Ro­man­tic travel you’ll love

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - Brief En­counter www.carn­forth­sta­tion.co.uk www.shake­speares-eng­land.co.uk na­tion­al­trust.org.uk www.city­oflon­don.gov.uk/keats www.at-bris­tol.org.uk teec­sta­sy­tours.com choco­laWuther­ing Heights. www.vis­it­brad­ford.com/dis­cover/ Ha­worth

Be in­spired to write your own son­nets at Anne Hath­away’s cot­tage, once home to Shake­speare’s wife KISS AT CARN­FORTH STA­TION, LAN­CASHIRE

Have your own at this Lan­cashire sta­tion, the set­ting of the 1945 David Lean clas­sic. Re­stored to its 1940s glory, there’s an ex­hi­bi­tion on the film while the movie plays through­out the day, or recre­ate the fa­mous kiss un­der the clock. Re­live clas­sic ro­mance at Carn­forth FOL­LOW IN SHAKE­SPEARE’S FOOT­STEPS

You needn’t travel to “fair Verona” to have your own taste of Shake­speare’s fa­mous ro­mances — only to War­wick­shire. As well as vis­it­ing Anne Hath­away’s Cot­tage, where the man him­self may have fallen in love, you can dress up as star-crossed lovers at Shake­speare’s Birth­place or place a mes­sage on the Valen­tine’s tree at Hall’s Croft Gar­den to make a wish for your loved one. NEW FOR­EST FOR LOVERS

Where bet­ter for ro­mance than the vil­lage of Lover in the New For­est — it might be pro­nounced ‘low-ver’ but you can keep that se­cret while pos­ing (safely) next to the road sign. Although the whole area, with its roam­ing ponies and pretty vil­lages is great for a week­end away, don’t miss see­ing the 600-year-old Knight­wood Oak, un­der which Henry VIII is re­puted to have shel­tered … per­haps while wish­ing for more ro­man­tic suc­cess. TAKE A VALEN­TINE WALK IN SUR­REY

Head to Clare­mont, home to Princess Char­lotte Au­gusta, heir to the Bri­tish throne, in the early 19th cen­tury. The gar­dens will be recre­at­ing the story of her ro­mance with fu­ture hus­band Prince Leopold from Fe­bru­ary 11-14 in­clud­ing a Valen­tine’s walk around the 49-acre es­tate. Sadly her story didn’t have a happy end­ing, but you can hang a me­mento for your loved one at the old beech known as the kiss­ing tree. En­try costs from £8. LOVE LETTERS IN LON­DON

Keats House in Lon­don is where John Keats fell in love with Fanny Brawne, writ­ing some of his most fa­mous po­etry dur­ing his time there. Now a me­mo­rial to the poet, the house has Fanny’s en­gage­ment ring, locks of hair, and letters ex­changed be­tween the lovers. STAR-GAZE IN BRIS­TOL

It’s still a bit chilly to sit un­der the stars so head to AtBris­tol sci­ence cen­tre where you can gaze on the won­ders of the uni­verse from a comfy seat indoors. Plan­e­tar­ium Nights, for ages 16+, run through­out the year in­clud­ing Fe­bru­ary 16, with the chance to be trans­ported to the stars to­gether. IN­DULGE IN THE FOOD OF LOVE

Shake­speare may have called mu­sic the food of love, but he never got to try choco­late. Dis­cover Lon­don’s choco­late his­tory with Choco­late Ec­stasy Tours, in­clud­ing an evening tour op­tion with a choco­late cock­tail in­cluded and plenty of tast­ings along the way. There are also tours in Brighton and a planned ver­sion com­ing soon in York. Tours cost from £33. DIS­COVER YORK­SHIRE’S WUTHERING HEIGHTS

The wild, des­o­late moors around Ha­worth, home to the Bronte sis­ters, helped in­spire the fa­mous tale of love and re­venge in Visit with your own Cathy or Heath­cliff, then stop at the Bronte Par­son­age Mu­seum, once the fam­ily home, now hold­ing the world’s big­gest col­lec­tion of Bronte literary para­pher­na­lia along with in­for­ma­tion on their lives. The wuthering heights of the York­shire moors near Ha­worth

PHOTO: VISITENGLAND/SHAKE­SPEARE’S BIRTH TRUST/AMY MUR­RELL

PHOTO: VISITENGLAND/NORTH YORK MOORS

PHOTO: VISITBRITAIN / ROD ED­WARDS

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