Five Top Date Spots in York This Summer - Hotel Indigo York

Five Top Date Spots in York This Summer

Five Top Dating Spots in York This Summer

York’s enchanting atmosphere and diverse attractions make it an ideal city for romantic escapades. 

From its ancient streets to its picturesque gardens, there’s no shortage of enchanting places to explore with your significant other or budding relationship. Staying in our hotel in York positions you perfectly to explore the city’s best spots. 

Whether you’re on your first date or celebrating a milestone, here are our top five dating spots in York this summer: 


The Shambles and Shambles Market

Just an 8-minute walk from our hotel in York, you’ll find the Shambles – a magical backdrop for a romantic stroll. 

These medieval streets, with their overhanging timber-framed buildings, feel like a step back in time. Wander through the streets, hand in hand, exploring quirky shops and indulging in delicious treats from local vendors. 

Close to the Shambles is the Shambles market, where you can sample some of Yorkshire’s finest produce and street food, making it the perfect spot for a casual date. 

Canoeing on the River Ouse

If you’re looking for a more adventurous date, then consider renting a canoe on the River Ouse. 

Picture this… 

You and your date are gliding down the river that winds through the city, getting great views of York’s historic landmarks. 

Canoeing not only makes for a fun and active way to spend time together, but is also very relaxing as you float along the scenic waterway. If canoeing isn’t quite your thing though, you can opt for a leisurely cruise on one of York’s many riverboats! 


York Maze

For a fun and playful date, head to the UK’s largest maze, York Maze – only a 13-minute drive from our York hotel. Opening this year on Saturday 13th July, the maze is carved out of a cornfield and has themed sections. 

Enjoy navigating the maze together, taking part in plenty of fun activities and indulging in tasty food from the on-site food outlets. 

Get ready for plenty of laughter, adventure and creating memories together! 

York Theatre Royal

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the theatre. York Theatre Royal, renowned for its beautiful architecture both inside and out, shows a wide range of performances, including musicals, plays and dance. 

Why not bond over shared cultural experiences? The theatre’s elegant setting adds a touch of sophistication to your date, providing the perfect excuse to dress up. 

Check the schedule to find out what shows you can watch this summer, and maybe make a night of it with dinner at a nearby restaurant. 


Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Continuing with the theme of sophistication… 

A classic York experience is a visit to the renowned Bettys Café Tea Rooms. Indulge in afternoon tea with a selection of fine teas, sandwiches, and pastries in an elegant, vintage setting. 

The café exudes a charming and relaxed ambiance, making it an ideal spot for engaging conversation. Due to its popularity among both locals and tourists, we recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds and ensure a delightful experience. 


Bonus tips for a perfect summer date in York 


Planning your perfect date in York will require more than just choosing the right location. To make your experience truly unforgettable, consider keeping these bonus tips in mind to add extra charm and romance: 


Time your visit right

Summer is such a busy season with tourists, so consider visiting the above dating spots early in the morning or later in the evening for a more intimate and less hectic experience. 


Local events

Keep a lookout for local events taking place over the summer, York tends to have plenty festivals, outdoor concerts and exhibitions. 


Dining options

York has plenty of dining options, from quirky cafes to fine dining restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Consider ending your date with a meal at one of York’s best restaurant or bars. 


Seasonal activities

Take advantage of seasonal activities, such as outdoor movie showings, evening ghost tours or even a twilight river cruise. All fun ways to experience York’s history and charm. 


Romantic walks

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the less crowded paths of the River Foss or through quieter parks, such as West Bank for a more intimate experience. 


Photo opportunities

It might sound like an obvious one, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to forget taking photos – especially if you’re having a great time.  

Ensure to capture the memories of your date with photos in picturesque spots, such as York Museum Gardens and in front of the York Minster. 

Incorporating these tips will ensure a memorable and enchanting date in York, filled with plenty of special moments. 


Extend your romantic date with us

Make the most of your date in York by ending your evening in our York hotel. Our cosy rooms and hearty breakfast options will ensure you start your next day (or date) feeling refreshed. 

Book your stay with us today and get ready to explore York’s top dating spots this summer! 

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