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Discover the romance of Nottinghamshire
From romantic strolls in the countryside to cosy dinners by candlelight there is plenty for you and your loved one to enjoy in Nottinghamshire.
Escape to the countryside
There are few things more romantic than taking a walk with a special someone so make sure you explore the countryside around Creswell Crags. These ancient caves were once a magnet for starry-eyed Victorian ladies who believed that if they threw their hatpins into one of the pools they would marry the first man they saw afterwards. Starting at the visitor centre you can choose one of several walking trails which take you through this enchanting area.
The landscape around Teversal is said to have inspired one of the greatest love stories ever told, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by Eastwood author D. H. Lawrence. A stroll along Teversal Trails will take you to Silverhill, which is one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire. From here you can enjoy glorious views of the surrounding area, including Hardwick Hall.
Nottinghamshire also boasts numerous country parks so click on the box below for more inspiration.
Treat someone to a romantic break
With its superb selection of luxury hotels and delightful hideaways, Nottinghamshire is the perfect destination for a romantic break. Impress your partner with a stay at Langar Hall Hotel, a picturesque hotel, which overlooks acres of parkland and has features designed by Nottingham’s Paul Smith. The venue was even chosen by Labour leader Ed Milliband for his 2011 wedding.
Woodborough Hall is steeped in history and with its beautifully-designed interior and award-winning restaurant it is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway.
Book a stay at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa where you can relax at the spa before enjoying a romantic dinner. Or why not cuddle up in a cabin in the heart of Sherwood Forest? The Sherwood Hideaway has a range of luxury lodges, many with hot tubs. Head to Ye Olde Bell at Barnby Moor where you can enjoy fabulous food or afternoon tea and stay in one of the beautifully-designed rooms.
Nearby, at Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Forest Holidays' brand new Golden Oak Hideaway cabins are ideal for the perfect escape in a woodland landscape. Built exclusively for a couples holiday, the cosy love-nest is complete with hot tub, wood burning stove, a hammock and a large, sunken bath, big enough for two with a panoramic view of the forest through your window!
Enjoy city life
Nottingham is the famed for its superb restaurants and wide range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. Make a date at Merchants where you can sample a specially-designed tasting menu. Or why not book a stay at the Lace Market Hotel? Not only can you relax in one of the luxurious rooms, you can also treat your loved one to champagne and canapés or afternoon tea. The city's Hart's hotel and restaurant gives lovebirds the chance to spend time together in opulent surroundings.
While you are in Nottingham make sure you explore the wonderful attractions and shops Nottingham has to offer. By night there are also plenty of great venues to visit, including Capital FM Arena which hosts world class shows.
Get married at Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest, the home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, is among the most romantic places to visit but did you know you can also get married there? In 2013, 40 couples got married or renewed their vows at our famous forest. At this idyllic location you will be have your photographs taken amongst the ancient woodland and choose from a range of menus including a barbecue, classic canapés, evening buffet or even a medieval feast. For further details visit Nottinghamshire County Council’s website.
In the nearby village of Edwinstowe, you can also visit St Mary’s Church which is where, according to legend, Robin Hood married Maid Marion.
Lord Byron was a prolific lover who penned many poems on the themes of love and loss. Take the Byron Trail and discover more about the poet's life. The trail includes Byron's ancestral home Newstead Abbey and Colwick Hall which is home to Byron’s Brasserie. On the walls you can see portraits of Byron and his lovers, along with the poet’s own words.
For more ideas and inspiration visit our Romantic Nottinghamshire Pinterest board.