Explore English towns surrounded by scenic countryside on a couples break

Explore towns in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset ideal for a short break with your partner. From castles and abbeys to parks and gardens, there's so much to see in the English countryside. Discover destinations recommended by couples and plan your own time off.

Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Warm up with a pedalo ride in the Cotswold Country Park Paul

1. Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Warm up with a pedalo ride in the Cotswold Country Park

R Reeya

Visited the Cotswold Country Park, the lake and the beach. Although it was cold and windy we managed a pedalo ride. Went into Cirencester town on Sunday. Really lovely town though. Had a lovely lunch at The Crown. 

Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Wray Castle, Furness Abbey, the Dock Museum – there's plenty to see

2. Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Wray Castle, Furness Abbey, the Dock Museum – there's plenty to see

R Ruby

Barrow was the perfect place to stay as we had a car to go to the lakes during the day and didn't have to pay the Lake District prices. We had a great stay in Barrow... I saw Furness Abbey, Wray Castle, Lake Windemere, the Dock Museum and safari zoo. My romantic experience: Sat at Furness Abbey in the sunshine enjoying a picnic. I liked everything. 

Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Take the tram to see Peace Gardens and drive up to the Peak District

3. Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Take the tram to see Peace Gardens and drive up to the Peak District

E Emma

Trams were great for getting around the city, the botanical/Peace Gardens were beautiful and getting to the peaks could not be easier! I saw Botanical gardens [and] Peace Gardens. The Peak District walks are a must! The spa was a great touch, along with the option of getting into town easily by taxi to go to various bars and restaurants the city had to offer. 

Minehead, Somerset. Walk over the Tarr Steps bridge across River Barle

4. Minehead, Somerset

Walk over the Tarr Steps bridge across River Barle

K Katei

It rained a lot but we were still able to do a fantastic walk up to Dunkery Hill. We went to the Tarr Steps and walked up Dunkery Hill. I liked the views of Exmoor National Park. We ate at a local pub which had good pub food and not too pricey. 

Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria. Set base here and go on day trips to see all the lakes

5. Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria

Set base here and go on day trips to see all the lakes

R Rian

We spent the day travelling around the lakes and then in the evening back at the hotel, very peaceful... I saw Ullswater. Sitting at the top of the lake [was romantic]. I liked the views, the calm and peace. 

Ambleside, Cumbria. First explore the "cute town centre" and then the caves and castles

6. Ambleside, Cumbria

First explore the "cute town centre" and then the caves and castles

N Nat

Pretty town with easy access to the lakeside and beyond. I saw the Bridge House, the lake, Rydal Cave, Wray Castle [and took] a circular lake boat trip. My romantic experience: Stroll along the lake in the evening. 

R Rian

The scenery in the area of the lakes was fantastic. Ambleside is quieter than its neighbours Windemere and Coniston... I saw Windemere, Coniston, Grasmere, Keswick. Walking round the village of Grasmere and stopping for refreshments at the local hostelry [were romantic]. 

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