Dublin might be small compared to other capital cities in Europe but that certainly hasn’t impacted how many activities and sites it has to offer. Known as the perfect city for couples to visit, you certainly won’t ever be bored.
While a lot of people know Dublin for its bars or music events, there is so much more to the city. Whether you’re after an active date to impress or something more chilled but still quirky, we have got you covered.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best couples’ activities Dublin has to offer:
1. Howth cliff walk
When it comes to watching the sunset over Dublin, there is no better vantage point than the Howth cliff walk. The full loop is 12km and takes around three hours to complete but there are options for shorter routes depending on where you choose to begin.
From the rocky coastline to the fresh sea air and rugged cliffs, this is certainly a hike that will have you captivated from beginning to end with its magnificent views. It’s also quite rocky in parts so do make sure you wear your trainers or walking boots for this one.
Located just 25 minutes outside the city, it’s the perfect setting to watch the sun go down before grabbing a bite to eat in one of Howth’s many famous seafood restaurants.
2. Raft down the Liffey
The River Liffey flows right through Dublin City Centre for 125KM before entering the Irish Sea and while you might not look at it and think of white-water rafting, you can take a journey on a raft down the liffey.
Thanks to Rafting.ie, groups (big and small) can experience the River Liffey on a raft journey lasting over two and a half hours. On the journey, your guide will give you the full rundown of each area you pass through, which includes the Strawberry Beds and four different weirs.
Pro-tip: If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can speak to your guide about flipping the raft (for fun). If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, don’t worry, it’s rare that the rafts themselves ever tip over without a helping hand.
3. Pop into Token
If you and your other half love the idea of a retro date, you won’t want to miss Token . This is Dublin’s only ‘barcade’ with a huge range of arcade games, a pinball parlor, restaurant and extensive selection of craft beer.
From Space Invaders to Pac Man and Mortal Kombat, Token is an injection of fun in any day of the week.
When you’re finished gaming, or just need a break, check out their varied award-winning restaurant menu. The deep-fried Oreo cheesecake bombs and vegan calamari are among some of the most popular dishes but there is something for everyone.
Token are temporarily operating reduced hours of 4pm-11pm Wednesday to Sunday with only takeaway and delivery services available.
4. Dublin Tasting Trail
For foodies, the Dublin Tasting Trail will be an unforgettable afternoon. The whole tour lasts between two and three hours and during this time, you get to visit around seven different independent eateries in the city where you’ll also meet the people behind the establishment.
As you enjoy your food, your guide will also share some information about the history and culture of the city. The tours do change so it’s something you can do more than once and each route is carefully curated to reflect the current food scene of the city and to incorporate both traditional Irish food with international and contemporary tastes.
5. Take a Dublin Bay Cruise
Dublin is a beautiful city from any angle but taking in its sites from the open sea is pretty special.
Dublin Bay Cruises offer seven different routes seven days a week. You can sail form the city to Dun Laoghaire (or vice versa), Howth to Dun Laoghaire and more. Once on board, you’ll get to see everything from the Dublin Mountains to Joyce’s Martello Tower and everything in between.
There are often special events on board, like wine and cheese cruises, so be sure to check the website before booking so you don’t miss out.
Dublin Bay Cruises is currently closed and will reopen in March 2021.
6. Malahide Castle
Just outside Dublin city is where you can find one of Ireland’s oldest castles – Malahide Castle.
While it often plays host to some of the world’s biggest bands and musicians for concerts, it’s also set on a sprawling 22 acres of ornamental gardens, which are nothing short of enchanting. If botany is your thing, you’ll enjoy checking out the 5000 species of plants growing on the grounds.
And it is also home to Ireland’s only butterfly house with more than 20 different species of butterflies to admire.
7. La Peniche
When it comes to dining with a difference, La Peniche is your premier choice in Dublin. This upscale French restaurant is located aboard a barge in Dublin’s famous Grand Canal.
While the setting may be quirky, the food is anything but. Here, you will be served the finest French fare as you cruise down the canal at your own intimate table for two on the water.
Top off your trip with an overnight stay in one at Clayton Hotel Burlington Road. Just a short walk from Dublin’s iconic Grafton Street, Clayton Hotel Burlington Road have a selection of offers on stay packages ensuring you start your tour of Dublin off in style.