Valentine’s Day in Cork

Spending the most romantic day of the year in Cork? Not sure how to celebrate? Don’t worry, Cork English College has got your back!

Below are some fun ideas for your February 14th!


  1. Day trips to Irish towns

Sure, Cork is a pretty awesome city, but there are plenty of other places nearby which are worth a visit.

Are you a sailor at heart? Looking for a cute Irish town to ogle? If so, Kinsale (pictured below) is definitely for you, with its beautiful harbour and multi-coloured buildings. Not to mention the delicious food available in its many restaurants (Fishy Fishy being a personal favourite). The best part? You can get there in less than half an hour from the city centre. What are you waiting for?




If you are willing to drive for a little longer, Glengariff is another nice option for a day trip. Take the ferry out to Garnish Island (below) to explore the beautiful gardens and rare plants. Glengariff Woods Nature Reserve is also a great spot for wandering around.

Italian Gardens - Garnish



A visit to Clonakilty is another good idea for those seeking to get out of the city – a cute town with a model railway village. Nearby Inchydoney beach (below) is considered to be one of the most scenic in West Cork.




Looking for something further afield? The popular town of Dingle, Co. Kerry, is worth the drive for the chance to see Fungie, the resident Dolphin (below). Some great Irish music can be found in one of the town’s many pubs, if you fancy an overnight stay.

Fungie at Dingle



And for the most romantic of all – who could say no to the Gougane Barra? This scenic chapel on the lake is the perfect spot for a picnic with your loved one.

Gougane Barra


  1. Picturesque hikes

Take your loved ones, your dog or your good self for a lovely walk on Valentine’s Day to take in some of Ireland’s amazing scenery. Some beautiful trails can be found in and around the towns mentioned above, but for more inspiration you might want to visit The Wild Atlantic Way website: The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500 kilometre route along the west coast of Ireland, and its many trails offer breath-taking views – very romantic! Kinsale (mentioned above) is its starting point – the fun starts there!

Kerry Cliffs


  1. A trip to the cinema

While I personally cannot imagine a more awkward first date than a trip to the cinema, if you fancy bringing your new crush to watch a film (it is Oscar season after all!), check out the latest screenings in Cork city centre at If you want to go up-market and watching something on the super-big screen, check out the iMax at Mahon Point: Mahon Point is accessible by bus from the city centre.


  1. Live music

Fancy seeing something live? Check out Gilbert O’ Sullivan at Cork Opera House (whoever he is!) Tickets for the 8pm show start at €46. If you are looking for something a bit more casual and a bit less expensive, head to the Oliver Plunkett bar, where there will be a ‘hooley’: an evening of traditional music and dance (or a ‘wild and noisy party’, if you go by the Oxford Dictionary). If that doesn’t float your boat, you can go to Rearden’s Bar on Washington Street at 10pm, where band ‘3 of a Kind’ are playing.


  1. Nice meal

Pick a nice romantic spot and get stuck in! Here is a list of the top ten romantic restaurants in Cork, according to Tripadvisor:

Cafe Paradisio



Happy Valentines Day from Cork English College! ❤

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