There’s nothing more pleasant than a picnic on a lovely, sunny Dublin day. Except sharing a picnic with someone you love. Finding a romantic picnic destination for your next date is easy when you live someplace as beautiful as Dublin.
In our area of the country, we’re lucky to have several swoon-worthy destinations to take a date for a lovely picnic date. Places you can enjoy the scenery and the company, and places that are unique to Dublin and our neighboring areas. Below we list a few of our favorite places to bring your date for an al fresco lunch.
Herbert Park (Ballsbridge)
Though it’s a relatively small park, Herbert park is a gorgeous Dublin park full of history. The park was originally opened in 2011 and features a lovely walking trail and beautiful flowers and trees throughout. In addition to the landscape, the park provides lots of opportunities for recreation, with tennis courts, a playground, picnic shelters and a bandstand.
St. Stephen’s Green (Dublin City)
On the other hand, if you’re interested in finding a piece of tranquility for your picnic while still deep inside of Dublin, look no further than St. Stephen’s green. The lush park is quiet and relaxing, providing a very quiet spot to soak up nature’s offering, and to truly connect with and enjoy your company.
Irish National War Memorial Gardens (Dublin City)
On the bank of the Liffey lies a memorial garden that’s stunning and historic all year-round. For a particularly lovely show, visit the Gardens in July or August, when the rose gardens are at their peak and provide an incredible backdrop for a romantic lunch or dinner outside.
Iveagh Gardens (Dublin City)
The Gardens at Iveagh are, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful places you can find in the city. Unlike some of the more popular parks across Dublin, Iveagh Gardens is often quiet and peaceful, with few people settling in for the afternoon. The park features include charming trickling waterfalls and a rose garden, providing the perfect ambiance for your romantic picnic date with that special someone.
National Botanic Gardens (Dublin City)
Botanical Gardens are almost always a safe bet for a lovely, nature-filled experience, and this one is no exception. You’ll be impressed by the 19.5 hectacres coming right up next to the River Tolka. But the most stunning place for a picnic is just outside one of the gardens exquisitely restored and fully planted glasshouses. The Great Palm house in particular is a stunning example of conservation architecture and will provide a gorgeous backdrop for your date.
The Dublin Zoo (Dublin City)
If your date is more the animal type than the nature trail or botanical lover, consider a trip to the Dublin Zoo for a picnic among the exotic animals. In addition to the stunning exhibits (often including brand new baby animals!) the grounds of the zoo provide a spectacular foundation for the lunch date of your dreams.
Howth Summit (Howth)
If you’re interested in traveling slightly outside the bustle of the city, consider driving or taking a bus to the lovely coastal point at Howth. The cliff-walk in Howth is not to be missed, with stunning views and sweeping vistas. Any spot you choose along the walk will be sure to impress your date.
We live in an incredible city, filled with green spaces, parks, and other unique and romantic picnic destinations for your next date. They’re sure to provide an unforgettable outdoor meal. Take advantage of these places for your next picnic date – we’re sure you – and your date – will not be disappointed.