If nobody else exists when your beau is in the room, then you’ll love the peace and quiet of the least populated county in England. Picture-perfect landscapes with sweeping vistas, ancient history, and a rugged coastline are just some of the reasons why Northumberland is the perfect backdrop to your romantic getaway.
From luxury spa breaks at award-winning hotels to quirky hideaways just for two, Northumberland has a big heart for romance. Play lords and ladies at a medieval castle or become Cathy and Heathcliff upon the moors. Love is sure to blossom in one of our many stately gardens. Sparks will fly at Cragside, the first house to be lit by electricity.
For those who like to explore all things unique and quirky, Barter Books is a great spot to while away an afternoon. You can stay in a renovated Victorian railway station in the North Pennines or a Mongolian yurt in the middle of the Northumberland National Park, dine in a treehouse at The Alnwick Garden, see giant artworks in a working forest.
Style-conscious couples will find plenty of opportunities for retail therapy. The market towns of Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham are a hive of independent shops, whilst the retail park in Cramlington is a dream for high-street loving lovers. Kirkharle Courtyard offers a feast of arts and crafts for your love nest.
If you’re both adrenaline junkies, there’s something for you too! Try mountain biking at Kielder Water & Forest Park, then a stay in one of their Waterside Lodges to enjoy a long soak in a hot tub with a view to remember; or how about cycling the length of the county? You’ll be spoiled for choice with tasty foodie venues – a great way to refuel!
If you’re looking for ideas on where to propose, you’ll find inspiration aplenty in Northumberland. At Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall, you’ll be Robin Hood and Maid Marion; or how about scrawling those four life-changing words on the sandy beach under Bamburgh Castle?
For those on the hunt for the perfect venue, check out our Northumberland Weddings guide before you make your decision.
As evening draws in, what could be more romantic than stargazing hand-in-hand? The skies above the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park are some of the darkest in England, and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the best places to spot the aurora borealis. So lie back and tell each other your hopes and dreams as you gaze up at the twinkling night sky; or dance on the sands under the technicolour shimmer of the Northern Lights.
What could be more romantic than a weekend away with your loved one?