Love and romance come in many different guises, that much is true. But if you’re looking for romantic introductions to beautiful York nestled in the North of England, there are a few which are beyond question. The first is that this was the birthplace of WH Auden, one of the most quoted 20th century poets in the world on the subject of love!
And then of course there is the undisputed romance of the railways and in York that means not only the beautiful Victorian railway station but also the National Railway Museum and, out of town, the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, a romantic journey if ever there was one.
So if you’re looking for a little romance in your life, York is the answer. Take a moonlit cruise down the Ouse, indulge in dinner at beautiful St William’s College, and wake up to a breathtaking view of the Minster from your bedroom window. It’s a city built for exploring on foot, with plenty of stops for a cappuccino, afternoon tea or something a little stronger along the way. You can even arrange a walking tour of York and of course the Moors. And what better backdrop for romance than the Museum Gardens, with the beautiful ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, or the Treasurer’s House, complete with charming gardens, tucked away behind the Minster? For total, unashamed romance, hire a horse and cart for your tour of the city, leaving you free to gaze adoringly into each other’s eyes. Tours leave from outside the Minster.
The Castle Museum is home to one of the biggest collections of Valentine cards. A thousand or more messages of love are in the archives – including the earliest dated and printed card in existence. It was sent on 12 January 1797 by Catherine (whose surname is impossible to decipher, but it might be Mossday) to a Mr. Brown who may have lived in London.
Certainly York has a lot to offer the couple looking for a bit of sight seeing, a bit of shopping and of course romance.
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