Things to do in Yorkshire for couples

Sharing unforgettable moments with your loved one just became even more exciting with a plethora of amazing things to do in Yorkshire for couples.


It’s not just about a casual stroll through the town or a standard trip to the pub anymore. In Yorkshire, options are endless for couples, from the adventurous to the relaxing and the utterly romantic.

Immerse yourselves in a variety of extraordinary experiences that will create lasting memories for you and your partner on your romantic getaway. Whether it's to surprise them or plan an incredible day out to enjoy together, you can try things ranging from afternoon tea to observatories and romantic chocolatey experiences. So, grab your significant other and embark on an adventure through this curated list of 20 things to do in Yorkshire for couples.

The best days out in Yorkshire for couples

Planning a day trip out in Yorkshire with your loved one? There are plenty of ways you and your loved one can have memorable experiences exploring on your day trips around the area. Here are some of our favourite picks:

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St Mary’s Church

Let’s start our list of things to do in Yorkshire for couples with a bit of history and culture, by visiting St Mary's Church. This striking medieval church is famous for its architecture and picturesque surroundings. Plus, St Mary’s Church is around a mere 10-minute drive away for those staying in Woodland Lakes Lodges.

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National Railway Museum

Train enthusiasts will love a visit to the National Railway Museum in York. See over 100 trains up close, ranging from stunning royal carriages to the record-breaking Mallard. Couples can enjoy browsing the exhibits together and even take a romantic ride on one of the vintage trains through the Yorkshire countryside.

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York Castle Museum

You and your partner can immerse yourselves in York’s history and culture with a visit to the York Castle Museum. Walk through the recreated Victorian street together and imagine you’ve stepped back in time. Couples interested in social history will also love the exhibits documenting everyday life through the centuries.

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York Minster

No couples’ trip to York is complete without visiting the iconic York Minster. Gaze up in awe at the intricate Gothic architecture and brilliant stained-glass windows with your loved one. Try to spot the famous Great East Window - its circumference is larger than a tennis court!

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The Scarborough Fair Collection

Located on the Yorkshire coast, The Scarborough Fair Collection is another one of the excellent things to do in Yorkshire for couples. It’s a delight for couples with all sorts of tastes, since you can browse the comprehensive displays of instruments, steam engines, and motorbikes from around the world. Just a 15-20 minute drive from the Bay Filey.

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Adventurous and fun things to do in Yorkshire for couples

Are you looking for more adventurous things to do in Yorkshire for couples? You’ll find plenty of exciting and unique experiences that will make the trip all the more perfect. Here are our top fun things to do in Yorkshire for couples:

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Get close to exotic animals at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and see how extraordinary the animal kingdom really is. From polar bears to lemurs, you’ll see more than 400 animals live in habitats emulating their natural environments across nearly 400 acres of parkland.

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The York Dungeon

If you want to find thrilling days out in Yorkshire for couples, a great experience awaits at The York Dungeon! This live-action show takes you through York's history in an immersive and tongue-in-cheek way. Grip each other tightly as you travel through the dungeons and plague streets together, encountering dramatic shows and costumed characters.

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National Centre for Birds of Prey

Couples who love animals and the great outdoors will certainly enjoy a visit to the National Centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley. Witness majestic eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls up close in flight displays that showcase their impressive hunting skills. If you’re staying in Woodland Lakes Lodges, it’s only a 30-35-minute drive away.

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Lime Tree Observatory & Planetarium

Are you ready for an out-of-this-world date? Then why not take your loved one to the Lime Tree Observatory and Planetarium? Together, you and your partner can gaze up at the stars and planets through the powerful telescopes, learning fun facts about the universe from the knowledgeable guides. Plus, be sure to catch a show in the onsite planetarium.

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Thirsk Racecourse

Get your pulse racing together with a thrilling day at Thirsk Racecourse. Soak up the electric atmosphere trackside as you watch the exhilarating races together. You’ll see horses thunder past as you cheer for the ones you've bet on, or simply want to win. Couples can also get dressed up for the occasion and enjoy the local bars and retailers.

