From castle ruins to underwater restaurants, Yorkshire remains unrivalled for those looking to impress that special someone on a couple's break to luxury Whitby hotels and elsewhere in the county.
If you're planning a private getaway together, follow our guide to all things romantic up North.
Cross country affair
Yorkshire is revered for its breathtaking beauty, the likes of which have inspired some of time's most enduring poetry and literature. If you're hoping to feel the amorous effects of this impressive region, there's plenty to see and do to help you discover Yorkshire's natural allure.
If the pair of you are new to the area, you can have fun exploring the seaside town by climbing aboard the North Bay Railway a short distance from your Scarborough accommodation. This miniature railway visits the town's favourite hot spots, with the first train leaving from Peasholm Park at 10.30 am and then every hour until it makes its last journey to Scalby Mills at 3.30 pm. The classic Hudswell Clarke locomotives aren't the only thing on offer at North Bay Railway. Visitors can take to the boating lake from May for a pedal with views of Scarborough's Open Air Theatre, in the meantime why not learn a new skill together with the attraction's driver experience courses?
Keeping with the historic theme, Scarborough's heritage is no more apparent than at the dramatic ruins of Scarborough Castle. The stunning English Heritage site boasts panoramic views of the coastline and along with ancient artefacts displayed in the Master Gunner's House, tells the story of the town's 3,000-year history. As English Heritage suggests, it would be a truly romantic day out and love birds should take the opportunity to tuck into a piece of chocolate cake and a cuppa in the cosy café on site.
Experts in the area's romantic possibilities, WOW Weddings suggests heading off the beaten track to discover the real magic just outside of Scarborough. Travelling further into the heart of the countryside, couples can be at one with nature at the peaceful Falling Foss Tea Room.
Jenny from WOW Weddings has this advice for soulmates exploring the county: "Enjoy a walk in the countryside at the gorgeous and breathtaking Falling Foss. You can stroll through the forest and see the amazing waterfall. There's also a rope swing there for those big kids in us!"
The quaint woodland cottage appears to be straight out of a fairy story, so it's no surprise that brides and grooms-to-be love Falling Foss as a wedding venue. For the average guest, however, the homemade cakes and scones are sure to appeal for a mid-ramble pick me up.
On the subject of food, Yorkshire is the home of comforting meals guaranteed to perk up any appetite, but it also has its fair share of creative eateries to impress your date with.
For the real wow factor, book a table at Hull's exclusive underwater Two Rivers Restaurant. A unique dining experience, the restaurant located at the heart of The Deep Aquarium provides dinner and a show as guests tuck into their culinary delights while all manner of sharks, rays and ocean life swim by.
Two Rivers is available for bookings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The contemporary menu mirrors the conservational goals of the aquarium, sourcing local, sustainable ingredients for diners to savour while surrounded by some of Europe's best aquatic displays. If you're planning a big surprise on your couple's retreat, the restaurant's private viewing tunnel can be booked on an exclusive basis and the evening includes an after-hours tour of the marine life followed by dinner and a bottle of Prosecco or Cava.
For daytime dining, another place championing good, locally sourced produce is Stepney Hill Farm. It's a favourite of professional wedding planner Jenny, whose team at WOW Weddings have worked with Stepney Hill Farm to make couples' wedding dreams come true. She explains: "Yorkshire is the perfect romantic getaway for a couple wanting to spend quality time with each other. You can enjoy afternoon tea at Stepney Hill Farm which is also a perfect evening reception to get married in. We have decorated this venue in many styles, from grand extravagance décor to minimal rustic décor."
But if you're not quite ready to say I do, Stepney's lunchtime tea room is also pretty special. Open between 10 am and 4 pm, the tea rooms are a must for cake lovers with a selection of freshly baked goodies sitting alongside mid-day staples like sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes. Diners can relax at this peaceful rural café, surrounded by beautiful open countryside.
A different view of Yorkshire
Once you've marvelled at Yorkshire's stunning scenery, discover how it has inspired artists living in Whitby throughout time at the Pannett Art Gallery.
Presenting an impressive collection of regional and nationally recognised artwork, the gallery based at the heart of Whitby in Pannett Park is sure to entertain lovers visiting the town. Pannett Art Gallery promotes exhibitions of historic and contemporary art for visitors to enjoy, so whether you're looking to learn more about Whitby's gothic romantic roots or simply want to know what today's creatives are up to, this free gallery is a must.
Pannett's Helen describes how the gallery and the well-established park work together to "offer a fascinating glimpse of Whitby's heritage, illustrating the unique story of the area through the paintings and exhibits on display."
"The exquisitely detailed and expressive paintings of the highly respected Whitby artist George Weatherill and his family 1810 - 1923 show how the town developed during the 19th Century. The colourful and lively paintings of the Staithes Group of Artists document the emotions and hardships of the working lives of local people.
"This is the only comprehensive public display of art works by this early 20th Century collective of English Impressionists."
From the scenic to the sumptuous, Yorkshire is the ideal spot to unwind and spend time together, whether you opt for a windswept walk on Scarborough's cliffs or prefer to dine with the sharks.
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