A beautiful island surrounded by the majestic Atlantic Ocean, with the great Celtic Sea to the south, St George’s Channel to the south-east and the Irish Sea to the east, Ireland is a prime location for romance. You can imagine an island surrounded by various seas and channels; Ireland is an island famously known for its magnificent landscape and scenery. With such grand views everywhere, there are many activities perfect for loving couples or sweet honeymooners to enjoy. You won’t have any trouble finding romantic places to stay in Ireland, from bed and breakfasts to secluded hotels. This is a splendid location for making memories, a place that offers countless diversions. Keep reading to learn more about the romantic things to do in Ireland.
1. Visit the elegant Whitefriar St. Carmelite Church in Dublin
This is a Carmelite church that has been at the same location since it was constructed in 1827. It is a beautiful and serene church that brings out your heart’s delights. Spend a day with your partner at this beautiful church and be awed by its calming and soothing atmosphere and design, and indulge in the fantastic rich history it provides. Known for its shrines, take the opportunity to enrich yourself in this religious place with historical importance. One of the most central shrines is, of course, the shrine of St. Valentine. As an embodiment of romance, take your time as a couple and pray for him to watch over your lives as one. A church of romantic significance, this is a place that a couple has to visit during their time in Ireland.
Whitefriar St. Carmelite Church
Address: 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website: Whitefriar St. Carmelite Church
Opening hours: Mon: 7:30am - 6pm; Tue: 7:30am - 9pm; Wed - Fri: 7:30am - 6pm; Sat: 7:30am - 7pm; Sun: 7:30am - 8pm
Looking for things to do in Ireland for couples? Hop on a horse-drawn carriage and go around Killarney National Park. You will pass by places such as Ross Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and Killarney House Gardens and other landmarks while listening to tales of the Gaelic chieftains as well as other exciting stories of the area. Instead of the standard methods of travel, such as bus or taxis, try out this romantic method with your romantic one and enjoy a unique and old-fashioned experience. Other than just seeing historical and beautiful locations and landmarks, you will have the opportunity to witness Ireland’s last native herd of red deer and, of course, listen to tales about the famous O’Donoghue Mor and Oliver Cromwell.
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
Duration: 1 hour
3. Hike to the majestic Slieve League Lookout in Donegal
Slieve League Lookout is one of the highest cliffs in Europe, with a staggering 609 m (1998 ft) height overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean. With different designated viewing points, you can hike to different locations for a change of perspective of the astonishing scenery. You will arrive at the Slieve League Lookout, where you will find resting areas, guide books and souvenirs. Along the cliffs, there are carparks and resting areas if you are tired. Head over to the picturesque cliffs and capture the astounding beauty as you take a romantic walk along Slieve League Lookout.
Slieve League Lookout
Address: County Donegal, Ireland
Website: Slieve League Lookout
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
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4. Explore the majestic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin
St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been a house of worship for over 800 years, and it is now an important pilgrimage site in Ireland. The cathedral is believed to have been the place of worship of St. Patrick himself, hence the significance of this church. Its Gothic architecture offers a warm feeling and a romantic atmosphere, as it is surrounded by beautiful tinted glass windows and different artifacts. With endless amazing stories and tales about the church, you and your partner will have a day filled with stories about Ireland and learn its importance and meaning.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Address: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
Website: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 9am - 10:30am, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Price: From 7 USD
5. Take a tour of the historic Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle boasts of being the oldest standing building in Ireland, and it takes pride in its astonishing beauty and intricate architecture. The Victorian interior projects a wealth of romance that couples can immerse themselves in during this trip. After exploring the vast castle, take a walk in its rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other romantic spots include a romantic terraced rose garden, fresh woodlands and a 19th-century human-made lake. Afterwhich, do take a break at their tea room and have a lovely tea time as a couple.
Address: The Parade, Collegepark, Kilkenny, Ireland
Website: Kilkenny Castle
Opening hours: 9am - 5:30pm (daily)
Price: From 9 USD
6. Spend a day at Portsalon Beach in Donegal
Walk on the soft and warm sands and watch the waves crash against the shore while listening to the music of nature. This is an ideal spot for couples to have a lovely picnic and admire the views of Portsalon Beach. Quiet and peaceful, you will have the opportunity to bond as a couple in such a stunning beach, while you reward yourselves with a charming view.
