There's nothing quite like a weekend away! Whether you're on a romantic weekend away (just a reminder that Valentine's Day is right around the corner...) or taking a mini break to escape the routine of everyday life, we know the importance of finding a comfortable, convenient, and accommodating place to visit. It's for precisely this reason that we've listed our 10 favourite places to escape for a weekend away, complete with their closest train stations, of course!
Edinburgh Waverley Station, Edinburgh Haymarket
Call us biased, but we think the long train journey from London to Edinburgh (or from Edinburgh to London) sounds like the best romantic getaway a person could ask for, and there’s no better way to do it than with a packed lunch, a bottle of wine, and the person you love tucked into the seat next to you. The actual travel time between the two hubs is generally around five hours, so there’s plenty of time to sit close and watch some of the most beautiful countryside in all of the UK pass by the window.
Once you and your partner arrive in Edinburgh, you’ll be spoiled for choice! The city boasts terrific restaurants, gothic architecture, and an array of splendid accommodation that will suit every budget.
Even better, tickets from London to Edinburgh start at just £39.50 when you book in advance!
Oxenholme Station, Windermere Station, Carlisle Station, Barrow-in-Furness Station, Kendal Station, Penrith Station
The Lake District has always been a favourite for couples in love, and when it comes to finding a home base for a few days away, you’ll have a number of locales to choose from. Take the train to any of the above stations and you'll find that their surrounding towns will offer wonderful and unique accommodation and will have transportation that allows you to explore the natural splendour Cumbria has to offer.
Within walking distance of the Rye Station, you will find a number of bed and breakfasts, inns, boutiques, and charming restaurants (might we suggest the fish!), making navigating the town a breeze. Speaking of the breeze, this seaside town smells of the ocean and sounds of gulls riding windy waves up above.
Cheltenham Station, Kemble Station (serving Cirencester), Kingham Station, Moreton-in-Marsh Station, Stroud Station
The Cotswolds are full of historic beauty. From scenic landscapes dotted with sheep to old cathedrals and towns full of tiny, winding lanes, the Cotswolds offer a charm all their own. Whilst each area is unique, you’ll be able to take the train to any of the above stations and navigate the area on foot as you search for food, accommodation, and entertainment.
Bath Spa Station
Going to bath is a no brainer! This spa town offers great shopping, food, entertainment and more. Whether your going for the Bath Literature Festival or just spending a weekend with a loved on, the city will be sure to inspire and charm.
If you need a guide for getting around town or would like to know where to stay or catch a bite, there are a number of downloadable maps and brochures to point you in exactly the right direction and ensure that you’ll enjoy your stay.
Winchester claims to be the perfect English city. As to whether or not you agree is up to you, but regardless, it does make a nice destination for a romantic break. Learn about the city's Roman past, stroll through the city's many parks and gardens, or enjoy a day of shopping– whatever you choose to do, it's bound to be grand!
Richmond Train Station
Richmond is one of the most luxe areas in greater London and is a great place for couples to visit. Enjoy one (or two or three...) of the borough's terrific restaurants, plush hotels and live entertainment. If you a fancy a day out, you're in luck as Richmond is close to wonderful destinations such as Kew Gardens, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, and Hampton Court. Plus, you’re a short and breezy ride from London, making this a great getaway for country folk craving a bit of a city adventure.
Greenwich Station, Woolwich Station, Charlton Station, Eltham Station
There are regular trains from Central London to Greenwich, where you’ll find an array of things to do and visit, including The Royal Observatory, The Queen’s House and the Cutty Sark. Plus, with its close proximity to the O2 Arena, Greenwich makes a great home-base for any couples that are looking to catch their favourite performer live and make a weekend out of it.
Oxfordshire is a wonderful place to visit. Known for its annual Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames attracts some of the world’s most enthusiastic and talented rowers. The city is also home to a rich history, historic churches, beautiful bridges, and gorgeous greens.
Did you know that York is Britain’s Home For Chocolate? Well, it is, and if that isn’t enough to prompt you to book a b&b and take a chocolate-themed romantic break to York (as in Yorkie bar), then we don’t know what will!
Of course, there are a number of other things to do in York, too. From nightclubs to Viking folklore, there is something for everyone in this cultural city, but what we really care about is the chocolate…