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Romantic Guide to Dublin

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Looking for the most romantic locations in Dublin? If so, this is the guide for you.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Sabor Brazil

Restaurants

Howth Head

Lookouts

Waterside Howth

Bars & Clubs

St. Stephen's Green

Parks

Bewley's Oriental Cafe

Restaurants

Grafton Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Trinity College Dublin

Historic Sites, Universities & Schools

Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church

Sacred & Religious Sites

National Botanic Gardens

Gardens

Darragh O's City Tips

  • Dublin is a great city for walking around: Wear comfortable shoes.
  • The Dublin Bus 3-Day (72 Hours) Freedom Ticket is a great value way to get around by public transport.
  • Do not confuse Ireland and the UK – this might offend some locals.
  • Avoid chain coffee houses – Dublin is full of smaller independent cafes which offer great quality.
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    Sabor Brazil
    Restaurants (Brazilian)
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    Darragh O Says:

    If you were to ask the average Dubliner about Sabor Brazil, the majority would never have heard of it – which is funny since this restaurant is so popular that reservations need to be made months in advance! Hidden on Pleasants Street – off Camden Street in the south of the city – this gem of a restaurant will treat you to one of the most unforgettable dining experiences of your life. The baroque-style restaurant provides a luxurious, serene and romantic location for an exceptional meal, comprised entirely of a delicious Brazilian tasting menu (there is no à la carte). At first, you may be put off by the top-dollar price, but for a 7-course tasting session of sublime dishes – plus a detailed background of each dish provided by your server – the bill will soon be the last thing on your mind!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Book well in advance!
    • Don't be put off by its shop-like exterior – the moment you step inside you're transported into a luxurious baroque dream...
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • NOT SURPRISED !! 27/03/2017
    • Hugely disappointing; woefully overpriced! 20/03/2017
    • Sabor Brazil
    Address:
    71A Camden Street Lower
    Dublin 2
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 475 0304
    Price range:
    US$43 - US$119
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    17:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    15:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Howth Head
    Lookouts
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    Darragh O Says:

    Howth Head (or the Hill of Howth) is a beautiful location in the north of county Dublin. The summit of Howth Head is one of the most breathtaking settings in the city, and offers unforgettable vistas of Dublin Bay, north county Dublin and the Irish Sea. Travel here on a sunny day and walk near the lighthouse – you will be rewarded not only with the best views in and of the city, but the sound of the sea below is sure to make this a serene oasis, and a hard spot to leave.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • By train: Take the DART train to Howth village, from here it's a 30-minute walk to the summit.
    • By bus: Take bus #31 from Talbot Street (just off O'Connell Street), which finishes its route at the summit of Howth Head.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Howth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous views 23/09/2017
    • Lovely 22/09/2017
    • Howth Head
    Address:
    Howth Village
    Howth
    Ireland
    Other:
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    Waterside Howth
    Bars & Clubs
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    Darragh O Says:

    If you're looking for a nice walk away from the hustle and bustle of central Dublin, Howth Harbour (Waterside Howth) is the place for you. This area is a favourite of Dubliners and travellers alike, offering amazing views of the Irish Sea and the authentic sights and smells of a bustling harbour town. The long harbour walkway, straight out to the lighthouse at the very end, is the perfect place for a walk, particularly on a sunny day; or couples may prefer to simply sit on the grass with a cone from Maud's Ice Cream Parlour, or some of the best fish and chips in town from Beshoff Bros.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk up the stairs on the harbour wall and along the higher platform for amazing views and a sea breeze.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Nightlife in Howth
    • A vibrant harbour 19/09/2017
    • Beautiful Town 30 minutes from Dublin 08/08/2017
    • Waterside Howth
    Address:
    15 Harbour Road
    Howth
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 839 0555
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    St. Stephen's Green
    Parks
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    Darragh O Says:

