There’s no denying that Dublin has a dash of hedonism in its personality, but just because the Irish capital knows how to sink a Guinness or three doesn’t mean it’s lacking in romantic charm. In fact, the opposite is true. With a visible history dating back more than 1000 years, from cobbled streets to ivy-covered walls and celebrated restaurants, there’s no shortage of romantic things for couples to do. Many of the best things to do in Dublin are suitable for all types of travelers, but if you are planning a special trip for just two of you then these are some of the things to do in Dublin which you should include in your itinerary.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Dublin for couples, look no further than the city’s boutique hotels. There are several dotted throughout Dublin that place an emphasis on tranquillity, intimacy and style. Ideally, you’ll want to stay close to the city centre, so as to take advantage of things to do in Dublin at night, as well be within walking distance from the city’s top attractions. Hotels close to the charming Iveagh Gardens, for example, are a particularly popular choice for couples, and many establishments in the area offer stunning views from the rooms and rooftop bars. Another factor to consider when looking for the best place to stay in Dublin for couples is the on-site facilities. Many of the city’s upscale hotels are situated in historic buildings and offer a variety of spa facilities and treatments, perfect for unwinding together.
The ultimate couples itinerary
There is a whole raft of activities in Dublin that are perfectly suited to a romantic getaway. Even if you’re doing Ireland in two days, you can fill up one of them in the capital and still create lasting memories. Most couples start their romantic sojourn by paying a visit to Love Lane. Dublin streets have seen several transformations lately, of which Love Lane is one. The street has become an open-air gallery of sorts and is now home to fantastic public art. Another popular option, particularly if you have some time on your hands, is to get out of town for the day. There are many fantastic day trips to take from Dublin, including one to both Malahide and Howth.
The perfect first date
If you’re both fans of the movies, but can’t stand to share the experience with anyone other than your loved one, then you can’t miss an evening at Denzille Cinema. It’s a private 30-seater cinema that’s might just be one of the ultimate first date ideas in Dublin, for those brave - or wealthy - enough to book out the entire venue for two. If you’re a fan of open-air dining, then you can precede the screening with a picnic in Iveagh Gardens, but with so many romantic restaurants in Dublin at your disposal, it would be a shame not to let an experienced chef treat you to the ultimate meal.
After dark in Dublin
Although Dublin is a romantic city in the daytime, it’s after dark that its true charm shines through. Start your evening with dinner at one of Dublin’s famously romantic restaurants. The likes of Pearl Brasserie, the Green House, and Chapter One pair world-class food with wines, in the most romantic of settings, making them among the most romantic restaurants in Dublin. If you’d prefer to get an expert’s take on Dublin’s culinary scene, though, why not embark on the ultimate food experience in the city?
Be part of the nightlife
Once you’re sufficiently fed, there’s no better way to round off your evening that by dipping into the city’s famed nightlife. It’s no secret that there are ample things to do in Dublin at night, most of which involve a pint of Guinness or a tumbler of whisky. If you’re looking to sample as many of Dublin’s iconic establishments as possible, a pub crawl might be your best bet. Otherwise, opt for a quiet nightcap at either The Blind Pig Dublin and The Horseshoe Bar Dublin, two charming and romantic late-night establishments.
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