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If you’re attending an event at the RDS and you are looking for a Dublin hotel near the venue, look no further than The Spencer Hotel in Dublin.

The RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 hosts amazing events every so often in relation to popular topics and Irish culture. It is Ireland's Philanthropic Society that focuses on promoting the well-being of the Irish population and supporting the Irish economy, landscape, careers and talent. This can range from supporting Irish farms and produce, ensuring there is a supportive system in place, encouraging Irish entrepreneurship, and backing careers in artistic fields by showcasing talent with events such as The Dublin Horse Show.

The RDS is host to a wide variety of events. One of the more lighthearted events is “The Wedding & Honeymoon Show,” which offers visitors a chance to browse around various exhibitions to meet leading Irish professionals in the wedding industry, topped off with a catwalk show of fabulous wedding dresses. Other events that take place at the RDS are based around Irish sport, food, drink, and property.

Getting to the RDS from The Spencer

Just over a 20 minute drive from the RDS, The Spencer will serve as the perfect place for you to stay. Alternative routes of transport include a 25 minute ride on the Dart or a 30 minute ride on the bus. The RDS is serviced by bus routes number 4, 7, 5 and 45, which stop outside the Main Hall Entrance to the RDS on the Merrion Road. These bus services can be availed of on Nassau Street outside Trinity College which is a 20 minute walk from the Spencer Hotel.  You can travel to the RDS by Dart: Dublin DART service operates from the City Centre to Ballsbridge. Travel southbound to Lansdowne or Sandymount stations. All Dart services leave from Connolly station, just a 5 minute walk from the Spencer Hotel Dublin. If you prefer to walk to the RDS from The Spencer, the journey would take just over 30 minutes.

The Spencer Hotel is the closest city centre hotel to Dublin Airport via the Dublin Port Tunnel. We also provide an Airport Shuttle Bus for all hotel guests in association with Paddy Wagon tours. Please note that the bus will leave at specified times only.

The Spencer is very easily accessible due to the convenient city centre location. If you are visiting Dublin to attend an event at the RDS, The Spencer will make travelling to and from the venue very easy, as there are different methods of transportation all nearby the hotel. If you have time to explore more of the city before or after your show, The Spencer is also very close to many of Dublin’s hottest spots. You can easily venture via the River Liffey over to Grafton Street and Merrion Square. If you book your weekend at the Spencer, you can save 15% for a 3 night stay. Check out our special offers page to learn more.

If you are exhibiting at the RDS or are unsure on whether to have an exhibit at it or not, their website can give you some pointers on why it might work for you. Before your show, enjoy a fine dining Asian fusion experience at East Restaurant. We have some light bites if you are interested of sampling a few of our dishes or if you would prefer just a light snack. The Spencer Hotel also serves as a superb spot to unwind after your show. You can chill in our relaxed open plan spaces by our magma fireplace on a snug, comfy sofa with one of our signature cocktails from The Spencer Cocktail Bar.

The RDS is definitely well worth a visit if you’re visiting Dublin to experience a bit of Irish culture or simply just to have a bit of craic at one of their shows or fairs!