    If you're looking for a serene and romantic oasis in the centre of Dublin City – or just somewhere to laze on the grass for a while and eat some lunch, St. Stephen's Green is the perfect place for you. This conveniently located park on the south side of the city (next to Grafton Street) was the inspiration for Central Park in Manhattan, and you will see why when you visit. The park has many beautiful features, from bandstands and colourful plant beds to numerous higgledy-piggledy paths and plenty of green spaces for relaxing in the sun. However, the best thing about this park is that there's always a new spot, hidden feature or art sculpture to discover, no matter how many times you visit!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go at lunch time and join the locals, relaxing on the grass with a sandwich.
    • If it rains, head to one of the Victorian gazebos for shelter (and a romantic location away from prying eyes).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 545 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A leisurely stroll 23/09/2017
    • A quiet place in the heart of a busy city 23/09/2017
    • St. Stephen's Green
    Address:
    at the top end of Grafton St
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 475 7816
    Other:
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    Bewley's Oriental Cafe
    Restaurants (Irish, Cafe, Contemporary)
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    Darragh O Says:

    Looking for a relaxing coffee break? The big chains have nothing to compare with the luxurious, historical and romantic setting of Bewley's Oriental Cafe. Located on Grafton Street (the main shopping street in the city), Bewley's Oriental Cafe is decked out to the nines with rich mahogany, chandeliers and stained-glass windows – all of which provide the perfect location for a coffee and a cake with that special someone.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Sit in the restaurant area rather than the more casual cafe.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Can't wait until it re-opens! 27/07/2015
    • Fresh and fun with old world feel 10/07/2015
    • Bewley's Oriental Cafe
    Address:
    78-79 Grafton Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 672 7720
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Wed
    08:00 - 22:00
    Thu - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Grafton Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Darragh O Says:

    Grafton Street is the most popular shopping street in the city, featuring many of the biggest global fashion brands. What's great about this area is that the streets surrounding it are also full to bursting with small boutiques, chain stores and local restaurants and cafes, making it a great spot to stroll arm-in-arm, popping into wherever takes your fancy as you go.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • At Christmas, the illuminated shop window displays create an especially romantic setting. Sip a Bewley's hot chocolate as you explore.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 545 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great shopping! 22/09/2017
    • Experience music, people, shops and fun! 22/09/2017
    • Grafton Street
    Phone:
    +353 1 872 9891
    Other:
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    Trinity College Dublin
    Historic Sites, Universities & Schools
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    Darragh O Says:

    One of the most well-known historical universities in the world, Trinity College Dublin is a beautiful setting for a stroll through well-maintained grounds and a relaxing lounge on the grass. Despite being over 400 years old, it's still an active university campus, and young couples especially will appreciate its vibrant atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't bother with the Book of Kells – it's over-hyped.
    • A visit to the Long Room of the College Library is a must – this stunning mahogany library houses 200,000-plus books and has inspired writers throughout history.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 545 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 22/09/2017
    • classic 22/09/2017
    • Trinity College Dublin
    Address:
    Grafton St.
    College Green
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 1000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Darragh O Says:

    Time for a romantic detour away from the main tourist attractions of Dublin? Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church is an interesting location to add to your list if so. Still unknown to the majority of Irish people, this church houses the actual relics of Saint Valentine (!), making it a popular pilgrimage site for local lovers and lonely hearts alike.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit between religious services so you can explore the church properly.
    • Situated just a few minutes walk from St. Stephen's Green, this detour won't take long and is definitely worth the effort.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 545 things to do in Dublin
    • St Valentine 20/08/2017
    • Very unassuming exterior 06/08/2017
    • Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church
    Address:
    Whitefriar St.
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 475 8821
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:30 - 20:00
    Mon
    07:30 - 18:00
    Tue
    07:30 - 21:00
    Wed - Fri
    07:30 - 18:00
    Sat
    07:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    National Botanic Gardens
    Gardens
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    Darragh O Says:

    For those looking for a beautiful and peaceful setting for a leisurely romantic stroll, the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin is hard to beat! Incredibly popular with locals, this 200 year old park features over 20,000 plants, plus architecture-award winning greenhouses and outbuildings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This location is easily accessible by local transport.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 545 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A delightful place to visit 22/09/2017
    • Beautiful walks, fab plant collection and a really good restaurant 22/09/2017
    • National Botanic Gardens
    Address:
    National Botanic Gardens Botanic Road
    Glasnevin
    Dublin 9
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 804 0300
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