(1) Natural History Museum:
The Natural History Museum makes for a cool and quirky date (and some hilarious photo ops). Plus its location on lovely Merrion Square means you can stroll around the park and pay Oscar Wilde a visit too.
(2) Dublin Comedy Improv:
Head along to the International Bar on Wicklow St on a Monday night at 9pm for a barrel of laughs on a budget. Going since 1992, it regularly features comedy heavyweights Tara Flynn and Dermot Whelan.
Admission: €5 per person
(3) A Morning Rave:
This one costs about a tenner each, but it's worth it because it's a truly original date. If you're both early risers, head along to Morning Gloryville to bop your sorrows away before work. Smoothies are served, everyone is up for a laugh, and you won't have a hangover.
Admission: €7 per person
(4) Indoor climbing
Based in Sandyford, The Wall features over 770 square metres of climbing surface and a range of angles. Nine circuits cater for all climbers, whether beginner or expert, and instructors are on hand for advice. The centre also boats car-parking facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Admission: €9 per person
(5) The Hole In 1 Challenge
The HI1C challenge is the first of its kind anywhere in Ireland and where better to introduce the concept than bang in the heart of Dublin at the The Kinsealy Grange. (2-tier one). We give a prize to anyone who can hit the green, but the serious prizes are reserved for people who manages to ACE their shot in any of the four different sized holes, with the largest measuring a whopping 42 inches in diameter!, it’s never been so easy to get a hole in one!
Admission: From €10 per person
(6) Phoenix Park Bike Hire
The Phoenix Park, over twice the size of Central Park New York, is one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. Home to the Irish President and also to some 500 wild fallow deer, it also contains 1750 acres of meadowland, woodland walks, historic features, protected wildlife, 14km of cycle paths, Café’s, picnic area’s and so much more...
Admission: €10 per person
(7) Ramble out to the South Wall
On the opposite side of the city to Howth and close to town, you can walk or cycle the 4km stretch out to the famous red lighthouse behind the iconic striped Poolbeg towers. You can also amble down Sandymount Strand and take in the sea views on the south coast.
Welcome to Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland! Powerscourt Gardens were recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic.The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Managed by Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger and a team of four gardeners, Powerscourt Gardens were designed from 1731 onwards, with the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider surrounding landscape. Powerscourt Gardens include The Walled Gardens, The Italian Garden, The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Gardens, Pets Cemetery and Pepperpot Tower, among other features and attractions.
Admission: €10 per person
The Hook Lighthouse
Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique medieval building.
Take a tour and the friendly team at Hook Lighthouse will guide you through the 800 years of the Lighthouse history.
Hook lighthouse in Wexford offers guided tours all year round of the 800-year-old medieval tower and this is one of the top things to do on Ireland’s Ancient East.
Admission: €9 per person
Wexford Kayak Safari
At Wexford Kayak Safari we do safari trips up the River Slaney and other rivers on request. All our Kayaks are “SIT ON”, which makes them very easy to paddle and very stable and safe in the water even for beginners. Our aim is to bring nature and the beauty that surrounds us to the fore.
Admission: €15 per person
The Irish National Stud & Gardens
One ticket, 3 Worlds! Purchase a Single Ticket for a day visit to The Irish National Stud & Gardens and experience the magic for yourself. One ticket grants you access to the world famous Japanese Gardens, St. Fiachra's Garden as well as the Stud itself. During the summer months, the little ones will enjoy our Irish Fairy Door Company Fairy Trail, where they can find up to 18 of our resident fairies! Book online & save today!
Admission: €11.50 per person
The Backstage Theatre
Backstage Theatre is a purpose built state of the art theatre located in the Slashers GAA Complex, Farnehoogan, which is on the outskirts of Longford town. The auditorium accommodates 214 persons (including disabled access for 6). Its lavishly appointed interior features plush pullman seating, deep carpets, warm wall colours, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems which ensure the utmost in audience comfort. The Canal Studio at Backstage Theatre is ideal for conferences, seminars, courses, workshops & meetings. It accommodates up to 150 people.
Ride the Ferris wheel in Salthill
While summer is in full swing, the Ferris Wheel, beside Leisureland is the ultimate in throwback romance. Pretend you’re 16 and soak up the brilliant views over Galway Bay from the air.. Just make sure you’ve cured any fear of heights before heading up there.
Enjoy a food walk
Grab lunch from one of the incredibly good food vans in the market by St Nicholas’ Church (falafel or doughnuts are a good choice) and take a gentle walk along the canals, before finishing up at the benches in NUIG, where you can watch the world go by.
