The city has a rich cultural heritage of theatre that is still thriving, both in Dublin and internationally. Early Christian civilisation is strongly represented with treasures such as the Book of Kells at Trinity College, but more recently, the city has come to the fore with its vibrant film, music, visual art and, of course, dance scenes. Most of the city’s museums and galleries are centrally located, are FREE to the public and have the extra advantage of being compact and focused, easily manageable in a single visit. Dublin, as with the rest of Ireland, is famed for its excellent live music scene and lively pub culture – don’t forget to sample some stout or whiskey in one of the city’s traditional pubs for a blast of everyday culture.
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The airport is linked to the city by several bus routes, some express, others regular local services. Taxis are also available.
There are ferry services from Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire, to Liverpool, Holyhead and other UK ports. Stena and Irish Ferries are two of the major ferry services.
Dublin has two major railway stations to service the rest of Ireland. Heuston Station serves the south-west and west; Connolly Station serves the south-east, north, and north-west. Book tickets in advance online to avail of excellent value special offers and web-only fares. Keep an eye on our News section and DDF’s Facebook and Twitter for details of competitions with irishrail.ie.
Bus Eireann is the national bus company of Ireland, providing expressway services between all major Irish cities and towns, as well as commuter, local and school services around the country (outside of Dublin).
Dublin Bus operates an extensive route network covering almost all of county Dublin, and stretching into neighbouring counties. The majority of bus routes operate from 0600 to 2330; from Monday to Saturday. There is also a limited nightbus service. Special value tickets are available when travelling around Dublin. There is now a policy of exact fare on a majority of routes, so it is advisable to have the correct change.
The DART suburban rail line follows a coastal route, from Malahide and Howth to the north, all the way around the scenic Dublin Bay and through the city centre to Bray and Greystones to the south.
The Luas is a system of two separate lines: the Green Line running from St Stephen’s Green to Sandyford and Bride’s Glen in south County Dublin, and the Red Line, from Connolly railway station to Tallaght and Saggart in the southwest of County Dublin. Trams run from approximately 0530 until 0030 daily. Tickets are available from vending machines on the platforms. You must buy your ticket before boarding the tram.
Arrivals Hall, Dublin Airport
Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin
Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Dublin Dance Festival’s official accommodation partner, the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square Dublin is a purpose built, contemporary Dublin City centre boutique hotel. One of the most centrally located hotels in Dublin and only a 3 min walk to O’Connell Street, the Maldron is the perfect place to stay to be with in easy walking distance of Festival venues and events.
As the official accommodation partner the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square offers a 10% discount for your stay in Dublin during the festival:
Please go to Maldron Hotel Parnell Square’s website to avail of this offer. Select the Corporate login/ Promotional login box on the homepage. Then enter the exclusive password PSQ2014, select your chosen dates and the discount automatically comes off the selling rate of the day.
Harding Hotel is a red bricked, traditional property located between the fashionable and lively Temple Bar and the old city areas of Dublin City, suiting both the leisure and business traveller, with comfortable 3 star quality rooms and facilities, coupled with a warm, welcoming, friendly service. Situated literally a few minutes walk from all the major attractions and sights to see in the city centre, the Harding Hotel is the perfect spot to base yourself for whatever the purpose of your visit to Dublin happens to be.
Located in the heart of Dublin City centre, and within Dublin’s newest Cultural Quarter, close to O’Connell Street- Dublin’s principal thoroughfare and within minutes’ walk of many of Dublin’s top tourist attractions including Temple Bar, Croke Park, Dublin Writers Museum, Botanic Gardens, Theatres and both of Dublin’s most famous shopping districts. Corporate Dublin is also within easy access with easy transport links to the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) and the surrounding IFSC.
This four-star superior hotel, renowned for its style & ambience features 138 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, stylishly designed with guest’s comfort in mind. The Morrison is located in the heart of Dublin City, on the banks of the River Liffey, The hotel is located only 40 steps across the Millennium Bridge to the lively quarter of Temple Bar. It is also a short stroll from Trinity College, Grafton Street and Dublin Castle.
The 4 Star Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is a historic and much-loved luxury landmark hotel, dating back to 1828. Located in a prime South Dublin position overlooking Dublin Bay, Dublin city centre is easily accessible by DART and Dublin Bus. Many attractions are a stone’s throw away from the hotel making it an ideal base for attending the Festival and exploring the coastline of Dublin. Please see their website for availability during Dublin Dance Festival.
The Mont Clare Hotel is located right in the heart of historical Dublin where Government buildings and museums intertwine. On the Georgian Merrion Square, restaurants, businesses and residences combine to create our city’s unique character and bustle. A 3 star hotel offering old world charm in the heart of Dublin.
Jurys Inn Parnell Street sits in Dublin City centre, just around the corner from the pulsing centre of O’Connell Street, minutes away from the dramatic stage of Croke Park, and on the doorstep of Henry Street and its many shops. Jurys Inn Parnell Street provides many facilities, including the InnFitness Room, where health conscious guests can drop in for a quick workout.
The Fleet Street Hotel offers three-star boutique accommodation in the heart of Dublin City’s Temple Bar. Refurbished in autumn 2011, each guest room has been tastefully decorated as individual, contemporary, bright and stylish. With a wide variety of styles they can accommodate a single traveller or up to a family of four. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available throughout the hotel. While relaxing in your room, keep up with your favorite programmes on the state-of-the-art LED televisions.