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By Parkdean Resorts on 22/12/2023

The best places in the UK for a couples' weekend break

Weekend breaks are a great way to get out exploring with your loved one, and can be enjoyed more often than a longer holiday (and require less time off work). It can be difficult to find the perfect place to go for a couples' holiday that’s close enough to drive to after work on a Friday night. To get your inspired, we've pulled together a list of our top couples break destination picks, all within a 2-hour drive of the UK's biggest cities - so you can go from work to holiday mode with ease.

At Parkdean Resorts, we offer some of the best UK holiday destinations for couples, you can enjoy romantic weekend breaks including cosy caravan stays, lodge retreats with hot tubs, as well as touring and camping trips. We also have a number of parks that offer stylish one-bedroom caravans, perfect for a weekend couples’ retreat. So, whether it’s a relaxing romantic getaway you’re after or an exciting couples adventure, book your break, pack up the car and head off for a weekend to remember.

Romantic weekend breaks near London

Weekend breaks near London are great for couples wanting to escape the big city and see some fabulous nature, countryside and beaches. Living in the capital means lots of options when it comes to booking a romantic weekend away.

Rows of colourful beach huts lining a beach in Essex

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From London
Weeley Bridge, Essex 1 hour 51 minutes
Highfield Grange, Essex
1 hour 53 minutes
Coopers Beach, Essex
1 hour 55 minutes
St Margaret’s Bay, Kent 
1 hour 56 minutes
Valley Farm, Essex
1 hour 57 minutes

Places to explore near London

There are lots of fabulous places to have a couples’ weekend break just outside of London. Essex is a hugely popular spot for city escapes, with lots of beaches and places to explore. Escape from the hustle and bustle to Mersea Island where you can see wildlife, enjoy the beach and take a boat trip around the shores.

If you’re an animal lover, Colchester Zoo, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary or Sea Life Adventure Aquarium are excellent for day trips. For history lovers, Essex has a secret nuclear bunker from the Cold War that you can visit. Weald Country Park is great for long walks and spotting deer, with its vast woodlands and wildflower meadows.

Kent is also fantastic for exploring, from the amazing white cliffs of Dover to its medieval towns, you won’t run out of places to see. Visit the Wildwood Trust, Howletts Wild Animal Park or Port Lympne Reserve if you love seeing wild animals. Take a boat trip through Canterbury’s picturesque waterways or board a sea safari to see the seals. This area is packed full of history and culture to explore.

Couples Getaways Near Leeds

If you live in or around Leeds, you can escape the city for a weekend to so many great locations! This area has some of the best places to visit in the UK for couples including the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and the Lake District. These places have some fantastic hidden gems just waiting to be explored.

A view over Scarborough's headland on a sunny day

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From Leeds 
Todber Valley, Lancashire 
1 hour 12 minutes
Cayton Bay, Yorkshire  1 hour 34 minutes
Barmston Beach, Yorkshire
1 hour 35 minutes
Skipsea Sands, Yorkshire
1 hour 36 minutes
Withernsea Sands, Yorkshire
1 hour 43 minutes
Ocean Edge, Lancashire
1 hour 44 minutes
 Regent Bay, Lancashire  1 hour 45 minutes 
 White Cross Bay, Lake District 2 hours 1 minute*
 Fallbarrow, Lake District 2 hours 1 minute*
 Limefitt, Lake District 2 hours 4 minutes*

*We know the Lake District is slightly over 2 hours’ drive, but those extra few minutes are well worth it, trust us!

Places to explore near Leeds

Lancashire is home to some great seaside towns along with lots of local attractions. You can visit the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis to see Lemurs, Snow Leopards and more. The popular Blackpool pleasure beach makes a great day out, with plenty to see and do nearby.

A great walking trail in Lancashire is the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail which is 4.5 miles of spectacular countryside along with breathtaking waterfalls. Lancashire is home to one of the most famous railway bridges in the world, the Ribblehead Viaduct and is definitely a landmark worth visiting.

Just 30 minutes from our Todber Valley Holiday Park is the Yorkshire Dales, where you can find Malham Cove and Gordale Scar which have been wowing visitors for hundreds of years. The Forbidden Corner, also in the Yorkshire Dales, is a brilliant day out for couples, full of things to see, with beautiful gardens, labyrinths, tunnels, follies and surprises.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park is located in the seaside town of Scarborough which has plenty of local attractions too. If you’re a pair of thrill seekers then Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo is located just 37 minutes away from our Cayton Bay Holiday Park. The Yorkshire Coast is home to lots of marine life including puffins, kittiwakes and guillemots which you can witness from Barmston Beach Holiday Park.

Venture farther afield to the Lake District on your romantic weekend trip for endless exploring. The Lake District is perfect for walks, mountain treks or just sitting back and relaxing, enjoying the panoramic views.

