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If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in the UK for you and your loved one, you’ve come to the right place! From hidden gems to towns with unique charm, there are plenty of destinations to make everlasting memories. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the five best romantic UK city breaks for couples, including tasty local eats, because we know that good food tastes even better with the one you love.

Read on to discover them all and remember – you don’t have to choose just one – with Northern, each destination is only a train ride away!

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Best things to do for couples in Manchester city centre

Manchester is a city full of vibrant arts and culture with something to do for everyone! Join us for an imaginary stroll as we explore the best things for couples to do in Manchester’s city centre.

Huge painted mural of a Blue Tit in Manchester city centreManchester’s Arndale Shopping Centre, gaming & art scene

Manchester has a bustling art scene! Art lovers can visit the Manchester Art Gallery and browse the central art stores such as  Castle Fine Art, where you’ll find unique pieces by independent UK artists. The city also has lots of vibrant street art which presents the perfect backdrop for couple’s photos.

If you’d like a memento to remember your romantic trip, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the giant Manchester Arndale and can also browse hand-crafted jewellery and goods at the stalls under its outside archway.

The city also has an array of virtual reality experiences and there’s nothing like teaming up to bring people closer. Pair up with your loved one to defeat opponents or tackle a virtual escape room together at MeetSpaceVR or DNA VR.

A man and women dressed for summer enjoying a bite to eat outside in Manchester togetherPlaces to eat & drink in Manchester

Travelling can be hungry business; fortunately, there are plenty of great places to eat in Manchester. If the weather’s good, check out the food stalls in Piccadilly Gardens for something unique, where you can find Korean-style corn dogs, sweet bakes and Caribbean curries.

Other popular eats in the city include Federal, serving incredible brunches and great coffees! Plus, when we say Manchester has something for everyone, we really mean it, the city even has an alcohol-free bar named Love From where you can enjoy sober tastings.

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Romantic things to do in York for couples

There’s something whimsical about York no matter the time of year, but if you love Christmas or Halloween, October and December are great times to visit. With one of the best-preserved medieval streets in the world, often compared to Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, there’s plenty of fun, quirky and romantic things for couples to do in York!

An ornamental cat peering over a building on York's cat trailDiscover York’s viking history, cat trail & River Ouse

York is also a great place to take a trip through time. You can walk the historic York Walls built by the Romans in the 13th-century. Towering above the city, you’ll be treated to brilliant views that are perfect for a romantic photo opp. Plus, the Jorvik Viking Centre is one of a kind and its famous ride and some of its unique displays are sure to have you both laughing.

Another feature that makes York perfect for a romantic break is the River Ouse where you can hire a self-drive boat and enjoy the sights. Lastly, if you’re a couple that loves cats, then you may also want to follow the city’s fun cat trail! The question is, will you be able to spot them all?

Shopping in York city centre & The Shambles

York’s city centre is great for shopping, especially if you’re looking for something unique. It’s one of the few places in the UK where you can buy a ghost! The hand-painted sculptures are available to buy from the Ghost Merchants in the Shambles and while you might have to queue to get one, the memory of your trip will be worth it.

Another one of York’s shopping delights is York Soap Co., full of a variety of unique and colourful soaps and fragrances it’s the perfect place to spoil your partner. Plus, let’s not forget the The Potions Cauldron where you can share a delicious Harry Potter themed butterbeer.

A couple with their backs to the camera walking down The Shambles in YorkBest places to eat & drink in York

York is full of wonderful places to eat and drink including adorable cafés and incredible bars. You’ll even find themed bakes in the bakery windows at both Christmas and Halloween.

Check out Betty’s Tea Room for a romantic and delicious afternoon tea with beautifully presented cakes and sandwiches. If street food is more your thing, then there are plenty of guilty pleasures to share at the Shambles Food Court. Lastly, if you’re in York for its Viking history, you’ll want to visit Valhalla – a dog-friendly Viking-themed bar that’s great for sharing a brew or two.

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Things to do in Leeds city centre for couples

Leeds is another great city for a romantic break in the UK with a lively music and art scene and great eats. Read on to learn more about why Leeds could be the place for your next couple’s trip!

