Insiders guide to romantic Dublin

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Posted on: 27 September 2012 by Laura Wilkins

You may have already been to Paris, Rome or Milan for a mini getaway, but have you considered Dublin? From romantic strolls down the mist-shrouded Liffey River and along Dun Laoghaire pier, to hiding away in the nooks and crannies hidden throughout the city, the friendly city welcomes couples who become swept up in the romance of theatre, art, and music. Hand in hand you can tour landmarks rich in history, visit beautifully-kept greens, or spoil your loved one with a gift from Grafton Street.

Not many people know that you can visit the remains of St Valentine in Dublin. The relic was donated to Whitefriar Street Church in the 19thcentury after Pope Gregory XVI heard Father John Spratt preaching in Rome. If you have already popped the question, it’s a popular place for couples to have their rings blessed before their wedding day.

To make it extra romantic:

You don’t need to save a horse drawn carriage for your wedding as there are plenty you can hire for a tour of the city.  You’ll easily spot the drivers at the Grafton Street side of St. Stephen's Green and you can opt for short rides or hour long guides where the driver will point out the main sights.

For a romantic meal, stay away from Temple Bar which is often overcrowded and can feel like a tourist trap.  There are some great restaurants with fantastic views, such as the Winding Stair which is cosy and charming– make sure you book a table near the window so you can gaze over the wonderful views over the Ha'penny Bridge and the Liffey.

To make it extra romantic:

If you have a little more to spend and want to wow your other half, you may want to try Thornton’s restaurant which has two Michelin stars and is run by Irish celebrity Kevin Thornton, widely regarded as Ireland's best chef and the great philosopher of Irish food.

The typical romantic break is a long weekend and Dublin is quick and easy to get to.  With flights to Dublin taking just 80 minutes from London City Airport, you can be wrapped in your own fairy tale within a couple of hours of leaving work.

To make it extra romantic:

Stop by the City Bar and Grill located just after security for some fine wine and dining.  They have an in house wine sommelier who can offer you your very own wine tasting and if you choose to eat there, the sommelier has also carefully selected a wine choice to complement each dish.

If you are planning on flying over to Dublin for a romantic getaway, London City Airport has created a handy guide to Dublin

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