Tuesday 25 June 2019

10 alternative Irish Valentine's Day date ideas

10 alternative Valentine's Day date ideas. Image: Getty
10 alternative Valentine's Day date ideas. Image: Getty

Amy Mulvaney

Stuck for something to do with your other half this coming Valentine's Day? Here are 10 alternative date ideas to do on the 14th (and none of them include going to a restaurant).

1. Go wild in Dublin Zoo

Have a date with a difference at Dublin Zoo on Valentine's weekend, with exclusive early morning access to the zoo and a breakfast picnic for two. Tickets are €75 per couple, with more information available from

2. Take a hike

Get your pulses racing by enjoying an invigorating hike in Glendalough or around a local scenic route. Pack a picnic and take it back to basics for a couple of hours by getting lost in the outdoors.

3. Bring out your competitive side

Add a different dimension to a date by bringing out each other's competitive sides in a game of bowling, mini golf or sitting down with some old school board games. Just don't blame us if you don't win.

4. Take a city bus tour

Be a tourist in your own city or town by taking a bus tour. Spend the day on a sightseeing bus or take a bus or train to somewhere neither of you have been before.

5. Visit the Titanic attraction in Belfast

Spend a day in Belfast at the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction, with nine interactive galleries that will keep you busy for hours. Make the journey by train, bus or car, or make it a weekend trip and stay overnight.

6. Have a themed evening

If staying in is more your thing, why not have a themed evening with your other half. If you're both movie buffs, choose your favourite movie to watch and pick food and drink to match the film, or choose a country and base the evening around that. It's cheap and cheerful, but will feel different to just a regular night in.

7. Go to a comedy show

Seeing stand-up comedy is a fail-safe way to have a good night, but just be sure not to sit too close to the stage or you could be the butt of everyone's entertainment.

8. Have dinner with friends

If you're struggling for something to do on Valentine's Day, chances are that your friends are too. Have a dinner night where each person or couple brings a dish and spend the evening with a group of people you love, rather than just one person.

9. Head out to a gig

Whether it be a band singing in your local pub or an artist performing at a venue, you can't go wrong with good music and good company.

10. Get adventurous

For adrenaline junkies, head to a nearby adventure centre. Centres offer everything from paintballing, zip lines, abseiling, high ropes and more for a day out like you've never had before. Have a look online to see what's near you and the cost of different packages.

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