For centuries Dublin has been known as a city that’s inspired romantics–from poets to celebrated musicians. This Valentine’s Day, explore what makes this city so romantic by giving one of these date night ideas a try. We’ve selected a few of the best so no matter which one you pick, you’ll be certain to feel the love!
- Have an Iconic Night at the Temple Bar
Raise a toast to your Valentine in the most celebrated bar in the city! Dating back to the 1300s, The Temple Bar has been part of the heart of Dublin. Thanks to its unmistakable red exterior and prime location, this bar is an absolute icon. This Valentine’s Day, connect with the history of Dublin and fall in love with its one-of-a-kind charm. The Temple Bar attracts young visitors from all over the globe, making it the perfect date-spot for students. You’ll be sure to experience a lively, vibrant night full of unmatchable energy!
- Take a New Couple’s Pic at The Spire
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by taking a romantic, gorgeous new couple’s photo – or a selfie? Share your love on Instagram by posing in front of one of the most well-known monuments in Dublin —the Spire! This beautiful tower, made of stainless steel, rises an impressive 120 meters above O’Connell street. It’s a fantastic place to photograph, whether you visit in the day or the night. Catch it in the day, and the steel reflects golden sunlight. Catch it at night, and the tower is lit externally, making it shine in the darkness. Your feed is sure to be flooded with likes.
- Indulge in Fantasy at Dublin Castle
Are knights in shining armour, elegant princesses and fairy tales what make your heart soar? Then step back in time by heading to Dublin Castle. This magnificent castle has seen more than 800 years of history, letting you feel transported to the past. You and your date can explore its 11 acres on a guided tour or take a more leisurely self-guided one. Dive into its gardens, museums and historic rooms, and live out a fairy tale of your own. It’s the perfect way to add some happily-ever-after to your Valentine’s Day this year.
- Find Your Love Story at the Trinity College Library
Dublin has long influenced some of the most beautiful, romantic literature in history. Use that as your inspiration and bring your date to the breathtaking Trinity College Library. While only Trinity College students can visit the main library, everyone is welcome in the Old Library. You and your date can admire the architecture, history and tranquil atmosphere. Even better, each of you can search for the most romantic poetry or prose and share it with each other. If a card won’t cut it, let the greatest writers in history put your feelings into words this Valentine’s Day!
- Take Time to Smell the Roses at the National Botanic Gardens
Nothing says romance like flowers—so why not surround yourself with them on Valentine’s Day? Dress warm, snuggle close and explore its lush gardens full of beautiful flowers and plants at the National Botanic Garden. The glass houses and sculpture garden add to the ambiance. (And make it another perfect option for a new couple’s pic to celebrate the holiday!) It’s also an incredibly student-budget friendly option. Entry itself is free, and a guided tour only costs €5.
- Feel the Romance at the Woolen Mills Eating House
For Valentine’s Day, not just any-old restaurant will do. Instead, choose somewhere lovely enough to set the mood, like the Woolen Mills Eating House. Featuring updated Irish classics, like beef and stout bangers and mash with Guinness gravy, the food is both comforting and impressive. Downstairs, you can enjoy the energetic, busy atmosphere. Upstairs, the vibe is more relaxed and romantic, and the views of the Ha’penny Bridge will make you swoon.
There’s nowhere like Dublin to fully embrace the romantic, inspiring feelings of Valentine’s Day. Get your heart fluttering by giving these date options a try, and fall even more in love with this city. Treat your date to what makes Ireland truly special, and make this a Valentine’s Day for the ages.