Dance The Night Away
Galway city is famed for hosting the most impressive live bands in a variety of authentic venues. One of the best places to see the best of International, National and Local acts showcased is Monroe’s of Dominick Street. You can experience live music of all kinds from Rock to Bluegrass and Rockabilly. A truly fun way to kick of a relationship by dancing the night away.
Movie Junction - The Cork drive-in cinema experience
An amazing cinema experience awaits you under the stars whatever the age seven nights a week right on your doorstep minutes from Cork city. Whether you are just bringing your children to see the latest Disney release or a classic as you treat family to a night out with a difference, no doubt all will remember that night for a long long -time. Why not choose to escape for a night out just the two of you, and treat yourself to freshly made popcorn and your favourite cinema treat? With all the latest action packed movies, comedies and animations, you will be spoiled for choice all year round.
Admission: €9 per person
Discover the origins of Irish Whiskey here at Ballykeefe Distillery. We aim to educate and entertain you as our expert tour guide takes you back through the ages of Irish whiskey to where it all began at its birthplace. The tour will be a journey through every part of the Ballykeefe operation, which has revived the lost traditions of a family farm distillery, with a unique commitment to environmental protection, carbon neutrality and sustainability.
Admission: €20 per person
Set in an old haberdashery shop named Bramley's, this outlet of the Gallic Kitchen sets mouths watering for anyone familiar with the food of chef Sarah Webb. Her delicious jams, preserves, baked goods and other treats are sold at farmers markets from here to Dublin. The menu here is a paean to the best of modern Irish fare.
Admission: €5-9.50 per dish
See The Sunset At The Giant's Causeway
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The world famous Giant's Causeway on the north Antrim Coast is a very romantic and atmospheric location, especially at sunset. Enjoy a brisk cliff-top walk along the Causeway Coast Way, which passes through the site.
Crumlin Road Gaol
This is a date with a big difference - designed by Charles Lanyon, Crumlin Road Gaol was one of the most advanced prisons of its day when it opened in 1845.
Not for the faint hearted and not your average date you can take a tour inside to see the Governor’s office, the execution cell where 17 men were hanged between 1854 and 1961, the flogging room and the tunnel under Crumlin Road to the courthouse where prisoners were sentenced.
Continue your date into the evening and take the ‘Paranormal Tour’, complete with grisly tales from the spots where spooky behaviour has been reported over the years. If it goes well think what a story you’ll have to tell.
Northern Ireland has some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, with long stretches of sand and dunes – ideal for a gentle romantic stroll. Ideas include the seven-mile Benone Strand
in County Londonderry. Benone Beach, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award, is a must-see when visiting the area. With seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent back drop of mountain and cliff scenery and stunning views across to Donegal, this is an attractive sightseeing environment along with the usual seaside activities including picnic spots, watersports, and fishing.
Carrowmena Activity Centre- Couples Glamping
Spend some quality time with the one you love! Enjoy the tranquillity of the outdoors and sleep snugly in our eco-friendly glamping pod.
You will have a priceless view of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
After nightfall, gazing up at the stars is sure to relax you both. Toast marshmallows on your private fire pit or just kick back with a glass of fizz!
Whatever you choose, it is sure to be an experience that you both will never forget!
Admission: from €25 each
Ulster American Folk Park
Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
The Bunratty Collection
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Browse the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. You can explore at your own leisure or join in a guided tour without experienced guides. Enjoy a medieval banquet in one of the most accurately restored castles in Ireland. The banquets are held nightly where the castle is the impressive setting for the medieval castle banquets. The banquets are held year round. - See more at:
Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre
Discover the unspoilt beauty of hacking through the Sliabh Beagh’s blanket bog, numerous lakes and enjoy panoramic views of Counties Monaghan, Tyrone and Fermanagh. Due to its geology and the peatland flora and fauna, part of the remote rolling moorland has been designated as a natural heritage area. Enjoy the challenge of horse riding to Sliabh Beagh’s highest point, close to the Three County Hollow, where Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan meet.
Slea Head Drive
A must-do romantic drive! Although it can be a bit nerve-wracking driving on the narrow roads, where in some areas there is nothing between the road and the cliffs that drop into the ocean, the views are spectacular. We made several stops along the loop to take in the views or take a short hike. We stopped at Cougher Head and hiked out to what seemed like the edge of the world. We kept hiking down the rocks and almost touched the crashing waves. Not for the faint of heart but it was absolutely stunning! The trek back up was a bit scary and the wind was quite strong but well worth it! The views, crashing waves, wind, and rugged landscape were picture perfect!
