• Dublin Couples Guide

Dublin can easily rival Paris when it comes to romance; you just need to know where to look!

We have the low-down on the most loved-up spots in the city, so get reading and plan a swoon-worthy couples holiday for you and your significant other.

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  • Dine
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  • Discover
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  • Dream

    • Maldron Hotel Pearse Street Dublin Executive King Room

      Maldron Hotel Pearse Street

      98-107 Pearse Street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

      (01) 670 3666

      The perfect stay for adventurous couples, Maldron Hotel Pearse Street is nearby Dublin’s vibrant city centre and plenty of transport links to get you on day trips further afield. With comfortable deluxe rooms and plenty of special offers available, the Maldron Hotel Pearse Street is the perfect base for a romantic holiday away!

    • Hotel 7

      Dublin 7, Gardiner Row, Rotunda, Dublin 1 D01 XN53

      (01) 873 7777

      Dublin’s most stylish new boutique hotel, Hotel 7 is based in a traditional Georgian Townhouse just off O’Connell Street. This terraced red brick building offers airy yet cosy rooms, and their special offers guarantee to leave you loved up and refreshed; what more could you want from a couples holiday?

    • Luxurious Superior Double Room at Belvedere Hotel Dublin

      Belvedere Hotel

      The Belvedere Hotel, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 D01 W1C0

      (01) 873 7700

      Offering a touch of luxury in the heart of the city, the Belvedere Hotel’s plush rooms are just a short walk from all the city centre has to offer. Their romantic special offers make for the perfect couples holiday and will have you and your loved one swooning all weekend!

    • Double Room Parnell

      Maldron Hotel Parnell Square

      Maldron Hotel Parnell Square, Parnell Square West, Rotunda, Dublin 1 D01 HX02

      (01) 871 6800

      Just around the corner from Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street, the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square is a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most iconic locations. With an ample selection of deluxe rooms to choose from, the hotel, the range of offers promises a romantic weekend getaway for you and your other half.

    • Maldron Hotel Smithfield

      Maldron Hotel Smithfield,Smithfield, Dublin 7 D07 RF2Y

      (01) 485 0900

      Based in Dublin’s historic Smithfield area, the Maldron Hotel Smithfield promises the full city experience. A short walk from the city centre, and surrounded by museums and world-class dining, the hotel offers you a cosy, comfortable place to spend your evenings; they even have some fantastic special offers for those looking to break away for a romantic holiday!

    • Maldron Hotel Kevin Street

      Maldron Hotel Kevin Street, Kevin Street Upper, Dublin 8 D08 AX57

      (01) 906 8900

      Situated a short stroll from Dublin’s Grafton Street, the Maldron Hotel Kevin Street offers you a choice of Deluxe Double and King Rooms that are guaranteed to make your romantic break one to remember. One of the city’s newest hotels, the Maldron’s state-of-the-art rooms promise a comfortable haven to rest in after a romantic evening exploring the city; check out their special offers for the perfect couples break.

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  • Dine

    • Bunsen Burger, Dublin

      Bunsen Burger

      22 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

      (01) 559 9532

      Easily one of the most delicious burgers around, Bunsen have a few branches in Dublin City (South Anne Street, Ranelagh, Dame Street and Wexford Street in the city centre) but the Temple Bar branch is particularly handy for couples exploring Dublin’s delights. Choose a seat by either window; they each offer excellent people-watching on the Liffey or on one of Temple Bar’s busiest streets. If you’re after outdoor dining, the South Anne Street branch is your best bet: the outdoor terrace is covered for rainy days, too!

    • Hang Dai Chinese

      Hang Dai Chinese

      20 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, D02 T275

      (01) 545 8888

      Party-loving couples will appreciate Hang Dai’s inventive interior design and pumping playlists; on weekends, they even have live DJs so you can dance the night away together, cocktails in hand. Before that though, make sure to sample as many dishes from their menu as possible, and for couples who love to share, the duck is simply delectable.

    • 777 Restaurant, Dublin

      777

      16 South Great George's St, Dublin 2

      (01) 425 4052

      Serving up authentic Mexican cuisine and some of the best Margaritas on the island of Ireland, 777 is the ideal restaurant for couples looking for a fun culinary experience. The perfect blend of romantic yet casual, the impossibly cool interior provides the perfect setting for you to dine, drink and chat the night away with your significant other. Adventurous couples can even try the oyster shots — they’re an aphrodisiac, after all!

