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11 romantic things every couple in Galway should do once

Summer is ending, but love is in the air.

FIRST DATE NERVES, or looking for something a bit different? Enjoy these 11 romantic ideas for couples in Galway.

1. Go for ice-cream at Gino’s

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Pick up a creamy & delicious gelato from Gino’s and wander down Shop Street where buskers and street performers are always on hand to prevent any awkward silences.

2. Take a road trip (a very short one) to Spiddal

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Take a spin out to Spiddal on a sunny day. The village itself is picturesque, but when you add in two beaches and a scatter of pubs and cafes, it’s a perfect afternoon date spot. Grab an ice-cream and walk on the sand, or settle in for an evening of trad music for a date night like your folks used to have!

3. Ride the Ferris wheel in Salthill

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While summer is in full swing, the Ferris Wheel, beside Leisureland is the ultimate in throwback romance. Pretend you’re 16 and soak up the brilliant views over Galway Bay from the air.. Just make sure you’ve cured any fear of heights before heading up there.

4. Stay at Lough Inagh

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Switch off from the rest of the world. Lough Inagh Lodge, is, as its name suggests right on the lake, surrounded by mountains. Sit back, relax and really get to know each other in the heart of the countryside.

5. Share a picnic in Coole Park

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Wander through the fields bluebells in search of the Autograph Tree. Some of Ireland’s most famous artists made their mark here including WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Sean O’Casey. Follow up with a homemade picnic on the grass for a picture-perfect date.

6. Have a luxury cinema night

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The Eye Cinema has one luxury screen, with cosy leather seats. If there’s something that she’s really looking forward to, you could book all 40 seats for a private screening.

7. Take a cooking class at Aniar Cookery School

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There are all sorts of classes to choose from like, intro to tapas, learn to make bread or gastropub classics. An afternoon here is a good way to get your hands dirty together.

8. Enjoy a food walk

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Grab lunch from one of the incredibly good food vans in the market by St Nicholas’ Church (falafel or doughnuts are a good choice) and take a gentle walk along the canals, before finishing up at the benches in NUIG, where you can watch the world go by.

9. Spend a night together with the arts

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Galway is a city of the arts, go for a date with a difference at one of the many theatre/arts events that happen throughout the year. Start with the Town Hall Theatre, An Taibhdhearc and the Druid: they all offer varied programmes, worth a look if you want to impress.

10. Eat oysters for dinner

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We’ve all heard what oysters can do. Head out to Morans on the Weir, a family run restaurant famed for its seafood and where oysters are a speciality. A dish of oysters, washed down with a pint is perfection.

11. And watch the sunset in Kinvara

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It’s not too long a drive (about 40 minutes) from the city and is worth it for the amazing views and chilled-out setting away from the hustle and bustle of Salthill.

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