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Relaxing days out for couples in Yorkshire

Sometimes, the most intimate things to do in Yorkshire for couples come from relaxing and tranquil activities. Therefore, let’s look at some of the best relaxing days out for couples in Yorkshire.

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Filey Beach

Long sandy beaches and rolling waves make Filey Beach on the Yorkshire Coast the ideal relaxing place for couples. Stroll along the long stretch of golden sands and breathe in the invigorating sea air. You can also snuggle together on the shore and watch the beautiful waves rolling in and out. Filey beach is right on the door step of The Bay Filey!

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Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve

Surround yourselves with the beauty of nature with a wander around Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve in Thirsk. The network of walking trails through meadows, trees, and ponds is perfect for a romantic stroll with your loved one. Listen out for the many sounds you’ll hear, from rustling leaves to birdsong. Why not also enjoy a picnic by one of the ponds.

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The Pantry

Couples looking for a cosy spot for afternoon tea will love The Pantry situated in Thirsk. Experience a warm Yorkshire welcome the right way, as you feast on the delicious variety of foods on offer. You can taste some delicious cream teas with your favourite cand snacks. There is also a vast range of gluten and dairy-free options!

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Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park

For laidback lovebirds who enjoy nature, Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park is a top choice of things to do in Yorkshire for couples. Wander around the enclosures together and say hello to the owls, flamingos, penguins, and parrots – and don’t forget the curious meerkats. If you’re staying at The Bay Filey, the park is only a 5-10 minute drive away!

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Ampleforth Abbey

Finding tranquillity is easy for couples who visit Ampleforth Abbey in the heart of the peaceful North York Moors. Take a romantic walk through the wildflower meadows and woods surrounding this Benedictine monastery, and if you need a snack, pop into the monastic shop and cafe for locally made foods and crafts.

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Our top romantic days out in Yorkshire

Now it’s time to look at the things to do in Yorkshire for couples that will get the romance flowing, whether it’s intimate walks or unique days out. Here are our top options for romantic days out in Yorkshire for couples:

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Gormire Lake

Surrounded by scenic moorland and forest, Gormire Lake is one of the most romantic natural spots in Yorkshire. You and your loved one can take a blissful walk around the lake together, against the dramatic backdrop of the rocky outcrops and hills. Pack a picnic blanket and select something tasty, so you can enjoy the views over the shimmering lake.

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York’s Chocolate Story

What could be more romantic than an experience dedicated to chocolate? York's Chocolate Story takes couples on a sensorial journey through the history and making of chocolate. Get ready to sample delicious chocolates together as you learn about the origins of the treats and taste them in all their rich glory.

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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

For couples who like the outdoors, the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is an ideal romantic day out. Take a scenic four-mile walk together through woodlands and along rivers, and take moments to stop and admire dramatic waterfalls tumbling over rocks along the way. There are few spots as nice as this to take some photos to capture the moment forever.

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Peasholm Park

Another great choice for romantic day outs out in Yorkshire for couples is to visit Peasholm Park in Scarborough. This park will amaze couples with its picturesque beauty, where you'll be greeted by tranquil waters, lush greenery, and winding pathways that invite romantic strolls. You can also take a scenic boat ride across the enchanting lake.

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Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

Combining countryside charm with the joy of craft spirits, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery is a great example of romantic things to do in Yorkshire for couples. Join a guided tour of this artisan gin and rum distillery together to learn about the distilling process and passionate craftsmanship. Just a 5-10 minute drive from The Bay Filey!

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The best couple’s holiday in Yorkshire

Now that you’ve seen the vast number of things to do in Yorkshire for couples, you’re more than ready to start planning your romantic getaway in Yorkshire.

Are you eager to visit the tasty York’s Chocolate Story? Are you already planning what to bring on your picnic to Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve?

Your options are truly endless, and with your dream holiday home at the centre of all these activities, you’ll have the right ingredients for a magical getaway in Yorkshire.

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