Five Incredible Places for a romantic date

Published 10 February 2015

Set your loved one's heart a-flutter this Valentine's Day with our top picks of Incredible Places for a great romantic date.

1. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Britain's oldest public museum brims with treasures ranging from ancient Egypt to the 20th century, including the largest collection of Raphael drawings, the most significant collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts outside of the British Museum and the greatest Chinese collection in the West. Furthering its appeal as a date-worthy venue is the roof-terrace restaurant, which combines great food with a beautiful view over Oxford.

2. The Courtauld Gallery, London

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The handsome exterior of Somerset House can’t fail to impress, not least when juxtaposed with this intimate gallery which, with its many personal bequests, retains much of the spirit of the individual collectors. Its world-famous art collection is particularly renowned for Samuel Courtauld's Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pictures, which include Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Renoir's La Loge and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear.

3. Lyme Park, Stockport ​

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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy through the grounds of this spectacular Tudor-cum-Italianate palace, where Colin Firth emerged from the lake in one of the best loved moments of British television. On display in the library is the Sarum Missal, the only surviving copy of a William Caxton book printed in 1487 and acquired with Art Fund help in 2008.

4. Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead ​

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The Gothic splendour of Romantic poet Lord Byron’s ancestral home is in perfect contrast to the colourful display of rhododendrons which can be seen throughout the gardens in spring – perfect for a romantic stroll. Inside the Abbey, Byron's magnificent giltwood bed is one of the highlights of the collection, brought to Newstead from his student rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge. It is on display in the poet's private apartments, where visitors can also see his tin bath, writing desk and pistol.

5. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

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Starting at the city centre, follow the leafy valley path along the Water of the Leith and you'll find Anthony Gormley’s sculptural series 6 Times, sited at various points in the lead up to the gallery. The space itself holds 5,000 items of 20th-century art, including Matisse, Picasso, Bacon, Hockney, Warhol, Freud and Hirst.

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