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Within this guide, you will find an introduction to living and dating in the UK, our lists of UK date ideas (both classic date ideas and UK date ideas of unique experiences) and UK date spots (the best bars, clubs, and pubs across the UK), our directory of UK city articles (a more in-depth look at UK date ideas and UK date spots in particular UK cities), and additional resources to use if you feel like you still need more information once you have worked your way through all of ours.
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There are two kinds of people who will end up reading this guide. The first kind are people who live in the UK. If you fall into this category, you can skip this section and move on to our UK Date Ideas section—you already know about living and dating in the UK! The second kind are people who are, or will be, visiting the UK. If you fall into this category, we want to give you a little extra help to get you up the speed with life and dating in the UK. Below, you will find an introduction to the UK as a whole, life in the UK, and dating in the UK.
The abbreviation "UK" is short for "United Kingdom" and "United Kingdom" is short for "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Included in the United Kingdom are England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These four nations used to be separate but they came together to form the United Kingdom in 1801. Many people often think that "UK", "Britain", and "England" are interchangeable labels, but that is not at all accurate! If you say "UK" or "United Kingdom" you are referring to the entire combined landmass of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, but if you say "Britain" you are only referring to England, Scotland, and Wales, and if you say "England" you are only referring to England.
Living in the UK is a lot like living in many of the World's westernized countries. The big cities like London and Manchester are bustling and the rural areas like Aberaeron and Sheepscombe are calm and cozy. There are over 11,000 miles of coastline to enjoy, along with tons of mountains, rivers, and hilly landscapes to explore. The weather rarely dips below −11 °C (12 °F) or rises above 35 °C (95 °F), but you can expect a whole lot of rain and foggy days.
Just as with living in the UK, dating in the UK is a lot like dating in many of the World's westernized countries. Many UK date ideas are similar to that of the US or Canada (dinner and a movie, grabbing a drink, checking out a local event, etc.), but they also have a lot of unique UK date ideas (we'll get into this more in our sections below). The UK does has quite a bit of rural land areas though, and this makes online connections all the more important to dating in the UK—it's hard to go on dates if you don't have a lot of opportunities to meet new people in your community!
There are two kinds of UK date ideas: Classic UK Date Ideas and Uniquely UK Date Ideas. Below, we will discuss what both of those categories mean as well as give you some prime examples of the kind of UK date ideas that fall into each and a rundown of where in the UK you can experience those date ideas.
The UK date ideas you will find below are what we consider to be classics. By definition, that means they have been judged over the course of history to be the highest quality and most outstanding UK date ideas out there. These are the date ideas that are simple and accessible to anyone in the UK. They are the date ideas that are most likely to please a wide range of daters and that are the safest bet for first dates.
Dinner and a movie is a first date classic no matter where you live in the world—and the UK is no different! One of the reasons it is so popular is that every town, city, village, and what have you all provide access to places at which you can eat dinners and watch movies. For dinner, you can hit up any one of your local eateries, but if you are looking for the best of the best you may want to check if we have covered UK Date Spots in your city below. For the movie, you can visit one of Vue Cinema's 85 UK theaters, one of Cineworld Cinema's 82 theaters, or one of the many other theaters that exist across the UK. Many of the larger cities in the UK also have annual film festivals or seasonal film events, if you are looking for more unique UK date ideas!
When it comes to UK date ideas, grabbing a pint at the pub is basically like the United Kingdom's equivalent of America's "grabbing a coffee" date idea. There's a pub on every corner in the UK and popping in for a quick drink makes for a very easy peasy date idea if you don't want to commit to something more. Some of our favorites are The Ginger Pig in Hove, England;The Green Man in Chelmsford, England; and The Red Lion in Bedford, England. Scroll down to our UK Date Spots section below to find an even bigger selection of bars, clubs, and pubs to visit for a date.
Yes, in the UK it is spelled with an "R-E" at the end! But, that's besides the point. The point is that the United Kingdom has a ton of theatres (in particular, the UK is known for it's open air theatres, including The Minack Theatre, Cornwall, Shakespeare's Globe, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, The Willow Globe, Brownsea Island Open Air Theatre, and Rutland Open Air Theatre) and that they are all great UK date spots—what would you expect from Shakespeare's homeland?
If you and/or your date like to multitask, the this is one of the best UK date ideas for you. Why? Because you can do on a day and learn something at the same time! The UK has a ton of amazing museums that you can check out, depending on your interests (history, science, art, etc.), and some of them are even free of charge! Some of the most popular include the British Museum, the National Gallery, and theNatural History Museum, all in London, as well as the National Museum of Scotland in Scotland and the Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland.
Say what now? Glamping! It's a portmanteau of the words "glamorous" and "camping" and it basically just means an upscale version of camping: no pitching a tent, no unrolling sleeping bags, no setting off on long journeys to find the bathroom. And sure, other areas of the world have glamping too, but the UK is somewhere that really does it right. Two of our favorite UK date spots for glamping are Jollydays in York, England and Crafty Camping in Holditch, England.
The UK date ideas you will find below are what we consider to be unique to the UK experience. That means that these UK date ideas are not the type of date ideas you could pursue in other areas of the world. These are the date ideas that will impress both locals and visitors alike, although they may take more planning and/or time than some of the classic UK date ideas.
Nowhere does old castles quite like the UK does! Some of our favorite castles to visit as UK date ideas are Leeds Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Conwy Castle, Warkworth Castle, Windsor Castle, and Corfe Castle. Other favorites, if you're at the point where overnight dates are on the table, are the 200-year-old Martello Tower (built along the coast to keep the French navy at bay) and Peverell Tower (the old prison tower of Dover's Castle), both of which you can rent by the night. Or, try out Hadrian's Wall (built in 122 AD!) where you can visit for the day, stay overnight, or both!
