Top 10 unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland

If you’re looking to break the mould this Valentine’s Day, here are ten unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland for you and your loved one to enjoy.

If you’re looking to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day, these are ten unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.

While some people love Valentine’s Day’s whole cheesy romantic aura, some couples find it a bit of a snore-fest. It can be challenging to escape the madness of 14 February, with advertising focusing on the day for the weeks leading up to it.

It can be easy to fall into the trap of getting the card, the flowers, the chocolates, and going for the bog-standard dinner. While all those things can be lovely, they can be a bit cliché, especially if you’re on the more adventurous side.

So, we’ve decided to highlight some of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland. Read on, and we guarantee your date will remember this year’s Valentine’s for the rest of their life.

10. Visit the remains of Saint Valentine – for lovers of the macabre

Visit the remains of Saint Valentine this 14 February.
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Few people are aware that some of the remains of Saint Valentine actually reside in Ireland.

Many of the saint’s bones and even a vial of his blood are kept in the Whitefriar Church. Many couples make the pilgrimage every year to pay homage to the saint, making this one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.

Address: Whitefriar Street Church, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2, D02 YF57

9. Go underground at the Marble Arch Caves – for a truly unique experience

The Marble Arch Caves are one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.
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The Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh, which are some of the best caves in Ireland, are 100% one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.

Learn about the history of the caves, admire the natural architecture, and clutch on to your loved one for safety as you climb deeper and deeper below ground.

Address: Marble Arch Caves, 43 Marlbank Rd, Enniskillen BT92 1EW

8. Serenade each other in a karaoke room – really woo your significant other

Serenade eachother in a karaoke room.
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Maneki is a Japanese restaurant that provides private karaoke rooms.

What’s more romantic than guzzling down your favourite beverage while singing your lover’s favourite song for them?  

Address: Maneki, 43 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 D02 NH42

7. Escape a boat together – a unique twist to escape rooms

A boat escape is one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.
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You’ve heard of escape rooms, but what about an escape boat? The Zorg Ella claims to be the world’s first-ever escape boat game.

With two fun escape games to choose from, this is one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.

Address: Escape Boats, Charlotte Quay Dock, Ringsend Road, Dublin 4

6. Get lost in a maze together – lose yourselves in the love

Get lost in a maze together in Castlewellan.
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Did you know that Ireland has one of the world’s most giant permanent hedge mazes? That’s right, The Peace Maze in County Down covers a vast 118,000 sq ft (11,000 sq m).

Bring the love of your life and run around the maze like the two crazy fools in love you are.

Address: The Peace Maze, 2 Burren Walk, Castlewellan, Northern Ireland, BT31 9AF

5. Go on a virtual reality date – enter another dimension on one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland

One of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland is a virtual reality experience.
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If you want something out there, why not leave this world altogether and enter a virtual one? Virtual reality gaming centres like Velocity in Waterford City are becoming increasingly popular.

Show your love with a virtual boxing match, or shoot down some zombies together.

Address: Velocity VR, Tramore Road Waterford, X91 AP22

4. Attend a pottery class – re-enact THAT scene from Ghost

Attend a pottery class this Valentine's Day.
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Arran Street East School of Pottery offer a vast selection of pottery classes to explore with your better half. We can picture it now: you are throwing a pot on the wheel, guided by the warm embrace of the love of your life.

You’ll go home covered in clay with a unique piece of pottery that symbolises your love for each other. Bless.

Address: 1 Little Green St, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 K744

3. Lose yourselves in a salt cave – a magical experience

Salt caves are one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.
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Salt caves treatment centres have been popping up around Ireland over the last few years.

However, we think the most romantic one has to be Salt Cave Paradise in Balbriggan. You won’t want to leave. Ever.

Address: Salt Cave Paradise, Convent Ln, Tankardstown, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, K32 CY94

2. Sip prosecco with an alpaca – one of the most out-there experiences

Sip prosecco with an alpaca for a memorable date.
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Yes, you read that title correctly. K2 Alpacas in Wicklow are now offering one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.

Take a beautiful fluffy alpaca for a trek, followed by a tipple. Please note the alpaca won’t actually be the one drinking the prosecco. That will be you and your date.

Address: K2 Alpacas, Callowhill Upper, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow, A63 DX08

1. Unleash your rage with axe throwing – the most bizarre Valentine’s date idea

Axe Club Dublin is one of the most unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.
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Axe throwing is excellent craic and involves hurling axes at targets from a distance. We know not all romances are fun and games, so axe throwing is definitely cheaper (and more fun) than couples therapy.

Axe Club Dublin do a BYOB axe throwing session with pizza. This had to make the top of the list for unique Valentine’s date ideas in Ireland.

Address: Axe Club, End of Gaelic St, North Dock, Dublin 3

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