Thinking of popping the question, getting down on one knee, getting hitched, tying the knot? No matter how you say it, your marriage proposal HAS to be one to remember!

Christmas is a magical time of year and we want to help you make Christmas 2018 the most magical yet for you and your loved one.
You’ve bought the engagement ring, that’s the hardest (and most expensive) part over. Now you need to decide where and when you’re going to ask that all important question. I mean, no one wants their marriage proposal to be in their local chipper now do they? (We can recommend some great chip shops in Cork City too if you do decide to go down that route, we’re not one’s to judge!)

Getting Engaged in Cork

Back to wedding proposal business!

If you’re in need of some inspiration for romantic locations in Cork to propose to your loved one this Christmas, then our team here at the Rochestown Park Hotel can help.

Weddings can be a very expensive ordeal too so we want to help you find the perfect, scenic spot to ask that burning question, without burning a hole in your pocket!

How and where you propose can help sculpt the most special and intimate memory that you and your partner share for the rest of your life. Cork is bursting with romantic locations so we’re sure to find somewhere that will have both you and your future fiancé spellbound.

Cork might be known as the Rebel County, but we’re full of heart here! To help get you started on your romantic journey we've compiled the 3 best places in Cork to get down on one knee and we’re so confident about them we want to take this opportunity to congratulate the happy couple! First on our list is the iconic Gougane Barra.


Gougane Barra, West Cork

Gouganne Barra Engagement Location

- Tony O’Connell Photography

Probably the most romantic setting for a marriage proposal in Ireland, and what makes it even more special, it’s located right in the heart of Ireland, in the very magical Cork.

The picturesque chapel of St Finbarr sits on a lake island and is surrounded by a deep U-shaped valley carved out of the West Cork Mountains. 

Gougane Barra can be visited at any time of the year but it is especially beautiful at Christmas time.

The crisp West Cork air can’t take from the beauty of Gougane Barra but it just might take your breath away.

Just envision that lake glistening under a sheet of ice, St Finbarrs Chapel hidden under a blanket of snow and snowflakes kissing your cheeks as elated smiles spread across your face when your loved one shrieks, YES!

Getting Engaged at Christmas

Photo - @macroomtoolhire

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Catsle Proposal Location Cork

Why not bring a bit of Disney to the occasion and propose to your princess at one of Cork’s finest castles?

Built nearly six hundred years ago, Blarney Castle in Cork has been attracting attention ever since making it a world landmark and one of Cork and Ireland’s greatest treasures (a little like your special someone!).

Mizen Head


Photos - Evoke

You could use your marriage proposal to prove that you'd go to the ends of the earth for your love in more ways than one at Ireland's most southerly point – Mizen Head.

With breath-taking views of the Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen Head in West Cork rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land – so dramatic! 

Fill your lungs with the fresh, ocean mist air and fill your mind with a memory that will last a lifetime – Just be prepared for those luscious locks to be blowing in the wind!

Mizen Head is widely documented as a beautiful, natural feature on the landscape of Cork but will also provide unforgettable experience and the perfect backdrop for a romantic marriage proposal this Christmas.

Take in all the stunning views whilst you wait for that cliff-hanging answer!

Now all we’ve left to say is, DON’T FORGET THE RING!

From everyone here at the Rochestown Park Hotel, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to read our blog and hope we’ve helped inspire your proposal! We would also like to wish all the future couples a very long and happy future together!

All this talk of weddings has made us want to share the love so to celebrate our love of weddings and proposals we would like to give something back to you.

Mizen Cork JustEngaged

Are you recently engaged?

We would love to hear your proposal story!

Share your romantic proposal story with us for a chance to win a romantic break for two, with Prosecco, in a Suite at the Rochestown Park Hotel. Email us at , head to our Facebook Page or tweet @RochestownPark use the 'Hashtag' #JustEngaged . The winning story will be selected January 2nd, 2019.


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