Out of the city and into the past: The British Isles for couples

Shake off the urban fatigue by exploring historic landmarks and scenic landscapes across the British Isles. From the Scottish capital to the Welsh coastline and beyond to the Channel Islands, you’ll find castles and museums with plenty of history to get lost in. Discover recommendations from other couples and collect ideas for your own short break with someone special.

Jersey, Channel Islands. World War II fortifications, castles, lighthouses... full days guaranteed Alan

1. Jersey, Channel Islands

World War II fortifications, castles, lighthouses... full days guaranteed

C Claire
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Didn't know what to expect from Jersey but a lovely break away – stunning scenery, really good walking and a fascinating history. I saw the War Tunnels and Elizabeth Castle. My romantic experience: Walk along the beach. I liked the scenery. 

G Georgina
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A must is to visit the tunnels and enjoy the history of the island, the tea room just added to the adventure. Driving around this wonderful island was very peaceful and tranquil. I saw the tunnels, World War II fortifications and the lighthouse at La Corbière. Catherine Best jewellery and tea room. Being together [was romantic]. I liked everything – weather, hotel, food and the beautiful island. 

Dublin, Ireland. Explore Dublin Castle, previously a Danish Viking Fortress Guillaumb

2. Dublin, Ireland

Explore Dublin Castle, previously a Danish Viking Fortress

S Sam
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So many amazing historic buildings to see and sights to see! Many attractions to go to such as the Guinness Storehouse Tour which was brilliant, the Natural History museum & the Whiskey Museum where also great. There are so many different bars and restaurants to go to and a brilliant night life. Lots of bars have traditional Irish acts which was such good fun. I saw Temple Bar and Dublin Castle. My romantic experience: Hotel & Walks at nighttime. 

Cardiff, Wales. Dip into Welsh antiquity at Cardiff Castle, watch sunset on the bay later Terri

3. Cardiff, Wales

Dip into Welsh antiquity at Cardiff Castle, watch sunset on the bay later

W Wendy
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We spent a day walking, eating and drinking and looking at some of the Welsh history that was free to enter. Walking in Bute Park was so relaxing. Cardiff has loads of arcades – a shopper's paradise. My romantic experience: Sun setting down on Cardiff Bay. I liked everything – the shopping, sights, parks, food and drink. 

Belfast, Northern Ireland. From Game of Thrones locations to Titanic history – plenty to pique all interests Nurhayat

4. Belfast, Northern Ireland

From Game of Thrones locations to Titanic history – plenty to pique all interests

M Marion-dbbb
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My favourite thing was to get out into the country surrounding Belfast... Visited Bangor Castle and Walled Gardens... I saw the Giant's Causeway, Tollymore Forest Park (also used in Game of Thrones) and Titanic Belfast... Stunning beaches (Crawfordsburn) and the most beautiful countryside you will see anywhere. You can understand why Game of Thrones used it and so has made it a must see. De-stressing tips: Running in Bangor Coastal Path, paddling in the sea and suntanning on Crawfordsburn beach. 

Guernsey, Channel Islands. Take an island tour, visit Castle Cornet and Victor Hugo House Michael

5. Guernsey, Channel Islands

Take an island tour, visit Castle Cornet and Victor Hugo House

S Sadie
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Guernsey was a lovely place to visit. It was our third time there and we enjoyed it just as much as the first. Lots of beaches to visit and lots of historical landmarks. We went over to Herm on the boat from St. Peter's port. Herm island is one of our favourite places. We are going again in a couple of months time. 

Edinburgh, Scotland. Castle, vaults, or the city – guided tours are ace for soaking in the history Ruth

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

Castle, vaults, or the city – guided tours are ace for soaking in the history

E Everley
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Edinburgh Castle was amazing, day tour to Loch Ness and museums were fantastic. Booked a bus tour for 12 hours hearing all the history of Edinburgh. I also took the Loch Ness day tour. Taking in all the wonderful scenery together making memories along the way [was romantic]. I liked everything. 

C Christina
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I loved the tours we booked, and the history of the castle and the palace! Shopping with the back drop of the castle is beautiful! The vaults walking tour is so frightening! I found romantic: The walks up Calton Hill and the breathtaking views! I liked the history of the city! 

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