Two cocktail glasses with red drinks in them about to cheersLive music & jazz bars In Leeds

Located underground in Leeds’ Grand Arcade, The Domino Club has an exclusive feel and is a must-visit if you’re a couple who loves jazz! It’s the perfect place for sharing a few cocktails and enjoying the great talent of the musicians who often play here. The Brudenell Social Club is another great Leeds location for music lovers looking to discover their next favourite artist, with alternative live bands and so much more.

Leeds arts, sightseeing & culture

When it comes to arts and culture, Leeds is full of unique experiences. Visit the Leeds Playhouse for a romantic night at the theatre or the Leeds Art Gallery which hosts a range of paintings, events and exhibitions that are sure to spark conversation. The city’s Roundhay Park is also perfect for a couple’s picnic or leisurely stroll and even has boats you can hire to explore its beautiful lake.

The front of Leeds Playhouse at nightRomantic restaurants & places to eat in Leeds

After exploring Leeds’ sights and art scene, it’s time for a bite to eat! Enjoy a romantic candlelit meal at the cosy Kendells Bistro where you can enjoy French cuisine or go all out with some fine dining at Michelin-star restaurant HOME, with tasty lobster dishes and beautiful desserts.

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Activities & fun things to do for couples in Liverpool

Liverpool is a great destination for a romantic UK city break for couples, with plenty of live music venues, remarkable museums and great eats! It’s also the home of The Beatles with a multitude of hot spots dedicated to the iconic British brand.

A close-up of a Mathew Street sign in LiverpoolLive music venues & bars in Liverpool

The Cavern Club is a great place to get into the groove for British pop lovers! The Beatles played at the iconic venue almost 300 times throughout the 1960s and you’ll find décor and merch that pays homage to their legacy. You’ll also find vibrant live music at Revolucion De Cuba, where you can enjoy a salsa class together – something every couple should try at least once! The world-renowned Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra also plays a variety of concerts in the city which is another occasion we’d recommend experiencing.

Liverpool’s immersive museums & interactive attractions

Listed as a ‘speciality museum’ on Tripadvisor, the Quirky Quarter is full of immersive illusions and puzzle games that you can tackle as a couple. Fun for all ages, you’re sure to get some great photos too! Another of Leeds’ great museums is the World Museum which is free to access and houses an aquarium, bug house, theatre and even a café for when you get peckish.

A glass of red wine beside a serving dish on a table in a Liverpool restaurantPlaces to eat in Liverpool

Speaking of food, there’s plenty of romance-filled places to eat in Liverpool. Dig into delicious steaks and wine during a candlelit dinner at Furusato Bar & Grill or enjoy a classic British brunch with cocktails at the Dale Street Kitchen and Bar by Shino.

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Romantic & fun things for couples to do in Blackpool

Blackpool is a city that provides plenty of romantic moments – especially the famous Pleasure Beach and its iconic Big Wheel located on the Central Pier.

Blackpool Tower illuminated at night with a love heart in the middleThings to do at Blackpool’s famous Pleasure Beach

Not only is Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach the perfect place to catch a stunning sunset, but it’s also full of fun activities that couples will love! With a series of rides and events to keep you entertained – it’s a great place to visit on a sunny day. If you’re looking for a romantic stroll The Blackpool Promenade is full of charm and seafront scenery.

When it comes to entertainment Blackpool Grand Theatre has been hosting a variety of performances for over 120 years and has plenty to offer. With its stunning interior, an evening here is sure to feel like a fairytale.


Blackpool Towel and ferris wheel in the daytimeBest places to eat & romantic restaurants in Blackpool

If you’re looking for a romantic dinner with a view, then the Blackpool Tower is perfect! 516-foot-tall, the tower’s Bar 380 offers beautiful views across the coastline and has a rainbow of colourful cocktails to choose from.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, visit Blackpool’s stylish Upper Deck Bar & Grill in the Grosvenor Casino where you can feast on fruity cocktails and beautifully presented dishes made with local produce!

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With Northern, all five romantic UK city breaks for couples are within easy reach. Buy your train tickets online and remember that you could save up to 65% when you book in advance!

More things to do for couples in the North

Discover historic castles around the North

Take a journey into the past together by exploring the many castles the North has to offer.

Take a trip to the beach together

If the sun is out, why not pay a visit to one of the beautiful beaches in the North?

Embark on a woodland walk

Perfect for an autumn's day, discover our favourite woodland walks in the North.

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