Coastal escapes for couples
Treating your loved one to a spot of Haven’s finest accommodation is one thing, but travelling out to some of the UK’s most romantic coastal areas truly completes the experience.
Staycations are moving further and further up the agenda, and it's clear that you don’t need to jet off abroad to enjoy a relaxing weekend away with your loved one. We’ve put a list of the finest UK coastal breaks for couples together to give you an idea of where to go next. The coastal settings you read about here may be cold, but the experiences are as warm and loving as they come. Comforting without being too pretentious, these areas are full to the brim with character meaning you can tailor your experience to your needs. Dotted up and down the country, these are some of our favourite places. Each has been tried, tested and received a seal of approval from the plus ones of the Haven family!
This town sits neatly on the border of England and Scotland. The present peace and tranquility is in stark contrast to the epic battles history has witnessed in this area dominated by the ancient Hadrian’s Wall. Yesterday’s distress is today’s romance, with the town an ideal setting for a coastal break for couples. A stroll along Berwick’s old fortifications gives you a great view of the old town, a hub for wining, dining and culture.
The view out to the coast is equally endearing, as the North Sea breeze makes its presence felt before you even manage to set eyes on it! There are so many undiscovered beaches in this area waiting for you to pay them a visit, and the region’s castles are a stark reminder of the strategic significance of this, England’s northernmost town.
Southwold is a Suffolk town full of character. Red-bricked buildings combine with narrow streets and the breezy bay to bring you a quintessential coastal break. The town first functioned as a lively port, bringing in goods from the Netherlands given its relative proximity. Georgian houses used to double up as fisherman’s residences, serving visitors with a reminder of the town’s glamorous past.
The elegance lives on, whatever the weather, with some of the best Fish and Chips we’ve tasted served here alongside some fine coastal pubs. If you are both partial to a beverage, you’ll love a tour of Adnams Brewery, and to immerse yourself in the history even more, check out Southwold Lighthouse and the Sailor’s Reading Room.
Rye occupies a unique position in Sussex. It serves as the meeting point of three rivers, the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. Its status as one of the Norman’s Cinque Ports is a reminder that the town actually used to sit directly on the coast, its harbour silted by a legendary storm that brewed in 1847.
You’ll see the remnants of the ancient military and trading post when you visit, one that has created a kind of marshland where the historic Camber Castle sits. For a thatched roof, classic beam structure and an all-round decent drink, head for the Mermaid Inn, once the headquarters of a local smuggling gang. It’s the combination of history and variety that makes this town a fantastic coastal escape for couples.
St Ives, Cornwall
Nothing encompasses Cornwall like St Ives. Another town with the fishing industry at the heart of its history, it now serves tourists from the UK and overseas. Golden sand combines with graceful walks to bring you a sumptuous seaside experience. A frequent award-winner, the town has become known for the high proportion of artists it attracts. It's said that it was the beautifully clear light that attracted creatives to this corner of Cornwall. The town’s Tate Gallery showcases art that could rival any city.
The town is great for couples to do their own thing too, with beaches, restaurants and bars giving you both the chance to kick back and relax. Lands End, the southernmost tip of mainland Britain is only a short car journey away, well worth a short visit.
Llandudno, North Wales
This tight-knit seaside community welcomes visitors with open arms. The largest coastal town in Wales, Llandudno was known as ‘The Queen of Welsh Watering Places’. This historical description lives on today, with the sweeping promenade filled with Victorian houses that look out to the Irish Sea. There are so many great places to eat out, and if the weather is good, you can park yourself on the beach and enjoy the view.
One of the best active experiences comes in the form of climbing the Great Orme, a huge hill that looms over the coast. There is also a tram to get you up and down. Historic castles are a short hop away in the car, and if you find time, check out the Isle of Anglesey, one of the closest points to the island of Ireland.