Castles can be many things - beautiful, devastating, spooky, serene and even romantic.
They can be the perfect location for surreal experiences with your loved one and can make you feel like you're a true prince and princess, even if just for a little while.
Talk a walk in one of the world's most romantic castles and create memories to last a lifetime with your partner.
This castle, located near Alexandria Bay in New York, is on its own island. It is a beautiful bastion, built by millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt in 1900.
It even has its own romantic history, as Boldt built the castle as a tribute to his wife, Louise.
Give your loved one the gift of a visit to this magical castle and explore the Boldt love story together.
Spend a day wandering the grounds and exploring the interior of the building. There's more than enough to keep you occupied, including the main castle, the Alster Tower, the Hennery, the Arch and even a stone gazebo. These are all beautiful structures and worthy of spending a significant amount of time to appreciate!
Dunguaire Castle cuts a solitary figure on the shores of Galway Bay in Ireland, perched upon a mixture of rock and verdant grass.
It was built in 1520 by the O'Hynes family and is steeped in literary history. Now, after a lengthy restoration, the castle is open to the public in the summer and guests can enjoy medieval banquets, costumed performers and Irish literature and music.
If dramatic scenery or arts and culture appeal to you and your partner, you'll be hard pressed to find a more romantic and atmospheric location to explore.
Swallow's Nest Castle
If you've ever been looking for an excuse to travel to Ukraine, Swallow's Nest Castle is it. Delicately perched on a cliff edge above the Black Sea, this neo-Gothic structure looks as though it's been picked straight out of a fairytale.
It was built in 1912 by a German noble but has undergone many redesigns and restorations. In 1927, it was damaged by an earthquake and left abandoned for around 40 years. Luckily, in the 1960s it was reconstructed to its former glory and now hosts exhibitions open to visitors.
Take a trip here with your loved one and watch the sun set over the sea together, caressed by a gentle breeze.
Taj Lake Palace
Now a hotel, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India, is not to be missed by couples hankering for a dose of 'amour'.
The palace sits, almost unbelievably, in the middle of a lake. It looks to be floating, perched atop an island in the middle of Lake Pichola. Construction on Jag Niwas, now known as the Taj Palace, finished in 1746. It was commissioned by a young price who wanted a private place to enjoy romantic encounters - away from his father's gaze!
Now, you can take a beautiful boat ride through the mist to this island palace with your loved one and marvel together as you step onto land, the marble structure glowing around you.
Wander the grounds and take inspiration from this surreal setting.
Heading to any one of these beautiful castles is sure to enhance your relationship and light the fire of love in each other's eyes, so why not plan a romantic journey to one of these locations?
Complement your excursion with the best in luxury accommodation so you always have somewhere heavenly to rest at the end of a long, dreamy day.