RANKED: The Most Romantic Cities in the UK

 

Cobbled streets, riverside walks, rustic alleyways… Certain places just have a certain je ne sais quoi.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve rated UK cities on different factors when it comes to love, dating and affectionate gestures, revealing the most romantic cities of 2022.

Romantic cities UK; couple in front of London bridge.

Engagements

Belfast gets engaged more than any other city

There’s something in the air in Belfast. No other city is popping the big question as much as the Northern Ireland capital.

 

Ranking City Interest in Engagement Rings*
1 Belfast 100
2 Glasgow 90
3 Manchester 79
3 Liverpool 79
3 Edinburgh 79
4 Birmingham 75
5 London 74
6 Leeds 73
7 Sheffield 62

*Based on Google Trends data for the UK between 1/14/21 to 1/14/22, with 100 being the most interest a location can show and 0 the least.

Valentine’s Day

Lovers in Liverpool are making the most Valentine’s Day plans

Cupid has been busiest in Liverpool this Valentine’s Day. Known for its culture and beautiful architecture, the city shows more interest in Valentine’s Day than any other location.

 

Ranking City Interest in Valentine’s Day*
1 Liverpool 100
2 Stoke-on-Trent 98
3 Manchester 94
4 Belfast 86
5 Birmingham 83
5 Leicester 83
6 Cardiff 82
7 Sheffield 75
8 Glasgow 70

*Based on Google Trends data for the UK between 1/14/21 to 1/14/22, with 100 being the most interest a location can show and 0 the least.

Flowers

Sheffield sends more bouquets than any other city

For couples in Sheffield, nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like the gift of flowers. From delicate lilies to passionate red roses and fragrant peonies, online interest in flowers is higher in Sheffield than any other location in the UK.

 

Ranking City Interest in Flowers*
1 Sheffield 100
2 Bristol 98
3 Stoke-on-Trent 97
3 Cardiff 97
4 Leicester 95
4 Burnham 95
5 Birmingham 89
5 Glasgow 89
6 Manchester 86
7 Belfast 80
7 Leeds 80

*Based on Google Trends data for the UK between 1/14/21 to 1/14/22, with 100 being the most interest a location can show and 0 the least.

Dating

Portsmouth swipes right more than any other romantic city in the UK

Portsmouth is the UK’s dating capital. Online interest in dating is higher in Portsmouth than anywhere else, indicating residents are keen to put themselves out there and meet new people in pursuit of finding the one.

 

Ranking City Interest in Dating*
1 Portsmouth 100
2 Plymouth 94
3 Birmingham 90
4 Sheffield 84
5 Manchester 83
5 Belfast 83
5 Newcastle 83
6 Glasgow 81
6 Bournemouth 81
7 Burnham 80
7 Liverpool 80
8 Bristol 77
9 Stoke-on-Trent 74
9 Cardiff 74
10 Leicester 72

*Based on Google Trends data for the UK between 1/14/21 to 1/14/22, with 100 being the most interest a location can show and 0 the least.

Love

Liverpool is the most loved-up UK city

Liverpool? More like Loverpool! Residents of the city are hot on the search for love, quite literally, with online interest in the topic higher than any other UK romantic city. Aww!

 

Ranking City Interest in Love*
1 Liverpool 100
2 Bradford 64
3 Belfast 61
4 Manchester 60
5 Stoke-on-Trent 59
6 Birmingham 58
7 Glasgow 57
7 Derby 57
8 Sheffield 56
9 Portsmouth 55
9 Plymouth 55
9 Cardiff 55
9 Leicester 55
10 Newcastle 50
10 Burnham 50
11 London 49

*Based on Google Trends data for the UK between 1/14/21 to 1/14/22, with 100 being the most interest a location can show and 0 the least.

 

Romantic Restaurants

Edinburgh has the most romantic restaurants

Unsurprisingly, London has the largest number of romantic restaurants. However, when it comes to the most romantic restaurants per person, Edinburgh comes out on top, offering one per 1,892 inhabitants (or perhaps we should say one per 946 couples!)

