Dublin’s leafy suburb of Ballsbridge is the home of many elite landmarks, but none as iconic as the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). This philanthropic society was established in 1731 with a goal of improving the cultural and economic development of Ireland. Today, it supports the arts, agriculture, science and industry. Following these goals, the RDS developed the RDS Arena, which is a multi-purpose sports stadium that is the official home of the Leinster Rugby team and equestrian events, including the Dublin Horse Show.
Ireland’s largest international conference, exhibition and events centre spans an impressive 22,000 square metres set on a 42-acre site. It offers 10 multipurpose, interconnecting halls and on site facilities to cater for up to 12,000 delegates. No matter how small or big the conference, there are rooms suitable for 10 delegates to 1,000’s and networking is made easy with a choice of 15 breakout rooms. The venues flexibility allows it hold any size or style of event for any industry. There is extensive on site parking for up to 2,000 vehicles and clients will enjoy world-class communication systems and free Wi-Fi throughout all the conference spaces thanks to a recent €3.5 million investment in IT infrastructure.
Located on Dublin’s Embassy belt, a short drive from Dublin International Airport and Dublin Port, this venue is surrounded by top hotels, restaurants, parks, lively café’s and upmarket bars. Its close proximity to stunning coastal routes, historical sights and of course, the welcoming local culture will all entice delegates to round out their stay here. Most important of all for clients and delegates, there are a variety of three and four star hotels surrounding the RDS, with over 1,500 bedrooms on offer all within walking distance of the conference and Dublin’s bustling city centre.
Being so centrally located allows plenty of opportunities to organise networking and team building events after the conference. Nearby is the Aviva stadium, home of Irish rugby where abseiling and stadium tours are available; for those who fancy their luck, Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium is a safe bet; visit the National Gallery of Ireland for a relaxing evening of culture; discover Irish history with a tour of Trinity College Dublin and visit the infamous Book of Kells; explore unmissable castles and cathedrals in the city; enjoy a tour of Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, Guinness Storehouse and savor a pint in the Gravity bar that has the best views overlooking Dublin city.
Hosting more than 500 events annually, the RDS is one of Ireland’s busiest conference and events venues. Clients can be reassured that no matter what industry or requirements, this venue will have the experience to ensure the conference is a great success. The RDS is a renowned venue of historical significance that delivers on the four A’s of conference planning – A-team, accessibility, accommodation and AV support.