Unique Ways to Propose in the UK

Unique Ways to Propose in the UK

If you are looking to whisk your love away and ask for their hand in marriage, we’ve curated some romantic ideas to make your moment all the more magical. Revealing unique ways to propose in the UK, our dream dates take you from timeless journeys to sun-soaked mountain tops to captivating beauty spots to seek the sweetest “yes”.

If you can’t wait to step into a new spellbinding chapter together, craft an unforgettable proposal for your soulmate and celebrate the start of a dreamy future for two.

Sail on a Private Cruise

A lake view towards the Ullswater Steamer Pier in the Lake District

Sail away with your love on a private cruise into the heart of your favourite beauty spot, ready to pose the most romantic question of all. Perfect for curating dreamlike moments together on the coast, along peaceful rivers or atop glassy lakes, luxury boat trips possess a different kind of magic and offer peace, tranquillity, and timeless romance. Secure a private charter or hire your own vessel for an exclusive edge. With nothing to distract you but the breeze and gorgeous views reflected in silky surfaces, you’re sure to set the most idyllic scene for a proposal unlike any other. For inspiration, Falmouth Motorboat Charters and Sowena Luxury Yacht Charter in Cornwall and Ullswater Steamers in the Lake District each offer private charters for your special occasion.

Indulge in a Bath Spa Day

The ancient Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset

For a dream future shared, plan a unique way to propose in Bath. Home to one of the most celebrated historical sites in the UK and Britain’s original natural thermal spa, this treasured city brims with character and intrigue. Tread the line between antiquity and the present at the original, two thousand-year-old Roman baths, before indulging in a luxurious spa experience nearby at Thermae Bath Spa for total relaxation. Whether you’re visiting during the day or opting for an ambient twilight package, you can treat yourself and your soul person to soothing signature treatments and massages honed over thousands of years. Exclusive use of The Cross Bath is also available, promising flutes of Champagne and use of an open-air thermal bath for unique proposals.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

A hot air balloon drifting in the sky

If you’re ready to ask the most heartfelt of proposals, why not consider a sky-high twist? Promising magnificent heights, endless views and unforgettable memories, a hot air balloon proposal is one of the most magical ways to propose in the UK. Operators like Virgin Air Balloons run popular shared flights from a variety of beautiful locations around England, Scotland and Wales. Or, for a private experience, Bailey Balloons and First Flight can arrange proposal flights for two in select UK locations so you can enjoy that on-top-of-the-world feeling both literally and metaphorically with your beau.

Road Trip in a Classic Car

A beautiful classic car parked along a coastal road

Create memories to cherish forever with the journey of a lifetime in a classic car. Lending an extra sense of occasion to romantic road trips to coastal idylls and country havens, classic cars add undeniable style and nostalgic charm. Whether you can’t wait to take to the wheel of a classic Austin, Morgan or Bentley before taking to one knee, you can find the dream vehicle to star in your proposal. Cruise along the open road to some of the UK’s most beautiful destinations for a cinematic backdrop. From Jurassic wonders to endless beaches to Hebridean highlights, a world of beauty awaits for the dreamiest journey and easiest “I do”s.

Recreate your First Boutique Retreat

A romantic boutique retreat for two inside Pearl, Marazion

For a unique way to propose in the UK that pulls on the heartstrings and evokes starry-eyed reveries, flee the everyday and recreate your first boutique retreat together. A thoughtful way to relive adored memories and begin new adventures together, a heavenly sojourn in your favourite place is sure to win the heart and stir the soul. From cosy cabins on clifftop perches to country hideaways with woodfired hot tubs to mountainside gems with bewitching lake views, a beautiful array of boutique abodes await within our sea-kissed isle for dates to remember. For the ultimate tale of lasting amour, you can make your retreat even more special with a meal cooked by a private chef or with a Michelin-level meal delivered to your door, including decadent repasts from Home by Simon Rogan and Tommy Banks.

