The alternative Valentine’s Day in Dublin - Dublin Visitor Centre

The alternative Valentine’s Day in Dublin

Quirky ways to spend your Valentine’s Day in Dublin 

We promised we’d provide visitors to Dublin with our top tips on alternative things to do on Valentine’s Day in Dublin so here goes our second instalment.

Go wild this February 14th and start you Valentine’s Day in Dublin with a trip to Dublin Zoo. The keepers are opening the doors with a Valentine’s Day breakfast picnic. Stroll through the wonderful zoological gardens and drop in on talks about the romantic side of wildlife, including the courtship and romantic rituals of the animal kingdom! Enjoy your prepared breakfast picnic and receive a romantic souvenir when you leave.

River Liffey St. Valentine's day in Dublin
River Liffey

Closer to the city centre stop by the Liffey Boardwalk and join in on the Valentine’s Day walk. After your river walk, post a message of love on the boardwalk and bask in the feel good factor of knowing that your monetary contribution goes to charity.

Head over to Whitefriar’s Church on Aungier Street to see the relics of St. Valentine – the man who inspired the date now associated with romance. This 18th century Carmelite church received the relics (sacred blessed pieces of clothing or body parts) of St. Valentine in 1825 from the Pope Leo XII.  Whitefriar’s Church has become a popular spot for Dublin’s lovers to stop and reflect on Valentine’s Day.

Love is Strange
Love is Strange

The Irish Film Institute is a Dublin Visitor Centre team venue favourite any time of the year. Join local Dubliners by grabbing a romantic two course meal in the cinema’s funky café bar and then heading in to watch ‘Love is strange’, a poignant and thoughtful account of an older gay couple’s struggles in New York, but a love story at heart. Step out on Temple Bar afterwards and choose from a host of bars for your Saturday night cap. Or swop things around and enjoy an evening of swing at the Morrison Hotel before heading in for a late night show at the IFI.


For more information on Dublin attractions visit our things to do section or stop by and say hello to the Dublin Visitor Centre team at the friendliest tourist information office in Dublin.

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