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The most romantic places in Britain revealed

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We know Valentine's Day is one of those over-hyped holidays we hate to make a big deal of, but it is undoubtedly a great excuse to celebrate those we love.

And with 14 February just around the corner, a new poll has revealed the most romantic places in the UK you can whisk off to, to do just that.

The survey by hotel booking website Hotels.com ranked the ten best places with London taking the top spot, beating last year's winner Lake District which came in at second.

Cornwall, The Cotswolds and Edinburgh came in at third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

The poll also revealed the places you might want to steer clear of, with a list of the least romantic destinations in the country.

We list the most romantic cities, alongside exactly where you should go in each one of them, and the least below.

1. Primrose Hill, London

Primrose Hill, London

At 78 foot tall, Primrose Hill located on the northern side of Regent's Park, boasts the most spectacular views of the London skyline in a peaceful setting. Start with a romantic walk from from Baker Street tube through Regent's Park and up to the hill where you can stop for a glass of wine, nibble on a few snacks from a picnic basket and take in the views. Then head down to the Regent's Canal up to Little Venice - about a 40 minute slow walk - where colourful houseboats moored on the charming and tranquil waterways make the area a delight to stroll. 

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2. Jetty at Lake Windermere, Lake District

Lake Windermere, jetty

With area names such as Darling Fell, Dovenest Crag, and Hartsop, it's no surprise the Lake District is one of the most romantic places in Britain, last year taking the top spot in Hotel.com's rankings. The jetty over Windermere at Brockhole Visitor Centre offers a spectacular and serene view of the impressive lake and banks. Be sure to get there for sunrise or sunset. 

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3. St. Nectan's Glen, Cornwall 

St. Nectan's Glen

Named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the waterfall is one of Cornwall's hidden treasures. It's lovely and peaceful walk up to it, along the river and through the woods. Although you need to buy an admission ticket at a small charge to access it, you can stay there for as long as you want. And trust us, it'll be a while as you explore the little ribbons and trinkets past visitors have left behind.

st-nectansglen.co.uk

4. Copse Hill Road at Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds

Copse Hill Road at Lower Slaughter

In the heart of a quaint village or unspoilt limestone cottages beside the gentle River Eye is the most romantic street in Britain, as voted for by over 20,000 people in a poll by Google Street View in 2011. It has everything for a romantic walk - beautiful architecture, scenic views, a romantic ambience and secluded getaways.

cotswolds.info

5. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Calton hill

Calton Hill is a peaceful haven easily accessible from almost anywhere in the city centre, and offers of the panoramic views of Edinburgh including landmarks such as Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street and the Parliament. The perfect place for a little privacy.

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Most romantic destinations to visit in Britain

Last year's position is indicated in brackets

1. London (3)

2. Lake District (1)

3. Cornwall (4)

4. Cotswolds (2)

5. Edinburgh (7)

6. Stratford-Upon-Avon (5)

7. York (new entry)

8. Devon (new entry)

9. Bristol (new entry)

10. Cardiff (new entry)

Least romantic destinations to visit in Britain

1. Hull (4)

2. Birmingham (2)

3. London (7)

4. Blackpool (10)

5. Leicester (new entry)

6. Glasgow (new entry)

7. Coventry (new entry)

8. Swansea (new entry)

9. Liverpool (new entry)

10. Sheffield (new entry)

Can you think of a more romantic place in the UK? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter @StylistMagazine.

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