Ten arty date ideas

  • 5 October 2015

Make a date with art this autumn: our pick of top days out for you and your plus one.

© Robin Friend

© Robin Friend

1. Anchors away in Greenwich

Cutty Sark, 50% off with National Art Pass

Enlist your date on a swashbuckling adventure to learn about the tea clipper's illustrious maritime history, then test their sea legs with a river cruise along the Thames.

2. Northern glamour in York

Treasurer's House, 50% off with National Art Pass

Read the love letters exchanged between screenstar Vivien Leigh and her husband Laurence Olivier in an exhibition of items from her personal archive and then indulge in a lemon eclair at the city's art deco tearooms, Betty's.

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

3. The best of the west in Kensington

Leighton House Museum, free with National Art Pass

Amaze your date with the opulent surroundings at Lord Leighton's Middle-Eastern inspired 'palace of art', then whisk them off to a concert at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.

4. Rustic romance in Haworth

Brontë​ Parsonage, free with National Art Pass

See where the literary sisters wrote their romantic masterpieces before taking a leisurely walk to the Brontë waterfall, visited by Charlotte and her husband Arthur during November 1854 when she described it as 'white and beautiful'.

5. Old meets new in London

National Gallery, 50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Seek out Rubens' sensual masterpiece Samson and Delilah – which tells the story of a man who lost everything for love – then stroll across the river for a spin on the London Eye.

6. Contemporary cool in Glasgow

Tramway, free to all

Challenge your date to play judge and pick their favourite for the Turner Prize, then relax in The Hidden Gardens next door where you can find flowering plum trees, outdoor sculptures and bird boxes inscribed with Sufi poems. 

7.  Poetry and a picnic in Hampstead

Keats House, free entry with National Art Pass

See the house where Keats wrote his romantic poetry after falling for 'the girl next door' Fanny Brawne, and then picnic by the Lily pond on Hampstead Heath.

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

8. Relax like the Romans in Bath

Roman Baths, reduced price with National Art Pass

Wander through this great temple and bathing complex which still flows with natural hot water, then pamper your date with a spa treatment at one of the city's salons.

9. Dinner with cupid in London

Wallace Collection, 20% off dining with National Art Pass

Take in Filippo della Valle's sculptural tribute to the myth of Cupid and Psyche, the Greco-Roman god of Love and his beautiful mortal lover, then dine in the collection's magnificent glass-roofed restaurant.

10. Rossetti and rosé in Birmingham

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, free exhibitions with a National Art Pass

Charm your date with the gallery's unmatched collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings – many of which features their lovers and muses – after which a bar hop around Birmingham's bar district is in order.

For two days we’ve partnered with dating app happn to encourage Londoners to fall in love with art this autumn, download the app and see who you cross paths with

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