These Are The Best Places For A First Date In EVERY County In Ireland

By James Fenton

May 16, 2019 at 2:59pm


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.

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.

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.

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