Things for couples to do in Yorkshire

Are you planning to take your special someone on a romantic break this year?

Well, because you’ve chosen Yorkshire, your trip won’t disappoint and you’ll have a wonderful break together and score yourself some massive points along the way.

But, if you need a bit of inspiration, here are some of the great things for couples to do in Yorkshire.

Have dinner on a steam train

Take your special someone out for dinner on one of the oldest railway lines in the county. On the North Yorkshire Moors Railway you can reserve your spot in the Pullman Dining train and enjoy locally sourced food and drink and you move through the Yorkshire countryside. This is high on the list of exciting things for couples to do in Yorkshire, so don’t miss out!

Take a look at the dining experience here

Stroll through the Yorkshire Lavender

Take a walk through Yorkshire Lavender at the family run farm in the Howardian Hills. You’ll also be able to have a drink and some cake in their onsite tea room. There’s a lavender maze to find your way though, the gardens to wander around and even some deer to see.

Visit their website here

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Visit Castle Howard

Castle Howard has breath-taking landscapes and, temples to visit, a walled garden to enjoy and lovely walks around the grounds, as well as taking a tour through the house itself. It’s been the setting for a number of different films and shows, but is most famous for being the location for the film adaption of Brideshead Revisited 2008 directed by Julian Jarrold.

Take a look at the website to plan your day

Relax in the Turkish Baths and Health Spa in Harrogate

Enjoy a relaxing day together in the Harrogate Turkish Baths and Health Spa, cleanse your bodies and clear your minds. There are a number of treatments you can indulge in too from massages to hot stone therapies.

Book your retreat here

Get lost in a Maze

Between July and September, you can spend the day at York maze, working together to find your way through. Once you’ve successfully found your way around the maze, there are rides and attractions to enjoy too.

Find out more about the maze here

Set sail on a boating cruise

There are lots of different options you can choose from for a romantic cruise on Yorkshire’s rivers or up the coastline. You could take an informative ride on the Ouse in York with the city cruises or show off your skills and drive a boat yourself, take your partner for a row up the River Nidd in Knaresborough, have a canal trip in Skipton, or power away in a speedboat in Scarborough.

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Romantic beach walks

We’re really lucky to have such a beautiful coastline here in Yorkshire. Our coastal villages cling to the Yorkshire cliffs and have interesting histories of fishing, smuggling and many Jurassic finds. You can stroll along the coast at Whitby, Staithes, Runswick Bay, Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar, Flamborough, Bempton and Spun Head just to name a few!

Head to the Yorkshire Coast website to learn more.

If you’re looking for nice places to take a stroll, check out our favourites here.

Take a walk to Beggar’s bridge

Beggar’s Bridge in Glaisdale has a romantic origin and is a lovely place for a walk with your partner. It was built in around 1619 by sheep farmer Tom Ferries to commemorate his love for Agnes Richardson, the daughter of a Glaisdale landowner. The two weren’t allowed to marry unless Tom could make his fortune. Find out the rest of their story when you visit!

View the walk route here

Soak in some culture at the theatre

There are some great theatres and shows across North Yorkshire that you can enjoy. Take a look at the performances that are happening in York Theatre Royal or the Barbican, see what’s happening at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, check out the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond or Harrogate Theatre. There’ll be something great on in a theatre near you.

Brimham Rocks

The landscape at Brimham Rocks has been there 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth. Take your partner on a walk through pre-history and explore the fascinating rock formations that can still be seen today.

Plan your trip here

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Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey is a perfect spot for a romantic walk with your partner. Take in the abbey ruins and wander around the grounds, and make sure you visit the deer park to take a look at over 500 wild Red, Fallow and Sika deer.

Plan your Fountains Abbey day here

Stroll York city walls

Things for couples to do in Yorkshire don’t have to coast a lot, there are great free things that you and your partner can enjoy. Take a stroll around the historic York walls if you’re in the area and see the city from a different perspective.

You can collect your wall trail here

Indulge in Betty’s afternoon tea

Betty’s Café and Tea Rooms are a Yorkshire favourite, and are high on the list of things for couples to do in Yorkshire. With cafés in York, Harrogate, Ilkley and Northallerton, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy your Betty’s experience.

Find out more here

Grab a basket and have a picnic

With so much open space and beautiful landscapes, it’s hard to choose where to take your partner for a perfect picnic in North Yorkshire – there are too many gorgeous sites to choose from! You might want to consider Roseberry ToppingYork Treasurer’s House or museum gardensBeningbrough HallRavenscarSutton BankDalby Forest…the list goes on and on! A picnic is a must on the list of romantic things to do for couples in Yorkshire.

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Visit Helmsley castle and walled garden

Helmsley is a lovely little Yorkshire town. It still boasts and impressive castle for you to visit and then you can take a stroll around their historic walled garden and partake of the famous Ryeburn of Helmsely ice cream.

Find out more about Helmsley here

Set out on a waterfall walk

There are some truly lovely waterfall walks you and your partner can set out on. It’s worth having a search for falls near where you’re staying, and you can start by taking a look at the routes you can take to see Aysgarth Falls, the Hardraw Force and the Mallyan Spout.

Try your hand at horse riding

There are lots of great places you can go if you’re interested in horse riding with your partner. Have a search for places near your accommodation, but if you happen to be staying near the North Yorkshire Moors, begin your search with Kilnesy Trekking and Riding Centre or Bilsdale Riding Centre.

There are so many things for couples to do in Yorkshire we can’t possibly fit them all into one blog post!

We hope you find some inspiration for your trip here and that you and your partner have a wonderful stay.

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