Don’t panic, there’s still time to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day activity for your other half. Check out this list of the best Valentine’s Day plans Dublin has to offer, from walking tours to candlelit concerts and more!
1. Snuggle up at Stella Cinema
You’ll find Stella Cinema in Rathmines and Ranelagh, and these newly renovated cinemas are amongst the top 20 most beautiful in the world. The stunning, art deco cinemas are luxurious, complete with a cocktail bar serving delicious drinks.
Snuggle up for a flick with your other half on the leather armchairs and couches and footstools under super soft cashmere blankets and enjoy what is sure to be one of the best Valentine’s Day dates in Dublin.
At the Rathmines location, you can even book a bed for two people for €42.00. Couches cost the same. Afterwards, or even beforehand if you get there early, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the diner. Head to the website to book your tickets.
2. Marvel at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
This Valentine’s Day there’s an unmissable experience right here in Dublin that will bring date night to another level. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience brings the works of the Dutch Golden Age painter Vincent Van Gogh to life on an unbelievable scale.
Two-story projections encapsulate the room so that visitors are immersed in works like Starry Night and Sunflowers, giving a 360-degree view of the paintings complete with a mindblowing VR experience. Make sure you book your tickets because it’s super popular, for obvious reasons.
3. Stroll through Phoenix Park
Dublin has to have some of the best parks in the world, and the best (in our opinion) has to be Phoenix Park. There, visitors can stroll through 707 hectares of lovely greenery.
It’s the largest enclosed park in any European capital city and it originally opened all the way back in the 1660s. So, there’s plenty of history to see and also plenty of deer to spot, who roam freely throughout the park.
Make a day of it and then warm up at a lovely cafe afterwards. After all, a soothing stroll can make for one of the best Valentine’s dates: good for the body and the soul.
4. Enjoy Candlelight: Love On The Big Screen
Hands down, Candlelight: Love On The Big Screen is one of the best Valentine’s Day date ideas in Dublin, especially if you’re looking for something unique to impress the one you love.
The stunning St. Andrew’s Church will be illuminated by hundreds of flickering candles on February 14, as the talented Avoca String Quartet play soul-stirring, romantic tunes from the soundtracks of films like West Side Story, Love Actually and Titanic.
5. Chuckle at the Craic Den Comedy Special
If you and your other half are into comedy then head to the Craic Den Comedy Club on February 14 for a special Valentine’s Day event that will have you howling in no time. You’ll find it at 32 Dame Street and it promises to be fantastic.
Irish and international comedians like Aideen McQueen will be cracking jokes about Valentine’s Day, relationships, love and all that it entails and there will even be some romantic games, with prizes up for grabs. You can book tickets here. Tickets are €10 per person.
6. Romantic Dublin Walking Tour
There are loads of fantastic, alternative walking tours in Dublin, including the incredible Romantic Dublin Walking Tour. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for anybody who enjoys a stroll around the city and is interested in its history.
From Ha’Penny Bridge to Love Lane, Dublin is full of romantic charm and it’s self -guided. All you need is your phone screen and the ability to crack codes and riddles to find your way through this interactive tour, which costs €9.99.
7. Savour a Valentine’s Day at The Ivy
The Ivy is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Dublin, there’s no doubt about it. So where better to take your loved one for a Valentine’s Day meal?
It’s a truly mouthwatering set menu, with a glass of Champagne on arrival, then a variety of delicious dishes including lobster linguini, truffle arancini and buffalo mozzarella. Afterwards, the indulgent raspberry heart Mille Feuille dessert is sure to catch your eye!
You can enjoy the set menu in Dublin between February 10-14 and it costs €95 per person. Book your table here!
8. Enjoy A Valentine’s Day feast at The Odeon
If you’re worried about blowing loads of cash after what has been a painfully long January, The Odeon is offering a cheaper set menu that sounds absolutely delicious. It’s €32.95 per person for 2 courses or €39.95 for 3 courses.
So what can you expect at this gorgeous restaurant? You can choose from a variety of options for your starter, including Irish crab and for your main there’s also Ballotine of chicken. I mean, that’s what I’d order but you do you. You can book a table on the website.
So there you have it, there are plenty of ways to make Valentine’s Day 2023 one to remember. We hope you have the best date with your loved one, and if you’re spending it on your own then you should definitely treat yourself too!
9. See the saint himself
Look, it’s a bit weird to visit the remains of a saint on Valentine’s Day, we accept that. However, there are plenty of people who would love to do that and Dublin is lucky enough to have the actual remains of St. Valentine right here in the city.
At Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, you can visit the bones of auld St. Valentine himself. On Valentine’s Day, there is mass between 11.30 – 3 pm but the church will remain open until 8 pm.