Ten romantic dates

Published 11 February 2016

Set your loved one's heart a-flutter with our top picks of incredible places for a great romantic date.

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1

Cutty Sark

Enlist your date on a swashbuckling adventure to learn about the tea clipper's illustrious maritime history, then test their sea legs with a river cruise along the Thames.


2

Leighton House Museum

Amaze your date with the opulent surroundings at Lord Leighton's Middle-Eastern inspired 'palace of art', then whisk them off to a concert at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.


3

Brontë Parsonage Museum

See where the literary sisters wrote their romantic masterpieces before taking a leisurely walk to the Brontë waterfall, visited by Charlotte and her husband Arthur during November 1854, when she described it as 'white and beautiful'.


4
Keats House, London

Keats House

See the house where Keats wrote his romantic poetry after falling for 'the girl next door' Fanny Brawne, and then picnic by the Lily pond on Hampstead Heath.


5

The Wallace Collection

Take in Filippo della Valle's sculptural tribute to the myth of Cupid and Psyche, the Greco-Roman god of Love and his beautiful mortal lover, then dine in the collection's magnificent glass-roofed restaurant.


6

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Charm your date with the gallery's unmatched collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings – many of which feature their lovers and muses – after which a bar hop around Birmingham's bar district is in order.


7

Eltham Palace

When Stephen and Virginia Courtauld chose to build their dream home together, they transformed the remains of Henry VIII's childhood residence into a glamorous Art Deco mansion. A true labour of love.


8
Lyme Park

Lyme Park

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen's Mr Darcy through the grounds of this spectacular Tudor-cum-Italian palace, where Colin Firth emerged from the lake in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – one of the best loved moments of British television.


9

Chirk Castle

Situated in the hills of north Wales, Chirk Castle commands a breathtaking view over nine counties. Perfect for a proposal?


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