What’s your first thought when you think of romantic city breaks? Paris? Barcelona? Maybe Rome or Amsterdam? While it might be appealing to think of far-flung European cities, it might surprise you that some of the best romantic city breaks are right here in the UK. In fact, though it might be often overlooked, Wales offers some of the best romantic breaks for couples, especially Swansea! From where to stay to what to do, let me take you through some of the best of Swansea this Autumn and create your perfect plan for your romantic city getaway to Wales.
Experience unique traditions
Looking for something one-of-a-kind to do while exploring Swansea with the person you love? Come and explore a real, living tradition from the 16th Century that is one of the most creative Welsh past times. Welsh Love Spoons are an intriguing piece of history that you can own to symbolise your adoration for your partner. During the 16th century, the intricately carved spoons were gifted just like flowers! Each spoon has a meaning attached based on the icons carved on them. A dragon, of course, would mean Wales, while a diamond might symbolise prosperity and good fortune.
Now, in the 21st century, the spoons aren’t as common and are only really gifted at weddings or anniversaries. But they are just as pretty, and a really distinctive way to show your partner that you love them. If you’re looking to find out more and spend a few hours learning about this amazing craft, the Lovespoon Gallery In Mumbles, just 15 minutes outside of Swansea, is the perfect place to head. The spoons at the gallery are all handmade by Welsh artisans and are one-of-a-kind pieces you have to check out.
Live like a Royal
On warmer autumn days, there’s nothing like a picnic while you watch the leaves change colour. Luckily, if you’re planning a romantic city break to Swansea, there are some beautiful natural spaces to relax and unwind in. Swansea County is home to the first-ever area of outstanding natural beauty, and it shows, from the rugged coastline where the city sits to the gorgeous walks.
But the jewel in the crown must be Swansea castle. The castle, located in the heart of Swansea, once towered over the river and provided an excellent defence for the harbour. After being left for many years to fall into ruin, the Welsh government have done their best to bring it back into the spotlight like it deserves.
If you or your partner are obsessed with TikTok trends like Royalcore or if you even just love shows like Bridgerton, a picnic in the ruins has to be at the top of your list this autumn. Bonus points if you dress up to enjoy yourself. There’s nothing more elegant than relaxing in the grounds of the castle while the modern world hustles and bustles around you. There are plenty of benches and great photo-ops, so remember to show off on social media.
Relax in comfort
If you’re planning an activity filled city break, then where you stay is just as important as what you do. Thankfully, Swansea is a city full of great hotels. But, there’s always a catch and not every hotel does… well, everything. If you’re looking for a hotel that does it all, The Village Hotel right at the heart of the Swansea waterfront is perfect to use as your base or to use to relax, no matter the weather.
The hotel is more than just a room for you to sleep in, offering everything from a pool and gym, to a Pub and Grill with friendly staff and delicious food. You’re just a walk away from the centre of Swansea when staying at the hotel and you can take care of all your needs without wasting your holiday time searching for a place to eat. Thankfully, they even have a Starbucks, so early morning adventures won’t be that difficult once you have your coffee needs taken care of. And if you’re a sports fan, don’t worry the Pub and Grill has a big screen so you won’t miss out on the best goals even while you’re having your break.
If you’re looking to really do something on your date, then there’s always time for a romantic boat trip around Swansea. Departing from the Swansea Quay, The Copper Jack can take you up the river Tawe to take in the sights whatever the weather. The community boat is captained by staff who know everything there is to know about Swansea and it can’t be missed out on if you’re in the city.
If that’s not enough for you, there’s always the chance to experience a musical trip, where you get to learn all about the past of Swansea while listening to some live music, performed right in front of you on the boat. The Copper Jack sails in all weather, and you’re not going to be left out in the cold this Autumn thanks to its indoor central heating. And of course, you can always get a drink at the bar while you enjoy your cruise down the river.
DIY – Drink It Yourself!
If you don’t mind travelling for something unique to do, Hensol Castle Distillery is just an hour outside of Swansea and offers a truly unique experience for couples. Located in the cellars of the 17th century Hensol Castle, the distillery is South Wales’ first full-scale gin distillery, visitor experience, gin school and contract bottling plant. They offer a variety of award-winning gins to try out but more importantly, they offer experiences.
The Hensol Castle Distillery offer everything from a distillery tour and tasting, to a gin making master class. The experiences are led by their talented staff and are a popular event for couples, friend groups, and even solo gin connoisseurs. If gin isn’t your thing, they even offer rum making classes! Hensol Castle Distillery is the place to be if you enjoy a drink, or just want to experience a unique DIY that you’ll be bragging about to everyone you know.
So, whether you’re looking for something unique or a traditional city date, Swansea has it all. Experience historical marvels, natural gems, and do something truly different this autumn. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with the city and all it has to offer, and in love with your partner, of course!