Best dating sites for the over 50s

15 February 2016

We take a look at some of the best dating websites for the over 50s, looking at how much they cost, the kind of people you can expect to meet, and the claims they make.



We look at some of the best dating websites for the over 50s, including those exclusively for a mature audience and sites based around interests we believe might be of interest. Remember to check all prices and terms and conditions before registering with any site.

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Saga Dating

Dating type: Online dating agency for the over 50s.
Website: www.sagadating.co.uk/
Registration: Free to create a profile
Cost: 12 months £10.50 per month, 6 months £13.33 per month
         3 months £18.00 per month
         1 month £28.00 per month
Who is it for?: Exclusively for the over 50s.
What it claims: Creates an online dating profile in under 5 minutes. You can find your match using their unique two way matching process. Protected by the online dating association.
More information: Reviews state that people meet very quickly on this site, meet offline, and have success at meeting a partner, looks promising.

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Muddy matches

Dating type: Country-lovers and country lovers.
Website: www.muddymatches.co.uk 
Registration: Free to create profile and visit site members. Membership required if wishing to contact to the website.
Cost: 1 Month - £24
         3 Months - £45 (equivalent to £15.00/month)
         6 Months - £69 (equivalent to £11.50/month)
         12 Months - £90 (equivalent to £7.50/month)
All fees, whatever length of subscription, must be paid in advance
Who is it for?: Anyone who works in the country, lives in the country or has a love of things rural, of all ages.
What it claims: 130,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland, with some overseas members, too.
More information: Cannot claim a firm percentage success rate as ‘things ebb and flow’. Visit Muddy Matches success stories for some satisfied responses.

My Lovely Parent

Dating type: Over-50s single parents.
Website: mylovelyparent.com
Registration: Free to create profile and visit site members. Membership required if wishing to contact to the website.
Cost: Prices start at £12.99 a month
Who is it for? Single parents over 50, but the clever bit is that their initial profiles are written by their children. Such is the demand that childless over-50s can be recommended by a friend, too.
What it claims: Only been set up for two years but has 10,000 members already. The gender ratio of women to men is 4:1.
More information: Matt Connolly, co-founder of MLP, is TV regular on Date My Mum.

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Dating Agency

Dating type: Mature singles looking for love, for the over 40s.
Website: www.datingagency.com/
Registration: Free
Cost: £29.95 per month for 1 month
         £19.99 per month for 3 months
         £15.00 per month for 6 months
Who is it for?: Singletons of 40 and over, not gay.
What it claims: The agency offers a wide range of features to help you meet single people near you.
More information:To get full access to the site – reading/sending messages, online chat, you will need to upgrade to a paid package. It gets you in touch with relevant people.

MatureLove

Dating type: A flirty fun website for over 40s with chatrooms.
Website: www.maturelove.com/uk
Registration: 3 day trial for one off fee of £9.99
Cost: sign up for longer to get the best deal
         6 months - £11.99 per month
         3 months - £17.99 per month
         1 month - £29.99 per month
Who its for: People with a sense of humour, flirtatious and light hearted, youthful website for the older person.
What it claims: MatureLove enables members to meet offline at designated evenings organised by the website.
More information: With its chatroom and meetings offline – MatureLove promotes a party atmosphere online. Gay-friendly.

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SeniorLove

Dating type: Over 50s friend and date finder.
Website: senior-love.com
Registration: Free to create an account and browse.
Cost:A monthly membership fee is required to take part.
Who is it for?: People who want a people friendly website, with its use of chatrooms, photographs and helpful staff on hand
What it claims: Over 50’s, over 60’s and over 70’s can all have success, age is no barrier, for the older end of the older market.
More information: Over 350,000 registered online users.

Love Arts

Type: Dating for arts and theatre lovers, through The Stage newspaper.
Website: www.lovearts.com
Registration: Free
Who is it for: Cast your perfect date-people who love the arts – Art, theatre, dance.
Cost: 12 months £10.50 per month
         6 months £13.33 per month
         3 months £18.00 per month
         1 month £28.00 for 1 month
What it claims: Find love with LoveArts – the dating site for Art lovers.
More information: Visit their success stories section for LoveArts success stories.

Just Senior Singles

Type: Mature singles looking for love – singles over 40.
Website: www.justseniorsingles.com/
Registration: Free
Who is it for: Easy to navigate website for seniors looking for fun, a simple place to meet a match – transparent pricing – UK based customer support. Not gay.
Cost: £4.99 trial of website for 3 days
         £12.50 per month if you sign up for a year
Who is it for?: Singletons over 40, not gay.
What it claims: Customer support, help getting your profile up and running.
More information: Claims many successful matches made in its two million membership.

Mature Encounters

Type: ‘Young mature’
Website: mature.encounters.uk/, part of encounters.uk/
Registration: Free version of site before you commit
Who is it for?: Site specifically for men and women age 41+
Cost: They recommend the 6 month membership package Total cost £89.99 cost per month £15.00 saving 50%
What it claims: Pointers online to help you, site design is easy, layout simple,
Pop up appears to offer you assistance via chat with staff member. The site allows you to choose by distance to you and age then get more specific regarding looks and lifestyle.
More information: Creating a mature singles community.

Christian Connection

Type: Website for Churchgoers
Website: www.christianconnection.com
Registration: Free
Cost: 1 month £24
         3 months £48
         6 months £64
Who is it for: Regular churchgoers of the Christan faith.
What it claims: ‘We welcome Christians of all traditions. We don’t ask people to sign a statement of faith, and we recognise that people’s specific beliefs and the way they express and practise their faith can be quite broad. We believe it is important to show respect to one another’s beliefs and values’
More information: VisitChristian Connections reviews for tesimonials.

The Telegraph

Dating type: website for, probably, right of centre newspaper readers.
Website:dating.telegraph.co.uk
Registration: Free
Cost: 12 months £12.00 per month
         6 months £15.00 per month
         3 months £20.97 per month
         1 month £32.00 for the month
Who is it for?: Thinking people targeting like-minded individuals.
What it claims: Discover up to 1,000 matches with the intelligent two-way matching feature, add people you like to your favourites, See what you have in common with others at a glance. Block members who don’t meet your standards. 
More information: Many success stories, people met and went on to couple up, people enjoyed the site, met new friends and met a companion.

The Guardian

Dating type: Leftish-leaning cultured types. Imagine the Guardian readers – that’s who.
Website: soulmates.theguardian.com
Registration: Free
Cost: £32 a monthly subscription
         £64 for three months in advance
         £96 six month in advance
Website profits go into Guardian Media Group. It’s free to create and post a profile and to view other profiles. However, you must buy a subscription if you wish to message someone through the Soulmates site.
Who is it for?: Targeting like-minded individuals, liberal, centre-left politically thinking
What it claims: Over 170,000 members, with a pretty even gender split. It’s compatibility rating features, matches your ‘tick boxes’ with potential contacts, age preference, interests, region.
More information: visit their success stories for reactions from ‘soulmates’ who have found theirs.

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