Romance - Hotel Indigo York

With stunning architecture, a bustling city centre, and exciting events, York is the perfect city to celebrate your love story. With our expert knowledge of the city we call home, we’ve gathered some of the best anniversary date ideas that will have you falling even more in love with your special person and the UK.  

1st Anniversary – Indulge with Ice Cream 

First anniversaries can be intimidating, so why not keep it casual? Spend a summer’s day with a sweet treat and try one of the amazing ice cream parlours York has to offer. It’s the perfect opportunity to sit and reflect on the year you spent together without any pressure. Plus, it’s a unique alternative to the traditional first anniversary go-to’s of drinks or dinner, making sure it’ll be a memorable experience.  

The Full Moo  

For a really special anniversary date, why not grab an ice cream on a boat? Located next to the Star Inn The City, this adorable ice cream parlour serves delicious gelato and ice cream on sunny days from 12-5 pm. Just look out for the fun cow decorating the top of the boat. Embrace nostalgia and find out their favourite flavour. 

Diana’s Cafe  

If you and your loved one are a little adventurous, make a switch from the traditional ice cream with Diana’s cafe. Formerly The Nice Cream cafe, this adorable shop located in the city centre serves ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, adding a fun element and a unique texture to the chilled treat. Plus, with dairy-free options like the vegan Eton mess ice cream, it’s a safe bet that you’ll both find something to indulge in.  


For fans of all things bright and colourful, you need to head to LICC. Take your sweetheart to the Luxury Ice Cream Company and support this small family business creating stunning desserts in the heart of York. Their gelatos and sorbets are made from 1000% Italian ingredients, offering you an authentic experience.  

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5th Anniversary – Meander Through History at York Minster

Once you’ve spent a few years together, it’s time to take the next step. A 5th anniversary is all about an activity. Share a day exploring, visiting the sites, and sharing mutual interests. York is packed full of incredible historical sites from York Minster to the infamous city walls. If your love is a history buff or you’d like to take some time away from the bustle of the city, York makes the perfect setting for your anniversary.  

Built between 1220 and 1472. York Minster remains one of the most important Christian sites in the UK, housing collections and Gothic-style architecture. Explore the site and don’t forget to check out the dazzling stained glass of Chapter House. Swoon over stunning exhibitions together before grabbing a slice of coffee and cake to pour over your experience.  

If you’d rather take in the fresh air, invite your other half for a walk along the city walls. Follow the trail and see the whole city from the longest medieval town walls in England. Or step into a setting straight out of a romantic comedy in the York Museum gardens. Stroll through the flowers and take a snap to frame forever.  


Image looking up at the York Minster

50th Anniversary – Buy a Ticket at York Theatre Royal 

You’ve reached your 50th anniversary! Congratulations. So, if you’ve booked a relaxing weekend away in York, why not make the trip even more memorable with a trip to the York Theatre Royal? Whether your partner is partial to poetry, dance, or musical theatre, there’s guaranteed to be a show for you. It’s like the more mature version of your treasured teenage movie dates. Get dressed up, get nostalgic and giggle like kids talking over your favourite moments afterwards. With a trip to the theatre, you can share that childlike wonder, no matter your age.  

This summer the circus comes to town when Around the World in 80 Days-Ish hits the city. From the 18th of July to the 3rd August, you can witness the marvel that is the story of Phileas Fogg and his thrilling race across the globe. If you’d rather have a more intimate and impactful show, Haydn: The Creation is now available to book for the 22nd of June, hailed as one of the most joyful and life-affirming choral works ever written.  

York Theatre Royal front entrance

Fall in Love with Yorkshire

Whether you’re planning your 1st anniversary, 5th anniversary, or 50th, York is full of wonder. Plan your trip now and make the most magical memories. Contact Hotel Indigo York right now to book your stay. Get ready to fall further in love this summer. 


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