Being short on cash shouldn’t stop you dating, and with the help of our free date ideas you won’t have to. With so many great dating spots in the north we’ve put together a list of some of the best date venues that won’t cost you a penny. So next time you’re planning a date, try one of these free dating spots to save money and still really impress your date.

A romantic country stroll

One of the best things about living in the north is being surrounded by the beautiful countryside, which spoils us with so many stunning spots for a free date. A terrific place to visit is the Pennines, a range of mountains and hills which are packed with amazing walks. We especially recommend a walk through Winnats Pass near Castleton, a long collapsed limestone cave system that is stunning to see. Not only are the walks extremely picturesque, but taking a romantic stroll is also good exercise. Exercise has been proven to release endorphins which are the chemicals responsible for making us feel happy, which will put you and your date in the right frame of mind to have a great time.

Visit a farmers market

Farmers markets are becoming increasingly popular and are definitely worth a visit. Situated all over the north of England, they’re a good free dating option as usually there is no entry fee. Local farmers and producers often give out free samples as well, so make sure you take advantage! A delicious market to visit is the Real Food Market in Manchester, or the picturesque market in the historic spa town of Harrogate. Although the produce at some markets can be more expensive than a big supermarket, the ingredients you’ll find here will be unique and fresh. It’ll be hard to resist all the delicious treats available. Flowers? We’d rather some creamy mature cheddar thanks.

Visit a free museum

Towns and cities across the north of England are abundant in museums, and the majority of them are free to visit. Liverpool is a great example, as the Museum of Liverpool houses a variety of fascinating exhibitions ranging from ‘How The City Coped During The Blitz’, to the journey on how The Beatles became one of the biggest bands in the world. The World Museum in Liverpool is also a top choice, especially if you or your date has an interest in nature. You can expect to see amazing collections of animal and plant specimens as well as the museums renowned dinosaur exhibit.

Take a trip to a free art gallery

Another free dating idea is to visit an art gallery, especially if you like modern works of art or know that your date does. Why not check out the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which contains some the UK’s largest and most unusual art exhibits. Located in the scenic Yorkshire countryside, this is a great place to go on a date. If you have more classical taste in art, then you won’t go wrong with a visit to the Abbot Hall Art gallery in Kendal. It houses works of art from some of the UK’s most famous artists such as George Romney and even holds some of the art critic John Ruskin’s finest sketches and water colours

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