If you don’t fancy sitting in this Valentine’s and want to get out and do something a bit different, fear not as your guide for the best Valentine's Day events around Dublin is right here.
First up there’s one for the history buffs; in the National Gallery this Valentine’s you and your other half can go and learn about medieval courting traditions and see how our modern romance compares (Tinder, anyone?)
It was once a common thing for girls in medieval times to make a ‘love token’ for their man going off into battle to remember them by. As part of the exhibition, you’ll get your own chance to make a love token for your significant other, because let’s face it, homemade gifts are the best ones. Admission is free as well.
Now imagine seeing the Dublin skyline at sunset with your other half from one of our best known attractions? Well you can for 20 quid at Croke Park this Friday. The Etihad Skyline at Dusk Tour is having a Valentine’s special which sees couples watching Dublin turn from day to night while listening to stories about Dublin’s fair city over the years. It takes about an hour and a half all in all, and 20 euro also gets you a voucher for a Valentine’s cocktail in the Croke Park Hotel for afterwards.
Valentine’s just ain’t complete without some cute little animals to squeal over, so the zoo is the perfect destination for the animal lovers among us. This Saturday and Sunday, Dublin Zoo opens early at 8 a.m for 100 couples who want to spend the day amongst our furry friends, starting with a breakfast picnic from Haughton House.
There are various talks about different animals’ courting and romance rituals going on throughout the day and couples receive a goodie bag at the end of the tour. Valentine’s Day itself is unfortunately sold out, but the 15th is still available at 65 euro per couple and you can book from Dublin Zoo’s website.
Now for the sport’s buffs who have no doubt what I’m about to say – 6 Nations! Ireland v France is taking place in the Aviva this Valentine’s and is sure to be a lovely day for all (except the French – I don’t want to jinx it but c’mon, we’re definitely going to win). Pubs and the general atmosphere in Dublin will be electric so get yourselves in there for a few pints.
And finally, I think I saved the best for last – Imagine you and your bae, Kevin Bacon, punch, popcorn and all things 80’s. Sounds like my dream date, but it’s a reality this Valentine’s at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. The Lighthouse is holding a 80’s Footloose night this Saturday, with a prom night theme – photo booths and punch aplenty with prizes for best dressed person and best dressed clique; think Nerds, Jocks, Goths; anything as long as it’s 80’s high school.
As well as showing the prolific Footloose itself, the cinema is also showing an hour long ‘Best of the 80’s’ trailer, with a montage of all the best moments from everyone’s favourite movie genre. Tickets are just 7.50 euro – I could go on all night about how cool this one is, but I’ll leave it up to you guys to enjoy.
But as we all know, Valentine’s isn’t just for already established couples; it’s also a great opportunity for singletons to find a match as well. Fear not, I’ve got just the thing – a Tinder Party, taking place this Saturday in the Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street.
At 7 p.m you’ll be greeted by a free glass of Prosecco, permitting you show your Tinder profile at the bar, and then you’re free to mingle with the other singles and see who takes your fancy. The night basically cuts out the Tinder middle-man and lets you cut to the chase by chatting face to face straight away. And it’s free in? Win-win.
Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, be safe and enjoy it.
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