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RDS Dublin

The RDS Arena

The RDS is home to an array of events throughout the year, from concerts, sporting events, trade shows and conferences.

Established in 1879, the main arena at the RDS is a beautiful venue and formally only used for its most recognized event ‘The Dublin Horse Show’ and other equestrian events. The Dublin Horse Show has taken place at the RDS every year since 1864. Over the years the Horse Show has developed into a high profile national and international show jumping competition which attracts more and more every year.

At present the main arena can hold up to 35,000 for concerts and up to 18,000 for rugby matches. Other premises within the RDS are the Simmonscourt and Main Hall.

With complete flexibility in stage and seating layout and excellent acoustics, the RDS as played host to some of the biggest names in music including Kanye West, George Michael, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Guns N Roses.

The RDS is Ireland’s largest international conference and exhibition venue with over 22,000 sq metres of floor space set over a 42 acre site. From Dublin city centre the RDS can be accessed easily by DART and Dublin Bus.

If you are attending a sporting event or conference at the RDS, choose Maldron Hotel Parnell Square for your accommodation. Our guest rooms have everything you will need for a great stay in Dublin. You can stay connected with free WiFi available throughout the hotel and in our guest rooms, just pick up your password from our reception team.

Dinner in our restaurant is a great way to start your trip, with a range of dishes available you will have lots to choose from, this combined with the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere will ensure you have a great meal.

If you are attending a conference, concert or sporting fixture at the RDS, Maldron Hotel Parnell Square is the ideal choice.