The month of romance is here, and County Durham will be in bloom. Valentine’s Day can be a hard one to get just right, but there’s no lack of things to do and enjoy with your loved one.

From the classic dinner and dine, to local attractions, there’s options for every kind of romantic. Delve into this list to find 5 of many options available in this growing North East town. 

Take a romantic walk through the picturesque grounds of Raby Castle and Gardens

Raby Castle and its Gardens are one of Darlington treasures, with a beautiful scenery of the castle and deer’s that can be spotted around. It’s something out of Jane Austen’s novels, and something all residents should take advantage of. Gather your picnic blanket, some food and settle into the grounds. A classic romantic date. Don’t forget to take a few photos!

Go for a spa day at Rockliffe Hotel Spa

Treat both yourself and your partner to a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day at the Rockliffe Hotel Spa, a popular location for many. With multiple different rooms and packages, the ultimate spa day awaits you, in the backdrop of a beautiful natural setting. Leave the phones in the room and spend some quality time together in the Hydropool or getting a couples massage.

Have a romantic dinner at one of the county’s many fine dining restaurants

There’s no going wrong with a dinner and wine situation. Durham is a town that has plentiful fine dining options, and your date will appreciate the classic and intimate settings of a candlelit dinner. Why not try the Michelin star restaurant, The Bay Horse, which boasts amazing dishes plated to perfection, and share a bottle of wine between you. Or if you’re looking for an even finer dining restaurant, go to the Orangery. With amazing large floor to ceiling windows looking out into the grounds, you could book a meal just in time to see the sunset and eat at golden hour. 

Take in a show at the Hippodrome Theatre

A show in a vintage style theatre would be Instagram worthy, so the Hippodrome Theatre is the best place to be. With many shows from ballet to opera to plays, there’s options for everyone. Try something new with your partner or go back and see your favourites. A cultural evening will make for a memorable night! 

Enjoy a romantic boat ride on the River Tees

The River Tees runs through the Durham county to Middlesborough and there are many cruises on offer! If you’re looking to splash out then you could book a cruise with dinner and drinks, or you could even book a private charter and appreciate the gorgeous river in the tranquillity of your own space. Make Valentines even more special this year. 

Love doesn’t have to be complicated…

…And especially not when you live in the North East! Choose to make the move to one of the many stunning new homes in Darlington being built right now by Homes by Esh and you’ll be within touching distance of all the above. There’s so much to do and see, and all within hours reach. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day in style this year. 

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