5 unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day in Galway

Planning a trip to Galway for the most romantic day of the year? Here are five unique date ideas to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day in Galway.

The 14th February is fast approaching; the day for lovers all over the world to show their other halves how much they love them. It’s undeniable that Galway is one of the most romantic cities in Ireland, with countless songs and movies set in the harbor town, so it’s the perfect place to treat your loved one to a date this Valentine’s Day.

Of course, you can do all the usual things: take a walk along the promenade, check out the buskers in Shop Street, or relax in the green Eyre Square. But if you really want to give your date a memorable Valentine’s Day in Galway, then check out our top five unique date ideas in and around Galway.

5. Take a trip to picturesque Spiddal

5 unique date ideas for Valentine's Day in Galway include a trip to Spiddal

This picturesque little village is about a 25-minute drive outside of Galway, but it is a must-do if you’re looking to treat your loved one to a romantic Valentine’s Day in Galway.

Head over around lunchtime and grab a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, then take a stroll along either of the village’s two beaches, and why not check out the colourful craft village while you’re here?

After watching the beautiful sunset over Galway Bay, you can head to one of the village’s pubs for some dinner and pints while you’re treated to some fantastic traditional music.

Address: Spiddal, Bohoona East, Co. Galway, Ireland

4. Enjoy a luxury cinema experience at Galway’s Eye Cinema

5 unique date ideas for Valentine's Day in Galway include Galway's Eye Cinema
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Galway’s Eye Cinema is the perfect place to head to on a date night, so why not go the extra mile and see a movie in the complex’s luxury screen room?

You’ll be able to sit back comfortably in the theatre’s cosy leather seats and enjoy your movie. Plus, the room only seats forty people, so you’ll really feel like you’re at an exclusive luxury event!

Address: Wellpark Retail Park, Wellpark, Co. Galway, H91 X4AV

3. Go glamping at Slieve Aughty Centre

5 unique date ideas for Valentine's Day in Galway include glamping at Slieve Aughty Centre
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If you or your partner are health- or environment-conscious, a night away at the Slieve Aughty Centre makes for the perfect Valentine’s date. Set in the hills of Slieve Aughty, just under an hour outside Galway city, here you can treat your loved one to a stay in one of the cosy glamping cabins the centre has to offer.

The centre’s restaurant, The Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen, is one of only two certified organic catering establishments in Ireland, so it proves a real treat for anyone who cares about where their food comes from!

You can even go for a dip in the hot tub, which is chlorine-free and powered by a wood-burning stove.

Address: Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland

2. Browse (and buy) books together at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

Charlie Byrne's Bookshop is a romantic place for book lovers
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If your other half loves reading, a visit to Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in the centre of Galway City is a must-visit. The shop stocks over 100,000 new, bargain, and secondhand books, so it’s easy to get lost amongst the pages as you wander through this old-fashioned book shop.

The bookshop first opened in 1989 when the owner, Charlie, started selling secondhand books from a market stall in Munster Avenue. Since then, it has become a cultural centre of the city where many book-lovers spend hours on end browsing the pages of the shop’s thousands of books. Why not take your date here for a bookish Valentine’s Day in Galway?

Address: The Cornstore, Middle St, Galway, Ireland

1. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub in The Hardiman

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The Hardiman Hotel is located in Eyre Square in the centre of Galway City, making it one of the best hotels to stay in if you’re visiting.

This Victorian hotel, opened in 1852, will make you feel like you’re living in luxury as you are treated to generous hospitality. The hotel restaurant, Gaslight Brasserie, offers a fine dining experience serving Irish produce and seasonal ingredients, so it’s the perfect place to treat your loved one to Valentine’s dinner.

However, the thing that sets this hotel apart from the rest is the top floor, where you’ll find the Square Spa. Take in panoramic views of the city as you relax in one of the amazing facilities, including a Canadian hot tub, Jacuzzi, steam room, monsoon shower, and relaxation room. A night at The Hardiman will definitely make for a memorable Valentine’s Day in Galway!

Address: Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland

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Siân McQuillan is a student at Queen's University Belfast currently studying a masters degree in media and broadcast Production. When she is not studying or off exploring somewhere new, you will find her expressing her love of writing and visual storytelling by creating content for her online blog and YouTube channel. More than anything else, she loves sharing her travel experiences both abroad and closer to home in Ireland with the hope of inspiring others to visit somewhere new.