What to do on Valentine’s Day in York

Whether you’ll be mooching around with a Valentine or looking to have some fun with your Galentines, you don’t want to miss 14th February. There are all sorts to see and do in York and Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to check it out! For insider tips on where to go and what to see, read on…

Where to stay. York has no shortage of places to stay but if you fancy a little bit of luxury, we recommend the Grand Hotel. It is one of the top 5-star hotels in the country – from exemplary service to luxurious suites, it has everything you need to be treated on Valentine’s Day. Why not take advantage of the spa – there is even a Nordic dry sauna! Treat yourself! If you’re looking for something more cute and cosy, Guy Fawkes Inn is the place to be. It’s the birthplace of Guy Fawkes himself and is steeped in history – it even looks on to the York Minster! A great option if you’re looking for a unique stay!

How to travel. Naturally, the best way to see the city is by boat so we recommend the York City Cruise. The historic Ouse runs through the heart of York and most landmarks can be seen from the deck! Experts are on hand, so you won’t miss a thing. It is also a great way to experience York’s many bridges from a more unusual vantage point. Venice, eat your heart out! (Image credit: www.visityork.org)

If you’d prefer to stay on land, we recommend the Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour. You’ll get taken around the whole city and see all of the sights – you’ll even get to learn all about York’s 2,000 year history from the tour guides. Your pass is valid for 24 hours and you can get on and off as you please!

Chocolate! For over a century, York has been the UK’s home of chocolate. With historic confectioners such as Terry’s and Rowntree’s both beginning their chocolate journey in York, it really is the best place to learn about (and taste!) the good stuff. York’s Chocolate Story is an unmissable tour – romantic for a couple but great fun for friends! Why not stop by the York Cocoa Works too?

A stroll. A walk around York is not complete without a trip to the Shambles. The Shambles is considered the “best-preserved medieval shopping street in Europe” and walking down it is like stepping back in time! But it is also thought to be haunted so beware of ghosts getting in the way of your romantic stroll. . Alongside this ancient street, you will find both the Shambles Market and Shambles Food Court. (Image credit: www.visityork.org)

Shopping! Here at Avorium, we like to think we cater to all your Valentine’s gifting needs! We offer personalisation on many of our products (such as our notebook and diary) making your gift that bit more special! We even provide gift wrapping in our luxury tissue paper and premium gift boxes – what’s not to love? We’re running a Valentine’s offer on our Red, Pink and Peach collections so swing by our Colliergate store and don’t miss out!

 The walls. The perfect way to wrap up your Valentine’s Day in York is with a romantic stroll around the walls. 2 miles long and originally built almost 2,000 years ago the walls are a fantastic way to see the city, especially in the evening. Why not take the opportunity to reflect on your day in York?

If you do spend Valentine’s Day in York, let us know how it went! Did you try anything mentioned in this blog?

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If you like to be organised, why not use the Visit York website to plan your visit?

You could also learn more about what our great city has to offer by stopping by the Visit York Information Centre on Museum Street. There are hundreds of leaflets you can pick up, all containing fantastic things to see and do in and around York and the Visit York team is always on had to help with queries and make suggestions!


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