Meeting someone new is the easy part. The next, and often the most crucial step, is where to take them on a first date.
It’s never easy to know if your choice of destination is too romantic or not enough, too exhilarating or boring or too indoorsy or outdoorsy. Thankfully, we’ve got all these bases covered and more.
To help you on the road to romance, we’ve put together this guide listing great first date spots in every county in Ireland so no matter where you are we’ve got something for you.
Thank us later!
Antrim – Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Testing each other’s nerves with this adrenaline rush will be great indicator of how far your relationship will go.
Armagh – Astronomy Centre And Planetarium
Showing an interest in cosmic activity is bound to make you seem more attractive. You might even spot a shooting star or two.
Carlow – The Chocolate Garden Of Ireland
Need we say more?
Cavan – Canoe Centre
Get your feet wet and start a potential relationship with a splash.
Clare – Cliffs Of Moher
Pick a nice brisk day and discover some of the best scenery Ireland has to offer.
Cork – Fota Wildlife Park
Take a walk on the wild side. It’s only 25 minutes from the city centre so you can easily head in for a drink or a bite after.
Derry – Pub crawl on Waterloo Street
Start at Peader O’Donnell’s, head onto Tracey’s and the Dungloe Bar before finishing up at Granny Annies if you’ve still got the energy.
Donegal – Pedalos at the Dunlewey Centre
You’ll both be quickly put at ease with this relaxing Letterkenny activity.
Down – The Coach
Great food and cocktails and this Banbridge spot.
Dublin – Accents
Centrally located on Stephen’s Street, this cosy cafe is has the perfect ‘get to know each other’ vibe. Release your competitive streak (but not too much) with a range of card and board games.
Fermanagh – Marble Arch Caves Global Geo Park
Glide along the underground river in a boat. Tours last 75 minutes but take note, the caves are closed from December to February.
Galway – Enoteca Il Molo
A lovely little Italian restaurant in Kinvara. Find time to take a walk along the pier too.
Kerry – Ross Castle
Park up for the afternoon before walking out to Ross Island. Check out the Copper Mines and finish up with a coffee and/or scone in JM Reidy’s.
Kildare – Japanese Gardens
Pick a nice spring afternoon to explore a mixture of Eastern and Western culture.
Kilkenny – Smithwicks Tour
A swift and highly informative guided tour through a brewery which has made Kilkenny famous. Complimentary pints are offered at the end.
Laois – Sheeran’s The Village Inn
Nestled at the foot of the Sliabh Bloom Mountains, enjoy some great food in front of a roaring fire at this rural gem.
Leitrim – Moon River Cruise
Show your romantic on a boat in Carrick-On-Shannon.
Limerick – The Stormy Teacup
A hidden secret that’s great for a chat and a cuppa.
Longford – Longford Town FC
You can’t bate a night at the football. Soak in the atmosphere at the City Calling Stadium.
Louth – Bitter & Twisted
This Drogheda cocktail bar is the perfect spot to have a chinwag over a few drinks.
Mayo – Westport House Lake
Take the swan pedaloes around Westport House Lake to show off your romantic side.
Meath – Eatzen
Some fine Asian dining in Ashbourne.
Monaghan – Busy Bee Ceramics
Get in touch with your inner Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore by going on a pottery retreat at Busy Bee Ceramics
Offaly – Birr Castle Gardens
Have a saunter around Birr Castle Gardens on a nice sunny day and be sure to check out the Science Centre
Roscommon – Les Petites Tartres
Food cooked to order and irresistible desserts in Athleague.
Sligo – Casa Mia
You’ll find something for everyone with tapas at Casa Mia.
— Evan McMillan (@EvanMcMillan2) February 20, 2014
Tipperary – Mitchel House Restaurant
Found on a quiet Thurles street, they also do a deal for a two-course early bird and cinema ticket for just €25 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We’d go for their brown bread and sundried tomato butter alone!
Tyrone – Ulster American Folk Park
Grab your partner and get on down to Omagh.
Waterford – Geoffs
Loads of lovely little corners to escape to, always a good buzz but not too loud with gorgeous food to boot.
Westmeath – Sean’s Pub
Ireland’s oldest pub is as vintage as they come.
— Sean’s Bar Ireland’s Oldest Pub (@seansbarathlone) January 25, 2018
Wexford – The Kennedy Homestead
Met a history buff? Take ’em to New Ross to see the birthplace of JFK.
Wicklow – The Harbour Bar
Lonely Planet‘s ‘Best Pub In The World’ 2010? Can’t argue with that.
— Ginger,AleEnthusiast (@FCSlattery) December 30, 2017