Good days in North Yorkshire perfect for a date

There are many places to enjoy a great day in North Yorkshire. So many beautiful scenic spots perfect for a day-long rendezvous. It can be a little intimidating to spend the day with someone new, but someday you can plan activities which is a great way to avoid the dreaded awkward silences!

Once you have put your ideal partner in one of the many free dating sites, then it’s time to set a date. Most of my dates were the usual ‘let’s go have a drink’. I actually think it’s a lot more fun to do something else. Especially if you are a little shy like me!

So let’s check out some of my favorite places in North Yorkshire.

4 days in North Yorkshire perfect for a date


Helmsley North Yorkshire full day

Helmsley is a small market town in North Yorkshire and is perfect for a date. Especially on a sunny day! We have been here for several days and it is just a nice place and not too busy.

If you’re lucky, you can avoid paying for parking by getting a spot on Ryegate.

Every time I go to Helmsley I feel like I have been taken back in time! They have things like:

  • A traditional confectionery
  • A delicatessen that sells incredible cheese, pastries, and pies
  • A fish and chips
  • Quaint tea rooms
  • A beautiful gift shop

Our favorite places are Helmsley Brewing Company for a pint of their Helmsley honey. In hot weather, you can sit outside in the back.

Helmsley Spice this is where we tend to eat in Helmsley. The curry house is very popular on the weekends, so don’t forget to book in advance! They have the most amazing lamb shank. But if I’m being honest I’m here for the poppadums and the selection of dips you get at the start! I usually ask to keep my hand on the hollows because I also want to dip my naan in them.

There is also a castle that you can visit. You have to pay to enter but you can see it from the setting if you don’t want to enter.

Christmas in Helmsley is lovely too, with cute little trees and decorations everywhere, take a stroll before warming up in the pub.

Remember to check if anything is going on before you go, we went on a weekend and they had a gin festival!

Chateau Howard

Castle Howard North Yorkshire date idea

Chateau Howard is worth a visit for butchers alone, in my opinion. When we lived closer we would go all the time for burgers, sausage and other meats.

The historic home has been in the Howard family for over 300 years. There is a lot to see here. There are a lot of rooms you can look at in the house itself and a chapel.

The gardens are also very large if you like outdoor activities. It’s perfect for a walk and you can take a ride on the overland train if you get tired! There are pleasure boats, ice cream parlors, trails, woods to explore, and even a garden center.


Whitby Abbey seen from a cliff

Drive through the North York Moors to find yourself in Whitby. Whitby is a lovely place to spend the day. It’s popular so can get busy!

You will absolutely want to visit Whitby Abbey. Go up the steps at the end of Church Street to get to the magnificent Abbey. It is accessible through the museum where you can learn more about the history of the abbey. There’s even a rare signed copy of Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula“.

While you are at the abbey I recommend a visit to Whitby Brewery.

You will be spoiled for choice of things to do, there is the entertainment that is always fun – we have mini golf! There is the Dracula experience which is a bit of fun and has some cheesy animated scenes. You can walk the beaches to the pier and don’t forget to take a photo in front of the famous tail bones.

There are plenty of places to eat. Fish and chips are everywhere. I would recommend eating at The Magpie restaurant, the Star in the harbor or Cosa Nostra.

Most places in Whitby also accept dogs!


York minster

I know I wrote an entire article on dating ideas in York, but I just couldn’t ignore this beautiful city! You can see my ‘York dating ideas’ post for more ideas for York.

Hope you enjoyed my days in North Yorkshire Ideas! Day dates are a great way to get to know someone and an excuse to visit a new place. Even if you are on the Norfolk Dating scene, a trip to Yorkshire could be a great first weekend together for a new couple!

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