If a breakaway with your loved one is on the cards, why not make the most of your trip to Cork and get some ideas below of the best things to do while holidaying in Cork as a couple, there are so many couples activities to explore on your romantic staycation in Cork.
Cork Marina Market
Enjoy a stroll around this all-weather market which is open 7 days a week. The Marina Market is located on the tree-lined Centre Park Road, a short walk from the city centre. This market provides a fabulous experience to enjoy the finest coffees, speciality foods, healthy food and crafts. If you are on a cycling holiday in Cork why not cycle to it? or if you want to go for a nice long walk along the banks of the River Lee, the market allows easy accessibility to the Blackrock to Cork City Centre cycle and walk greenway.
Urban Kayaking Tour – Cork City
If you are looking for an active break and want to explore Cork City from a different and new perspective, kayaking with Atlantic Sea Kayaking along the River Lee is for you. The tour will last 2 ½ hours meandering down the River Lee, under the many bridges allowing you to enjoy mother nature all around you and learning the fascinating history of Cork City.
Tours are available weekly from Thursday to Sunday, from May to September. Advance booking is required for all tours. If you and your partner enjoy water activities read our blog on Water Sports in Cork, its full of fun ideas, perfect for an activity filled date.
If yoga is your passion and you would like to practice together while on your couple’s staycation in Cork, there are many Al Fresco yoga options to avail of. Grab your mat, sunscreen and some water and enjoy a sumptuous full-body yoga session. Alchemy School of Yoga is offering a full schedule of classes, either at the Marina Market, Ballincollig Regional Park or beach yoga in East Cork. Check here for class times and book your place or join one of the most popular Himalaya Yoga Valley weekly summer events to the lush gardens of Fitzgerald Park. Classes run every Saturday from 3rd July, until 5th September. All proceeds are donated to Cork Simon Community, a very worthy cause.
Cork City Sightseeing Tour
If you are short on time and want to take in the sights of Cork in the most relaxed matter, what better way than enjoy the sights of Cork from an open-top deck bus tour run by Cork City Tours.
Enjoy panoramic views and feel the wind in your hair, while the bus meanders through the historic streets of Cork. The tour includes many historic sites both past and present, including the Victorian Quarter, Shandon Cathedral, St Finbarr’s Cathedral, Fitzgerald Park, University College, Shandon Bells, Cork City Gaol and the English Market.
Picnic in the Park
Looking for a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, be sure to pay a visit to one of our favourite amenities, the 18 acre Fitzgerald Park. Catch the stunning and spectacular views up and down the majestic River Lee from the Sky Garden Pod. Meander through the beautiful tree-lined paths, bursting with colour from the flower beds and rose gardens. No better way to enjoy the beauty of the park than with a classic picnic. Hampers can be added in advance of your stay or during your stay with us.
Boat Trip to Spike Island
Take a short 20-minute car drive to the historic town of Cobh, and take a short boat trip across Cork Harbour and experience 1300 years of Irish History on Spike Island. Spike Island was formerly the worlds largest prison, today you can experience museums, exhibitions, walk scenic trails and enjoy a coffee on the island café. With all that sea air you may be hungry, so you might like to have a scrummy homemade picnic to tuck into. Hampers can be added in advance of your stay or during your stay with us.
Looking for a magical way start to your day together, what better way than take a sea swim together. Watch the sun come up and get a natural mood boost. So pack your togs and towel and take the plunge in nearby Myrtleville and Fountainstown strands. All the swimming will set you with an appetite to enjoy a hearty breakfast back at the hotel, included in your hotel breakaway with us.
Outdoor Theatre and Summertime Concerts
The private courtyard of the historical Triskel Christchurch located in Cork City Centre will be the setting for a new outdoor theatre. An intimate audience of fewer than 50 people socially distanced will be able to enjoy a mix of shows that offer classical, folk, singer-songwriter, comedy and visual arts. Shows will run Thursday to Sunday every week from the end of July for a 4 week period. In the interim, couples can enjoy the 6 Summertime Concerts Series, every Saturday at 1 pm.
Prebooking is essential.
Explore the drink of Celtic Irelands Kings
If you are looking for fun things to do as a couple this is one of the best Cork can offer, explore the making and tasting of Mead, at the Kinsale Mead Co., located in the picturesque town of Kinsale. Enjoy a fun and entertaining hour at Ireland’s first Meadery in 200 years. Follow the process from honey to bottle and get to taste a delicious selection of Kinsale Mead Co award-winning meads and cocktails along the way. Tours run Tuesday to Saturday.
Cork Harbour Scenic Cruise
Experience Cork Harbour from another angle and enjoy a romantic 2-hour scenic guided tour of the Harbour. The Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world, sit back relax, enjoy panoramic views from their top deck seated area and learn about this splendid harbour, wildlife and islands. The Cruise departs from Port of Cork Marina, Customs Quay in the City.
If you plan an earlier start, Cork Harbour Cruises also offer a Sunset Cruise from the City Centre and from Crosshaven. If you want more couple activity ideas, check out our blog on Date Ideas in Cork.