No Plan For Valentine's Day Weekend? Go To York

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If you’ve been looking at a year planner since the beginning of the year, you’ve probably noticed that Valentine’s Day falls on Friday, which means an entire weekend available to celebrate love.
Whether you’ve got a boo to share the weekend with or whether you want to indulge in a romantic treat for yourself, now’s the time to plan a getaway weekend. One word of advice: London is probably a place to avoid as you’re likely to see a sudden price increase. But there are other beautiful cities in the UK that are worth a visit on Valentine’s Day weekend, and one of them is York. Whether you are travelling as a couple alone, or with a single friend, York offers the perfect mix of easy romance and relaxing indulgence. It’s difficult not to fall in love with the Chocolate City when you spend a couple of days exploring its many facets! 

Plan the journey now
Unless you’re driving to York, it’s a good idea to look for train tickets as soon as possible. Remember that booking ahead can save you a lot of money and make sure you get the best possible seat. As you’ll be travelling over the weekend, it’s a good idea to avoid peak times whenever possible. If you can leave on Thursday to avoid the Friday – Valentine's Day – rush, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of stress.
Additionally, it’s worth investing in an upgrade. After all, you wouldn’t want to pick the economy fare to start your weekend of indulgence. A little upgrade can go a long way; it will ensure you’ve got a spacious seat and plenty of storage space. Besides, you might even get a free meal with your upgrade, which makes the journey seem a lot smoother! 

Get yourself some fun things with bae.. Or alone! 
York is a cultural city with plenty of exciting local events throughout the year. If you want to make the most of your weekend, it’s worth checking what’s on during Valentine’s break. The Jorvik Viking festival – Jorvik is the Norse name of York – runs from February 15th to 23rd this year. It’s a fantastic way to get back to your roots if you’ve got Viking ancestors, or simply to discover what Norsemen were like. Besides, you can combine the Viking fun with an axe-throwing workshop that gives you a rush of adrenaline. The best way to relax after your active afternoon is to pop to York’s Chocolate Story, which is a chocolate factory with a café on site. There can be no romantic weekend without a cup of delicious hot chocolate! 

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Where to stay?
If you’re looking for the best location for your exploration of the city, you need to book a room at the Judge’s Lodging, which is a cosy bed & breakfast located just between York Minster and the beautiful medieval street The Shambles. For travellers who rely on public transport, it’s the best spot to visit York. You can reach most of the monuments and museums on foot. However, if you want something charming and romantic, you need to try the Bloomsbury Guesthouse, which is in a lovely Victorian terraced house.  

Lose your way in the Shambles
The Shambles are by far the most famous streets in York. It’s full of quirky, old houses that have remained true to their medieval origins. The Shambles are narrow, cherry and lively. You’ll almost feel like you’re on a film set when you wander through the narrow alleys. It's not the oldest part of the city, as you can see find the remains of Roman walls here and there, but it’s certainly the part of town that has remained the most unchanged and undamaged throughout the years. It’s impossible not to giggle when you explore the little streets and discover some of the most peculiar shop – including a shop that is entirely inspired by Harry Potter. But shh, no spoilers: You’ll find it soon enough by yourself! 

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.

Thank you so much for reading today's post - Valentine's Day is pretty much a month away so it's a really good idea to start coming up with ideas in advance and York is a simply beautiful option.

Have you got plans for Valentine's Day? If not, would you consider a trip to York for the weekend?

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