Short breaks for couples near Glasgow

Glasgow is a great place to access many of the top couple’s holiday destinations. Scotland is a beautiful place, perfect for scenic weekend breaks which aren’t too far away. It offers a wonderful natural setting and with our accommodation in Scotland offering lodges, hot tubs and plenty of things to do and see, this is ideal for a couple’s relaxing weekend away.

Glassy calm waters of Loch Lomond at sunrise

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From Glasgow
Wemyss Bay, Scotland 
49 minutes
Sundrum, Scotland
50 minutes
Sandylands, Scotland 
51 minutes
Tummel Valley, Scotland  1 hour 58 minutes


Places to explore near Glasgow

There are plenty of places to explore within a 2-hour drive from Glasgow. Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s many scenic and peaceful lochs where you can enjoy romantic waterside walks, panoramic views of the highlands, cruises, adventure attractions and quaint villages. While you’re there, you could also visit Loch Lomond’s Sea Life Aquarium for an underwater adventure.

There are plenty of romantic walks to venture out on nearby Glasgow where you can see just how picturesque Scotland really is. The Inverclyde Coastal path is a great way to experience the different scenes this area has to offer as it combines sea views with vast stretches of woodland along with interesting wildlife - including seals.

The Scottish Isles are great for exploring. Visit the Isle of Bute if you’re interested in history as this small island is full of medieval ruins and buildings. It’s just over an hour away from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park and you’ll find beautiful beaches and gardens here, ideal for long walks. The Isle of Arran is a unique, natural wonderland where you can climb mountains or relax on the beaches. You can take a ferry for about an hour and a half to get there from our Sandylands Holiday Park, it’s a great place to see some amazing nature including animals such as red squirrels, deer, golden eagles, otters and basking sharks.

Highland Safaris are a great way to explore the Scottish countryside. You can take part in a mountain safari, a forest safari, a 4x4 off-road safari, a loch safaris and many more. Take on a unique journey of discovery as you head on an adventure up mountains and through forests. Armed with binoculars and cameras, you can expect to see some outstanding views and experience interesting culture and history with your loved one, guided by the safari ranger.

Couples weekend holidays near Manchester & Liverpool

Manchester and Liverpool are within a good distance from lots of brilliant romantic weekend break destinations including Lancashire, Wales and the Lake District. There are so many exciting experiences and things to see nearby that you’d never encounter if you didn’t venture out of the big cities.

A historic railway viaduct bridge crossing a green valley

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From Manchester  Drive Time From Liverpool
Todber Valley, Lancashire 
1 hour 1 minute  1 hour 31 minutes
Regent Bay, Lancashire
1 hour 14 minutes  1 hour 31 minutes
Ocean Edge, Lancashire  1 hour 18 minutes  1 hour 34 minutes
Ty Mawr, Wales 1 hour 29 minutes  1 hour 4 minutes
White Cross Bay, Lake District 
1 hour 36 minutes  1 hour 47 minutes 
Fallbarrow, Lake District   1 hour 36 minutes  1 hour 53 minutes
 Limefitt, Lake District 1 hour 42 minutes  1 hour 57 minutes

Places to explore near Liverpool & Manchester

Lancashire is a great place to venture to on a weekend break as it has lots of ideal spots for walks and plenty of history and culture in its small towns and villages. Todber Valley Holiday Park, in the heart of the Ribble Valley, is located in a fabulous hilly countryside area with some stunning views and perfect for exploring. Morecambe Bay Beach is a great spot to watch the sunset and relax with your partner. Lancashire is also home to many wildlife centres and theme parks along with castles, gardens, museums and art galleries meaning you’ll never be short on things to do on your weekend getaway.

For adventurous couples, embark on the ultimate underground adventure at Go Below in North Wales. Test your nerve by venturing through a series of challenges such as zip lines, climbing up a vertical shaft, boating across a lake, scaling a waterfall and abseiling down the deepest point in the UK. Should you choose this activity, it will certainly be one to remember. North Wales is also brilliant for scenic walks and is home to Snowdonia – the highest mountain in Wales.

Manchester is just over an hour and a half away from the Lake District which is one of the most popular places in the UK for a couples’ weekend away. The Lakes have everything from thrilling tree-top adventures and mountain climbs to relaxing hot tub breaks. Our White Cross Bay Holiday Park is located right by Lake Windermere, ideal for peaceful walks and watching the sunset - what’s more romantic than that? The local towns such as Keswick, Ambleside and Kendal are fun to explore, with charming markets and overflowing history and attractions. Ullswater is a sight not to miss, with calm clear waters overlooking the dramatic fells, it is a perfect spot to spend some quality time with your partner.

Couples’ weekends away near Newcastle

Newcastle is in the heart of the North East of England, making it a great place to travel from if you’re looking for a Northern weekend break with your partner. Northumberland has so many beautiful spots along the coastline and from this location, you can even make it to scenic Scotland in under 2 hours!

