Northumberland has just been voted the best UK holiday destination at the British Travel Awards, and it’s no surprise with its enchanting scenery including the Northumberland Coast and Northumberland National Park. Make sure you take your partner’s breath away this Valentine’s Day with our guide to all things romantic in Northumberland!
1. STARGAZE WITH YOUR LOVE
Stargazing is a traditional and deeply romantic activity!
Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is one of few places in the UK without light pollution therefore the views of the stars are spectacular.
The Sill Landscape and Discovery Centre is hosting a Starry-Eyed Valentine’s Dinner this year. Enjoy a three-course meal before gazing at the stars on the rooftop terrace!
The spectacular Milky Way on a clear night.
2. RELIVE YOUR YOUTH IN THE TREEHOUSE RESTAURANT
The Alnwick Garden is an exciting and enchanting attraction alone, and for nostalgic vibes try the Treehouse Restaurant complete with glittering lights, wooden walkways, and roasting log fires.
The restaurant features a delicious seasonal menu packed with local produce from Northumberland farmlands – not forgetting the Duchess of Northumberland’s Deadly Jane cocktail list!
The Treehouse Restaurant at The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.
3. MAKE PICTURE-PERFECT MEMORIES IN BREATH-TAKING SCENERY
Plan a proposal or simply enjoy long walks with your loved one in Northumberland National Park, which is home to many gorgeous routes perfect for a stroll, cycle or horse ride.
The Cheviot Hills, Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap are just some of the outstanding landscapes. If you prefer sea breeze, why not venture along the rugged Northumberland Coastline?
The glorious World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall.
4. GET LOST INSIDE BARTER BOOKS
What could be more whimsical than a book shop? Barter Books is a quirky second-hand book shop with a magical feel of knowledge and rich with history.
Barter Books is located in an old Victorian railway station and is one of the largest second-hand book shops in Europe, rife with generous seating, open fires, and the Famous Writers Mural painted by Peter Dodd.
Get lost in the stacks of a second hand book shop.
5. ESCAPE TO A ROMANTIC HOLIDAY COTTAGE
Take full advantage of Valentine’s Day and book a bespoke holiday cottage in Northumberland. You can also make your stay unforgettable with finishing touches such as massage therapy, horse-riding, wood-fired pizza or a home-cooked meal service delivered to your cottage door!
'The Retreat' at Cheviot Holiday Cottages, Northumberland.
All words by Trysha and Graham Stephenson of Cheviot Holiday Cottages, Alnwick, Northumberland. You can view all of our properties in Northumberland by clicking here.