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Thursday, 22 January 2015


Oh yes, it's almost that time of year again. It's nearly that time when the dreaded 'V' word is on everybody's lips and whether you're single or taken, you simply cannot escape the holiday. I think it's easy to dislike Valentines day when you don't have anyone to celebrate with and it's especially easy to succumb to being bitter about it all but I do think it's important to remember that taken or not, it doesn't have to be a day to dislike. Even if you don't have a Valentines this year, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday just as much as you would if you did have that special someone. I will do a blog post offering some ideas for fellow singletons near to the day, but in the meantime for those of you who are in a relationship and might want to do something special (but also something not too expensive!) you've gotta start planning early.

We all yearn for exotic holidays abroad but over the years, I've found that the UK has plenty to offer in terms of quaint little towns from those that have little to offer but can be terribly romantic when exploring with the one you love, to places that can be exciting with tons of attractions, leaving you with memories you'll never forget.

Here are some of the UK's most underrated places that could be perfect for a long weekend away this February.

And here's a hint - don't feel you absolutely HAVE to celebrate over Valentines Day to make it most romantic. These places can be enjoyed all year round so choosing to visit on any weekend in February will cut your costs down loads as opposed to visiting over the 14th..

Bath is a really beautiful city that doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank for a little weekend away. There's tons to offer from spa breaks and a visit to real Roman Bath's, from attractions like Bath's escape room and more. Bath is a lot of fun just to wander around because it's so pretty but it's also very rich in history meaning if you're a bit of a history buff there's probably no chance you'll get bored! There's also a lot to offer in terms of museums and shopping so whatever you're into, you can't really go wrong.
You can grab return train tickets for as little as £56.50 when travelling from London Kings Cross on a Thursday and returning on Sunday evening. The train journey takes about 2 and a half hours.

The Lake District might not sound that fun - especially for your boy - when you first think about it (I know, it sounds like it's just a bunch of lakes and countryside), but it's very underrated, especially among young couples. You don't have to be old and into bird watching to enjoy an intimate and romantic getaway here. Sometimes exploring around the countryside then snuggling up in front of a warm fire in a cozy cottage can be more fun than you'd ever imagine. The Lake District is also home to some really cute seasidey (I know that's not a real word...) villages and if you visit Lake Windermere you can have a lot of fun renting and attempting to row a boat. The Lake District also boasts some real plush spa's too, some of which have outdoor hot tubs. Just saying.
You can grab open return train tickets for about £108.50 when travelling from London Kings Cross on a Thursday and returning on Sunday evening. The train journey takes about 8 hours - eek! Probably best to drive for this one...

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Exploring The Shambles in York

I've visited York personally and still believe it to be one of the most interesting and beautiful places I've visited in the UK. It's beyond stunning and when walking around it's narrow and cobbled streets, it's so easy to think you've traveled back in time. In fact, some inspiration for Harry Potter was taken from one of York's medieval shopping areas called The Shambles. There's lots to offer for eating out in York - which is also home to lots of quirky bars - but this really is the place to go if you like your history or if you like anything a little bit different! York has tons of museums, including the amazing York Castle museum - which will take almost a whole day to explore. And if you love your spooky stuff like me then York is definitely worth a visit. You can find the York Dungeons, daily ghost walks & Jack The Ripper Walks and one of the most haunted houses in the country - phew!
You can grab return train tickets for as little as £53.10 when travelling from London Kings Cross on a Thursday and returning on Sunday evening. The train journey takes about 3 hours.

A little further up north, Durham is perfect for anyone who loves their sleepy towns to be picturesque whatever the weather. This city has lots to offer from the beautiful Castle and Cathedral to the bustling shops, both independent and designer. There's also the Victorian Beamish Museum nearby and many of the cobbled streets give way to typical English pubs, the kind that you can spend whole evenings in to avoid the cold. Durham also offers quick train links to Newcastle if you want a more upbeat nightlife.
You can grab return train tickets for as little as £79.50 when travelling from London Kings Cross on a Thursday and returning on Sunday evening. The train journey takes about three hours.

I have also added some suggested train ticket prices, based on a random long weekend in February from Thursday to Sunday, so you can get an average idea of travel costs. This is just me looking at a glance at random times, so there's no doubt that if you looked yourself at different times/dates you could get a much cheaper deal!

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  1. Even though I'm married, we don't make too much of a fuss about valentines to be honest. We usually just get a takeaway or one of the m&s dine in deals, a bottle of wine and watch a film or two at home. We went out for a meal a few years back and it was horrific-I felt like we were crammed in like sardines to the point were we we couldn't talk without being conscious that all the couples around us could probably hear exactly what we were saying lol. Never again. I feel like valentines is just another commercialised, made up holiday to be honest and I genuinely was never bothered about it while I was single. To me, our anniversaries and remembering to take time out together through the year are more important, Em x

    1. Aww I can totally see where you're coming from, unfortunately by going out for Valentines Day sometimes you put so much pressure on yourselves to enjoy it and end up wasting a lot of money for no reason really. I think it's sweet that you can enjoy yourself just as much at home with a takeaway - I often find that I'm the same when I'm in a relationship and that's kind of a sign that things are going really right, when you don't need to be wined and dined to enjoy someones company. Weekends away can be super fun though because you end up making new memories and sometimes it's nice to go that extra step if you are the type of person who's easily pleased with just staying at home and chilling :) I suppose it depends on the person really! x

    2. yep weekends away are definitely nice too :-) We tend to do it at other times in the year rather than for Valentine's but it's definitely each to their own. We like going on little theater breaks to London every now and then since we live up North, so much fun! x

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