Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching and love is certainly in the air. Are you looking to indulge in some romance this year? Whether you're embracing being loved up, blissfully single or simply looking for a way to spend a weekend, we've got you covered.
We don't think that one day a year is enough to embrace romance, so these picks are great to visit all year round!
The great outdoors can always put us in a good mood - and with the Edwardian scenery at Lyme Park, there certainly will be romance in the air. Nestled on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family and was also a great sporting estate. It's surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park, which can keep you entertained for hours due to its 1,300 acres and stunning views at every turn. The lavish interiors take you back to Edwardian times, and sit upon the lake of one of the greatest love tales - where Mr Darcy met Miss Bennett in the BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Accessibility at Lyme Park is great, with Blue Badge parking available in the main car park and the gardens and house having level access, as well as the on-site toilets.
The Electric Cinema
First time on the dating scene? Or simply want to do something a little quirky this Valentines? A visit to The Electric Cinema is the perfect way to spend time with someone if you're looking for fun without making grand gestures! Located on London's colourful Portobello Road, The Electric Cinema opened its doors to film fans in 1910 and is one of London's oldest cinemas. The cinema shows a variety of both mainstream and art house films suitable for all tastes. Adding to it's quirky character, it offers a range unconventional seating - you're bound to discover a cinema experience unlike no other, with a choice of arm chairs, sofas and even beds to cuddle up on. So, expect to enjoy an exceptionally unique movie night. Not forgetting you can cosy up with their cashmere blankets, meaning it's ideal for a romantic night out. There are reserved seating areas for wheelchair users, accessible toilet facilities and also accessible screenings available for those with sight and hearing impairments.
Since diamonds are a girl's best friend, a visit to this gem is great for couples considering tying the knot or looking for a special something. Located in what's known as the Hockley area of Birmingham, the Jewellery Quarter covers 300 acres and includes many jewellery, antiques and vintage clothing outlets. As many of the retailers have workshops on the premises, a special gift can also be commissioned on site. It doesn't just have to be about getting engaged or married, you can cover any special occasion due to the bespoke ability to make something unique for a loved one. Not to mention, it's a great cultural spot, so well worth a trip just to say you've been. As it's positioned within the city centre, getting in by car can be a little tricky, but the volume of parking in and around the city makes up for it. You can also visit the tourism website for advice on the easiest route to take. Accessible toilets are available and most of the area has level access, so regardless of mobility issues everyone can enjoy a treat.
Want to pamper your loved one? A trip to the Lainston House offers serenity away from the hectic pace of everyday life. Whether it's visiting for an afternoon tea or for a weekend break, the Lainston House offers many packages within the charming 17th century country house and grounds. As a wedding venue, this house frequents romantic occasions, giving you the perfect break with a loved one. Or if you're thinking of saying 'I Do', it's a great excuse to drop a few subtle hints! Most of the ground floor is level access and with the car park close to the reception, it's not too far to get settled in. If you're stopping the night, accessible rooms are available on request.
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