It’s no surprise that a city as welcoming and entrepreneurial as Dublin has a thriving convention scene. It offers world-class conference venues and great value for money for both organisers and delegates.

The Convention Centre Dublin

The Convention Centre is the largest conference venue in Dublin with room for up to 8,000 people throughout its auditorium, meeting rooms and exhibition spaces. Based in the Docklands overlooking the River Liffey, it is right at the heart of Dublin’s Irish Financial Services Centre and just a short drive from Dublin Airport.

The Convention Centre is the country’s first purpose-built international conference venue and attracts all sorts of investment to Dublin. In an average year, this extraordinary venue usually hosts around a hundred events. As of 2023, it has won over 60 industry awards since its opening such as the World Travel Awards and Europe’s Leading Meetings &  Conference Centre 2023.

Since it opened in 2010, the Convention Centre has hosted big events like Dublin Comic Con and the Retailer of the Year Awards. It has also been the conference venue of choice for the likes of Dublin Drupal Con, the LinuxCon Summit, the Hadoop Summit and the SAP Finance Summit.

Other conference venues in Dublin

Dublin offers a whole host of other convention venues across the city centre and further out into the leafy suburbs. Although many of these venues aren’t purpose-built, they are often full of character and historical significance.

  • Croke Park: The home of gaelic games in Dublin also runs international conferences for up to 800 people
  • The Mansion House: The historic home of Dublin’s Lord Mayor dates back to 1710 and can welcome up to 700 delegates
  • The Aviva Stadium: This impressive stadium hosts conferences for up to 1,000 guests, as well as rugby and football games for Ireland’s national teams
  • The RDS: Around for 280 years, the RDS is now one of the biggest conference venues in Dublin with capacity for 6,500 delegates
  • Citywest Hotel: To the west of the city, this hotel is built on 240 acres of parkland and can hold conferences of up to 4,100 people

The Dublin Convention Bureau lists hundreds of other spaces too. Here, you’ll find everything from quirky rooms for small gatherings through to plush dining halls for gala dinners.

Assistance for event organisers

Meet in Ireland is the state agency and first point of contact for anyone organising meetings, conferences or events in Dublin.

It offers free and impartial guidance to organisers, as well as funding for eligible corporate meetings. You can get advice on everything from conference venues through to restaurant, transport and delegate activities.

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