Romantic weekend getaways around London

Although ending a love affair with the beautiful city of London is impossible, sometimes all you need is a break from your daily grind to go on a romantic weekend getaway, to reconnect with your sweetheart and feel intimate in each other’s company again. As studies have proven the key to a passionate and lasting relationship lies in sharing of new experiences, so spoil your loved one with a romantic weekend break. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to charter a yacht in Dubai for a weekend stint, there are plenty of things to do and see within a few hours drive from London.

From classic castles to tranquil beaches, London has a lot to offer when it comes to weekend getaways around it and there sure is nothing more delightful than escaping away to these places with your better half. Climb to the top of a gothic cathedral, or punt your loved one down the serene River Cam; there are numerous romantic getaway ideas. Alternatively, as they say, the way to the heart is through the stomach, hence there are also an amazing variety of restaurants and cafes.

So wondering where to spend a weekend away from London? We’ve got that sorted for you. Here’s a list of top 5 weekend getaways from London:

1) York

In its ancient walls, York holds 1900 years’ worth of history and has lost little of its pre-industrial shine. It indeed is a city of astonishing cultural and historical wealth. One of York’s most prominent historic attractions is the York Minster, an awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral. York is also a tourist-oriented city with many restaurants, museums, parks and cafes. The city has a romantic vibe to it as well.

Distance from London: approximately 325 Kilometers

Ideal time to visit: March to June

Key Attractions:

– National Railway Museum

– York Museum Gardens

– York Castle

– York Museum Gardens

2) Oxford

Oxford is home to England’s oldest university and is known as the “city of dreaming spires.” Due to a mix of ancient and contemporary, one minute you can be stepping through crowded shopping streets, the next diving down a serene paved alleyway, or finding your way through one of the college gatehouses into a walled and enigmatic world.

Distance from London: approximately 92 Kilometers

Ideal time to visit: All year round

Key attractions:

– Pitt Rivers Museum

– Oxford University Museum of Natural History

– Radcliffe Camera

– Oxford Botanic Garden

– Oxford Castle

3) Brighton

On the south coast of England, Brighton is the most popular seaside resort in the UK. It is also called the happiest place to live in the UK and why not, after all it is Britain’s most sparkling and outrageous city. Located only at an hour’s drive from London, Brighton is fun, multicultural and uniquely eccentric all year round. It is a compact city so all the shops, art galleries, pavement cafes and restaurants are in walking distance.

Distance from London: approximately 107 Kilometers

Ideal time to visit: April to September

Key attractions:

– Royal Pavilion

– Brighton Marina

– Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

– Brighton Palace

4) Cambridge

Cambridge is home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, founded in 1209. The city is situated on the River Cam in eastern England. The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge allowing tourists to witness mesmerizing views of the world famous Cambridge historic architecture from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt. The city is surrounded by heritage villages, towns and ancient monuments all within short travelling distance.

Distance from London: approximately 106 Kilometers

Ideal time to visit: June to November

What to see:

– Fitzwilliam Museum

– Cambridge University Botanic Garden

– The Backs

– King’s College Chapel

5) Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon is a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands. The town has more than 800 years of history and is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace William Shakespeare, the most famous writer in the English language. The town also has a thriving community offering a wide variety of accommodation, leisure and shopping experiences. It also boasts Europe’s largest butterfly farm. Thousands of tourists each year are attracted to its cultural and historical amenities.

Distance from London: approximately 164 Kilometers

Ideal time to visit: February to September

Key attractions:

– Shakespeare’s Birthplace

– Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

– Hall’s Croft

– Stratford Butterfly Farm

– Charlecote Park

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