Home to Ireland’s best known venue, the RDS is Ireland’s Philanthropic Society. It was founded in 1731 to support Ireland to thrive economically and culturally. Funded by our commercial operations, the RDS continues this mission today through our philanthropic work programme that spans across science, the arts, agriculture, business and equestrianism.
With 10 multipurpose conference/exhibition halls, 15 breakout/meeting rooms, and an outdoor stadium. Over 22,000 square metres of iconic, interconnecting spaces that can be used individually or combined to cater for events of every type and size. And to offer our clients unrivalled capacity and flexibility. Contact us to find the perfect space for your event.
We have secured 70 free car parking spaces
Pre-Conference dinner – RDS member club – entrance in the main gate
Breakfast briefing – Registration RDS members club- entrance main gate
Except for Member of the RDS, all car parking facilities at the RDS are operated on a fee-paying basis.
Daily parking & event visitors: €7.00 per day, subject to availability. (excluding the Dublin Horse Show & certain large Concerts)
Car Park Opening Hours:
Under regular circumstances, the Merrion Road car park is open year-round from 7.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Simmonscourt and Anglesea Road car parks are only open for particular events. A flat fee is charged upon entry as outlined above. No personnel will be allowed sleep overnight in vehicles. Illegally parked exhibitors vehicles/overnights etc will be removed and towing charges will be levied.
Parking for RDS Members
Convenient parking in the centre of Dublin is one of the many benefits of membership. RDS Members receive three hours complimentary car parking per day at the RDS. Country and Overseas Members receive 200 hours free parking per year. After their allocation, Members can avail of special discounts for weekly or yearly parking (€900 for the year). Daily parking is charged at €7 per day after the daily allocation.
The Members’ car park, located on Merrion Road, is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm daily, with extended opening hours when events are held at the RDS. Parking is not available for Members during the Dublin Horse Show.
Parking for Exhibitors
Parking is available on a first-come first-served basis and is configured according to the location, timing and nature of the event. There are three main entrances/parking areas at the RDS: Merrion Road, Simmonscourt Road and Anglesea Road. A limited number of free car park spaces will be issued for the use of organisers for distribution to exhibitors or performers. Car park passes for these spaces are issued by the RDS and distributed to the event organiser. For special events, the car parks are open from 7.00am until one hour after the building closes (or one hour after the event closes on open days). If extended hours are required (e.g. for an exhibitors’ party), please discuss this with your event organiser. An additional charge will be incurred.
Parking at RDS Foundation Events
A limited number of free car park spaces will be issued to those attending RDS Foundation events. Parking is available on a first-come first-served basis and is configured according to the location, timing and nature of the event. Large school groups who require coach parking are requested to use the Anglesea Road entrance / parking area.
Dublin Airport is a dual terminal international airport conveniently located approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre, near the M50 and M1 motorways. Serviced by direct routes to/from Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada and North America with US Pre-clearance at the airport. There are public transport links to/from the airport by bus and taxi. Taxis are readily available for hire outside the airport. For your journey to the RDS, the Aircoach bus stops directly outside the grounds. For more information view our access guide. For information on Dublin Airport flight routes or for arrivals and departures visit https://www.dublinairport.com/flight-information
Distance: 16 kilometres
- Leave the Airport and follow the Way Out signs until you reach a signalled roundabout.
- At the roundabout take the 2nd exit signposted Dublin to join Motorway M1 Airport Interchange.
- Junction3 (M50): follow signpost towards City Centre
- End of the Motorway, follow the N1
- At the junction with Griffith Avenue turn left at traffic lights R102 signposted Malahide, Howth.
- Junction with R107, at the traffic lights turn right R107 (Malahide Road)
- At the T Junction turn right R105
- At traffic lights turn left R131 signposted Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire (East Wall Road)
- At the junction with Alfie Byrne Road continue straight through the traffic lights
- At the junction for Dublin Port turn right at the traffic lights (R!31)
- Passing The 3 Arena (J79) at the roundabout follow the signposts for Dun Laoghaire Via Toll Bridge and proceed across the River Liffey
- Go through the East Link Toll Bridge (car €1.40)
- Junction 80 (Dublin Outer Orbital Route)
- At the roundabout take the third exit signposted N11, N81 Irishtown (Junction 81)
- Turn right then and turn immediately left at the traffic signals into Londonbridge Road R111 (Signposted N11, N81) Junction 51 (R815) at traffic signals turn left R815, signposted Ballsbridge.
- Proceed through the next traffic lights and the RDS is situated on your right.
- Parking at the RDS
Taxis are available at the Taxi rank outside Arrivals. Expect to pay between €30 and €40 to get to the RDS.
Public Transport to/from Dublin Airport
The RDS is serviced by the Aircoach (Route 702) that brings customers directly to and from Dublin airport. Aircoach stops are located on Merrion Road in front of the RDS main complex entrance. Aircoach Bookings for people with disabilities must be made in advance. For more information on timetables visit www.aircoach.ie or call +353 (0)1 844 7118.
From Main InterCity Rail Services
There are two main train stations in Dublin: Connolly & Heuston and these are linked together by LUAS and bus services.
- Heuston Station has trains to and from to Ballina, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Cork, Waterford, Portlaoise and Kildare.
- Connolly Station has trains to/from Belfast, Sligo, Dundalk, Kildare, Longford and Rosslare Europort.
The RDS is linked to the train stations by the DART at Connolly Station. Connolly Station also has bus connections, DART and LUAS terminals. For full details see our Access Guide.
Connolly Station is linked by the DART service to Lansdowne Station and Sandymount Station both of which are approximately a 5 minute walk from the RDS.
From Local Train Lines (DART Service)
The DART line is located in close proximity to the RDS. The closest DART station to the RDS is Sandymount station.
Directions on foot from the Sandymount Dart Station:
- Follow the Exit signs and turn right onto Sandymount Avenue
- Continue until you reach the traffic lights (the Clayton Hotel and the InterContinental Hotel will be directly in front of you)
- For the RDS Main Complex turn right onto Merrion Road and the Main Complex is situated on the left hand side (Merrion Road).
- For the Simmonscourt Complex continue straight ahead at the crossroads for 280m, passing The Clayton Hotel on your left:.
- The Simmonscourt Complex is on the left hand side after the office buildings.
LUAS – Dublin Light Rail
There is no direct route by the LUAS to the RDS. However, the LUAS connects to the DART system that passes by the RDS at Connolly Station. Trinity College or Dawson Street LUAS stops are approximately a 30 minute walk from the RDS.