Are you looking for suitably romantic places to get engaged without having to fly across the world? Vashi & The Proposers gives you the lowdown on the UK’s top spots for beautiful, special and affordable marriage proposals.
1. London Eye
A private pod on London’s hottest new landmark, the London Eye, will set you back around £300. For that you will get the pod all to yourself for that perfect special moment. Expect a very discreet waiter to serve you and your partner chilled champagne throughout your 30 minute journey. Share a luxury box of delectable Charbonnel et Walker pink champagne chocolate truffles as you watch the sun set over the capital. Go down on bended knee at 135 metres above the Houses of Parliament for the experience of a lifetime. The package also includes exclusive check-in and fast track boarding so that the surprise doesn’t get ruined by having to queue up.
2. Lake District
Why not surprise her during a walking break in the beautiful British countryside? There are many well-marked routes available throughout the country, such as the Pennine Way, the Cotswold Way and the South Downs Way. You don’t have to be experienced hikers to enjoy the experience of walking through romantic woods and vales together, but a good pair of boots is advisable. Few areas match the sheer beauty of the Lake District. As well as stunning walks, you can enjoy shopping in the area’s quaint towns, visit Beatrix Potter’s former cottage and go sailing on Lake Windermere before surprising her with a diamond engagement ring. What woman could resist?
3. National Gardens of the Rose, St. Albans
A small town north of London may not be an obvious choice for your engagement, but the Royal National Rose Society’s gardens at St. Albans are arguably the most romantic spot in the country for a few weeks of the year. Described as a ‘living dictionary of roses’, these highly fragrant gardens positively ooze with gorgeous roses of all varieties in a range of stunning settings. The rose garden’s new tea-room serves brilliant afternoon cream teas to get your energy levels up for your big moment. St. Albans itself is also well worth visiting, if not for its Roman heritage than surely for having the most pubs per square mile in Britain. If St. Alban’s is too far to travel, the Royal Horticultural Society also has rose gardens as part of its world-renowned locations across the country.
Legend has it that this rocky outcrop on the North coast of Cornwall was once the place where King Arthur was born. Now an English Heritage property, the place has long been associated with the knights of the Round Table and is possibly one of the most dramatic and scenic locations in the country for your wedding proposal. She will be overwhelmed when you present her with a diamond engagement ring on Tintagel Island, a peninsula with spectacular views of the Cornish coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Originally the 13th century Tintagel Castle was attached to the main land, but erosion over the years meant that a sweeping footbridge had to be built. Nearby beaches and fishing villages are perfect for a romantic break too.
Honey-coloured Georgian architecture, great hotels and restaurants and famously high quality nightlife make the World Heritage town of Bath the ideal location for a romantic proposal. Shopping in Bath is absolutely brilliant and the pubs are not bad either. The surrounding West Country countryside is marked by beautiful valleys, woods and cathedral towns. Whether you take your loved one to the brand new Bath spa, the antique Roman Baths or to the Jane Austin exhibition, a trip to Bath is a sure bet to get her in the right mood for that very special moment. And perhaps you could visit a rugby match afterwards together.
Even if you’re not into opera, a trip to Glyndebourne opera house, near Lewes in East Sussex, is an unbeatable treat. Apart from playing host to arguably some of the best opera productions in the world, elegantly dressed audience members enjoy scrumptious picnics and cold champagne on the lawn and in the jaw-droppingly fabulous gardens surrounding the opera house itself during intervals. You can book your picnic in advance complete with table and chairs or bring your own. Great music, champagne, world-class romantic performances… the perfect place to pop the question and surprise her with a diamond engagement ring. Not cheap perhaps, but worth every penny as a night to remember for life.
If you want a location that is both world-class and a little bit naughty for your all-important engagement, Dorset is the county for you. Romantic thatched cottages dripping in roses, tea-rooms and antique shops are all set in a lush green landscape. As a naughty but nice location for your proposal, the famous 180 ft (55 metre) nude chalk figure of the Cerne Abbas giant may help you out where words fail. The village itself was voted Britain’s “Most Desirable Village” by estate agent Savills in 2008, so what more could you desire?
Shop, eat, drink and go clubbing in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The World Heritage city of Edinburgh really has it all when it comes to great locations for your marriage proposal. Experience whiskey on the Royal Mile, take her on a guided ghost tour or enjoy a romantic dinner in this town dominated by neo-classical architecture. Arthur’s Seat, a dramatic rocky outcrop just a short walk out of the centre near the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is ideal for romantic wedding proposals.
If you both like your food, the annual Abergevenny Food Festival will leave her flabbergasted before you’ve even popped the question. Every September the Welsh town plays host to lively markets that celebrate the very best of local produce in a carnival atmosphere. Wine tastings, cookery demonstrations and entertainers from all over the world make this a foodies’ paradise that is perfect for a romantic wedding proposal. The stunning Welsh countryside, dotted with villages and castles, is great for touring as well.
10. Your own home
A romantic candlelit dinner in your own home is still a fantastic place to surprise her with a diamond engagement ring. Whether you flex your muscles as an expert cook or get a curry takeaway, she’ll hugely appreciate your gesture if you make the effort to get the mood just right. Candles, flowers, her favourite music… just watch the surprise on her face as she accepts your wedding proposal. Priceless!
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