Date night ideas in York

If you’re looking for date night ideas in York for you and your partner, we’ve put together a list of some of the best options. From arts and crafts to spending time in nature, there’s something for everyone. 

Visit the River Ouse 

The River Ouse runs right through York and there are a number of scenic walks for you to embark on. Get wrapped up warm in the winter or take in the sunshine in the summer - this York date idea is perfect for any season. If you want to spend some time actually on the river, look into a City Cruise and see the city like never before. For £13 per adult, enjoy a minimum trip length of 45 minutes, complete with Captain’s commentary and snacks and beverages provided on board. Learn everything there is to know about all the city’s landmarks, including York Minster and the Museum Gardens. 

Explore York Minster 

If you’d rather see the impressive York Minster up close, a visit is £16 per adult or £22 to see both the Minster and the Tower. York residents go free – just bring along proof of address. Explore the Cathedral’s rich history and discover the stories behind the beautiful stained-glass windows. Visit between 10am and 3pm for an hour-long free tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the secrets of the Cathedral. 

The Minster’s central tower is the highest point in the city, and after climbing the 275 steps you’ll be rewarded with picturesque views of York – perfect for taking your other half up for a romantic view. 

Try pottery painting 

For something a little different, take your partner to Bish Bash Pot for a creative date night in York. Choose from plates, bowls, mugs, or ceramic animals and figures, and paint whatever design you can think of. No art skills are needed – just paint the whole thing one colour, or you can attempt your best Van Gogh if you’re feeling artistic. Book a table with a £5 deposit and pick up your fired and glazed finished pieces seven days later. Put your new vase on display or use your mug for your daily coffee and think back to your romantic date night every time you use it. 

Visit York Museum Gardens 

The York Museum Gardens are open daily from 9am to 6pm, so why not head out with a picnic to enjoy nature? Pack a lunch and take in some fresh air or go for a wander around the gardens and stop by Coffee From a Bike, a coffee shop in front of York Museum. 

See the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, one of England’s wealthiest Benedictine monasteries ended by Henry VIII due to his reformation of the church. Walk through the remains and see where the monks prayed and lived their lives. Once you’ve taken in the history, head back into the gardens and see all the trees, flowers, and plants the Gardens are famous for. The ideal date idea for nature lovers in York. 

Go for a romantic meal out 

An obvious suggestion but a good one - take your other half out for a delicious meal. York is full of excellent restaurants from every cuisine so, no matter your preference, there will be something for you. Try Cresci Pizzeria or Delrio’s for Italian, The Orchid Vegan Restaurant for tasty Thai, or Babylon for some Greek goodness. If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, head to Patisserie Valerie for an afternoon tea or York Cocoa House for decadent chocolate treats. 

If you fancy a cocktail after your meal, head to The Botanist for something floral or herbal, Turtle Bay for a refreshing and tropical sip, or Slug & Lettuce for all the classics. 

If you need more ideas on how to spend a date night in York, read our blog on free things to do in York.