The Most Romantic Breaks in the South East

Sunshine, blue skies and sandy beaches makes an ideal setting for a romantic break with your partner, but if you don’t fancy the hassle of airport queues and delayed flights, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can find all these things and more right here on your doorstep!

The South East is one of England’s top destinations for a loved-up weekend away, and with miles of stunning coastline at your disposal as well picturesque countryside, towns and villages to explore, there’s plenty on offer for you to while away the hours.

Treat that special someone to a romantic weekend you’ll both treasure forever, and get inspired with our round-up of some of the most romantic destinations in the South East.

Winchester, Hampshire

The historic cathedral city of Winchester is one of the oldest settlements in Britain, and boasts a wealth of fascinating history and heritage just waiting to be explored. The cathedral is the city’s most famous attractions, and it’s one of the largest in Europe too. Dating back to 1070, the grave of literary heroine can be found in the north aisle of the nave. Other historical attractions include the statue of King Arthur in the centre of the city, as well as a thirteenth century version of King Arthur’s Round Table at the Castle.

But it’s not just history and heritage that the city has to offer. There are also plenty of cafes, fashion boutiques and antique shops dotted around the city.

Oxford, Oxfordshire

You’ll find lots of inspiration when you look for weekend breaks online, but for the perfect combination of city and country life, the famous university town of Oxford can’t be beaten! Oscar Wilde and no less than 25 British Prime Ministers have passed through the doors of the university’s colleges, and as well as the beautiful spires and stunning architecture of the buildings, there’s also a great selection of cinemas, shops, theatres and cafes too.

For a real romantic treat, a punt along the Cherwell is also a wonderful activity to enjoy on a summer’s day.

Chawton, Hampshire

Literature doesn’t come much more romantic than the works of Jane Austen, and for the last eight years of her life she called the pretty village of Chawton her home. As well as visiting Jane Austen’s House where all of her novels were written or revised, you can follow in the footsteps of one of the UK’s most beloved literary figures in nearby Alton. Here you can wander around some of the village’s pretty shops or enjoy a self-guide walk through the countryside that Jane was so fond of.

You can also visit St Nicholas’s Church where Jane’s mother and sister are buried, though the church was rebuilt a little after Jane’s lifetime following a fire in 1872.

Worthing, West Sussex

Most holidaymakers in search of a beach head to nearby Brighton, but for a seaside break with a difference the picturesque town of Worthing is a great choice. As well as plenty of great shopping, restaurant and nightlife facilities, the Worthing Coast is also home to award-winning beaches and stunning views of the South Downs. After a day of breathing in the fresh sea air and strolling hand in hand down the town’s pier, relax with a bite to eat in one of the area’s many traditional pubs and restaurants.


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