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Pippa12 Tue 05-Mar-19 20:57:06

Help please!!! I’m not spontaneous whatsoever, I talk myself out of everything and my geography is terrible grin

I’d love to take my DH away for his birthday for some much needed quality time together. We live in NW and Unfortunately can only 2 nights due to work/children. We’ve done Chester, York, Windermere, Edinburgh etc to death. I want to go somewhere quirky and romantic, but most of all not predictable! Willing to drive/train a couple of hours!? Any suggestions from anybody?

Abroad would be ideal but don’t want to waste time travelling on planes etc just for 2 nights!

Thanks in advance!

Backseatonthebus Tue 05-Mar-19 21:53:02

I've no idea what the random 'dining' is about (there is food, obviously grin )

Backseatonthebus Tue 05-Mar-19 21:48:04

For unpredictable, this would be unbeatable I reckon. . . Either fly from Manchester, or drive, to Glasgow airport. Then fly to Barra. Only a shortish flight and you land on the beach. It's absolutely amazing, take a look. youtu.be/AVFjH6b07a4
The beaches are like the Caribbean, dining, and you'll have time to island hop if you hire a car.

Pippa12 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:44:25

Thanks everybody!!! You’ve given me some great inspiration- I’m feeling much more positive now! Better start booking some overtime to pay for it wink

GregoryPeckingDuck Tue 05-Mar-19 21:43:43

Lincoln is quite cool (and good exercise).

VeraWangTwang Tue 05-Mar-19 21:41:41

Symonds yat ? It's beautiful, check it out

Leeds2 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:38:02

Liverpool. Or Leeds.

Bristol too, but may be too far.

Dd and I had a lovely long weekend in Cardiff last summer.

Fluffyears Tue 05-Mar-19 21:36:27

The Isle of Arran, 1 hour ferry from the mainland at Ardrossan. Scotland in miniature, climb goatfell, go to the the castle if you have national trust membership it’s recognised at Scottish National trust sites, go to the distillery, Arran aromatics, Arran cheeses....it’s a great wee island. DH loves driving onto a ferry (you kinda need a car if you want to explore properly)

Shadow93 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:33:49

If you fancied a city break Manchester has TONS of restaurants and hotels and theatres and historical landmarks depending what your into. There's plenty to do and see and it's not terribly priced either smile

Gomyownway Tue 05-Mar-19 21:28:17

North wales, perhaps Anglesey? Absolutely gorgeous area of the country.

Lots of other places in the lakes - Keswick is one of my favourites.

What about Lincoln? Gorgeous city. Or somewhere like Whitby?

daphine2004 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:26:57

If you do end up in Alnwick, there’s the most amazing Italian restaurant just before the arch on the main road towards the castle. Think it’s opposite the theatre and is called Versuvio, I think. It’s been years, but whilst it’s not super posh the food is amazing. You couldn’t book and think they only took cash. It may have all changed now.

Barter books is also interesting if you like books.

I spent a lot of time in the area as my ex lived there for a year. Stunning place. Very quiet!

CustardySergeant Tue 05-Mar-19 21:22:15

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CustardySergeant Tue 05-Mar-19 21:19:39

How about Conwy, the Great Orme and Snowdonia incl Betws y Coed? Heaven on earth as far as I'm concerned. The view of Conwy castle as you drive over the bridge is unforgettable and the Great Orme and has Copper mines that you can explore which are Bronze Age i.e. 4,000 years old. There are numerous excellent B & B's in Llandudno and cottage rentals near Conwy with incredible scenery.

JRMisOdious Tue 05-Mar-19 21:15:49

Hadn’t thought of flights: can fly from Manchester to Newquay in under an hour. Cornwall is spectacular, on a sunny day I don’t think there’s anywhere more beautiful than St. Ives

IWantChocolates Tue 05-Mar-19 21:14:56

Fort William, climb Ben Nevis (or just look at it!), visit a whisky distillery and get the steam train to Mallaig.

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Tue 05-Mar-19 21:13:27

All in Northumberland.

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Tue 05-Mar-19 21:13:01

Alnmouth has a wonderful beach and is a really gorgeous little place. Very easy to get to Alnwick from there too.

Walwick Hall is a really stunning little country house hotel (with spa) if walking Hadrian's Wall appeals. Nearby Hexham is a lovely little market town with The Beaumont Hotel now a great place to stay (and eat).

Missmarplesknitting Tue 05-Mar-19 21:11:13

Peak District? Eat Bakewells and walk them off 😂

Princessmushroom Tue 05-Mar-19 21:07:46

The treehouse restaurant at Alnwick Gardens can be super romantic! Make sure you book ahead.

Sirzy Tue 05-Mar-19 21:07:16

We are nw and are doing a weekend in the lakes soon. Beautiful area if you like being outdoors and so much more than just Windermere

JRMisOdious Tue 05-Mar-19 21:06:50

Herefordshire is just gorgeous, stunning scenery. Would also second Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick are beautiful (best wait til Easter to see the spectacular gardens at their best). If you want nightlife, head into Newcastle afterwards.

Pippa12 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:05:08

Thanks very much for your suggestions! They are all great suggestions, i like the idea of Northumberland, I’m going to look at Alnwick gardens, like the idea of nice beaches! Glasgow is interesting to, We’ve already done Edinburgh so that’s interesting!

Thanks so much!

Stompythedinosaur Tue 05-Mar-19 21:01:13

I took dp to a spa hotel in Northumberland for his last birthday, it was nice.

Glasgow is a surprisingly nice city.

isseywithcats Tue 05-Mar-19 21:01:07

North wales is doable from NW the snowdon region is fabulous,

Lungelady Tue 05-Mar-19 20:58:51

Yorkshire dales?
Fabulous scenery, great walking.

katycb Tue 05-Mar-19 20:58:23

What about Northumberland? Lots of posh spa type hotels, Alnwick Gardens is quirky and romantic and the beaches are lovely.

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