Valentine’s Break in Cork

Spend your Valentine’s break in Cork with a romantic stay at our 4-star city centre hotel. Between the cosy pubs, charming restaurants and eating streets, Cork city is the perfect place for a romantic retreat. Couples will find plenty to do, whether it’s a visit to the Opera House, a visit to Blackrock castle or a stroll along the marina. All of which are within a short walking distance of us. After a long day exploring Cork, snuggle up with your loved one in our trendy Grain and Grill Restaurant and Bar, which features scrumptious cocktails and delectable meals.

What could be a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day?

Valentine Dining Offer

Relax and enjoy a romantic meal in our Grain & Grill Bar, where our amazing chefs have created a Valentine’s Menu using only the freshest local and Irish ingredients. Our four-course with a glass of prosecco menu will ensure that your romantic evening is a success.

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Romantic things to do in Cork

At Blackrock Castle, take a trip to the stars. View the night sky to put that twinkle in their eyes, with a tour of Blackrock Castle planetarium, and watchtower. The castle is a 30-minute riverside walk from Maldron Hotel South Mall. The castle boasts breath-taking views of Cork Harbour and hosts frequent star/moon gazing evenings.

A leisurely stroll through the Crawford Art Gallery. Walk hand in hand and take in the pieces of art that surround you. If this sounds like your idea of romance, why not spend a few hours marvelling at the Canova castings in the Crawford Art Gallery or admiring the work of renowned stained glass artist Harry Clarke in the low-light room.

For the adventurous couple take your date on a night kayak beneath the city’s bridges with Atlantic Sea Kayaking. Throughout the year, night-time tours for two can be arranged, and no prior kayaking experience is required.

Climb St. Anne’s Church’s Shandon Clock Tower and ring its historic bells! It’s a unique and romantic activity – you can take selfies while taking in 360-degree views of Cork city, and while you’re up there, don’t forget to say hello to Goldie, Cork’s most famous fish!

Contact Us

For more information, or to book, please contact us on 021 203 7000 or email 

Car Parking and Directions

There is no on-site parking available, however, we have agreed special rates with Q-Park City Hall car park just 400m or 5 minutes walk away.

-Parking from 5.00pm to 12 noon the following day is €10
-24 hours parking €14
-48 hours parking €26
-72 hours parking €36

To avail of our car parking facility, please park in the hotel set down area outside the main entrance of the hotel, on check-in the receptionist will give you directions to QPark in City Hall. It would be an idea to bring in your luggage when you check-in and we can hold it at the reception while you park.

Directions from the hotel to the parking

Leaving the hotel from South Mall take a right at the light and continue straight (the Garda station will be on your left).
At the next set of lights take a left and then an immediate left and you’ll see the Q-Park City Hall car park on your left.

Is there an electric car charging point near the hotel?

Yes, there are two electric car charging locations near the hotel – 1 located at the top of South Mall and the other located in Q-Park City Hall where we’ve discounted rates for overnight parking

Travelling to Dublin

  • Distance 260km
  • Journey time 2h 40 mins (approx)

Travelling to Limerick

  • Distance 100km
  • Journey Time 1h 25 mins (approx)

Travelling to Cork Airport

  • Distance 9km
  • Journey Time 12 mins (approx)
  • *Allow additional time during busy travel periods

Travelling to Shannon Airport

  • Distance 135km
  • Journey Time 1 hour 35 mins (approx)

Public Transport

From Kent Train Station

Maldron Hotel South Mall is only a 10-minute walk from Kent Train Station. From here you can get trains to Limerick, Dublin, Tralee. There are also commuter trains Cobh and Middleton in East Cork.

From Cork Parnell Place Bus Station

Maldron Hotel South Mall is opposite Cork Parnell Place Bus Station. From here you can get buses to Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kerry. Many of the City services also operate from here.

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