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Take the train … and enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Break

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a romantic break for two. Take the train and you can gaze into each other’s eyes on your way there and back. And if you check out our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel, you could save enough money to treat your honey to an extra glass or two of bubbly.

Read on to find out where to go this Valentine’s Day …

Take the train…and get loved up in London

Blighty’s capital is the perfect place for a Valentine’s Day break – and you can find some unique romantic ways to spend time with your honey if you jump on a train to London.

Book a flight on the London Eye and you can toast each other with a glass of bubbly while enjoying breath-taking views across the city.

There’s a fantastic selection of London Eye Valentine’s Day packages available, with something to suit every budget.

Prices range from around £28 per person for the Red Rose Experience – which includes standard admission to the London Eye, a 30 minute flight, a red rose for each couple and a mini box of luxury chocolates – to £348.00 per couple for the Valentine’s Cupid Capsule package – which includes hire of a private capsule, priority boarding, a bottle of champagne, a box of champagne truffles and a red rose. And thrifty travellers can get a discount by booking online in advance.

Another iconic London attraction offering a Valentine’s Day treat is Tower Bridge. Book a place on its ‘Champagne and Chocolates’ event to experience a romantic evening you’ll never forget.

The bridge’s famous walkways will be decorated with flowers and subtly lit, allowing you to relax and enjoy stunning views of the Thames. In 2011, the event resulted in 15 marriage proposals – so if you’re thinking about getting down on one knee, this might be just the place to do it.

And if all that soppiness fills you with horror, don’t despair – there are plenty of other Valentine’s Day experiences to choose from too. Book a Lovers Leap Bungee Jump, for example, and you can fall for each other all over again.

Although you can’t actually make the leap on Valentine’s Day, you can book it online and tuck the tickets into your Valentine’s Day card. And if you don’t fancy going to London, you can take the train to Manchester, < a href=http://www.redspottedhanky.com/trains/trains-to/brighton/>Brighton or < a href=http://www.redspottedhanky.com/trains/trains-to/sheffield/>Sheffield for the experience instead.

Take the train to Oxford … for the perfect romantic escape

Oxford’s spires make the ideal backdrop for a relaxing day or weekend filled with romance. You can walk hand in hand through this historic city to see its stunning colleges, hire a punt from the Cherwell Boathouse for an idyllic trip down the River Cherwell, or take a leisurely stroll through the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

If you’re taking the train to Oxford for a Valentine’s Day break, the Oxford Mal makes the perfect place to stay. Don’t let the fact that it was once a prison put you off – you’ll be happy to lock the door and cosy up in its luxurious guest rooms.

This elegant boutique hotel is just 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Station, so it’s ideally located for rail travellers. And it’s offering a range of special deals for Valentine’s Day, so you don’t need to rob a bank to enjoy a night or two here. Share lingering looks across the table in the hotel’s Brasserie or sip cocktails in the bar for a high-class evening to make even Cupid envious.

Take the train to York…

Hop on the train to York and spend the day exploring this beautiful city. Its winding medieval cobbled streets and stunning architecture are sure to get you in a nostalgic mood and bring out your romantic side.

No visit to York is complete without a trip to Betty’s. The city’s branch of the world-famous tea rooms dates back to the 1920s and draws tourists from around the world. And on the 13th and 14th of February 2012, you and your sweetheart can enjoy a three course St. Valentine’s Dinner there, followed by tea or coffee and handmade chocolates – with harp music playing in the background for the finishing touch. Just make sure you book in advance to make sure you don’t miss out.

For a truly decadent Valentine’s Day break, stay at the 5-star Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa. The hotel’s Valentine’s package is available throughout February, so it’s the perfect solution for anyone who can’t escape on the day itself – and it includes side-by-side spa treatments, as well as afternoon tea, for the ultimate indulgent Valentine’s get away.

Are you heading off for a romantic break by train this Valentine’s Day? Let us know below…

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