relax together, catch up over a candle-lit meal and gaze out over the surrounding gardens – magical.
The university city of Oxford is a hub of culture and history, and is the perfect destination for a couple’s retreat. If you love nothing more than to get stuck into a romantic novel, then a tour around the lush interiors of the university’s Bodleian Libraries is a must. You’ll get to walk around the oldest teaching hall in the university, The Divinity School, as well as the Duke Humphrey’s Library and Convocation House.
As the evening draws closer, why not enjoy a trip to the New Theatre; there you can sit down and enjoy a variety of performances. Whether you’re a fan of opera or the ballet, or love nothing more than to dance around to your favourite musician, you and your partner can make the most of your evenings in Oxford, here.
For a romantic evening out, make your way to the popular Nepalese restaurant, Yeti. There you can indulge in a range of delicious noodle dishes, as well mouth-watering curries and spicy mains.
To get to all of these wonderful destinations for your romantic retreat, you’ll probably need a car; to make your journey as simple as possible, why not hire a car from Alamo? We offer a range of vehicles that are sure to suit all of your needs; so, pack up your bags and prepare for your perfect couple’s city break today.