Fall in Love with These Romantic Things to do in Dublin

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Dublin has a reputation as being a great party destination. Whether it’s for celebrating festivals like Saint Patrick’s Day or hitting up temple bar for bachelor or bachelorette party. However, Dublin is so much more than just a party destination. It can be pretty romantic too. So, show your someone special a little extra love with these romantic things to do in Dublin.

Have a Picnic in a Park



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OK, so the idea of having a picnic in a park may not be the most original idea in the world, but it’s definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Dublin. Especially when you consider that Ireland’s capital has two gorgeous parks: Stephen’s Green in the heart of the city centre, and the much larger Phoenix Park which is home to an adorable herd of deer.

Stephen’s green has the added bonus of being central and easy to get to. However, it’s smaller and can get quite crowded. Especially on a sunny day. Phoenix Park is a little further away but much larger and, therefore, it’s easier to find a quiet private spot. That being said, you can’t really go wrong with either.

As for food for the picnic, well you have a bunch of options. If you are a local or staying somewhere with a kitchen, you can whip up something from scratch. If that’s not an option, then pick up some treats from any of Dublin’s cafes or bakeries. Salads and sandwiches are always good choices for picnic lunches. Try Oxmantown for some delicious sandwiches that you can take to go and if you want to bring something sweet, get a slice (or 2) of cake to go from the Queen of Tarts.

Insider tip: Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket! After all, this is Dublin and wet ground is pretty common. Try this oversized water-resistant picnic mat.

Escape the Crowds for a Day in Howth

Dublin is fantastic, but there’s no doubt that the Irish capital can get pretty busy. Especially if you are visiting during the summer months. If you’re looking to escape the majority of the crowds without having to go too far, consider heading to Howth, a small town just 30 minutes on the DART from Dublin city centre.

Howth is a small fishing village complete with beautiful walking trails, a great market, and its own castle. It’s also famous for its seafood and home to several well-known restaurants. Head to AQUA for a fresh seafood lunch and grab an afternoon pint at O’Connels Bar which overlooks the harbour.

For more on my favourite day trips from Dublin, check out this post. 

Stroll Down Dublin’s Love Lane



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As you wander through Temple Bar district (a must when visiting Dublin), keep your eye out for Love Land. This small alley at Crampton Court is part a street art initiative to brighten up Dublin. The project is called ‘Love the Lanes’ and this particular alley is known as Love Lane.

Love Lane is a tribute to love and was both designed and created by Irish artists Anna Doran. Designed in a multitude of shades of pink and red, you’ll find deconstructed hearts and lots of tiles with quotes about love and heartbreak. A stroll down Love Lane is absolutely one of the most romantic things to do in Dublin.

Tour Malahide Castle



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Ireland has no shortage of castles spread across its countryside, but for those looking for an easy and romantic castle to visit close to Dublin, then look no further than Malahide Castle. It’s one of Ireland’s oldest castles and it’s located just outside of Dublin city.

While the castle is absolutely enchanting, perhaps the most romantic part of this visit is the ornamental gardens which cover 22 acres. There are over 5000 different species of plants and the grounds are also home to Ireland’s only butterfly house which is home to 20 different species of butterflies. Book a tour of Malahide Castle and Gardens (& Howth) here.

Insider tip: Malahide Castle entry is also included in the Dublin City Pass 

Book a Photoshoot

Want to create some lasting memories that you can physically look back on in the future? Why not book a photoshoot! Dublin has so many picture-perfect spots that it’s a great city do to a photoshoot. If you have your own camera and gear, you could do your own. But I suggest hiring a professional. You can find some local photographers that won’t cost you a fortune via Airbnb experiences. 

Snug(gle) Up in one of Dublin’s Pubs



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The best way to end a busy day in Dublin is to have a pint or two in one of Dublin’s best pubs. While a drink at a pub may not, at first, seem like one of the most romantic things to do in Dublin, when you think of it, it’s actually kind of perfect. Some of Dublin’s pubs are famous haunts of writers and poets. Others are great venues for live music for those looking for a fun night out (my favourite for live music is O’Donoghues).

For something intimate, head to one of Dublin’s historical pubs with a snug. A snug was originally a closed off place for women to drink in primarily male-dominated pubs. Today, snugs can still be found in many historic pubs and provide a smaller private area to have a drink with loved ones of friends. Try Kehoe’sor O’Neils, both of which are known for their snugs.

Spend a night (or two) in a Castle



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One of the best ways to treat your someone special is to get a room in a romantic hotel. While Dublin has no shortage of great hotels, if you really want to stand out in your significant other’s eyes then you have to stay at Clontarf Castle. Because, really, does it get any more romantic than staying in a castle? I don’t think so.

Clontarf Castle Hotel is one of the best castle hotels in Ireland. This stunning hotel just a ten-minute drive (or bus ride) from the heart of Dublin which means you can combine your castle experience with some city exploring. When it comes to romantic things to do in Dublin, this is definitely a top contender. Book your stay at Clontarf Castle here.

Get Cozy on a Haunted Dublin Tour



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Does your special someone like to do things out of the ordinary? Or maybe you’re just looking for an extra excuse to hold hands or get cozy? Then check out one of Dublin’s haunted tours. While this may not be one of the most traditional romantic things to Dublin, it is a lot of fun.

From vaults to pubs, graveyards and jails, Dublin has no shortage of haunted places you can check out. Though to get the best experience, you’ll want to take a tour. After all, it’s the stories, not the destination that adds the extra creepy factor.

If the weather is clear, join a haunted history walking tour through Dublin (you can book one here) or, if the forecast is looking a bit wet, then join the Dublin Ghostbus tour (book here). Either way, there are lots of opportunities to get cozy with your loved one.

For more on Ireland’s spooky history, check out these stories about the most haunted castles in Ireland.

Whether you are looking for something traditional or more outside of the box, there are lots of romantic things to do in Dublin to make your visit (or maybe just your day) extra special.

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