Date ideas in Leeds

If you’re lucky enough to be spoiling your partner in the wonderful city of Leeds, you have plenty of fun date ideas to choose from. Whether you’re active, creative, or you love to learn new things, Leeds is a hotspot for all interests. 

1. Visit the Royal Armouries

One of the most unique date ideas in Leeds city centre is a trip to the Royal Armouries Museum. This fascinating spot hosts the UK’s national collection of historical weaponry, including guns, swords, arrows, lances, spears, and bayonets. 

Leeds also hosts one of the only near-complete examples of metal elephant armour in the world, with a larger-than-life elephant model to present it. For the best date, keep your partner in the dark about the elephant room and surprise them with this enormous display at the end of the day. 

2. Play crazy golf together

For partners with a competitive streak, there’s nothing more fitting than an evening of crazy golf. Flaunt your hole-in-one ability at Junkyard Golf, a neon golf course with the tagline ‘loser buys the drinks’! Celebrate your wins and lament your losses with on-site cocktails from the bar and enjoy the increasing difficulty of the game as you both get merry. 

3. Paint pottery for your partner

Is your partner the creative type? Treat them to a customised gift after an afternoon of painting pottery just outside the city at Jackrabbits Pottery. Sitting down to paint together gives you plenty of time to talk, helping you to find out more about your date in a unique environment. Once you’ve picked up your custom pottery, exchange your piece with your partner as a keepsake of a wonderful date. 

4. Monkey around at Go Ape

If you’re looking for first date ideas in Leeds, you can challenge your date to an evening of swinging and jumping at Go Ape. If you can stomach the heights, steal a romantic kiss at the top of the course while looking out over the century-old estate of Temple Newsam. Once you’re done dangling from the treetops, take a leisurely walk around the grounds together or visit the Tudor-Jacobean house on display for visitors. 

5. Visit an art gallery

Are you both fans of Elizabeth Thompson, Barbara Hepworth, or Henry Moore? The Leeds Art Gallery could be the perfect date to share your interests with each other. With exhibitions built into the layout of the gallery, this museum is an engaging collection of thoughtful pieces and alternating temporary exhibits to keep each visit new. Once you’ve had your fill of art, enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with your partner at the Tiled Hall Café. 

6. Watch the sunset at a nature reserve

If you’d like to spend a quiet evening of reflection together, you could surprise your partner with a breath-taking view of the sunset at one of Leeds’ nature reserves. Kirkstall Valley offers 10 hectares of walking trails on the edge of the city, letting you escape from the bustle of the city for an evening of quality time. 

7. Compete at Go Karting

Try to hit 40mph at GT Karting, a go karting challenge with 12 corners and two levels of track. Aim to put your name on the online leaderboard or cheer your partner on if they beat you to it, all while enjoying the thrill of racing in the safety of an indoor karting course. If you’re feeling bold, you can even race against competing groups: nothing gets camaraderie flowing more than joining forces against a shared enemy!

8. Throw some axes

Feeling adventurous? Treat your partner to a razor-sharp learning experience at Whistlepunks, an axe-throwing bar complete with a pizza kitchen. Compete for the most accurate throws in a 90-minute session with your partner, all while getting active, enjoying the company, and learning how to handle an axe. Once you’re done, you can share celebratory drinks and pizza together at the bar. 

9. Cruise the canal

]Leeds is famous for its commercial canal, conveniently located to offer ferry trips from the train station to the docks. If you have no particular destination in mind, however, you can still treat yourselves to a boat trip: a canal cruise is the perfect recipe for a relaxing date with no stakes. Sit back, enjoy afternoon tea (or fish and chips) and talk to your partner while enjoying the sights of Leeds from a vantage on the water.

10. Watch a concert

Take your partner out to watch their favourite entertainer at the First Direct Arena, the city’s shiny concert venue. Designed to carry high-quality acoustics right to the back, this modern arena is a favourite for artists, bands, and comedians from across the globe. Treat yourselves to refreshments and an evening of music or laughter for a date you’re sure to remember fondly. 

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