There’s nothing to brighten the grey days of winter like a celebration of love. Take a break from studying and get out and explore what makes Sheffield so beautiful—and perfect for romance. We’ve made it easy by finding nine of the most fun Valentine date ideas, all guaranteed to make you swoon!
- Celebrate Beauty at the Millennium Gallery
Sheffield is full of stunning art galleries, but the Millennium Gallery is one of the most prominent—and most impressive. Valentine’s Day itself will mark the opening of Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth. And if you want to dive even deeper into beauty, check out the Ruskin Collection. This exhibit explores John Ruskin’s worldwide search for beauty, as well as his desire to inspire others to seek it. Plus, admission is free, making it a date that won’t break your student budget!
- Take Time to Smell the Flowers at the Winter Gardens
Why give a bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day when you could surround your date with gorgeous flowers instead? The Winter Gardens is Europe’s largest urban glasshouse, and is home to more than 2,500 species of plants. Get out of the cold and into a world of beauty, colour and romance. Even better? Admission is free! Bonus: This spot provides the perfect backdrop for a new couple’s photo.
- Go See a Show at the Sheffield Theatres
Step it up from a movie date night and go see a live show at the Sheffield Theatres. These theatres include the Crucible, Studio and Lyceum Theatre, so you’ll have a variety of shows to pick from. Whether you love musicals, edgy dramas, comedies or classic theatre, you’ll find something you love! They are all conveniently located near Tudor Square, right in the centre of Sheffield. This makes it incredibly easy to meet up for dinner, hit a show, then head out for drinks after. A limited amount of £5 tickets are offered for multiple shows, so plan ahead for a great deal. Get dressed up, hit the town, and make a night of it.
- Celebrate with an Extravagant Splurge at Rafters
Looking to make Valentine’s Day a truly luxurious, decadent affair? Then consider hitting up Rafters for a delicious night! This award-winning restaurant is widely considered the best fine-dining experience in Sheffield. While the price is high, the food and ambiance are out of this world. We recommend the Tasting Menu to get a sampling of some of the best Rafters offers. Bonus: Rafters provides wonderful vegetarian options.
- Chat Over a Coffee at Steam Yard
Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to put away your phone, ignore distractions and really focus on your partner. The perfect place to do that? Over a steaming coffee at Steam Yard. Cosy up in the shop or on the patio, grab a delicious pastry (or four) and talk for hours. It’s a fantastic way to spend engaging, romantic hours together with spending a fortune. And after you chat, you’ll feel even closer—which is what Valentine’s is all about!
- Get Lost in the Indie Arcade
Looking for something totally different this holiday? Check out the always-changing and charmingly quirky Indie Arcade! This massive vintage shop has something for everyone, from vinyl to art to antique furniture. And thanks to their recently improved layout, it’s easier to wander for hours, exploring the fun finds. This works especially well if you have a hard-to-shop-for-date. Let them find something totally unique that speaks to them—and you’ll be guaranteed to get the perfect gift!
Embrace the spirit of Valentine’s Day and fall in love with Sheffield! No matter what kind of romance gets your heart fluttering, you’ll be sure to find it here. Show your partner how much they mean by choosing one of these swoon-worthy ideas—and make this Valentine’s one to remember.