A reluctance to get carried away on a work night will see many Brits celebrating Valentine's Day on February 10th this year.
According to new figures from LateRooms.com, bookings for February 10th are up by a staggering 50 per cent, but demand for February 14th has remained fairly unchanged. It seems clear that British romantics are less than keen on a big night out on a Wednesday and would rather savour the occasion with a short weekend break.
For last-minute lovers, however, booking a hotel this weekend may prove a little difficult. In addition to the added demand from couples, hotels around the UK and Ireland will have to accommodate thousands of rugby fans, as the Six Nations recommences on Saturday.
LateRooms has pointed out that while Rome and Paris are traditional favourites for romantic holidays, adventurous couples may wish to consider the likes of Florence, Prague or Budapest, all of which are "equally beautiful".
For those planning to enjoy a romantic break within the UK, however, Travel Lodge suggests that London is the best city. This is followed by Edinburgh, York, Bath and Manchester.
In an alternative list of romantic UK destinations, Travel Lodge has picked out the Lake District as the number one choice. Couples are advised to take out a rowing boat on one of the many lakes, following in the oar strokes of some of the great Romantic poets. Derwentwater is a particularly beautiful lake, but the views are also breathtaking from Windermere, Ullswater and Grasmere.
The Travel Lodge report also advises a trip to Cornwall to enjoy romantic walks on the beach as well as a jaunt up to Edinburgh to explore the castle. Harrogate is also listed among the most romantic destinations, for its charming streets and quaint shops.
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