A new study ahead of Valentine’s Day has revealed Ireland’s top 10 most romantic locations for the perfect date.

HelloFresh Ireland, providers of Valentine’s Day recipes, analyzed over 30 cities and towns across the nation to find the ultimate romantic destination for love birds. Data experts evaluated each location across various categories, including accommodation options, dining experiences, entertainment choices and affordability.

The beautiful town of Killarney, with its enchanting scenery and its array of romantic accommodations, took the top spot as Ireland's most romantic destination.

The Co Kerry town boasts the most romantic hotels and accommodations per capita, and offers some of the most affordable meal and wine options. It's a haven for couples seeking a dreamy escape without breaking the bank.

Sligo claimed the second spot on the list, with plenty of romantic hotel options, closely followed by Ennis, which scored high for affordability. 

The research also revealed fascinating insights into Ireland’s dining scene. A meal for two at a mid-range restaurant with three courses can cost you €100 in Clonmel, while the budget-friendly Longford offers the same experience at just €52.50.

For those opting for a cinematic experience, Navan emerges as the most economical choice with a ticket priced at €7.25, while Greystones comes at a premium with tickets reaching €14.

The analysis also delved into the components of a perfect date night-in. Clonmel stands out for offering the most affordable bottle of wine at €8, whereas Waterford is on the higher end at €18. 

Local cheese aficionados will find Portlaoise and Mallow the most budget-friendly, with prices as low as €2.29 for artisan cheese. On the contrary, Cavan presents the indulgent option at €18.75 for the most expensive local cheese in the dataset.

For the ultimate night in, Sligo offers the most budget-friendly cheese and wine combo, with indulgent bottles of wine for £10 and cheese for just £3. 

While 66 percent of the Irish public agree the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, 83 percent find the cost of dining out on Valentine’s Day overpriced. Thanks to the top 10 most romantic spots list, those celebrating can easily find affordable options. 

Top 10 Date Spots in Ireland:

  1. Killarney, Co Kerry
  2. Sligo, Co Sligo
  3. Ennis, Co Clare
  4. Navan (An Uaimh), Co Meath
  5. Shannon, Co Clare
  6. Tralee, Co Kerry
  7. Ballina, Co Mayo
  8. Mallow, Co Cork
  9. Wexford, Co Wexford
  10. Tullamore, Co Offaly