 

Ranking City Number of Romantic Restaurants* Romantic Restaurant to People Ratio**
1 Edinburgh 268 1,892
2 Newcastle 125 2,328
3 Glasgow 220 2,873
4 Leeds 179 2,883
5 Bournemouth 68 2,926
6 Liverpool 177 3,333
7 Cardiff 106 3,358
8 Belfast 98 3,439
9 Bradford 104 3,548
10 Manchester 147 3,857
11 Bristol 150 3,867
12 Plymouth 59 4,068
13 Stoke-on-Trent 67 4,149
14 Derby 55 4,800
15 London 1,876 4,845
16 Sheffield 114 4,886
17 Portsmouth 46 5,413
18 Birmingham 180 6,444
19 Leicester 68 6,956
20 Burnham 0 11,630

*Based on the number of restaurants listed on TripAdvisor with the Romance tag.
**Based on population data from https://www.citypopulation.de/en/uk/cities/ and from Wikipedia.

 

The UK’s best romantic cities for LGBTQ+ dating

 Romantic cities UK; female couple with a rainbow flag looking at the city.

Seven of our top romantic cities have also been recognised as some of the best in the world for LGBTQ+ dating. A survey around LGBTQ+ friendly cities found that respondents consider these cities the best when it comes to factors such as LGBTQ+ clubbing, safety, rights and, of course, dating.

 

Ranking City LGBTQ Dating Score*
1 London 4.94
2 Manchester 4.54
3 Bristol 3.6
4 Edinburgh 3.09
5 Birmingham 2.87
6 Liverpool 2.69
7 Cardiff 2.28

 

The UK’s best romantic cities for Valentine’s Day on a budget

Lovers on a budget, head to Newcastle. The city is our top UK romance hotspot for affordable dining, with the best budget restaurant-to-people ratio.

 

Ranking City Number of Budget Restaurants* Budget Restaurant to People Ratio**
1 Newcastle 250 1,164
2 Edinburgh 434 1,168
3 Leeds 396 1,303
4 Manchester 372 1,524
5 Bournemouth 124 1,605
6 Glasgow 373 1,694
7 Cardiff 206 1,728
8 Liverpool 325 1,815
9 Stoke-on-Trent 152 1,829
10 Plymouth 131 1,832
11 Belfast 160 2,106
12 Sheffield 257 2,167
13 Leicester 217 2,180
14 Bristol 263 2,205
15 Portsmouth 94 2,649
16 London 3,349 2,714
17 Birmingham 376 3,085
18 Derby 83 3,181
19 Burnham 16 11,630
20 Bradford 31 11,903

*Based on the number of restaurants listed on TripAdvisor with the Cheap Eats tag.
**Based on population data from https://www.citypopulation.de/en/uk/cities/ and from Wikipedia.

 

THE RESULTS: What is the most romantic city?

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Romantic cities UK; map and table of rankings of the most romantic cities in the UK

 

Manchester is the UK’s most romantic city of 2022

It’s no wonder Manchester appears in the top 10 UK cities for all our romantic criteria. As any Mancunian will tell you, the city is sprawling with romantic dining hotspots, scenic walks and views, and atmospheric cocktail bars perfect for date night.

Singletons can break the ice on the first date with axe throwing at Whistle Punks (let’s hope the date goes well!) or Junkyard Golf. Manchester’s different districts – Spinningfields, Deansgate, the Northern Quarter and more – offer different vibes to spice things up no matter what relationship milestone you’ve reached. And all for a fraction of London prices!

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Method
Interest in engagement rings, Valentine’s Day, flowers, dating and love is based on Google Trends data for the UK between 1/14/21 and 1/14/22.

Romantic and budget restaurant scores are calculated by the most romantic restaurants per person based on TripAdvisor’s romantic and cheap eats filters and population data for each city from CityPopulation.de and Wikipedia.

LGBT+ data is based on Nestpick’s best LGBT cities rankings.