A stream cutting through a sandy beach, running out to sea

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From Newcastle
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
22 minutes
Sandy Bay, Northumberland
26 minutes
Church Point, Northumberland
31 minutes
Cresswell Towers, Northumberland
36 minutes
Crimdon Dene, County Durham 
41 minutes
Eyemouth, Scotland
1 hour 29 minutes

Places to explore near Newcastle

The Northumberland and County Durham area has a variety of places for couples to see and explore during a weekend break. The coast of Northumberland has some great beaches for walks or to spot marine life. If you’re interested in animals, you can explore Northumberland Zoo or if you’re more into history and museums there are plenty of those in the area too, such as Woodhorn Colliery Museum, based in the biggest mining village in the UK which is just three minutes from Sandy Bay Holiday Park and nine minutes away from Cresswell Towers Holiday Park.

Explore places such as Bamburgh or Alnwick Castle to take in Northumberland’s history. If you are staying at Whitley Bay Holiday Park, Tynemouth is a short distance away where there are some lovely bars, restaurants and beaches, including King Edwards Bay. Holy Island is a cool place to have a day trip during your weekend break to enjoy some spiritual heritage, but be sure to check the tide times before you go!

Northumberland has plenty of hidden gems such as Hareshaw Linn Waterfall in Bellingham, Hexham. Follow the trail through woodlands, across bridges and down narrow tracks to find the spectacular waterfall at the end. This is a great spot for a romantic picnic so don’t forget to bring snacks. Other brilliant waterfalls to see are High Force and Low Force, Forest-in-Teesdale. After you’ve seen the waterfalls there are plenty of walking trails to explore to experience some of the scenic Northumberland Countryside.

If you’re into history, county Durham is an ideal spot to find some. Beamish Museum is a great couple’s day out where you can explore the old village, take a trip down the mine, ride on the old trams and enjoy the traditional sweets from the village sweetshop. Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are both great historical attractions worth a visit if you are staying nearby.

Couples’ holidays near Bristol

The city of Bristol is so close to some stunning locations such as Dorset, Devon and of course Wales. There are plenty of things to see and explore within just a 2-hour drive of Bristol city centre which makes an ideal location for short breaks such as weekends away.

A view over the blue waters of Lulworth Cove in Dorset

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From Bristol
Trecco Bay, Wales
1 hour 19 minutes
Torquay, Devon
1 hour 54 minutes
West Bay, Dorset 
1 hour 57 minutes
Warmwell, Dorset
1 hour 59 minutes
Sandford, Dorset 
2 hours 3 minutes

Places to explore near Bristol

Whatever type of weekend break you’re looking for you’ll find it in Dorset. From dream beaches and water sports to fossil-finding and world-class natural wonders, Dorset has it all. The iconic Durdle Door brings thousands of tourists a year to the Jurassic Coast to see the natural limestone arch. You can explore local towns such as Weymouth, Wareham or Lyme Regis which are packed full of history to experience.

If you’re interested in animals, Dorset is home to Monkey World, the largest ape rescue centre in the world. Lulworth Cove is a particularly beautiful beach right in the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site where you can expect to see jaw-dropping panoramic views. There are many romantic walks to do in this area including the Jurassic Pyramid, Handfast Point and Uplyme Circular.

Dartmoor National Park in Devon is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and is surrounded by vast, ancient woodland just waiting to be explored. It hosts a range of trails from relaxing walks to rocky climbs and steep descents. You can expect to see lots of wildlife here too including rabbits, chipmunks and reptiles. If you’re into surfing or are interested in giving it a go, Devon is your perfect couples' destination.

Weekend getaways for couples near Swansea

South Wales is one of the top UK holiday destinations for couples as it has a beautiful coast and plenty of things to do and places to explore. Wales has so much unspoilt scenery to see, including mountains and lakes. This makes it an ideal location for romantic long walks and discovering nature with a loved one.

A mountaintop lake in Snowdonia National Park

Where to stay?

Location Drive Time From Swansea
Trecco Bay, Wales
36 minutes
Carmarthen Bay, Wales
54 minutes
Pendine Sands, Wales
1 hour 5 minutes

Places to explore near Swansea

Explore local Welsh towns such as Porthcawl for a fun fair as well as a Blue Flag Beach. Visit Margam or Porthkerry Country Park for acres upon acres of woodland, meadows and more. One thing Wales certainly isn’t short of is beaches. Some of the best beaches include Langland Bay Beach, Oxwich Beach, Three Cliffs Bay and of course, Trecco Bay Beach.

If you’re a theme park lover, make sure you visit Wale’s biggest theme park – Oakwood Theme Park. This theme park is packed full of excitement including rollercoasters, a sky swing and plenty more thrilling rides for you and your partner to enjoy.

Once you’re done with all of that excitement why not head for a relaxing scenic walk? Wales has lots of lovely spots such as the Abbey Gardens and Lower Deer Park or Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve. There are lots of things to see on these walks including Victorian country houses, gardens, woodland, coastal views and sand dunes. For some waterfall exploring, head to Brecon Beacons National Park and take on the ‘4 hours, 4 waterfalls’ walk.

Fancy visiting one of these locations with your partner? Check out our UK couples' holidays at Parkdean Resorts.