There's nothing like adorable animals to get your girl to squeal uncontrollably, and this is one of the only UK date ideas that includes them! The Farne Islands are home to not only 300,000 adorable puffins, but also to other seabirds (like razorbills, guillemots, eider ducks) and the UK's largest colony of Atlantic seals! Seahouses, England has boats which will take you to the islands every hour. Another great spot for these type of UK date ideas is the Looe Island Nature Reserve.
You know what they say, "It's not about the destination, it's about how you get there". Well, when it comes to UK date ideas, they take that motto very seriously. Say you or your date are a "car person"—you could visit Vintage Classics in Melksham, England and rent one of their classic cars (including E-Type Jaguar, Austin Healey 3000 and the Morris Minor Convertible) to travel around Wiltshire county (it houses sights like Stonehenge, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Cheddar Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, and more). If you're a fan of trains, the best UK date ideas for you may involve hopping the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, where you can take in the full experience of a restored steam train travelling through Hampshire's countryside. Maybe boats are more your style? Take a private gondola ride along the River Avon and see sights like the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church!
Told ya we would have more on this topic! Since bars, clubs, and pubs are an essential part of UK living and dating, we wanted to explore them more deeply and present you with a more thorough selection. Thus, we have this section: UK Date Spots: The Best Bars, Clubs, & Pubs Across The United Kingdom. Below, you will find our top choices for the best of the best bar, club, and pub date spots UK has to offer, including some of the most historic, popular, and original venues across the country!
Dandelyan is one of the best UK date spots around, hands down. In 2017, it won four Class Bar Awards including Best Bar In The UK, Hotel Bar Of The Year, Drinks Menu of the Year, and Bartender Of The Year for head bartender Aidan Bowie. It was also named the third best bar in the world at the World's 50 Best Bar Awards. Another reason we recommend UK date spots like this is because if you go to a bar inside a hotel you have private rooms close by in case your date goes extra well!
Neighbourhood is probably the most stylish of all our UK date spots with bright green upholstery and tons of gold accents. It has an extensive cocktail menu and a European and American influenced food selection and can get very lively late at night once their live DJs and musicians take the stage.
Bramble is one of those UK date spots that is great for drinking, if that's what you're interesting in. They pride themselves on making "generous drinks" and live by the motto, ",em>a cocktail should stimulate the mind as well as the appetite." Here, you will find all the classic cocktails along with fun, quirky original recipes.
The Milk Thistle is one of our favorite UK date spots because it is spread out acorss four floors of a large building, giving you lots of space to get some alone time with your date while still out in a public spot. As well, they have a HUGE cocktail list and are always changing their menu so no matter how many times you visit, you will always have something new to try.
From North Ireland to England and from Scotland to Wales, HookupCloud.com has the inside scoop on all the best UK date ideas and hottest UK date spots in cities from coast to coast! We know that we have already listed a LOT of UK date ideas and UK date spots already, but we promise you that the city-specific pages will help you out even more! In the directory below, you will find a list of all the major UK cities that we have included in our research. Along with each listing, you will see a short excerpt from the article as well as a "read more" link—all you have to do is click that link to access the full page for and learn even more about UK date ideas and UK date spots in that city!
Nowhere comes quite as close to being the date capital of Northern Ireland as Belfast, and there is a reason for that. Here, history, romance, and culture come together to create an experience that is unmatched by most other cities in the UK. From romantic strolls through stately parks to... Read more.
Birmingham really is the heart of England, and this does not just mean that it is right in the middle of the country; if you are looking for a romantic location to go on a date, this city is where you will find it. If you thought you knew every... Read more.
Only an hour out of London by train, Brighton is probably the most well known seaside resorts in the UK, and as such it is a hotbed of great date ideas! From stunning beach walks to museums and parks that will take your breath away, there are so many fun... Read more.
From walks along the river to meals at famous restaurants, from shopping sprees in some of the best high streets in the country to relaxed and intimate moments at world renowned museums and parks, you are in for a treat as we help you and your date explore one of... Read more.
Fine dining, bars, museums, and beautiful countryside are what mark this city out as being one of the most idyllic date locations in Britain. Look no further if you are in a quandary about where to take that special person in your life for a night out to remember, because... Read more.
Edinburgh is a city of ancient culture and great natural beauty. Less stuffy than the South of England, less expensive than London, more vibrant than Birmingham -- if you want to know what a magical, electrifying, truly romantic date feels like, it has to Scotland, and if it has to be... Read more.
Lovely Leeds was once not quite so lovely -- in fact, at times it was downright grim, as a quick visit to the mining museum might help you to see... or just ask your granddad what it was like! The Leeds you know and love today would have seemed a paradise... Read more.
Over two thousand years of building and rebuilding have shaped this city into the hot date location it is today. From the surrounding countryside that has inspired such amazing poetry and drama over the ages to the city itself, which suffered during WWII, but came back stronger to become the... Read more.
History and music collide in this Northern city that has long been the heartbeat of the UK's fashion and culture scene outside of the Big Smoke down South (you know where we mean!) This is the best city to go if you want to have the best date EVER in... Read more.
Far from just being the ancient capital of England, you will find a hidden side to London that takes in a truly romantic soul within a world of music, art, and natural beauty in the form of the city's many parks, green spaces, and of course the majesty of the... Read more.
It has been said that it is hard to find a better city to have fun in that Manchester, and if you so much as cast a cursive glance across our list of go to date ideas for the city you will see that this is a statement backed up... Read more.
Nottingham has long been a student town, and it is in part due to this fact that the city has a very vibrant music scene, as well as a club scene that is among the most energetic in the UK. With a rich history to boot, the city is surrounded... Read more.
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