Dating in Cork | Fun & Exciting Ideas
Online dating can provide you with a great opportunity to generate a rapport, particularly as the comfort of being behind a keyboard can do away with silly nerves and let the real you shine through. However, there is no better way to get to know someone than meeting in person so at Arealkeeper we always encourage you to take your relationship from online dating to offline as soon as you are comfortable doing so.
We all know first impressions last though so it is important to choose the right thing to do on your first date to make sure you get to a 2nd. The last thing that you will want is a high pressure environment where you feel your every word is being examined. So although going for a coffee might seem like a casual way to meet, there may be pressure to ‘perform’ straight away. Chose a date where entertainment is provided or activities you can mutually enjoy. No matter whether you are dating in Cork or Donegal, every County can boast of unique ways to spend a few hours. And after all, if it works out you will want to look back and have had a first date to remember.
If you are dating in the South of Ireland, then the rebel County is not far off. Cork’s bustling City and vast County are bursting not only with County pride but novel ways to spend your date.
Here are our Top 8 picks for Romantic things to do if you are dating in Cork
Gamble on love: Greyhound racing at Curraheen Park. Just a few kilometres outside the city, you can take your match to a fun filled evening of racing. With weekly meetings packed with punters eager to enjoy the excitement you can both relax into the electric atmosphere and share some bets. He/she who wins, pays!
Real-LEE romantic: If you both share a love of water sports, surprise your date with a romantic moonlit paddle on the River Lee with Atlantic Sea Kayaking. They will provide a guided tour for couples all through the year so you can soak up the beauty of the city lights from a central vantage point-the water.
Animal attraction: You will not be lost for things to talk about if you start your relationship with a trip to Fota Wildlife Park. Get up close and personal with birds and animals from all 5 continents. Fota is home to thousands of animals both native and exotic. Share an ice-cream during your delightfully casual stroll around the park for a first date to remember.
Ring my bell: Take your date to the top of the Shandon Bell tower in the Church of St. Anne and satisfy a multitude of passions. Indulge the tourist in you by climbing the 132 steps to take in 360 degree views of Cork City; aspiring musicians can play a tune on the world famous Shandon Bells, or if you are a budding historian enjoy the beautiful surrounds of one of the oldest churches in Cork city, St.Anne’s was built in 1722. A cheap and cheerful jaunt around one of Cork’s iconic landmarks.
The cycle path to true love: If you and your date are Biking enthusiasts then what better way to spend your first date than a leisurely cycle around one of Kinsale’s popular cycle loops that start and end in the town. With magnificent scenery, hills to climb and views to get lost in, finishing off your date with a cosy drink at the Bullman pub overlooking the ocean, a date in Kinsale is hard to beat.
Reel them in: Bring your date far from the glare of the city and take a drive to the Beara peninsula. The magnificent fishing village of Castletownbere is a beacon for the creative which makes it a particularly interesting destination for connoisseurs of arts and culture. The Millcove and Sarah Walker galleries showcase paintings, ceramics and sculptures from a wide range of artists while music enthusiasts can be lucky enough to enjoy one of David Syme’s intimate Sunday piano recitals. Or you could simply amble around the village with an Icecream from Issie’s and complete your visit with a bowl of fresh Chowder and a Guinness at the famous MacCarthy’s bar - and maybe even an impromptu trad session.
Tea for Two: Keep it classy by enjoying Afternoon Tea at Cork City’s hidden gem, the 5 star Hayfield Manor. Just minutes from the city centre, the Manor provides the most elegant surrounds for a romantic first date.
Who cares what picture we see: While catching a movie doesn’t seem to afford any opportunity to have a chat, taking in the latest release at Movie Junction’s Drive-in Cinema is an intimate way to enjoy a date. As you are in the comfort of your own car, you can be as talkative as you wish and rely on Hollywood to provide you with conversation points. Just 10 minutes from Cork city, it’s a perfect date for movie buffs.