Top 10 places to propose in the UK

02 Sep 2021

With international travel still off the agenda for many, the UK’s romantics have been forced to get a little more creative when it comes to popping the question

Although the Eiffel Tower, Disneyworld or Bruges’ Lake of Love might once have been the go-to spots for romance and to seal an engagement, it now appears that Brits are making the most of the destinations on their doorsteps for a little love.

Highstreet clothing retailer TOG24 analysed the frequency of hashtags used on Instagram in the past six months, containing 'romantic' and 'proposal' and filtered these by location, to find out where the best places for popping the question are in England and Scotland. 

Of all the proposal locations tagged on Instagram in England in the past 12 months, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury was the clear front-runner. The picture perfect cobbled street in Dorset has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England”.

This was followed by the spectacular Broadway Tower in Worcestershire. The second highest point of the Cotswolds makes the perfect spot for getting down on one knee.

Mark Ward from TOG24 said: “The last year and a half has been an extremely difficult time for people in the UK. While most restrictions are coming to an end, those who love to explore the world and make romantic memories in far flung destinations are still struggling to do so.

“But what we have seen during lockdown and the ongoing restrictions is more and more people exploring the very best of the countryside on their doorsteps. Whether that’s for exercise, socialising or even romance. And with UK weddings now back on the agenda, we wanted to see if this reawakened love of the countryside was creeping into the consciousness of the romantics amongst us.

“And with Gold Hill and Broadway Tower top of the list in England, it looks like the British countryside is more than enough for our newly engaged couples.”

The best places to propose in the UK

1. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset

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2. Broadway Tower, Worcestershire 

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3. Tower Bridge, London 

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4. Coleton Fishacre, Devon

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5. Thomas Hardy's Cottage, Dorset

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6. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

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7. Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands

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8. Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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9. The Peak District

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10. Powderham Castle, Devon

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