From Love Lane to St. Valentine’s shrine, here are the top 10 most romantic things to do in Dublin with your sweetheart.
A city break can be the perfect way to make special memories with a loved one, and Dublin has so many romantic things to see and do.
Ireland’s capital may be a hub for many thriving businesses, but it also has a unique laid-back vibe that accommodates a weekend getaway beautifully.
From cosy pub snugs to stunning harbour views, Dublin can be the most romantic place on earth if you know where to go. Here are our top 10 most romantic things to do in Dublin.
10. Stay somewhere special – to feel like royalty
There are lots of beautiful hotels in Dublin, but for the ultimate weekend break, why not stay in a castle? Clontarf Castle Hotel is just 15 minutes from the city centre and very close to the seafront for those romantic evening strolls.
Dating back to 1837, the castle offers antique décor, luxury accommodation, and fine dining that will leave you feeling like a royal couple. The castle often has special offers throughout the year, so be sure to check out the hotel website before you book.
Address: Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 D03 W5NO
9. Eat oysters – the food of love
Believed to be an aphrodisiac, oysters are by far one of the most romantic foods you can eat. With Dublin being so close to the sea, it is the perfect place to find the food of love, with lots of restaurants serving them with either a chilled glass of champagne or a traditional pint of Guinness.
For dinner in the city, Klaw in Crown Alley, Temple Bar, serves superb oysters. Or why not hop on the DART to Howth and devour some Connemara oysters in the stunning Aqua Restaurant on the harbour?
8. Go for a romantic walk – to set the scene
Ireland is known for its stunning scenery, and Dublin is no exception. From a romantic stroll around St. Stephen’s Green to the breath-taking cliff walk on the hill of Howth, there are so many places to amble hand-in-hand with your significant other.
The Pheonix Park is also a gorgeous spot to take a walk and catch a glimpse of the fallow deer roaming free. While strolling the cobbles of Grafton Street and Trinity College, give way for some good old-fashioned romance.
7. Visit Love Lane – for the most romantic Instagram pic
Designed by Anna Doran, Love Lane is part of the Love the Lanes initiative by Dublin City Council. Artists were given free rein to create an ‘open-air gallery,’ with one becoming a very romantic tribute.
Stroll hand-in-hand down one of the most Instagrammable places in Ireland’s capital and declare your love online with the ultimate selfie down Love Lane.
Address: Crampton Court, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
6. Pack a picnic – for a sunny afternoon
Romance doesn’t always need to be about extravagant gestures; sometimes the simple things can make special memories too.
Packing a picnic may be one of the most romantic things to do in Dublin, but it is not suitable all year round. On a sunny (dry) day, though, it is a great place to find a shady nook and settle down for the afternoon on a soft rug with a basket full of goodies.
Dublin city parks (such as Phoenix Park) are well-maintained places of natural beauty, while the many beaches can offer romantic spots for a long lunch serenaded by the soft sound of the sea.
5. Catch a show – for added drama
Dublin is a great city for a night at the theatre with plenty of performances available to book online. From the flamboyant musicals of the Gaiety Theatre to the charm of the Abbey Theatre, the theatrical Dublin scene is forever thriving.
Online bookings for ‘dinner and a show’ are a great way to plan an entire evening and indulge your special time with delicious food, good wine, and dramatic scenes.
4. Visit St. Valentine – to pray for everlasting love
Light a candle to the patron saint of love, St. Valentine, at Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. The saint is buried underneath the building and attracts love hopefuls as well as happy couples all year round.
The 14th of February celebrates the feast of St. Valentine each year. Couples traditionally exchange cards and gifts in honour of the saint who was executed during the 3rd century for assisting Christian marriages.
Address: 56 Aungier Street, Dublin D02 YF57
3. See a movie at The Denzille – for a special date night
A trip to the pictures is a classic date night, but at The Denzille in the heart of Dublin, you can take it to another level. Not only is the venue exclusively private with just 30 seats, but it also offers the chance to book a very special evening for couples.
For the ultimate date night, you can hire the entire cinema for two hours of private viewing for you and your special guest with a personal host, complimentary snacks, and a film of your choice. Just wow!
Address: 13 Denzille Lane, Merrion Square North, Dublin 2
2. Take a dip – for the hopeless romantic
This may appear as more of a test rather than a romantic moment, but bear with us. There are lots of places in Dublin that are popular among swimmers all year round.
From leaping off the Forty Foot in Sandycove to taking a more delicate dip at one of the capital’s beaches, there are plenty of spots to take the plunge with your loved one.
At the end of the day, nothing says “I love you” better than braving the sub-zero temperatures of the Irish Sea.
1. Enjoy a fireside pint – to cosy up
We may be biased, but there is no better place to enjoy a pint than Dublin. And if you visit during the colder months with your partner, we suggest you find a cosy pub with an open fire and settle down.
There are plenty of Dublin pubs to set your heart alight with secret snugs and creamy stout, but Kehoes Heritage Pub in South Anne Street and The Bloody Stream in Howth are just two of our favourite romantic fireside plots. Slainte!