Move over Venice with your gondola rides and Paris with your Eiffel Tower, and make way for Leeds. Whether it’s one night away for date night with a difference or a romantic weekend getaway, this vibrant Yorkshire hotspot is well worth a visit.
Check out our top ten romantic things to do in Leeds with your one and only, and then base yourselves in the heart of the city at Roomzzz.
Afternoon tea at The Ivy
So swish, so swanky – The Ivy is new to Leeds’ iconic Victoria Quarter. The luxe and maximalist interior styling is sure to woo your beau (we’re obsessed with the colour clashes and on point tropical prints). And the attentive service will have you both feeling like royalty.
Afternoon tea is served from 3-5pm every day. Served up on a silver plate stand, you get three mouth-watering flavours of finger sandwiches and four indulgent desserts (and one of them comes in a plant pot, so Insta-friendly!). Get the champagne involved for an extra £7.55.
If you want to carry on being fancy afterwards, grab a seat at the bar and treat yourselves to one of their stand-out cocktails. Insider tip: the candy floss fizz is too good to be true and comes with a massive candyfloss garnish.
Shopping in the Corn Exchange
If you’re a pair of shopaholics at heart then the historic Corn Exchange will make a cute backdrop to an afternoon’s shopping. This oval shaped, Victorian building rivals all of the famous Leeds arcades – it’s packed with independent shops galore.
Spoil your other half with a unique piece of jewellery, a rare house plant from The Plant Point or a trendy piece from indie streetwear brand, MKI. Have a wander together around the cast-iron galleries and grab a bite to share from one of the fab foodie spots. You won’t find a unique shopping experience like this anywhere else.
Brewery tour at North Brewing Co.
Are you a craft beer loving couple? If it’s a big, resounding ‘yes!’ then a brewery tour is an absolute must for your couples stay away. We love this place, it’s a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away in an industrial estate just out of the city centre. Expect a chilled atmosphere, great music and street food vans throughout the summer.
Any Saturday at 3pm you can book on to the North Brewing Co’s brewery tour for just a tenner. Find out how their delicious beer is made directly from one of the expert brewers. You’ll have a look around the brewery, have your questions answered and get a little bit tipsy along the way (the tour includes three fresh third pints).
Crazy golf at Junkyard Golf Club
Think crazy golf turned up a notch…or ten! Get yourself to this zany, neon world for an unforgettable day out with your babe. Have a bash at the circus themed course, complete with mirror maze and scary clowns. Putt your way around a scrapyard or step into a jungle – just watch out for the bear!
But it wouldn’t be Junkyard Golf without a trip to the bar! The cocktails are something else – stuffed with sweets and cocktail umbrellas, and served up in party cups. In between impressing your love with your mad golf skills and downing the bevvies, be sure to grab selfies in abandoned bumper cars and with rogue speedboat riding pigs (yes you read that right).
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Have a walk at Harewood House
Harewood House is no doubt the prettiest place in Leeds for a romantic stroll. Explore over 100 acres of gardens together. Admire the fountains in the formal terrace garden, wander amongst the rhododendrons in the Himalayan garden, and find fruit and veg growing in the walled garden.
Oh, and did we mention the bird garden and penguins? There are around 40 species including flamingos, amazing colourful parrots and owls. And best of all, you can get involved with feeding their cute clan of Humboldt penguins.
The grand, Georgian house is also worth checking out. The rooms are ridiculously ornate (especially the gallery!). And then there’s below stairs, where the servants lived and worked.
Harewood House garden facade, Leeds. Built between 1759 and 1771 for the 1st Baron Harewood, Harewood House was designed by John Carr but was completed by Robert Adam. Sir Charles Barry was charged with simplifying the facade as it appears today removing its original portico in the 1840s – and also adding the second story level to the wings to accommodate the 13 children of the 3rd Earl. Barry was also responsible for the designs of the terraces and parterres. Astrid Zydower’s bronze ‘Orpheus’ has stood sentinel over the garden since 1984.
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Sip cocktails at Issho
From Leeds to Japan, just by taking the stairs up from the Victoria Gate shopping centre. The perfect excuse to get dressed up, this place is really classy! And here’s a fun fact to dazzle your other half: ‘issho’ means together in Japanese. How cute is that?
Sit yourselves under a blossom tree in the bar or get cosy on a sofa out on the rooftop terrace with Stunning views over the city. The service is second to none and the cocktails are dangerously good – they’re switched up seasonally and are inspired by the Japanese seasons. It’ll be all too easy to while away a whole evening in this city-centre oasis.
Go Ape at Temple Newsam
Adventurous couples can tackle the tree tops at Temple Newsam. Be bold and go for the tree top challenge – the hardest Go Ape course. Your unbreakable love and unwavering support (did we just say that?) will get you through once you’re 15 meters above the ground.
The exhilarating 1080 meter aerial course is packed with white-knuckle crossings between the trees, free fall swings, and zip wires. The longest zip is a whopping 60 meters long! A daring date idea that will give you both goosebumps!
Tuck into French food at Sous Le Nez
We’re about to let you in on Leeds’ best kept secret… The basement bar and bistro Sous Le Nez. It’s hidden away from the trendier part of town but that doesn’t matter to us – it’s the perfect place to wine and dine your partner in crime.
The focus is on French cuisine and proper restaurant service. Expect a cosy and intimate atmosphere and classic bistro vibes. It’s all about the Menu du Soir (three courses and half a bottle of wine for just £29.95!). Just make sure you’re hungry because you’re in for an absolute feast of French classics and locally sourced, seasonal delights.
Get your craft on at Leeds Print Workshop
Are you a hip, cool and creative couple? Well, even if you’re not, you’re bound to have fun together getting arty. It’s a bit of a different activity for a romantic weekend away but why not learn a new skill side by side? You can’t miss the inviting and graphic exterior of Leeds Print Workshop on Vicar Lane.
Get yourselves booked on to a one day workshop lead by their super lovely and knowledgeable staff. And try your hand at lino or screen printing, embossing or eco printing. Everything will be provided so all you need to do is bring your innovation and artistic eye.
Catch some jazz at The Domino Club
This secret bar in the Grand Arcade is an absolute must. It’s just been named as one of the top twenty bars in the world and attracts the best jazz bands from around the globe. Enter through the back of Lord’s Barbers and descend down the stairs into some bygone era.
We’re getting major speakeasy vibes from this place – it must be the dark and moody decor. The Victorian hints, parquet floor and fireplace at the back of the stage all add to the cooler than cool feel.
Once you’ve been whisked into a red leather booth, make sure to try one of their raved about cocktails or amazingly priced rare liquors (they buy one bottle each week and when it’s gone, it’s gone). A night of exceptional music and drink guaranteed!
See Leeds is the place to be when it comes to romantic stays away – the city is jam-packed with unique, exciting and memorable date ideas. Check availability at our Leeds City Aparthotel, here.