From Six Nations Rugby and the Alltech Craft Beer Festival to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and St Valentine’s Day, here’s our pick of the best things to do in Dublin this February:
1. Rugby, Rugby, Rugby
The biggest annual international sporting event kicks off in February every year: The RBS Six Nations Championship. Ireland (those brave men in green) are going for an unprecedented third title in a row – nobody’s ever done that before! The key match in Dublin is our first one: Ireland v Wales on the 7th in the Aviva Stadium (Landsdowne Road). All matches will be shown live in our Inn on the Green bar.
2. St. Valentine’s Day
Valentines Day 2016 in DublinWhile the Irish don’t have a reputation for being particularly romantic, we certainly have our moments and this year the Fitzwilliam Hotel is doing our very best to help things along. We’ve got fantastic offers on accommodation and dining and afternoon tea and, everything you need to woo at will. For more, click here.
3. Dinner with Neven Maguire
A very special dinner with one of Ireland’s best-loved chefs, Neven Maguire, in one of the city’s finest venues, the National Concert Hall just across St Stephen’s Green from the hotel. Start with a drinks reception, move on to a six-course tasting menu designed by Neven and finish with a question and answer session with the man himself.
4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
This is an amazing spectacle, particularly for families with young kids: The fantastic musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 24 February to 13 March with an international star-studded production. For tickets, click here.
5. National Equality Wedding Show
This is a first and it follows on from Ireland’s other first – the same-sex marriage laws. It will be “an event full of entertainment and information for all couples out there planning their weddings” and it takes place in the stunning Pillar Room in The Rotunda on February 21st. There’s more information here.
6. Alltech Craft Beer Festival
Ok, so Ireland in general, and Dublin, in particular is famous for one beer – Guinness. But in the last few years, craft breweries have popped up all over the country and some are doing pretty well against their older, better-known relative. This festival celebrates those home grown and international craft beers that have really stood out. Get along to the Dublin Convention Centre from Feb 5th to the 7th for a taste of what we mean – details here.
7. Revolution 1916 Exhibition
As you must have heard by now, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 which signalled the beginning of our national independence from you-know-who across the water. This exhibition promises to be the biggest and the best of many events organised around Ireland this year. It’s in the Ambassador Theatre on O’Connell St (10 minutes from us) and opens on February 27th.
How’s that for a full February? If you’d like more ideas, and oh boy do we have plenty of them, check out our calendar of events. And we hope to see you soon.