The Most Popular Proposal Destinations in the UK


A new survey has revealed the most popular proposal destinations in the UK.

With the news that winter engagements are at a new high, it seems not even a global pandemic or national lockdown can put a stop to engagement season. However, while international travel is off the cards for the foreseeable, there are still plenty of romantic hotspots closer to home, as a new survey reveals the most popular proposal destinations in the UK.

Nerdwallet surveyed over 1,000 recently married Brits to reveal the preferred locations for a proposal, wedding, and honeymoon – both in the UK and around the world. The study also examined Google Search trends to further analyse British people’s search habits around marriage and love over the last 12 months.

The Top 5 Proposal Destinations in the UK

From dramatic costal backdrops to quaint and cosy matchbox cottages, the UK has a lot to offer when it comes to proposal destinations. Here are the most popular places for popping the question.

  1. The Lake District
  2. Cornwall
  3. The Scottish Highlands
  4. Edinburgh
  5. The Cotswolds

The Lake District


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Taking the top spot when it comes to the most popular proposal destinations in the UK is The Lake District – a national park with outstanding natural beauty in Cumbria, in the northwest corner of England. With mountains, valleys, a coast line and, of course, lakes there are plenty of stunning back drops to set up the perfect proposal. Base yourself in one of the nearby market towns of Kendal, Ambleside or Keswick then venture off to explore the dramatic landscape.


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Often considered a surfer’s paradise, there’s much more to Cornwall than catching waves. Although the long stretches of coastline and picturesque sandy beaches are a real selling point, Cornwall also offers up beautiful countryside, wild moors, luscious woodlands and romantic hidden hideaways.

The Scottish Highlands

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After the year we’ve all had, escaping with the love of your life is probably top of the list once lockdown is over. If you’re after a staycation where you can explore nature at its finest and some quality alone time with your partner, then the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs of the Scottish Highlands are a must.


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With cobbled streets and regal regency beauty, Edinburgh has long been favoured as a romantic city break hotspot. Hike up to Arthur’s Seat and seal the deal with a well-timed sunset proposal overlooking the city.

The Cotswolds

Blockley in The Cotswolds

Postcard-perfect cottages, quaint villages to explore and homely country pubs for romantic candle-lit dinners. The rolling hills and picturesque towns that make up The Cotswolds have long been favoured as romantic bolt-holes for love struck couples.

The Top 5 Wedding Locations in the UK

It’s not just the proposal destination that needs to be considered, Brits have also revealed their favourite destinations for getting hitched in the UK, with St Ives in Cornwall taking the top spot.

  1. St Ives, Cornwall, 
  2. Isle of Skye, Scotland
  3. Edinburgh, Scotland
  4. The Cotswolds
  5. London

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