Address: Drum, Co. Donegal, Ireland
7. Admire the beauty of Dún na Rí Forest Park in Kingscourt
Located outside Kingscourt along the banks of the River Cabra, Dún na Rí Forest Park is more than just a stunning location for the perfect date. Dún na Rí Forest Park, which was previously an estate owned by the Pratt family, engages you in the legend that stretches back to the time of Cuchullain, the Gaelic warrior who rested in these woods while fighting the armies of Queen Maeve of Connaught. With the vast abundance of flora and Mighty oak trees, you will spend your day strolling away for hours while holding hands with your partner and relieving your mind of all the stress.
Dún na Rí Forest Park
Address: Kingscourt Cavan
Website: Dún na Rí Forest Park
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Price: Parking Fees from 5 USD
8. Go on a dolphin and whale watching tour along Dingle Bay
Experience the four-hour thrill on a cruise along Dingle Bay, and excite yourself with the spotting of majestic dolphins and whales. Furthermore, you will have the chance to marvel at the staggering coastal scenery as you drive along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way before boarding the cruise. Together with your significant other, you will have the chance to encounter stunning sea animals and enjoy a beautiful view while cruising from Slea Head, the westernmost point of Europe, out to the Blasket Islands.
You’ve probably seen countless photos of the Library of Trinity College Dublin before - this historic library is home to ancient tomes, the most important one being a famous treasure in Ireland - the Book of Kells. This illuminated manuscript is what the Mona Lisa is to the Louvre, and tourists flock to see it. With this ticket, you’ll get to see it without having to peer over shoulders. Included in the tour is a visit to Dublin Castle’s grounds, the gardens, and a ninth-century Viking landing spot. You and your partner will definitely enjoy this fascinating tour!
Book of Kells Early Access and Dublin Castle Guided Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Veer away from the busy city streets of Dublin and Cork and head to Dingle Peninsula to enjoy some fresh air and scenic views. This Airbnb Experience is hosted by Brigid, who will show you around a historic, 150-year-old farm and introduce you to some of its inhabitants - the sheep! While you chat and explore the land, don’t forget to snap some photos. The two-hour-long activity requires good walking shoes, so come prepared. Balance out your romantic castle tours with a good, old-fashioned jaunt in nature.
Shepherds Farm Walk- Dingle Peninsula
Duration: 2 hours
Perhaps you and your sweetie have already tried wine tasting during a previous getaway. Well, in Ireland, you have to try whiskey tasting! They are, after all, one of the world’s leading producers of whiskey. Tour the Jameson Whiskey distillery in Dublin and learn some trade secrets from the tour guide. You’ll also get to enjoy a complimentary whiskey cocktail while you’re at it.
Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings
Duration: 45 minute
Adare Manor is more than just a hotel, this five-star establishment was built near the village of Adare in 1720 by the 1st Earl of Dunraven and it prides itself on its exquisite architecture. The design features the rich history of the 19th century Gothic Revival in Britain and Ireland, surrounded by the romantic view from the romance of history. You will find yourself admiring the gargoyles, heraldry and decorative stone and wood carvings of mythical beasts that will keep your day inspired. A grand gallery, inspired by the Halls of Mirrors in Versaille and unimaginable beauty of its parklands, cultivated gardens, French gardens, magnificent trees, and the river Maigue, you can see how the manor is the epitome of romantic architecture. This is the perfect holiday stay for couples on a romantic trip to Ireland. Plus, there are countless activities that the hotel offers such as archery, golf, cycling and even an Irish gundog experience for an exciting stay.
This 47 acres (19 hectares) of beauty was voted number 3 in the world’s top 10 gardens by National Geographic and is one of the most romantic places in Ireland. Hence, you can imagine the beauty of the garden that was designed in 1730. With a blend of terraces, delightful gardens, fascinating statues and charming lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks, you will find yourself immersed in a place surrounded by vast beauty. Explore the different gardens such as the Italian Garden, The Dolphin Pond, The Japanese Gardens, Pets Cemetery and Pepperpot Tower, or take a break at one of them and admire it with your partner.
Skip the Line: Powerscourt House and Gardens Admission Ticket
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
A paradise of romance
From manors to romantic beaches and even cathedrals with touches of romance, Ireland is a paradise if you wish to make romantic memories with your significant other. Ireland is a land of romance for couples of all ages. Other than just walking in the artistic landscapes, you will have activities to do that will invigorate your relationship and bring exciting memories to your trip. Head down to Ireland, if you wish to have a journey filled with romantic, sweet and loving moments with your partner.
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