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Move over Venice. Push off Paris. Edinburgh is a much friendlier capital of romance to explore this Valentine’s Day. Or any day of the year, for that matter. Packed with romantic places to visit and some highly recommended activities for couples, there are few places on earth we would rather be when it comes to a romantic frisson. Here are some suitably heart-stirring activities and days out for lovers of all tastes in Edinburgh.

Indulge in a Gothic Romance

Image titleFancy something a little spellbinding to treat your true love? For a taste of old Edinburgh at its most mesmerising, look no further than The Witchery by the Castle. Few places are as atmospheric, whether you book an indulgent stay or arrange a spot of lavish dining. Resplendent with leather, brass and wonders such as The Secret Garden, this is heady stuff! Squint and you could be on the set of a classic movie.

Go Star-Gazing at The Royal Edinburgh Observatory

What could be more romantic than a crystal-clear night and the brightness of the stars? Well, perhaps a state of the art, high power telescope and experts on hand to expand your knowledge of the universe? Or is that killing the romance a bit? We don’t think so. It beats pointing out “The Plough” for the eightieth time in any case. Tours and visits must often be booked; but if you’re in Edinburgh on a Monday or Friday evening, there are also some terrific Astronomy Evenings, events and talks to enjoy.

Take a Ride on a Bicycle Made for Two

One of the most charming ways to explore Edinburgh as a couple is on two wheels. Indeed, what better method to get some fresh air, see the sights and enjoy some pedal-powered exercise into the bargain. Even better, why not book a tandem bike for the pair of you? Cycle Scotland (EH1 1NB), just a stone’s throw from The National Museum of Scotland, can provide the perfect bicycle made for two for £40 a day. Perfect for a free-wheeling fling in the city!

Then finish the day with a lavish and relaxing afternoon tea at Prestonfield in one of our historic public rooms with a roaring open fire, or in the rolling acres of the garden during the summer.

Painting Paradise at The Queen’s Gallery (February 2017)

If nature, history, and art appeal to you, February sees the arrival of a special exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery. Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden offers a unique perspective on how gardens have been celebrated and expressed in art across four centuries. With an array of paintings, books, manuscripts and more, the gallery includes work from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and some of the earliest and rarest surviving depictions of gardens and plants. You can purchase tickets here.

Raise the Curtain at Edinburgh Theatres

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If the play’s the thing for you and your significant other, you could not be in a better location than Edinburgh. There are various playhouses, theatres and live venues to pick from. To take just a couple of Valentine’s Day options, you could head to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for rock musical Rent, or murder mystery fans could head to the King’s Theatre to add a dash of blood to proceedings with Ruth Rendell’s A Judgment in Stone. For a wide range of all kinds of production year round, take a look at the Edinburgh Theatres Website.

Enjoy Great Views and Elegant Surroundings

If your idea of romance is more about relaxation than high drama, why not explore some of the city’s glorious outdoor spaces? These can be a little cool come Valentine’s Day, but really come into their own in the spring for romantic walks and fresh air.

Dr Neil’s Garden is a particularly charming spot. Something of a secret, even to many Edinburgh residents, it has artworks and history galore besides the array of beautiful and rare plants to discover. A little further from our doors, the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is also a fabulous site on a much larger scale.

Meanwhile, Holyrood Park is always good for a stroll. Rich in biodiversity and natural wonders, you might wonder how on earth you can still be in a city.  If we had to pick just one spot for lovers to take in sweeping views it would have to be Arthur’s Seat. It is one of the best-known places in Edinburgh to propose the big question too (no, not “when is dinner?”).

Treat your beloved to a romantic Edinburgh city break for two!

Why have a day of romance when you can make it full-blown escape? There is so much to see and do here for couples you would need several days to scratch the surface. Prestonfield is among the most romantic hotels in Edinburgh.

lavish rooms and suites, a fabulous restaurant and a wonderful parkland setting you could not wish for a better blend of Edinburgh culture and pure relaxation. Should you want to spring a surprise or special romantic Valentine’s Day treat for your other half, we can always help with this too, whether it is a bottle of champagne or a box of fine chocolates. Book your stay direct for a complimentary bottle of champagne, or reserve your place for our delectable champagne afternoon tea.