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Alternative Valentine's Day Ideas For 2018

18 January 2018

5 Ideas For Valentine’s This Year

Fancy doing something different this year for Valentine’s Day than just going to a restaurant? Take a look at some of our top Valentine’s recommendations for 2018 below.


Dublin Zoo

One of Ireland’s most popular attraction, Dublin is located in Phoenix Park right in the heart of Dublin City. Why not enjoy a romantic and unforgettable stroll through the 28-hectare park filled with gardens, lakes and natural habitats for over 400 animals?

Dublin Zoo are hosting two “Date Morning” events on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February from 8am – 10am. Bring your special someone for an early morning tour with exclusive keeper talks
and a picnic for two. Over 16s only.


Please note that places are limited, pre-booking online required at
For more info call: +353 (0) 1 474 8997


National Botanical Gardens

An oasis of calm, the National Botanic Gardens can be found just 3km from Dublin City Centre and best of all, entry is free! The gardens also house the National Herbarium and several wrought iron glasshouses. Embrace a romantic stroll in the floral gardens to see the first signs of Spring blooming. With beautiful snowdrops announcing the arrival of spring, fragrant winter flowers linger. Inside the historic glasshouse, experience beautiful exotic blooms evoking warmer climates. An alternative Valentine’s Day idea for your senses to enjoy!

Telephone No: + 353 1 804 0300 


Irish National Stud

Reopening Monday 12th February, the Irish National Stud prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all over the world. For over 100 years, the National Stud has been a working stud farm, producing Irish thoroughbreds capable of being crowned racing champions at home and across the globe.  

The Japanese Gardens is a must see on your tour of the stud and the first of its kind in Ireland. Enjoy the peace and the escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, while visiting on of Ireland’s treasures.

The Japanese Gardens restaurant delights in offering simple, wholesome food as part of its menu, with emphasis being on its flavour. Don’t miss the mouth-watering range of freshly baked scones and breads to enjoy in the restaurant or to takeaway.


Kildare Village

For a luxurious shopping trip this Valentine’s, perhaps to treat yourself or someone special in your life, Kildare Village is the ultimate shopping destination.  With elegantly landscaped grounds and an authentic village décor, Kildare Village is home to over 100 brands including Armani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren and more. For something to eat, try L’Officina, a contemporary restaurant with plenty of choice across breakfast, lunch and snacks for you to choose from. Time for a coffee? Rest after a busy day shopping with a coffee and a treat from Starbucks.


Indoor Mini Golf in Naas


Why not bring each other’s competitive side with a family competition of mini golf? Based in Tougher Business Park, just off the Naas to Newbridge, enjoying celebrating Valentine’s Day with Indoor Mini Golf in Naas. If you prefer to be in a group rather than just a one on one date, mini golf is the perfect excuse to get everyone together!


However you plan on spending your Valentine’s Day, on behalf of the team at Celbridge Manor Hotel, we hope that you enjoy.


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