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Valentine's Day in York

Looking for something different to do in York this Valentine’s Day? February is here and with the most romantic time of the year fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of ideas to plan a memorable day for you and your loved one. To make Valentine's that little bit easier, we have rounded up some great ideas to make your experience in York extra special. From romantic walks with stunning views to Valentine's events and activities. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect idea for your loved one this Valentine’s, York is definitely top of the list for a relaxing break.

York has long been a favourite destination for couples looking to go for a romantic weekend away and is renowned for its historic architecture, charming streets and its rich heritage. With beautiful riverside walks, intimate restaurants and more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, York is the perfect location to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Shopping in York

York offers a truly unique shopping experience with the cobbled streets packed full of your high street favourites, luxury boutiques, independent shops and designer stores. Demonstrate your love for your other half with a thoughtful gift, there is something to tempt every taste. If you are looking to support local this Valentine’s Day, York has a thriving independent scene offering a unique selection of retail businesses taking up residence in characterful buildings. Gillygate and Petergate are home to some lovely shops, and make sure you have a wander along Parliament, Coney Street and Coppergate for a great mix of stores. Explore the daily Shambles market with more than 75 stalls selling everything from quality gifts, fresh flowers, handbags, vintage clothing and much more. If you are looking for a special gift idea and want to treat that special person in your life this Valentine’s Day, there is no better place for some retail therapy.

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Valentine's Gift Ideas

Explore York

Take your loved one for a day out to some of York's most magnificent attractions as you explore 2,000 years of history. Overlooked by the iconic York Minster, you will find hidden attractions off the beaten track alongside sightseeing activities, museums and art galleries. Delve into York's heritage and stroll around the charming streets and visit a famous landmark, there are plenty of lovely ways to spend a long weekend with your partner.

Need a change from all the hustle and bustle of Valentine's Day? Sometimes it’s the most simple things in life that are the most special. Enjoy a stroll in one of York’s beautiful parks and gardens because some of the most romantic spots in York are best appreciated on foot. Take in some magnificent views of the Minster at Dean’s Park or relax and unwind in York Museum gardens and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that these stunning surroundings have to offer.

When in York, a stroll around the City Walls really is a must. Providing the perfect romantic backdrop for a stroll, you will see the city from an elevated perspective. Walking the full length of the walls will take a couple of hours but you can hop on and off as there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to stop off for refreshments. Don’t forget the excellent selection of regular guided walks too. For more things to see in York on foot, the Visit York Information Centre have a fantastic collection of books on walking in York.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, York is the city with the richest chocolate history and was home to well-known and best loved brands. Nothing says “I love you” quite like chocolate and with a range of decadent treats, indulgent hampers and chocolate experiences, there is plenty to treat the chocolate lover in your life. If you and your partner are looking for a romantic experience this Valentine’s Day, York Cocoa House are offering a Chocolate Lovers Truffle Experience where you will both create chocolate love heart truffles to enjoy together at home. For luxury hampers, Bettys have a wonderful collection of chocolate treats on offer, from champagne truffles to fondant fancies, send a heartfelt gift to the one you love this Valentine's Day.

A night time cruise sipping champagne in the golden glow of dusk is one of the most romantic things you can do on Valentine's Day in York. Discover more about the history of the city and see some of York’s best sights from Clifford’s Tower and the breath-taking beauty of York Minster. With the lights from the riverside bars creating a romantic atmosphere, you’ll also be treated to some spectacular sunset views whilst on board.

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Celebrate the most romantic day of the year and treat your loved one to a meal they will never forget at one of York’s romantic restaurants. If you’re looking for the perfect place to wine and dine there is somewhere to please every palette. There’s nothing quite like getting dressed up and dining out at a stylish restaurant and York is home to some of the finest eateries. From long standing favourites to new openings spanning every cuisine imaginable the popular city of York should be one of your first choices. For those looking for an extra special culinary experience where the food is delicious and the ambience is superb then you are sure to find somewhere in York.

Explore York’s vibrant food scene, discover independents and enjoy the thriving street food that the city has to offer. If you want to get a quick bite to eat, there is a whole host of delicious options and you won’t leave hungry. With tastes from across the globe, The Shambles Market, York’s historic market, is an exotic street food hub offering a variety of incredible food every day of the week.

There’s no shortage of romantic things to do in York, however if you would prefer a night in and you’re planning on cooking up a storm together at home, you can purchase some of the finest produce from The Shambles Market for your Valentine’s meal.

Enjoy a Valentine's feast with some of the city's best food without leaving the house, whether you're in the mood for a burger, fancy a pizza or would like to tuck in to some fish and chips, with lots of York's best foodie businesses offering tasty take out options, there's something for everyone. 


Fine Dining in York

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay in York

After strolling around York’s streets and attractions, cosy up in the company of your loved one and stay a while longer in the city. Make your Valentine’s perfect with a romantic stay and discover some of the best places to rest your head in York. With an outstanding selection of lovely accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you’re searching for hotels in the heart of the city or further afield there is plenty of choice. From affordable boutiques and luxurious hotels, to historic properties and glamourous glamping, there is somewhere for you.

Or why not take some quality time out and unwind, escape to a tranquil spa during your stay in York. Sometimes a spa day just isn't enough to relax and destress. From countryside retreats to spa breaks in the centre of the city, you won't regret checking into one of York's spa hotels.

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More ideas

Beyond York - once you have experienced the magic of York, venture beyond the city walls and discover the national parks, countryside and coast. For something to look forward to later in the year, there are events for stargazers wishing to expand their knowledge and celebrate our beautiful starry skies as part of the Dark Skies Festival returning on February 18th until the 6th March 2022.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience at York's most luxurious address, The Grand’s partnership with the stargazers of North York Moors provides the ideal experiential winter stay, whether a staycation or travelling to visit the sights of Yorkshire. Relax and unwind with an two course meal and one-night stay in the luxury of The Grand, York. Escape to the North York Moors and enjoy an unforgettable stargazing experience with your friends and family.

Fall in love with York all over again, and plan a special weekend away with your loved one at any time of the year. There are new exhibitions, installations and events happening all the time. With so much to explore in York, don't worry if you didn't get chance to do all the things you had in mind. Find out all the ways to #LoveYork and start planning your trip now. 

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