The Exact Time the Sun Will Set Across the UK this Valentine’s Day (and the Best Places you can Watch it)

Is there anything more romantic than a sunset?

With February fast approaching, many of us are searching for sure-fire ways to set the mood and impress their special someone this Valentine’s Day. While the world is full of new and innovative ways to spend your first, second, third, or 1000th date, some date ideas can be a bit risky (say what you want, but axe-throwing on a first date seems like a recipe for disaster). Luckily, cliches exist for a reason and the old-school favourites – chocolates, flowers, candle-light and, if you’re lucky enough to catch it, a city-backed sunset – have lasted the ages. 


According to astronomers, the sun takes “150 to 200 seconds”, to set over the horizon, which works out as somewhere between two and three minutes. That’s not a lot of time to make the dash up a hill or climb up to the rooftop if you’ve not planned ahead. 


What’s more, the exact time to catch these precious minutes varies a surprising amount depending on where you live in the UK. For instance, Essex residents can catch the sun setting on February 14th from 17:09, while Cardiff couples will need to wait another 17 minutes before they can see the same sunset. And with the viewing period being so fleeting, it’s important that you check the exact time it is due to set – and make sure you’re somewhere you can see it – if you want to fit it into your Valentine’s Day schedule. 


To help with these, Watch Repair Piccadilly’s team has researched the precise time the sun is scheduled to set in 100 UK cities this February 14th. And, for good measure, we’ve also used TripAdvisor to find out the best places to see the sunset in the UK, as well as in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff. 

The Most Popular Places to Watch the Sunset in the UK, according to TripAdvisor

LocationNumber of mentions: “watch the sunset”
The Shard, London, England133
Sky Garden, London, England53
London Eye, London England39
Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton, England39
Aurthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland37
Fistral Beach, Cornwall, England33
Corbiere Lighthouse, St. Brelade, Jersey31
Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, England30
Neist Point, Glendale, The Hebrides, Scotland13
Mwnt Beach, Cardigan, Wales10

The Top 8 Places to See the Sunset in London

The Top 5 Places to See the Sunset in Manchester

The Top 5 Places in Birmingham

The Top 5 Places in Glasgow

Top 5 Places in Edinburgh

Top 5 Places in Cardiff

Top 5 Places in Belfast

What Time Will the Sun Set Near You on February 14th? (Ordered Earliest – Latest)

City/TownCountyRegionSunset Time
GrimsbyNorth East LincolnshireYorkshire Humber17:08
Kingston upon HullEast Riding of YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:09
HartlepoolCounty DurhamNorth East17:10
MiddlesbroughNorth YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:10
SunderlandTyne and WearNorth East17:10
GatesheadTyne and WearNorth East17:11
GillinghamKentSouth East17:11
LincolnLincolnshireEast Midlands17:11
Newcastle upon TyneTyne and WearNorth East17:11
YorkNorth YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:11
DarlingtonCounty DurhamNorth East17:12
HastingsEast SussexSouth East17:12
MaidstoneKentSouth East17:12
DoncasterSouth YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:13
BarnsleySouth YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:14
EastbourneEast SussexSouth East17:14
Hemel HempsteadHertfordshireEast17:14
LeedsWest YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:14
NottinghamNottinghamshireEast Midlands17:14
RotherhamSouth YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:14
St AlbansHertfordshireEast17:14
WakefieldWest YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:14
BradfordWest YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:15
BrightonEast SussexSouth East17:15
ChesterfieldDerbyshireEast Midlands17:15
CrawleyWest SussexSouth East17:15
HalifaxWest YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:15
HuddersfieldWest YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:15
LeicesterLeicestershireEast Midlands17:15
Milton KeynesBuckinghamshireSouth East17:15
NorthamptonNorthamptonshireEast Midlands17:15
SheffieldSouth YorkshireYorkshire Humber17:15
DerbyDerbyshireEast Midlands17:16
High WycombeBuckinghamshireSouth East17:16
SloughBerkshireSouth East17:16
WokingSurreySouth East17:16
WorthingWest SussexSouth East17:16
CoventryWest MidlandsWest Midlands17:17
ManchesterGreater ManchesterNorth West17:17
NuneatonWarwickshireWest Midlands17:17
OldhamGreater ManchesterNorth West17:17
ReadingBerkshireSouth East17:17
RochdaleGreater ManchesterNorth West17:17
StockportGreater ManchesterNorth West17:17
BasingstokeHampshireSouth East17:18
BirminghamWest MidlandsWest Midlands17:18
BlackburnLancashireNorth West17:18
BoltonGreater ManchesterNorth West17:18
OxfordOxfordshireSouth East17:18
PrestonLancashireNorth West17:18
SaleGreater ManchesterNorth West17:18
SalfordGreater ManchesterNorth West17:18
SolihullWest MidlandsWest Midlands17:18
Stoke-on-TrentStaffordshireWest Midlands17:18
Sutton ColdfieldWest MidlandsWest Midlands17:18
PortsmouthHampshireSouth East17:19
St HelensMerseysideNorth West17:19
WarringtonCheshireNorth West17:19
WiganGreater ManchesterNorth West17:19
WolverhamptonWest MidlandsWest Midlands17:19
BlackpoolLancashireNorth West17:20
SouthamptonHampshireSouth East17:20
SouthportMerseysideNorth West17:20
SwindonWiltshireSouth West17:20
TelfordShropshireWest Midlands17:20
WorcesterWorcestershireWest Midlands17:20
BirkenheadMerseysideNorth West17:21
CheltenhamGloucestershireSouth West17:21
ChesterCheshireNorth West17:21
GloucesterGloucestershireSouth West17:21
LiverpoolMerseysideNorth West17:21
BournemouthDorsetSouth West17:22
BathSomersetSouth West17:23
PooleDorsetSouth West17:23
BristolBristolSouth West17:24
Weston-super-MareSomersetSouth West17:25
CardiffSouth GlamorganWales17:26

County Antrim

County Down

Northern Ireland17:29
ExeterDevonSouth West17:29
SwanseaWest GlamorganWales17:29
PlymouthDevonSouth West17:32


To find the exact time the sun will set in every location, we used data for 14th February 2022 from https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

To find out the most popular places to watch the sunset in the UK and in each major city, we searched TripAdvisor for exact matches of the phrase “watch the sunset”. We ranked the top 5 places for each of the major cities, and the top 10 places nationally.