Things to do this weekend – Valentines inspiration in Nottinghamshire

Romantic Escape

Nottingham has recently been voted the seventh most romantic city in the UK, but we think we’re even more romantic than that, especially when you take into account the whole of Nottinghamshire! To show you just how romantic our county is, we have some great reasons why you should choose Nottingham as your destination this weekend!

Whether you’re looking for a quiet night on the town or a luxury overnight stay with romantic walks and spectacular views of the home to legendary love birds Robin Hood and Maid Marian, there’s something for every couple to enjoy in Notts on the most romantic weekend of the year. Here are a few ideas to get you in the mood…

In Notts We Love A Romantic Escape…


The view overlooking the city from Nottingham Castle

Spending time together is what Valentines is all about. So finding things to do together is always the key. Nothing passes the time more perfectly and in a more secluded way than a walk through beautiful surroundings. Rural Nottinghamshire has so much to offer, whether you take in the many country parks such as Sherwood Forest, Rushcliffe Country Park or Wollaton Park or wander around the tranquil lakes and waterways of Clumber Park or the many canals winding their way through the county. Alternatively, if you decide to take your exploration into the city, you must pay a visit to Nottingham Castle with its stunning views overlooking the city as well as the county beyond.

Legends and historical figures are woven into the past of our county. Take Lord Byron or D.H. Lawrence for example; inspiration for many and certainly in Lord Byron’s case, an inspiration for romance. Visit his ancestral home of Newstead Abbey to discover his past or stop off at Colwick Hall Hotel for a luxury stay and a meal at Byron’s Brasserie, where Byron’s famous romantic quotes adorn the walls.

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Byron’s Brasserie at Colwick Hall Hotel

Of course the key to any romantic escape is where you decide to stay. Several of our hotels have offers on this weekend for that perfect getaway such as the Mercure in Nottingham’s trendy Lace Market or Harts Hotel with their special Valentines dinner and bed and breakfast package.

The ideas don’t stop there, if you want plenty of choice on where to stay, Nottinghamshire boasts an extensive portfolio when it comes to a place to lay your head at the end of a fun-filled day together. From quaint B&B’s set in the rural heart of the county with access to trails, walks and local pubs and cafe’s, to luxury hotels on the door step of some major attractions, you won’t know what to book first! In Notts We Love To Spoil You!

Everyone knows that ending the day with a perfect meal and a glass of bubbly caps off a stay better than nothing else. Nottinghamshire’s drinking and dining culture is rich and varied. We have restaurants offering dishes made completely from local produce to give Food & Drinkyou a real flavour of Nottinghamshire such as the Larder on Goosegate and Tom Browns Brasserie. And we deliver dishes of luxury cuisine in Michelin starred restaurants recognised the world over such as Sat Bains. There’s also some great Valentines offers to take advantage of at Govinda’s and the newly refurbished Le Bistrot Pierre.

We’ve only covered the tip of the ice berg but whatever you decide to do, make Nottinghamshire your destination of choice this weekend to guarantee the perfect romantic getaway for you and your partner. We even have some exclusive Valentines offers for you to enjoy so visit our Valentines Special Offers page for discounts on some great attractions, hotels and restaurants.

For even more romantic inspiration, take a look at our special Romantic Nottinghamshire Pinterest board for places to visit this weekend!

Posted on 12 February 2014
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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