SOUTHAMPTON has been ranked the third best UK city for green spaces.

As lockdown measures are lifted and temperatures as set to only get warmer, more people will be seeking opportunities to spend more time outside.

While many might be aiming to escape to the countryside, the city might not be the first place that pops into a nature lover’s mind when thinking of somewhere to visit.

But cities can be a treasure trove of greenery, nestled between the hustle and bustle.

Southampton has been ranked the third best UK city for green spaces following research from Accor.

Data from TripAdviser revealed that Southampton is the third best for city dwellers who love green space.

In Southampton, you'll be surrounded by 54 beautiful green spaces including St James’ Park in Shirley, and Riverside Park in Bitterne Park.

Southampton Common is the most popular according to TripAdvisor, with a four and a half star rating from visitors on average.

Newcastle is the top pick, with the most public parks and gardens overall. Heaton Park is a popular choice for many, whilst Newcastle Castle will make your date feel like royalty.

Skirted by the beautiful scenic countryside, Stoke-on-Trent, ranked second, is another good option for lovebirds with 77 parks and gardens to choose from.

Parkhill Country Park, Hanley Park, and Central Forest Park are extremely popular with nature lovers.