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Alternative Valentine's Day Activities

Valentine's Day Activities

Whether you are loved up but want to avoid the usual Valentine’s Day activities, or you are single and want to celebrate your freedom, there are a variety of unusual and alternative things you can see and do across the country. Below are some ideas for you to enjoy on the Valentine’s Day weekend across three major cities.


edinburgh hotels

If you are planning on spending your Valentine’s weekend at our Edinburgh hotels there are a variety of alternative activities you and your partner can enjoy:

Valentines Outdoor Pool

Outdoor Swimming

This may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to Edinburgh, especially in February, but the One Spa is home to Edinburgh’s very own open air heated swimming pool. The hydropool is situated on the rooftop and the water contains minerals to soothe and relax and balance your body. A great way to relax and unwind in an amazing and unusual setting. To book your Edinburgh swimming experience you can find out more information here.

Valentines Scott Monument

Scale the Scott Monument

Most people who have visited Edinburgh have seen the Scott Monument when sightseeing, but did you know that you can climb it too? There are 287 steps up to the top of the monument, but your reward will be some magnificent views over Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. Admission is less than £5 and you can take some fantastic photographs at the top while you get your breath back. Find out more information about the monument here.

Valentines Island

Visit a Secret Island

Inchcolm Island is only a short boat ride away via the Forth Bridges and is a fantastic day out visiting the 12th century Augustinian Abbey. The historic island is a respite from city living and is inhabited by lush greenery. Even in February it is well worth a visit and there are some fantastic photography opportunities, such as the island’s stunning coastline, two beaches and the Abbey’s remains. Find out more information about the island and boat times here.


manchester hotels

If you are planning to visit Manchester, there are lots of activities to try when you are staying at a one of our hotels in Manchester.

Try to Escape

Valentiones Breakout
Breakout Manchester is an alternative group activity, which utilises both the mind and the body in order to escape from a themed room. You are given the choice of being locked in one of three rooms including a Detective’s office, a virus outbreak and a Madchester time warp, but these change regularly. You are given one hour to work out how to escape the room, and you can book your tickets here, good luck!

Sounds of the Underground

Valentines Underground
Underneath Manchester City Centre there is a labyrinth of underground tunnels where you can learn about the history of Manchester and how the city worked. There are a number of tours here which you can book which tell you about the history of certain areas, especially where many sheltered during WW2. An interesting and informative activity below the street of Manchester.

Go Back in Time

Valentines Whimwham
If the modern world is getting a bit too much for you, then you can travel back to a gentler time by going to the Whim Wham Café and enjoy an evening in the 1930’s. The bar is kitted out in 1930’s décor and there are a variety of food and drink options to enjoy. The bar also has live cabaret and live music for a fantastic alternative Valentine’s evening transported in the past.


Valentines Liverpool

There are many alternative activities you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day in Liverpool, especially if you are staying in the central location of the Adelphi Hotel .

Eat Art

The Art School123Yes, you read that correctly! You can pay a visit to historic Liverpool’s Art School, which is the former 1888 Home for Destitute Children and visit the restaurant which offers artistic cakes which not only taste amazing, they also look incredible too. There are a variety of options available if you want to take advantage of having a tasting menu with a difference here.

Sail Across the Mersey

Valentines Ferry
Romantic yet alternative, why not book a relaxing trip on the Mersey with your loved one or friends. You can see the sights of the city while you sit back and take in the views. The tour takes just under an hour and is less than ten pounds per person. Watch the sunset as you sail across the Mersey for the perfect evening in the heart of Liverpool. You can find out more about the Mersey ferries including times and dates here.

Have a Pint in the Crypt

Valentines CryptMixing religion and alcohol, the annual Liverpool Beer festival takes place every year. The Metropolitan Cathedral opens its door to beer lovers from across the country as they enjoy different varieties of beers throughout February. The festival is well worth a look if you live near Liverpool and want an alternative setting when enjoying a pint with friends so why not book your tickets here.

Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day there are some fantastic alternatives for those seeking a different kind of experience. Happy Alternative Valentine’s Day!

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