Loved Up Couples On A Budget; Valentines Destination Dupes

Wednesday 31st Jan 2024 |

Loved up couples on a budget are being told to visit Blackpool Tower rather than the Eiffel Tower this Valentine’s Day as an ideal destination dupe!

Travel experts at have revealed ten destination dupes for couples to visit the world’s most romantic landmarks right on their doorstep. 

Rather than spending a fortune on a romantic trip away this Valentine’s Day, Britons can visit some of the UK’s best-kept secret spots that resemble romantic landmarks across the globe. 

Blackpool Tower is a destination dupe for the iconic Eiffel Tower, offering pretty views over the English coastline. Craigievar Castle in Scotland is a gorgeous alternative to Disney’s Cinderella castle with the same pink exterior and fairytale feel. Couples can head over for a weekend away to Cambridge, which resembles the romance of Venice with a ride on the canals. 

John Charnock, CEO of said: “There are so many hidden gems across the UK which have a fantastic resemblance to popular romantic hotspots around the world. 

“This Valentine’s Day couples can take a trip to Blackpool Tower, rather than the Eiffel Tower, or go for a stroll along Vatersay Bay in Scotland instead of the Maldives.

“Clifton Suspension Bridge offers tourists a destination dupe from Brooklyn Bridge in New York whilst Bakewell Bridge in the Peak District is a stunning alternative to the Love Lock Bridge in Paris.”

Here are the ten best romantic destination dupes:

Eiffel Tower / Blackpool Tower

The Eiffel Tower is arguably the most romantic landmark in the world – but rather than spending all day queuing to reach the top, couples can visit Blackpool Tower with pretty views over the coastline.

Maldives beaches / Vatersay Bay, Scotland 

The gorgeous white sands of the Maldives beaches are popular for romantic trips and honeymoons. But Vatersay Bay in the Hebrides, Scotland also offers large white-sand beaches and crystal blue seas with views that are just as scenic as the Maldives.

Destination dupes

Niagara Falls / Devil’s Bridge Falls, Wales

Lovers of the iconic Niagara Falls on the US and Canadian border should head over to the pretty Devil’s Bridge Falls nestled in the quaint village of Ceredigion, Wales, just outside of Aberystwyth.

Destination dupes

Venice / Cambridge 

The city that sits on water, Venice, is an incredibly romantic destination for Valentine’s Day. But rather than hopping on a plane, couples should take a day trip to Cambridge and have a go at punting, reminiscent of the gondolas in Venice. 

Destination dupes

Brooklyn Bridge / Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge offers spectacular views of the surrounding magic of New York City. But Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol offers tourists a destination dupe to visit, with panoramic views in a picturesque setting.

Destination dupes

Sagrada Familia / York Minster 

York Minster has many beautiful similarities from the romantic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, including the divine architecture and a rich history, with panoramic views sweeping across each city from the top.

Disney Cinderella Castle / Craigievar Castle, Scotland 

A famous proposal spot is the Cinderella Castle at the centre of Disney theme parks. The iconic pink castle is a perfect hotspot for loved up couples. However, Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire is a beautiful pink fairytale alternative which is said to have inspired Walt Disney himself.

Destination dupes

Love Lock Bridge, Paris / Bakewell Bridge, Derbyshire 

One of the most romantic locations in the world, the Pont des Arts is a famous bridge in the heart of Paris where couples attach a padlock engraved with their initials. Those wanting to symbolise their love can head over to Bakewell in Derbyshire where the padlock tradition continues.

Destination dupes

Empire State Building / Sky Garden, London 

London’s Sky Garden is a perfect dupe for the stunning views from the Empire State Building in New York, but without all of the crowds. Couples can have a romantic dinner and drinks whilst admiring the gorgeous sunset over London.

Taj Mahal / Brighton Pavilion 

The majestic architecture of the Taj Mahal in India is resembled by the Royal Pavilion along the English seaside town of Brighton. Both buildings have beautiful gardens to wander around and soak in the sun. 

Destination dupes

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