By Expedia Team, on May 26, 2022

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon to the United Kingdom

An estimated 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Our collective obsession with royal weddings — of the fairytale and real-life variety — may be among the many reasons the United Kingdom ranked as a top choice for honeymoons in a recent Expedia survey of 1,500 couples.

Ready to head out on your own royal honeymoon through the United Kingdom? Here’s how to have the perfect multi-destination trip through Edinburgh, Inverness, and London with your better half. 

About the United Kingdom

Romantic vistas, historical sites, and divine dining are everywhere you turn across the U.K. From Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town and the picturesque Scottish Highlands to the multicultural hub of London, you’ll find the U.K truly has something for everyone.

As for when to plan a trip, that really depends on how weather tolerant you may be. The weather across the United Kingdom can swing throughout the year from 14° F (-10° C) to above 95°F (35° C), so really, it’s up to you and your new spouse to find your Goldilocks zone. 

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Edinburgh

What to see

Rent a car for a day trip to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, even if you’re not a Potterhead. Spanning 1,000 feet and 100 feet above the ground, the Jacobite steam train runs from Edinburgh to Fort William and Mallaig in the summer months, with regular trains available the rest of the year. 

Where to eat

Tucked away on the west side of Edinburgh, Forage and Chatter is the quintessential locavore spot. Specializing in locally sourced Scottish cuisine, small plates and sharing are a thing here, including dishes like the celeriac ravioli with tomato and Blue Murder cheese (created by Alex James of Blur fame) and hake served with lentils, squash, mussels, and cockles. Or, head into the heart of the city for traditional Scottish cuisine at Makars Gourmet Mash Bar Company. Here, potatoes are a big deal, but so is craft beer, whisky, and other fine spirits. 

Where to stay

Home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, honeymooners may be surprised at how unpretentious the hilly capital town of Edinburgh truly is. Indulge in Victorian grandeur without missing out on modern luxuries at the four-star Kildonan Lodge Hotel, where the beauties of nature and history intersect. As part of the Expedia VIP collection, Rewards members can enjoy extra perks, including a complimentary bottle of wine. 

If you and your sweetie desire a little more action, head into the city center where Cheval The Edinburgh Grand boasts rooftop views mere steps away from Princess Street – the heart of Edinburgh’s shopping district. 

Inverness

What to see

Embark on a personal guided Highlands tour from Invergordon to Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness, St. Andrews Cathedral, the historic Culloden Battlefield, and the sacred site of Clava Cairns — home of the “Outlander’s” cleft stone — are just a few highlights of this romantic adventure. 

Where to eat

On the banks of River Ness in Inverness, Rocpool Restaurant is a modern brasserie boasting beautiful river and castle views. From the grilled filet of mackerel with sweet and sour beetroot, sesame, and wasabi mayonnaise to the hot baked lemon meringue pie, this local favorite is a must.  

Where to stay

Where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth, Inverness serves as the picturesque cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Within the historical district and set upon 40 lush acres, the 4-star Culloden House Hotel serves as a stately home base for the honeymoon of your dreams. From castle tours to golfing and whisky tastings to fishing, you can make cherished memories that will last a lifetime together. 

London 

What to see

Botanical beauty abounds at the 265-acre Kensington Gardens, one of London’s eight royal gardens. Take time to also marvel at the property’s art and architecture. Then, head over to Europe’s tallest observation wheel, The London Eye. See 360-degree views of the capital, including Parliament, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Or, opt to once again get out of the city center with a historical immersion tour of landmarks like Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, Windsor Castle, and the Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. This experience also comes complete with a traditional lunch in a 14th-century pub in Lacock. 

Where to eat

London’s palate is as diverse as its people. Savor the best that the city has to offer by indulging in a meal at Silo, often considered one of the best restaurants in the city. The zero-waste restaurant has an ever-changing menu, but you can always expect something unique, local, and utterly divine. Also try other city-wide favorites like Jikoni, Paradise, and Bao. Just don’t forget to top it all off at The Connaught Bar in central London, which won the title of World’s Best Bar several times over. 

Where to stay

Located within the city center, just a quick trolley ride from many of London’s main attractions is The Mandrake, which is the perfect place for honeymooners to end their stay in the U.K. A five-star boutique hotel featuring an opulent bar and dining options, it’s a spot where indulging is the norm. Don’t forget: Expedia Rewards members can enjoy extra perks as this is a VIP Access property.