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The ultimate coastal breaks for couples

Romantic getaways by the sea


Parkdean Resorts by Parkdean Resorts on 02/08/2020
A couple stares at the sea on the beach

There is nothing quite as rewarding as getting to spend quality time with your partner, throw in an idyllic coastal backdrop and you’ll have a winning combination. If you haven’t been driven mad spending every day with them throughout the nationwide lockdown, then why not picture yourselves strolling hand in hand along one of Britain’s many stunning coastlines? There’s no time like the present and luckily the UK is packed with romantic holiday destinations, so read on to see our top picks.

Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

A cobbled street in Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect destination if you’re looking for somewhere to relax with a sweet atmosphere. This dreamy fishing village, nestled on the North Yorkshire Coast between Whitby and Scarborough, is renowned for its history and character – easily making it one of the most enchanting holiday destinations.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park is just over half an hour away from Robin Hood’s Bay, and even the drive to this romantic town will be scenic. When driving from Cayton Bay Holiday Park, you can pass through the historic seaside town of Scarborough, and also stop off at the cliffs of Ravenscar where the clifftop views will take your breath away.

Whether it’s getting lost together walking the cobbles of the maze-like streets or grabbing each other’s hand on the Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

Rye, East Sussex

A pretty cobbled street in Rye

Taking a stroll around the picture-perfect hilltop town of Rye you’ll feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time. This pretty English village in East Sussex is full of charming cobbled streets, fascinating shops and traditional medieval buildings. This is the perfect place to escape together from the stresses of everyday life.

Stop by the Mermaid Street Café for a delicious homemade scotch egg or grab a comforting drink by the fireplace at the historic Mermaid Inn, famously still standing since the 1400s.

Just a few miles away you’ll find the delightful golden shores of Camber Sands, where an enjoyable stroll on the beach is guaranteed. If you’re feeling up to it there are walking and cycle routes from Rye to Camber Sands or you can hop on one of the regular bus services to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. The magic of Rye is just a 10-minute drive from Camber Sands Holiday Park.

Tynemouth

A view from a jetty at Tynemouth

Arguably one of the best coastal locations in the North of England, Tynemouth is a brilliant choice to enjoy a romantic day out. This location has a little bit of everything, from the soft sands of Tynemouth Longsands beach to the historic Priory and Castle.

You’ll find a range of eclectic shops here such as the quirky gift shop Razzberry Bazaar, a great place to spend an hour or two browsing, not to mention the delectable eateries dotted along Front Street just waiting to be discovered. If you find yourself in Tynemouth on a Sunday morning, check out the popular Tynemouth Market hosted inside the town’s Metro Station. You’ll find everything on offer here from arts and crafts to vintage accessories and scrumptious street food.

If you’re a couple of history buffs then a visit to the Tynemouth Priory and Castle is unmissable. Sitting grandly atop a hill looking out across the North Sea, the views here are as fantastic as the history of the existing priory and fortress. Tynemouth is within driving distance of all our holiday parks in the North East with the closest being Whitley Bay Holiday Park just over a 10-minute drive away.

Southwold, Suffolk

A bench on the seafront at Southwold

Just 20 minutes from Kessingland Beach Holiday Park, Southwold in Suffolk is the perfect place to take a romantic trip away. Southwold is not your typical English seaside resort as there are no loud arcades or amusements, no fun fairs or candy floss, just traditional seaside beauty and solitude.

What better way to spend time together than by exploring the beautiful beach, taking in the views of the multi-coloured beach huts and walking along the 810-foot pier? Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of Southwold’s quaint pubs or restaurants and enjoy a nice candlelit dinner, or if you wish to explore more you can visit the Southwold Lighthouse, which was built in 1890 and boasts some wonderful 360-degree views.

Llandudno, Conwy County Borough

Shoreline at Llandudno

The seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales is the epitome of Welsh charm and romance, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a coastal location that is perfect for couples. The grand Victorian buildings dotted along the vast promenade will transport you back in time and remind you of dreamy childhood days at the coast. It’s even home to a classic Punch and Judy show which is so charming that you’ll want to revisit and watch time and time again.

One of Llandudno’s best attractions is the magnificent Great Orme. This towering headland is a nature reserve with fantastic views, a café and a visitor’s centre, and on a clear day you might even see Snowdon! Getting up the Great Orme is all a part of its charm, as you can enjoy the fresh air taking the steep walk up to the summit by following the tram tracks. Or if you simply want to take in the landscape, why not try taking the cable car up before heading back down on the tram?

When you’re feeling peckish stop off at The Cottage Loaf, a delightfully traditional Welsh pub which will welcome you with open arms. Relax here and sit by one of the open fireplaces enjoying a local cask ale, or sample one of the locally sourced speciality dishes from their delicious food offering.

If you’re looking for a base to explore this amazing area, Llandudno is just a 20-minute drive from Ty Mawr Holiday Park.

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

A Ventnor sign on the seafront

The beautiful shores of the Isle of Wight provide the perfect backdrop for a blissful break. It’s difficult to pick a favourite place to explore on the island, but the scenic town of Ventnor definitely deserves a spotlight.

This traditional seaside resort has been welcoming families and couples looking for a romantic getaway since the tourism boom of the Victorians. You’ll find everything here that you’d expect in a charming seaside town, from the sweeping promenade to deliciously fresh fish and chips.

Take a stroll to the grand Ventnor bandstand which sits in a prime position overlooking the sea. The bandstand has a fantastic viewing platform for you to look out and steal a few moments of tranquillity with your partner.

Ventnor and the surrounding area offer so many fantastic things to do; visit the Ventnor Botanic Garden if you’re looking for somewhere beautiful to get away from civilisation with over 6,000 species of rare and exotic plants to discover.

Ventnor is ideally located as it is easily accessible from all of our holiday parks on the Isle of Wight.

St Ives, Cornwall

The sandy beach at St Ives

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere along the stunning Mediterranean coastline at St Ives in Cornwall, looking out at the sandy surfing beaches and clear blue waters. With its sprawling cobbled streets, beautiful beaches and picturesque walks, there’s no better place to enjoy a captivating coastal break.

With four fantastic beaches to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice! Whether you opt for a clifftop walk, a windswept stroll along the beach or watch the sun setting by the sea, there’s so much to discover. Porthmeor Beach is one of St Ives’ most famous and quite rightly so, in the summer months, this sheltered beach is ideal for beginners looking to try out surfing.

You’ll really get a feeling of traditional Cornish life here, almost as if you’ve taken a step back to the time of Poldark, and there are plenty of traditional pubs and inns that make it easy to imagine the rich history of this quaint fishing town. Settle for a seat at St Ives’ famous bustling harbour and enjoy a local Cornish pasty before making your way to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. One of this town’s most famous figures, the museum and gardens host an intriguing collection of Hepworth’s signature sculptures.

St Ives is an amazing location to stop off at on your way to Lizard Point Holiday Park.

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