Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to take a break from your regular routine and spend time with the one you love. And where better to do that than in the charming city of York?

Our city is the ideal location for a Valentine's Day getaway thanks to its fascinating history, charming streets, and countless romantic possibilities. Stroll hand-in-hand through the historic city walls while admiring the magnificent architecture and beautiful surroundings. A leisurely boat ride on the River Ouse or a fancy dinner at one of York's many romantic restaurants are both excellent date ideas. Visit one of York's many historical sites to travel back in time, notably York Minster, one of the most stunning Gothic cathedrals in the world. Or, if you're feeling daring, take a ghost tour through the city's mediaeval streets to learn more about its eerie past.

Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the quaint streets of the Shambles, one of Europe's best-preserved mediaeval streets, if you're looking for something a little more laid-back. Finish the day with a delicious dinner at one of York's many fashionable restaurants and a romantic sunset over the city. The options are endless!

No matter what you're looking for, our city has something to offer for every couple. So make this Valentine's Day one to remember by spending it in the beautiful city of York! #LoveYork

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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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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. 

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.

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