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A couple look out across the Solent at Queen Victoria's Osborne on the Isle of Wight

Valentine's Day Ideas

Fall in love with history with your Valentine's date by your side. Spend a day exploring leafy woodlands, enchanting ruins and iconic castles and see where some of history's most interesting characters have lived and loved before.

We've also pulled together some of the most romantic backdrops to set the mood so you can enjoy Valentine's Day in a beautiful historical setting.

Valentine's Day Ideas

  • Our five most romantic places

    Nothing says 'I love you' like a date at one of England's most romantic sites. Romance, intrigue and scandal are at the heart of these properties - who can resist a good love story?

  • Top Tips for Writing a Valentine's Love Letter

    Don't worry if you've never written a love letter before, we've taken tips from Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin and Elizabeth I to help you write the perfect note to your sweetheart.

  • Valentine's Day at Our Holiday Cottages

    Why not organise a surprise weekend getaway in the heart of history at one of our holiday cottages? From gatehouse towers to beachside retreats, a holiday with us is an unforgettable experience.

  • Unusual Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

    Show someone you're thinking of them with a historical gift from our online shop. From homewares to wine, there's something to celebrate every relationship.

An illustration of flowers with a hidden language

Our Guide to the Language of Flowers

Explore the meaning of flowers and discover what your Valentine's Day bouquet might reveal about your relationship. We teamed up with our gardening team to present our guide to the historic language of flowers.

Learn the language
A couple become engaged at Stonehenge

Romantic Days Out

Step into history with your loved ones this Valentine's Day. Explore spectacular sites like Stonehenge, Eltham Palace and Hadrian's Wall or venture through some of the most impressive historic gardens in the country. Get out of your home, town or city and spend some quality time in the places where history happened.

Please check our property opening times before you visit.

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Something Sweet

They say the way to somebody's heart is through their stomach. Impress your loved ones with a home-made sweet treat based on a real Victorian recipe from Mrs Crocombe's cookbook at Audley End House and Gardens.

  • Queen Drop Biscuits

  • Chocolate Pudding

  • Victoria Sandwiches

Places to Propose

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