    • Rosa Madre Restaurant Dublin

      Rosa Madre

      7 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

      (01) 551 1206

      Nothing says ‘romantic dinner’ more than Italian food. Rosa Madre is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Dublin, but that’s not all you’ll find here. The restaurant sources fresh fish daily from local suppliers, so you’ll be tasting some of Dublin’s famous fresh fish, too. Boasting an impressive wine list and situated in the heart of the bustling Temple Bar area, Rosa Madre is the perfect choice to finish (or start) a romantic date night in Dublin.

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  • Drink

    • Bobby's Wine Bar Dublin

      Bobby's

      17 Baggot Street Upper, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 V4P5

      (01) 547 5303

      One for the wine lovers, Bobby’s is one of Dublin’s hippest new wine bars. With a wine list packed to the brim with old favourites and new contenders, Bobby’s makes for a fantastic couples night out. The staff are a fountain of knowledge on all things wine, so make sure to tap into it!

    • Vintage Cocktail Club Dublin

      Vintage Cocktail Club

      15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 E229

      (01) 675 3547

      It’s easy to miss the secret door to this bar, tucked away inconspicuously on a Temple Bar street. But once you knock and gain entry, this multi-floored maze of nooks and crannies promises the most romantic of Dublin date nights. With a bar on each floor serving up inventive, traditional and all-out experimental cocktails, and retro decor to make you both feel like characters from a black and white film, the Vintage Cocktail Club is a wonderful treat for couples looking for something a little different.

    • Drury Buildings, Dublin

      Drury Buildings

      52-55 Drury St, Dublin 2

      (01) 960 2095

      Just nearby, you’ll also find the hip, chic Drury Buildings. This small but airy bar has an outdoor back courtyard peppered with tables for two, and proves to be the perfect setting for intimate chats and cocktails. With a menu of snacks to complement your cocktails (or a full dining experience, if you’d prefer) Drury Buildings guarantees romance, warmth and Mediterranean vibes.

    • L'Gueuleton Dublin

      L'Gueuleton

      1 Fade Street, Dublin 2

      087 939 3608

      Ask any Dubliner where the best cocktails are to be found on a Friday and night and they’ll no doubt mention L’Gueuleton. Although the name is a little difficult to pronounce, this French bar and restaurant is a popular meeting places for date nights thanks to its mouth-watering drinks menu and cosy atmosphere. If the weather is nice, try to nab a table on the outdoor terrace; it’s the perfect taste of Parisian romance in Dublin!

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  • Discover

    • Dun Laoghaire Harbour

      Dun Laoghaire Harbour

      Dun Laoghaire

      A walk along the pier on a fresh morning or afternoon is just the ticket if a romantic stroll is what you’re after. Breathe in the fresh ocean air and take in the stunning views as you walk; stop off at Teddy’s for an ice cream cone to take on your stroll, and don’t forget to tip the end of the pier with your foot when you get there – it’s a Dublin tradition!

    • Dublin City Centre Kayaking

      City Kayaking

      Dublin City Moorings Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1

      085 866 7787

      Not all watersports require a trip to the sea – in fact, you can kayak up Dublin’s own River Liffey! Take in Georgian buildings and iconic bridges from the water. City Kayaking run a number of trips catering for all levels of experience and setting off from the central IFSC area. Definitely an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!

    • Dublin Shopping

      Dublin Shopping

      88-95 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, D02 VF65

      (01) 605 6666

      A couples holiday would never be complete without an afternoon spent browsing the most famous stores. From Grafton Street to Henry Street, Dublin city centre is home to some impressive shopping. Make sure to check out Brown Thomas, Dublin’s best-known department store; when you’re both all shopped out, you can put your feet up for a slap-up lunch in its restaurant, Browns.

    • Trinity College Dublin

      Trinity College

      College Green, Dublin 2

      Although a university campus might not seem like the most romantic of settings, Trinity College is an exception. Dating all the way back to 1592, Dublin’s oldest university is situated on truly stunning grounds. The grounds are open to the public, so stroll through them on an Autumn day, taking in the cobblestones and grand buildings, for a memorably romantic afternoon.

