11 honeymoon destinations to visit in the UK

After the excitement of the big day, you definitely deserve a break. The UK is an incredible place for all types of honeymoon whether you prefer complete relaxation or fun-filled adventures. Whatever you and your other half like to do, here’s our guide to the best honeymoon destinations in the UK.

1. South Devon

Best for: An off-grid couples retreat

The market town of Axminster is close to the Devon, Dorset and Somerset borders, enabling you to explore all three counties with ease. The coastal towns of Seaton and Lyme Regis are only a short drive away. Other attractions and places of interest include, Axe Valley Wildlife Park, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Lyme Regis Museum.

Place to stay: This Cottage in South Devon is actually a beautifully converted 1970s former Canadian school bus.

Place to eat: River Cottage Kitchen has a regularly changing menu showcasing the best seasonal ingredients.

Most romantic thing to do: Visit Castlewood Vineyard, nestled beneath the Iron Age Fort of Musbury Castle, for fantastic wines and breathtaking views.

2. Cornwall

Best for: Discovering hidden coves and beaches

Cornwall has 250 miles of gloriously diverse coast, sandy beaches and blue waters. Inland you can discover a wide range of charming villages, fabulous food and incredible culture.

Place to stay: This Barn in Saltash is the perfect romantic bolt hole. 

Place to eat: The local pub ‘The Who’d Have Thought It Inn’ offers a great selection of pub classics and seasonal favourites.

Most romantic thing to do: Wander the stunning interior and grounds of Cotehele House, a National Trust property only a short drive away.

3. The Lake District

Best for: Touring the Lakes

England's largest National Park is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to Scafell Pike, its highest mountain; Wastwater, its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere. Although it’s only a small town, Keswick has a surprisingly large range of unique shops to explore.

Place to stay: Keswick Bridge Blencathra 9 Scandinavian style lodges have an upside down layout offering wonderful treetop views.

Place to eat: Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa has two restaurants, the Pan-Asian Mizu and the 2 Rosette award-winning Lake View restaurant overlooking Lake Derwentwater.

Most romantic thing to do: See each other in a very different way at The Puzzling Place, the Lake District’s wonderful world of optical illusion.

4. Peak District National Park

Best for: Nature lovers

Relax amongst the green hills of the Peak District and enjoy breathtaking views of  Tittesworth Reservoir and The Roaches. If you and your special someone like adventure, enjoy hiking, caving and kayaking in this national park.

Place to stay: This Cottage in Staffordshire is in a spectacular position on the South West edge of the Peak District National Park.

Place to eat: The Three Horseshoes Country Inn and Spa has gained a justifiable reputation as being one of Staffordshire’s premier venues. 

Most romantic thing to do: Take a spectacular cable car flight over the 60-acre Heights of Abraham estate.

5. North Norfolk

Best for: Beaches and nature reserves

North Norfolk is a great place to enjoy a honeymoon in the UK with its sandy beaches, country pubs and nature reserves. Bustling resort towns include Sheringham which has a number of attractions and the seaside town of Cromer with its traditional pier.

Place to stay: Barn in Norfolk is set in the quiet seaside village of Weybourne within an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Place to eat: The Ship Inn uses the best local produce, including seafood landed on the beach at Weybourne.

Most romantic thing to do: Enjoy a sunset stroll on the nearby beach and seaside resort of Cromer.

6. The Scottish Highlands

Best for: Stunning walks and watching wildlife

There are lots to discover, experience and be part of when staying near the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Explore distilleries, enjoy guided walks and stroll around Blair Castle and gardens, before treating yourself to a spot of afternoon tea.

Place to stay: This secluded Cottage in the Highlands is set within two acres of gorgeous shared wooded grounds.

Place to eat: If you fancy staying in and making a romantic dinner, Balliefurth Farm Shop sells everything from high quality meat to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Most romantic thing to do: Stroll through nearby Abernethy Forest to spot red squirrels, crested tits and crossbills.

7. Whitby, North Yorkshire

Best for: A romantic break in a beautiful location

With so much history, the fresh sea air and great places to eat, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to romance in Whitby. Stroll hand in hand on the beach, experience the thrills of a guided night-time walk or wander through the Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey.

Place to stay: The Byre is an amazing and beautifully decorated romantic getaway for couples. 

Place to eat: The Star Inn The Harbour in Whitby is owned by chef Andrew Pern, whose name is synonymous with his Michelin-starred pub, The Star Inn at Harome.

Most romantic thing to do: Enjoy a romantic boat ride with Whitby Coastal Cruises.

8. The Isle of Anglesey

Best for: Historic sites and water-based activities

Anglesey is packed with striking castles, old harbours and local markets. The more adventurous can enjoy sailing or scuba diving on the water or even hiking or cycling. But if you prefer a peaceful stay, take in the beautiful coastline, follow wildlife trails and enjoy a lovely Welsh picnic on the beach.

Place to stay: Cosy Cottage is an ideal place to sit outside with your morning cuppa, taking in the pretty rural views.

Place to eat: The Michelin starred restaurant, Sosban and The Butchers, offers diners a unique culinary journey.

Most romantic thing to do: Visit the astounding Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens.

9. The Wye Valley

Best for: Escaping everyday life with romantic river walks

The county of Herefordshire is tucked against the Welsh border, hugged by the Malvern Hills and the Brecon Beacons. Here you’ll find wild landscapes, dramatic historical sites and charming market towns. You can take a canoe on the River Wye, visit National Trust properties and enjoy an incredible range of fun packed activities.

Place to stay: Cottage in Hereford comes with its own private hot tub.

Place to eat: The Axe & Cleaver is a fabulous early 18th century family-owned country inn with a warm, relaxing atmosphere

Most romantic thing to do: Spend the day at Westons Cider for a cider mill tour.

10. Northern Ireland

Best for: Beach walks and exploring Causeway sights

Northern Ireland, with its dramatic coast and stunning countryside, is a great honeymoon destination. Explore cities like Belfast and Londonderry as well as gorgeous small towns and villages. Adventurous souls can enjoy activities from water sports to archery. A trip to the iconic Giant’s Causeway is also a must.

Place to stay: 48 Sea Road is a perfect retreat for couples in the village of Castlerock, Coleraine and close to the beach.

Place to eat: Warke's Deli offers freshly prepared food, cheeses, meats and a wide range of deli produce to eat in or take back to your cottage.

Most romantic thing to do: Take a guided tour around the famous Bushmills Distillery.

11. The Cotswolds

Best for: Walking - there are more than 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore

The Cotswolds is a very special place covering almost 800 square miles through five counties - Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Explore quintessentially English villages built using the signature golden stone, lively market towns, palaces, castles and country houses.

Place to stay: Inglenook Cottage in Chipping Campden is the epitome of a chocolate-box cottage and has featured on postcards, books and the press.

Place to eat: The picturesque Ebrington Arms has a great reputation for outstanding food.

Most romantic thing to do: Visit the incredible Blenheim Palace.