Love Is In The Air: Our Guide to Romantic Spots in Dublin
Travelling with a loved one? Make time for a date at one of the most romantic spots in Dublin below.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, if you're on the lookout for some romantic plans to share with your special someone, we've got you covered with some of the most romantic spots in Dublin. From sharing a snifter of whisky and cultural excursion to romantic blessings and more, let us help you up the romance this Valentine's Day.
Trace the heritage of whiskey making in Ireland at the Teelings Whiskey Distillery, where they have been crafting it for nearly three hundred years. Join a tour and discover the complex process from distillation to dram. Once the tour comes to an end, make your way to The Bang Bang Bar for a romantic view over the city with a cocktail in your hand.
Have a cultural day and find solace in the tranquil Christ Church Cathedral. Dating back to 1030, this beautifully designed building is full of history and its stained glass windows and carved details never fail to amaze. Venture below ground to the largest crypt in Britain and England and time your visit for Evensong, when the cathedral's renowned choir performs.
Wander the halls of Malahide Castle, where the English Talbot family once graced its opulent space for more than 800 years. Learn about the rich history of the castle on a guided tour, which will uncover the secrets of the Great Hall with its significant works of Irish art from the National Gallery of Ireland and the beautiful botanical garden. Once your tour has come to an end, take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and bask in the greenery.
Be inspired at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where their diverse collection spans over 3500 works and both key Irish and international artists. Located in the converted 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, it combines both gorgeous architecture from centuries past and the most thrilling modern and contemporary art. With a packed schedule of touring collections, it's worth looking into their programme before your visit.
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International Comedy Club
Get ready to laugh till you cry at Dublin's International Comedy Club, where famous names like Eddie Izzard and Jimmy Carr have cracked jokes on their stage. With live comedy acts lined up four days a week, it's housed in the International Bar - a historical Victorian building perfect for a pint. With affordable shows priced typically at €10 and €8 for students, it's a great option for date night.
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In an attempt to reinvigorate the streets around the iconic Temple Bar district, street artists have brought the walls to life with splashes of colour. The most romantic installation of them all is Anna Doran's Love Lane, a mural of colourful stripes, hearts and tiles covered in romantic messages from people all over the world. Once done, explore the rest of the district which is home to a number of indie boutiques and live musicians serenading passerbys.
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Pay homage to the patron saint of lovers, Saint Valentine, whose remains are kept in Carmelite Church. With a special shrine erected in honour of him, many people come to the church and pray for his romantic guidance as well as to bless their relationships. Unsurprisingly, February 14th is a big deal here and couples can have their rings blessed in a special ceremony.