Romance could be in the air at castle

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SCARBOROUGH Castle will be open to the public on Valentine’s Day – just in case any would-be suitors are looking for a romantic location to pop the question.

Loved-up couples will now be able to access some of Yorkshire’s most romantic settings on Monday, including Whitby Abbey, which recently topped a nationwide poll as the most romantic ruin in the country.

As well as Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle, English Heritage will be opening Mount Grace Priory, Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey, in case anyone wants to use their sites to propose.

With its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough Castle is considered one of the finest tourist attractions in the North.

It started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II.

Visitor operations manager, Jamie Marshall, said: “It’s clear from the poll that people love historic sites and the romance of the ruins so we are bracing ourselves for a popular Valentine’s Day this year!”

To help Cupid on his way, English Heritage will be giving out heart-shaped chocolates to all romantic couples visiting Whitby Abbey throughout this weekend and on Valentine’s Day.

And, if any couples get engaged at one of these sites on Valentine’s Day, English Heritage will give them a season ticket (terms and conditions apply) so they can celebrate their romance all over Yorkshire.

All English Heritage’s Moors and Coast sites will be open on Valentine’s Day from 10.00am to 4.00pm, in addition to normal winter opening hours.