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Top 10 Places to Propose in Yorkshire

14 Oct 2015

Ready to trade in singledom for wedded bliss? If now is the time to get on bended knee and ask the question of a lifetime, check out these top ten locations in Yorkshire to make a proposal extraordinary. 

1. North York Moors


©VisitBritain / Welcome to Yorkshire

If rolling hills and natural beauty are your thing, look no further than North York Moors. Its a peaceful paradise with 1,400 miles of countryside complete with idyllic coastline, pine forests, historic structures and distinctive bridleways across heather moorland.

©VisitBritain / Lee Beel

Hop aboard The North Yorkshire Moors railway in Pickering for a Harry Potter style train journey across the green landscape, or explore it on horseback like the heroes and heroines of the novels inspired by this area. If it was good enough for Heathcliff and Cathy


2. Ripley Castle

©VisitBritain / Joanna Henderson

Surrounded by lush greenery and three miles from Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 700-year-old Ripley Castle is open to the public all year round. Enjoy the deer park, vibrant walled gardens and lakes, or perhaps take a guided tour to learn the lives and loves of the Ingilby family that the castle has been home to for 26 generations. After your loved one has said
yes,take a stroll into Ripley village to wander around charming shops, an art gallery and delicatessen.

ripley-castle-1©VisitBritain / Joanna Henderson


3. York Minster


This huge 800-year-old stunning gothic cathedral with stained glass and underground chambers will help you to escape the busy streets of York to its spiritual atmosphere. Climb the tower to gaze across striking views of the city and the Yorkshire countryside, followed by a quaint horse and cart trip around the city to make a memory. Plenty of opportunities to steal a few moments for the special question.


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4. Cow and Calf rock, Ilkely Moor

©VisitBritain / James McCormick

This large formation of prehistoric rocks offers a brilliant location to climb if you and your beau are into the great outdoors, with stunning views of Ilkely to celebrate after the question has been popped.


5. Helmsley Castle

The Black Swan at Helmsley/ ©VisitBritain

Located in the market town of Helmsley, this English Heritage site was built in the early 12th century and boats a fascinating story in addition to being located within the North York Moors National Park. Take an audio tour of the romantic ruin, or explore the hands on exhibition together. 

Afterward visit The Black Swan, a historic boutique hotel, and sip some champagne afternoon tea in the hotels award winning tea room for a delightful treat. 


6. Whitby

©Welcome to Yorkshire

This town is a gem on the Yorkshire coast scattered with cosy cottages, inns and B&Bs. The romantic opportunities are endless with Whitby abbey (which helped inspire Bram Stokers Dracula and has been home to many romantic proposals), Robin Hoods Bay and Staithes close by.

©Welcome to Yorkshire

Piping hot fish and chips, fresh sea air and ice cream all await, as do whale-watching boat trips if a truly unusual engagement calls. 


7. Castle Howard 


One of Yorkshires grandest stately homes, this national treasure and its grounds are vast 1,000 acres to be exact so finding a private corner for a bride or groom-to-be will be easy. Think tranquil woodland walks, lakes, temples and fountains with colourful flora and astounding natural beauty. There is even a chapel in the west wing of the house to prepare for a walk down the aisle. 

8. Filey

©VisitBritain / Lee Beel

Quiet and picturesque, Filey is a coastal destination with a farm and friendly atmosphere. Take flip flops and head down to the sandy beach to absorb the calming sound of the waves on a sunny day, visit the breathtaking Filey Brigg, or take a trip to the white-washed Flamborough Head Lighthouse to spend this romantic time together. 

9. Byland Abbey


Relax in open countryside on the edge of the North York Moors at one of Britains greatest monasteries with glorious architecture and the equally historic Byland Abbey Inn offering high quality food. Weddings also take place here, so its possible to become engaged and married in the same beautiful spot.


10. Yorkshire Dales

©VisitBritain / Lee Beel

Welcome to Brontë country. Windswept, wild and part of the Pennines, its scenic rugged character will capture both your hearts, as it did for authors the Brontë sisters, who lived in Haworth. Stroll beside rivers, cycle, climb, head to to the limestone cliff at Malham Cove, Brimham Rocks or visit Hadraw Force Waterfall - England's highest single drop waterfall. There are campsites, traditional pubs, five star country hotels and cottages to stay in should you wish to make a weekend of the proposal. 


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