    • The Vivo Baths

      The Vico Baths

      Vico Bathing Place, Hawk Cliff, Vico Rd, Scalpwilliam, Killiney, Co. Dublin

      Sea swimming is a tradition in Dublin, and the city’s coastline is home to a few stunning bathing spots. The Vico Baths in Dalkey is not only perfect for a dip, with its purpose-built stone steps leading straight into the Irish Sea, but its dreamy sea views are also perfect for inspiring a little romance, too. Head down in the evening so you can sit on the cliffs and watch the sunset with your significant other and a tasty picnic. The Vico Baths are easily accessible from the Maldron Hotel Pearse Street: just hop on a DART at Pearse Station and enjoy the scenic coastal train ride!

    • St Stephens Green Dublin

      St. Stephen's Green

      St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

      This city-centre gem is just off Dublin’s main shopping street, and the perfect place to take a romantic stroll on a sunny day. Filled with winding paths, rolling greens and benches situated by scenic ponds, St. Stephen’s Green is an emerald oasis that will make you both forget you’re in the heart of a city for a moment and leave you with fond memories of your romantic weekend getaway.

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  • Do

    • Natural History Museum Dublin

      The Natural History Museum

      Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, D02 F627

      (01) 677 7444

      Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Dead Zoo’ by Dubliners, the Natural History Museum is a bit of a surprise entry for a romantic day out in Dublin, but the lofty halls steeped in history are just that. From ancient Irish creatures to Safari animals, we recommend taking in the building as much as the taxidermy. The rich wooden floorboards and wrought iron railings will transport right back to the Dublin of old!

    • National Gallery Dublin

      National Gallery

      Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, D02 K303

      (01) 661 5133

      From visiting exhibitions to the permanent collection, the National Gallery is a guaranteed good day out in Dublin for couples. Wander the impressive halls taking in everything from classical portraits to impressionist masterpieces. Don’t miss the architecturally stunning Millenium Wing, and don’t forget to pick up a few gems in the gift shop!

    • Jameson Distillery Bow Street Dublin

      Jameson Distillery Tour

      Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 N9VH

      (01) 807 2355

      What’s a day out in Dublin without some whiskey tasting? It’s not the likeliest of candidates, but the Jameson Distillery in Dublin’s Smithfield is a great spot for a date. After taking in the tour, you can try some of Jameson’s finest whiskies together!

    • Marshs Library Dublin

      Marsh's Library

      St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8 D08 FK79

      A hidden gem in Dublin City, Marsh’s Library dates opened in 1707 and has been perfectly preserved since. Take in some of their fascinating exhibits and peruse the towering wooden shelves packed with every kind of book you could imagine. The classical romance of it all makes for the ideal couples day out in Dublin.

    • Bray Cliff Walk

      Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

      Bray, Co. Wicklow

      Although it’s not technically in Dublin, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk is easily accessible by train from the city centre, and it’s absolutely worth the trip. One of the best hikes near Dublin in terms of scenery, it’s also one of the easiest outdoor walks for beginners thanks to the safe, defined trail between both locations. Hop on DART to Bray, follow the signs for the trail and get going: don’t forget to stop off for a celebratory drink when you arrive in Greystones! Bray is easily accessible from the city centre, either by DART or bus, so it’s an ideal day trip from Maldron Hotel Parnell Square, Smithfield or Pearse Street or Hotel 7.

    • Little Museum of Modern Art Dublin

      Irish Museum of Modern Art

      Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

      (01) 612 9900

      With rotating collections of modern art from around the globe, housed in the impressive 17th Century halls of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is the perfect way to spend an afternoon together with your other half; even if you don’t actually go into the museum, the surrounding gardens are the perfect spot for a romantic afternoon stroll!

    • Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield

      Light House Cinema

      Market St S, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 R6YE

      (01) 872 8006

      The most classic date around gets an upgrade at the Light House Cinema. This multi-screen complex not only plays host to movies from around the globe, it has two bars packed with drinks and snacks so you grab a glass of wine each before cuddling down and watching your movie. Keep an eye out for their special screenings which are guaranteed fun.

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