1.Dublin Zoo. €17 each. The zoo is a great day out for families but it’s also a great day out for couples. We went to Dublin Zoo for Valentines day 2 years ago and had the best fun.
2. Catch a show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. With the likes of Billy Elliot, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Dancing and so much more to choose from you won’t be disappointed. Located right beside The Marker Hotel.
3. Have a cocktail in the rooftop bar at The Marker Hotel before a show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre or just enjoy the view. Note that the bar isn’t open if the weather is bad (typical Irish weather).
4. Pack a picnic for St.Stephen’s Green. This is super romantic and is sure to win you a few brownie points. Grab a picnic blanket, few treats and watch the world go by.
6. If you always order fish when out for a meal then you have to dine in The Cliff Town House. One of the best fish meals we have had.
7. Feeling super cheesy? Then take a ride around the city in a horse and cart from outside St. Stephen’s Green would be very romantic.
8. The Little Museum of Dublin. Find out what has been happening in the beautiful city of Dublin over the past 100 years. You will be surprised at how much you didn’t know about Dublin after visiting this museum. Tickets €7.
9. Feeling fancy? Have art afternoon tea at The Merrion Hotel. This is one for impressing your other half and super delicious too. The afternoon tea is inspired by art located in this famous hotel. Prices start €90 pp.
10. The Viking Splash Tour. This tour could possibly be one of the most enjoyable tours in Dublin. You will spend most of the tour in hysterics laughing with the tour guide. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare for a tour then hop on the yellow Viking Splash tour near St. Stephen’s Green. Price €22.
11. The Old Jameson Distillery Whiskey Tour. Closed from September 2016 and will reopen on St.Patrick’s day.
12. Walk down Dun Laoghaire pier with a Teddy’s ice-cream in your hand. Teddy’s is famous in Dun Laoghaire and would be criminal not to get one.
13. Coco Pops crunchy french toast in San Lorenzo’s. There will be no sharing of food on this date so you best order your own. Drooling even thinking about their menu. One of our favourite brunch spots.
14. Dinner and drinks in Lemon & Duke. We hear their Old Fashioned cocktail is one not to miss.
15. Treat your self with a beauty day at OSLO Beauty. This is one of Kate’s favourite beauty spots in Dublin but they also cater for men too. OSLO Beauty have just opened OSLO Health for all yoga and fitness fanatics and Hot Air which is their Blow Dry Bar.
16. Jumpzone in Sandyford. You will spend more time laughing at your other half to even notice how terrible you are at trampolining.
17. The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour. Another one that’s on our list and we know will scare us half to death. Tickets €28.
18. Secret cocktails at the VCC – Vintage Cocktail Club. Located in Crown Street in Temple Bar, the entrance can be easily missed with just a door bell and no sign. Designed as an 1940’s speakeasy this bar is a perfect spot for impressing someone on a first date.
19. Etihad Skyline Tour at Croke Park. €20 for adults. (This is on our to do list) What better way to see some of the best views of Dublin than from 17 storeys high on the roof of Ireland’s most famous sporting arena. If you are visiting Dublin and have never seen a GAA match, one of Ireland’s most popular native sports, then try and get a ticket for a GAA match in Croke Park.
21. Walk up Killiney Hill, even better if you have a dog. The top of this walk looks over Dalkey and Killiney villages. After you walk reward yourself with a tasty meal in The Corner Note Cafe in Dalkey, it’s one of our favourite brunch spots.
22.Pull the perfect pint in The Guinness Store House. Prices between €14-€20. It’s the perfect place to bring anyone who comes to visit you in Dublin. It takes roughly 3 hours to make your way around The Guinness Store House taste testing before you reach one of the best views Dublin has to offer.
23. Learn more about Irish History at Kilmainham Gaol. 2016 was a huge year for Ireland celebrating 100 years since the Easter Rising. If you want to learn more about what exactly happened during the 1916 rising then a visit to Kilmainham Gaol will answer all your burning questions. The staff are incredibly passionate about Irish History which makes the tour (if you decide to do it) even more enjoyable.
24. Cliff Walk Howth Head. Rough a 7km walk with beautiful scenic views of Howth and the sea. Treat yourself with some fish & chips after in Howth village.
25.. Fish and Chips in Howth. With endless restaurant choices, our favourites are Beshoff Bro’s, Ivan’s Oyster Bar & Grill, The Oar House.
26. Try skiing for your first time in Dublin. Planning a ski trip together but you haven’t been before? You can get lessons in The Ski Centre in Sandyford before you go away so you don’t spend the first few days of your holiday on the ground.
27. Did you watch Crystal Maze as a child? Well now you can play it at GoQuest. They have purpose built arena containing 27 unique challenge rooms with a mixture of skill, light physical and mental challenges inside them. Recommended by Yaz, read her review here.
28. Play board games with your pints in these Dublin pubs. P Macs, Cassidy’s and Against The Grain are a few in Dublin city centre. Kate is a die hard board game fanatic who doesn’t like to loose. I saw her true colours over a game of connect four and then one Christmas at her house saw where her competitive streak came from, her brother. These two have been banned from playing monopoly together it’s that serious!
29. Jump in your car and head to a Drive In Movie. Last year we went to Underground Cinema Drive In and loved it, they even have a pizza place on site so you can get it delivered to your car. Keep an eye on their website for dates.
30. If you don’t feel like leaving the house then we recommend a good movie or some Netflix and a takeaway.
Darragh & Kate