While every city in Ireland is guilty of drawing inspiration from Dublin’s burger restaurant blueprint, one Waterford establishment has gone ahead and introduced an entire new creative twist – this one involves a 5oz premium beef burger wrapped in all the makings of a pepperoni pizza. Could make for the perfect first date, not to be forgotten.
Admission: €14.90 per Burzza
Walk around St. Munna's Church
St. Munna's Church was an incredible find. Not too far off the beaten path we were able to visit this church and its settings, including the local Cemetery. Once we arrived there was little or no actual beaten path through the yard. It was a pleasant find because it is virtually untouched by many tourist and visitors. To be able to see the history that it offered through the recent internments in the cemetery and the historicity of the structure. It is certainly a display of Mans legacy on culture and on the environment.
Maghera Caves and Port
It is not so much that the caves are particularly spectacular in themselves, it is that the chemistry of dark sea caves, the wide, dazzling silver beach which leads to them, and the wild, craggy hills above them, gives you an astonishing sense of being transported to a magical wilderness and makes for a magical date night. Man seems to have made very little impression on this strong, vibrant landscape.
Lough Key Boats
Located at the harbour is a fleet of 18 foot Rowing boats for hourly rental. Also available daily only, are boats with engines 3 and 4 hp (horse power) outboard engines, available for hire at daily rates.The Castle Island is approximately a 10-minute row from the Rockingham Harbour and a 20-minute row to Trinity Island.
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland
Ever wanted to go to a chocolate factory? The chocolate Garden of Ireland is a modern chocolate and ice cream factory. Offering tours where you can try award winning handmade chocolate, hot chocolate and ice cream. A paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. The chocolate garden also offers daily chocolate mold making. Here you can decorate your own coco creation and enjoy delicious ice cream while you wait for your mold to set. Perfect for a romantic date.
Admission: €12.50 per person
The farm was bought by its current owners in 1968, and between then and now it went from being a mixed farm like so many others at that time, to specialising in fruit. As well as apples, pears, plums, sweet cherries, strawberries and raspberries are grown. When Con Traas and his family are not busy with this, you will find them making apple juice, and mixed juices from our other fruits; all done here on the farm. They even make a sparkling apple juice and cider vinegar here too.There is a farm shop from which the produce is available all year round, and couples are free to wander around the orchards to experience it all
King John's Castle
Limerick's King's Island is home to King John's Castle, a majestic structure that looks out across the city. Massive restoration works mean visitors can now access the tower - and enjoy panoramic views across Limerick city and the River Shannon, perfect the romantic cheap date. Nothing better than some beautiful scenery and to spend some time with your partner.
Segway NI - Couples Treat
Get ready to experience a unique outdoor adventure together with Segway NI, the first off road Segway tour operator in Northern Ireland. After taking our Segway X2 Adventure unit for a spin it won’t be long until you both realise riding a Segway is the most fun you can have standing up!
Each tour will last one hour and is a fantastic way to get out in the great outdoors and spend some time together doing something totally unique, action packed and fun!
Admission: €22.50 per person
Gosford Forest Park
Lovely setting , ideal for walking , running , beautiful animals and a beautiful setting - good place for a relaxing day out, bring your own food and make a romantic picnic in this gorgeous setting.
Admission: €5 parking
Sonairte National Ecology Centre - Nature Trail & River Walk
Grab a coffee and head on the nature trail with your date. The nature trail and river walk at Sonairte can be enjoyed on two different levels – either as a simple stroll through delightful scenery, with enough slopes and steps to give a gentle workout, or as a remarkable opportunity to look at the biodiversity of a wide range of habitats within a limited time span.
The views are stunning. The walking paths are easy with just a few climbs but none too steep. The board walks are great fun. The information signposts are interesting and well protected from the weather so easy to read, additional information is in the visitor center.
Bring your own food for a picknick with beautiful views (don't litter! No bins, so bring a binbag).
There is plenty of parking across from the beginning of the hike up to the waterfall. The hike is not too strenuous and there are a few steps to climb along side the waterfall to get a better view and take it in with your other half, potentially bring a picnic and make a day of it.
Beautiful beach even in cloud, cold, wind and rain! Great car park near the beach, on a Sunday, prom car park full of surfers, so go to Car park first, literally 30 seconds from Mammy johnstons ice cream place aka heaven on earth!
