Contrary to popular belief, the people of Yorkshire are incredibly romantic when the need arises (“tha bloody beautiful, tha is”), and this hidden talent for the lovery-dovey is evidenced by the activities available in the city of Leeds.
What, you don’t believe that us Loiners have a few day-date tricks up our sleeve? Here are out op tips for romantic day dates in Leeds, and it’s not all Italian restaurants and fancy bars.
See the (Tropical) World
— Tropical World Leeds (@TropWorldLeeds) July 6, 2016
There are plenty of ways to waste a day, but touring Tropical World, Leeds’ very own exotic wildlife enclosure complete with open grounds and gorgeous Yorkshire scenery, definitely isn’t one of them.
Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, LS8 2ER – more info
Take a historic walk
Save your pennies by treating your date to a civilised and serene walk through Kirkstall Abbey, a now ruined 1000 year old church positioned conveniently minutes from the city centre, and in the middle of perfect picnic material grassland.
Abbey Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH – more info
Play ball at Roxy’s
— Roxy Ball Room (@RoxyBallRoom) July 8, 2016
Everyone loves a round of mini golf now and then, so if you’re struggling for ideas for your romantic escapades then settling for a few games in Roxy’s Ball Room could be a safe, and enjoyable, bet.
Roxy’s Ball Room, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW – more info
Relax in Roundhay Park
— Time to Shine (@TTSLeeds) July 7, 2016
If animals aren’t really your thing, you can ditch Tropical World, and simply take a day-long walk around Roundhay Park. It’s massive, leaving plenty of opportunity for exploration, and if Ryan Gosling movies have taught us anything, it’s that dates around romantic rivers always lead to kissing in the rain.
Climb the wall!
— TheLeedsClimbingWall (@TheLeedsWall) June 21, 2016
If you like to take a more ‘hands on’ approach to your potential spouses, The Leeds Wall should be able to provide you and you’re love interest with plenty of adrenaline pumping action. Suppose it’ll ease the nerves…
100a Gelderd Road, Leeds, LS12 6BY – more info
Take a waterfront stroll
— Neal Caffrey (@ZamanNation) November 13, 2015
It ain’t Paris, but a sunny walk around Leeds’ canal will charm the socks of even the most cynical of singles, and if it doesn’t, they’re not right for you.
Plus, if you get bored, you can always play Pooh sticks on one of the many bridges along the way.
Absorb some history
— Ros Walker (@CloutRosWalker) July 4, 2016
We’ve all been there and done that with romantic dates, but if you take your bae to be (I’m so sorry) to The Royal Armouries – which is absolutely free of charge – you’re definitely going to have fun taking in all the history… and holding all the weaponry.
Armouries Dr, Leeds, LS10 1LT – more info
See a film, in style
— Paisley Boyd (@PaisleyJBoyd) July 9, 2016
Cinema dates are old news now a days, but the Hyde Park Picture House brings a new, more positive, meaning to the word ‘old’. It’s rustic, retro and righteous, if you’re a film buff with a passion for classy viewings.
The ladies, and fellas, will love it.
73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD – more info
Explore the Tour de France route
— Tour de Yorkshire (@letouryorkshire) July 5, 2016
Remember when the Tour de France graced Yorkshire with it’s presence? Down here, we still haven’t heard the end of it.
Luckily, the walk along the trail is good for making small talk, as well as being luckily situated around and through some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landmarks.
Peruse the markets
— CafeMoorLeeds (@CafeMoorLeeds) July 11, 2016
Whoever your counterpart is, you’re bound to find something impressive and/or useful at Leeds’ markets. Spending a day rifling through the goodies on offer at both Leeds’ Farmer’s Market and the stalls at the Corn Exchange should, at the very least, inspire some kind of after-date dinner choice.
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