To my mind there is little more romantic than strolling around Dublin. Visit the patron saint of lovers, enjoy stunning views, savor delicious cuisine or enjoy a pampering suite at on of the most romantic hotels in the country.
Visit St. Valentine
Ireland is well known for it’s saints- but few know that the Patron Saint of Lovers, St. Valentine, rests at Whitefriar Street Church. Many couples visit on his feast day (February 14) to ask his blessing for their lives together. Feast day celebrations also include a blessing of the rings for those who will be getting married and special masses.
Remember that Whitefriar Street Church holds masses on Sundays, weekdays and holy days. Confessions are heard Monday through Saturday. Please be respectful of the church and its parishioners when you visit.
Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful evening with the one you love or you want a memorable place to ask the oh-so-important-question, the view of Dublin at night from Killiney Hill is spectacular. If the moon is high and the sky clear plan to be at Howth Head as the sun sets. The reflections of the sunset and then the moon on Dublin Bay is sure to add magic to your evening.
Take a Romantic Stroll
You can never go wrong by suggesting a romantic stroll. If the weather is fair pack a romantic luncheon and head to St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin’s largest public park. Filled with paths, stone bridges and plenty of open space, you’ll find the perfect location. Or plan a bit of shopping on nearby Grafton Street, home to some of Dublin’s most exclusive jewelers.
A moonlit stroll along the Liffey can be a beautiful way to end an evening. I adore the Ha’Penny Bridge (officially known as the Liffey Bridge), a white span of cast iron. When first built there was a half penny charge to cross the river using the bridge. Now, though, it is free. Why not make a wish with a single penny (half for each of you) from the center of the bridge while the moonlight reflects off the water?
Romance at the Merrion
The Merrion, one of Ireland’s most romantic hotels, was created from four lavishly restored Georgian townhouses. The Merrion hosts one of Dublin’s finest dining establishments, the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Marbled hallways, beautifully maintantained gardens and the romanesque Tethra Spa complete the elegant surroundings and discreet, first class service is guaranteed. If you don’t plan to spend all your time in your plush room, the Merrion is near many cultural attractions, including the National Gallery, and many of Dublin’s finest restaurants.
These are but a few of the romantic options Dublin holds. An evening at the theater, an afternoon at an art gallery or enjoying the Gothic Iveagh Gardens could be added for an entire weekend of romance.
Photo credits: St. Valentine carmelites.ie
St. Stephen’s Green & Ha’Penny Bridge Jody Halsted
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