The Home of the Last Leprechans
The visit includes 15 minutes of storytelling and an introduction to how the last leprechauns of Ireland became a protected species by the E.U..This is done in the story room across from the cavern at Shalom B.B.You may park there. This is followed by a visit below the ground where leprechauns and fairies converge in the morning as the sun rises. The visit is predominately indoors and perfect for a wet day.
Admission: €5 per adult
Lough Boora Discovery park
Use a solo or tandem bike to explore 22km of trails, winding through the park’s lakes, wetlands and rich grasslands. Start from the new Visitor Centre and cycle around the periphery of the protected NPWS Grey Partridge Conservation Area, stopping for a rest at one of the park’s bird hides or a picnic at the Pavilion. There is a car free cycle path with a tarred surface that offers approximately 9km of track for everyone including children to enjoy. It is a very peaceful route that allows cyclists to discover the local flora and wildlife, sculptures, historic Mesolithic Site and open areas of cut-away bog alongside the Boora canal.
Admission: €8 per hour for tandem
Visit Balloo House for a music session
There's bluegrass and traditional Irish music in the bar on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9pm, or if you opt for food Chef Danny Millar is the mastermind behind the sublime dishes served at Balloo House. Downstairs, casual modern Irish fare is available in the nook-and-cranny-filled, stone-floored pub, which centres around a warming cast-iron range stove. A very romantic spot, also a bit of craic at the same time.
This old-fashioned seaside entertainment complex is famous for its swan-shaped pedal boats. Ideal for any romantic date, to take in the views around.
Admission: Free entry to the park
This award-winning Museum is home to the National Folklife Collection which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fascinating artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure and religion. Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo the Museum treats visitors to a taste of how our ancestors lived their daily lives, in both difficult and joyful times. The excellent ‘hands-on’ public programmes which run throughout the year, consist of art and craft workshops, demonstrations and performances and runs alongside the exciting programme of temporary exhibitions which are ongoing throughout the year.
The Lough Conn Drive
The Lough Conn Drive is a looped romantic drive of approx 102km around majestic Lough Conn, with magnificent scenery and photographic opportunities. Leave Ballina
on the N57 Road. About 1km from the town centre turn right on to the R310 going South at the sign for Castlebar. Carry on over the railway bridge to the picturesque village of Knockmore with its beautiful church and well kept grounds. After passing through the village you can see the beginning of Lough Conn to your right. The road follows the edge of water and climbs a good height above the lake. At the highest point there is a good view across the lake to the mountain of Nephin. Just park your car and on the left and take a stroll across to the other side of the road. Follow the road along the edge of the lake for about 1km to the R318 road to the left at the sign for the picturesque town of Foxford, ideal location for a relaxing, stress free break away from the routines of working life. This road has a number of little sandy beaches along the edge of the lake on the right hand side. This is ideal for walks along the water’s edge with plenty of boulders to climb and a good place to picnic. Return to the R318 again, turning left at the ’T’ junction and continue to Pontoon, a beautiful lakeside village ideal base for touring all corners of County Mayo. Here the two large limestone lakes, Lough Conn and Lough Cullen, are separated by a peninsula. Pass over the bridge dividing the two lakes. From here you can get a magnificent view of both lakes and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the still waters. Take the R315 road and reach Crossmolina. The village can offer you the peace and relaxing views of untarnished natural beauty with miles of safe, sandy beaches, all far from the maddening crowd. Nephin Mountain provides a wonderful backdrop to the village. On the way you pass through the small village of Lahardaun set between Lough Conn and Nephin Mountain. Historically, Lahardane lays claim to being 'Ireland’s Titanic Village' because of the enormous loss of lives, of any parish in Ireland, on the ill-fated RMS Titanic's catastrophic maiden voyage. As you enter Crossmolina turn right at the statue which is signposted for Ballina. There are several ruins near the town, including Abbeytown Abbey and Castle Deel. It is about 8km to Ballina, Mayo’s largest town. Here you can find a rich variety of pubs and restaurants and enjoy a stroll around the victorian Cathedral or relax by the river and watch the salmon jumping over the weir as they make their way upstream from Killala Bay
Marble Cave Geopark
Discovered in 1895 and only opened to the public 90 years later. Take a boat trip with only the noise of the motor and the drips from the stalactites above you to break the silence; you can walk with a guide through an underworld of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and winding passages opening up into lofty caverns.
If it’s raining it’s a good idea to give them a call, as tours can be cancelled because of high water levels in the caves.