Visit a Dark Sky Reserve

Dark skies over Yorkshire

The UK is home to six National Parks awarded with International Dark Sky Reserve status, encompassing Exmoor, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Moore’s Reserve in the South Downs, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. Reaching gold-tier acclaim, Northumberland is also bestowed with the title of International Dark Sky Park, graced with some of the darkest, clearest skies in England. For magical proposals and dreamy honeymoons under bejewelled skies, the county of Yorkshire is especially enchanting. Escape under a thousand stars with bundles of blankets and a bottle of something special, ready to ask that all-important question under the haze of the Milky Way and glistening rays of starlight cast lightyears ago.

Savour a Lakeside Picnic

A purple-hued sunset over Loch Lomond in Scotland

For timeless moments lost in a halcyon bubble for two, enjoy a lakeside picnic with your beloved and let the beauty of your surroundings paint an awe-inspiring backdrop. From the fairy pools of Skye to the regal Loch Lomond, and from the otherworldly Wastwater in the Lake District to Dorset’s Blue Lagoon, the UK is etched with stunning glacial lakes and natural pools that vie for the heart. Prepare a luxurious picnic spread with favourite treats to share with your favourite person and root yourself in the present. Settled under open skies and swept away by exquisite lakeside landscapes, love-filled proposals become even more enchanting when surrounded by the mesmeric wonder of the great outdoors.

Journey on a Vintage Steam Train

Vintage steam railways afford a wonderful way to absorb the scenery of the UK’s most magnificent country and coastalscapes and experience timeless travels with your one and only. Secure yourself a private carriage or take a seat in an open-air compartment for a proposal that whisks you away on a spellbinding journey. Whether you are planning the sweetest surprise or your partner-in-life is ready to be swept off their feet, this unique way to propose in the UK promises adventure, romance and views in abundance. Just some of the railways offering arresting journeys on vintage steam trains include The Dartmouth Steam Railway in Devon, Bluebell Railway in Sussex, and Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Relish Michelin Star Dining

For love stories written by candlelight, enjoy a fine dining experience at a Michelin star restaurant. Led by the UK’s most talented chefs, these gourmet establishments promise expertly curated meals in refined settings, complemented by the highest quality service. Explore cuisine from all corners of the globe before choosing your favourite and reserving a table somewhere special to be wined and dined in romance. From Michelin star restaurants in Cornwall to the Cotswolds to Yorkshire, a delicious array of acclaimed eateries await, ready for you to ask for your soulmate’s hand.

Hike to a Mountain Summit

Views over the beautiful Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain

For a winsome way for adventurers to propose, venture into the mountains hand-in-hand and hike to the top of the most beautiful peak. Whether you plan to reach the summit crown to profess your eternal love or simply would like to seek out the most picturesque vantage point, a mountain proposal is sure to take your breath away. One of the most romantic places to propose in the UK, the impressive frame of Ben Nevis is particularly appealing for showstopping engagements. Promising passion and panoramas, this regal mountain rises to nearly four and a half thousand feet above sea level and commands the most incredible vistas over the Torridon hills, Ben Lomond and beyond.

Welcome the New Year in Style

Fireworks over St Ives during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cornwall

What better way to make New Year’s Eve even more memorable than with a proposal to cherish forever? All around the county each year, the UK’s best New Year celebrations take place everywhere from seaside villages to glittering cities and unite all in merriment. Ensuring an unforgettable New Year, you can seize the opportunity to take to one knee during this joyful occasion and ask the question of a lifetime. Whether you would like to immerse yourself in the activities of revellers or find somewhere tranquil for two, you can write the pages of your fairytale soiree and head to the perfect place with the one you adore. Savour the moment and present a sparkling ring under the cascading lights of fireworks, ready to ask for the promise of a life shared and a love that lasts a lifetime.

Looking for somewhere special to celebrate your perfect proposal? Take a look at our romantic collection of retreats across the UK.

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