5 of the Best UK City Break Destinations for Couples

5 of the Best UK City Break Destinations for Couples

5 of the Best UK City Break Destinations for Couples

The United Kingdom is famed for its impressive collection of celebrated cities and tempting townships, making it endlessly popular with tourists from both home and abroad. While choosing from the UK's best staycations is something of a breeze for most, determining the ideal city breaks for couples requires a little more consideration. Luckily, our travel expertise, combined with our amazing selection of serviced apartments, means that finding the perfect romantic city break is well within reach! Read on to discover the 5 best UK city break destinations for couples.


Exeter Dartmoor sunrise
Haldon Belvedere on the outskirts of Exeter is an especially romantic wedding venue and historic site

Located close to England’s southernmost point in Devon, Exeter is an often-overlooked romantic haven. Bisected by the charming River Exe and home to many examples of beautiful architecture dating back almost 1,000 years, Exeter is definitely one of the best UK city breaks for couples. With majestic backdrops including the stunning Exeter Cathedral and Quayside – with its many restaurants and cafes overlooking the water – the city provides countless opportunities to share a romantic stroll, glass of wine, or that all important couple selfie! Furthermore, the city is close to the coast, Dartmoor National Park, and the ultimate romantic castle on a hill - Haldon Belvedere.

Top tip: Looking for a romantic Exeter retreat? Try the beautiful No 18 Apartments.


St Giles hill
St Giles Hill is the perfect romantic spot to enjoy views across the historic city

Originally the capital city of England, Winchester can be found amongst the green fields of Hampshire and often features in UK city breaks top ten lists. Though relatively small, the city boasts one of the most impressive cathedrals in the country – Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe – and has a quaint charm that makes it a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Besides admiring the city’s scenery, couples can also visit the planetarium for a romantic experience exploring the stars, or discover the picturesque city by sunset by embarking on the famous sunset walk – finishing up at St Giles Hill and enjoying panoramic views across the city bathed in evening light.

Top tip: Get cosy in the snug South Winchester Lodges for your romantic city break.


city breaks for couples Bristol
The bright houses of Cliftonwood in Bristol make an excellent selfie backdrop

One of the larger cities on our list, Bristol is filled with sights and activities ideal for a romantic city break. Situated on the majestic River Avon, Bristol is known for its iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and the surrounding spectacular views. There really is no more romantic way to end a trip than with a hot air balloon ride, but if you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground we recommend a walk along the riverfront. From here you can admire the colourful houses of Cliftonwood before enjoying a romantic evening meal as the sun descends over the city. Alternatively, take to the water on a guided trip with the Bristol Ferry Boats – you’re bound to fall in love with the city from this viewpoint.

Top tip: Make your stay as unforgettable as Bristol itself with a booking at the unique Paintwork Apartments.


York city breaks for couples
York's idyllic scenery entices many couples to spend a romantic city break inside its historic walls

As one of the leading destinations for UK city breaks, it’s no surprise that York features on our list of city breaks for couples. Founded by the Romans and occupied by Vikings at various points thoughout its history, York is filled with historic and architectural marvels. From exploring the magical lanes and shops of the Shambles, to taking a morning walk along the astounding Roman city walls, every corner of the city presents a new opportunity for romance. Arguably one of the most romantic activities the city has to offer is hiring a boat and setting sail on the River Ouse; enjoying a picnic with the city’s grandeur all around.

Top tip: For the ultimate romantic city break in York, book into the Roomzzz Aparthotel and make the most of the beautiful interiors.


Brighton beach
Brighton beach and pier attract thousands of visitors all year round

Our final choice is the original British beach-front oasis - Brighton. This seaside resort has a history of welcoming those seeking a retreat from day-to-day life, with many flocking to the area in the 1700s with a view to improving their health by spending a few days or weeks embracing the sea air. The addition of the ornate Royal Pavilion and Brighton Palace Pier firmly established the town as a beach resort favourite. However, nothing beats spending time on the famous Brighton beach with your significant other – particularly when watching the sunset with a drink in hand. As well as fish and chips, Brighton is home to many up-and-coming fine cuisine restaurants – so a special romantic meal is always an option during your stay.

Top tip: Stay central for your romantic trip to Brighton in the magnificent Rainbow Studio Apartment.

Having read all about our top five recommend city breaks for couples, you’re one step closer to booking that perfect romantic getaway with the love of your life. Make the most of your Citybase serviced apartment during your trip with our selection of 20 easy meals to cook – and if you’re taking your kids along too, read our guide to having fun with your family in a serviced apartment.

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