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Dublin Horse Show, August 9th to 13th 2023, RDS Arena, Dublin

Dublin Horse Show 2023 Public Information

Public and Exhibitor Entrance from 7.00am via the Concert Hall Entrance

Main hall open each day from 9.00am.

Event finish at 7.00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and at 8pm on Friday and Saturday

Expected Attendance - 25,000 each day

Patrons Travelling to the RDS:  

All patrons travelling to the RDS for the event are advised to utilise public transport or the Park and Ride areas as much as possible.

The RDS is serviced by bus, DART and Luas transport facilities.

There are Park and Ride facilities at University College, Dublin, Stillorgan Road which can be accessed via the N11 and at Muckross College, Marlborough Road, Donnybrook. This is the easiest way of getting to the Dublin Horse Show. There will be buses leaving the Park and Ride areas every 15 minutes from 7.00am until 9.30pm daily and you will be dropped at the front door of the RDS on Merrion Road. Tickets for these Park and Ride facilities can be purchased in advance of the Show at www.dublinhorseshow.com.

There is a full RDS access guide available to download from the above website.

Drivers should be aware that illegally or improperly parked vehicles have the potential to cause traffic disruption, obstruction and difficulty to emergency vehicles that may need to access the narrow residential streets that surround the RDS.  

Park & Ride

Patrons wishing to travel by road to the general Dublin City area to attend the event should avail of Park and Ride facilities supplied by the various public transport providers.

Patrons are advised to approach the city via the National Motorway Routes (M1, M2, M3, M4, M7, M11) towards Dublin City and divert via the M50 motorway to the various park & ride facilities listed below. 


Patrons can avail of either the Red Line or Green Line.

Red Line

  • - Patrons can avail of the Red Cow Car Park and the Tallaght Cross West Car Park where they can avail of the Luas to Connolly Station where they can avail of the DART to Lansdowne Road or Sandymount Avenue

Green Line

  • - Patrons can avail of the Balally Car Park, Stillorgan Car Park, Beacon South Quarter Luas Car Park and the Sandyford Park car park where they can avail of the Luas to Ranelagh which is only 20 minutes walk from the venue.

Please see www.luas.ie  for further information.

Irish Rail

Irish Rail run additional services for patrons attending at events at the RDS.  Please see www.irishrail.ie  for confirmation of the above information and for timetables.

Dublin Bus

Please check www.dublinbus.ie  for confirmation and timetables.


Patrons are requested to be aware that the RDS is located in a residential area. Patrons attending at the RDS are requested to respect residents by behaving in an appropriate manner when going to and departing the venue. Issues such as illegal parking, anti social behaviour, drinking and urinating in public cause difficulties and will not be tolerated by Gardaí. Patrons are asked to desist from such behaviour.

Special Needs Parking:

There are a number of disabled parking spaces in the RDS car park on the Merrion Road but these are very limited.

Bus/Coach Parking:

There are no specific bus or coach parking areas around the RDS. Coaches must not be parked in a manner which could lead to disruption.

Ticket Sales:

Please refer to www.dublinhorseshow.com or www.rds.ie for details of ticket sales for this event.

Event Traffic Restrictions:

Simmonscourt Road will be closed each day from 7.00am until 8.00pm or later if necessary.

Motorists on the N11 wishing to access Sandymount Avenue or Serpentine Avenue should re-direct via Ailesbury Road and Merrion Road. Motorists wishing to access the N11 from Ballsbridge should re-direct via Anglesea Road.

Residents of Simmonscourt Road will be permitted entry to their homes but only from the Anglesea Road end of Simmonscourt Road.

Access will be provided to the InterContinental  Hotel and Clayton Hotel but only from the Merrion Road end of Simmonscourt Road.

There are no other road closures associated with this event.

Parking Restrictions

Garda No-Parking Cones will be placed at the following locations to prevent parking:

  1. Simmonscourt Road – Both sides
  2. Anglesea Road – Both sides from Merrion Road to Gate ‘E’
  3. Anglesea Road - Left side from Simmonscourt Road to Donnybrook Church
  4. Ailesbury Drive – Left side from Anglesea Road to Ailesbury Grove
  5. Ailesbury Grove – Both sides
  6. Shrewsbury Road – both sides from Merrion Road to the rear entrance to the RDS

Superintendent Burke stated today at Donnybrook Garda Station that: "a lot of work has gone into the planning for this event. We will endeavour to get people in and out of the area as quickly and easily as possible. I would urge people wishing to attend the show to use public transport or the Park and Ride facilities if possible. Please abide by instructions and directions from Gardaí and Stewards and above all be safe and enjoy the Show."

Please refer to www.dublinhorseshow.com or www.rds.ie for further details of opening times for the Show and for approach and arena maps.

Public Order.

Patrons are advised that the Gardaí will not permit the consumption of alcohol outside public houses, while walking along the street or in any other public place.

Patrons are asked to have consideration for local residents and refrain from anti-social behaviour such as on street drinking and urinating etc.


Patrons are advised to be aware of their own personal safety and security while attending the event. They should ensure the security of personal belongings while on route to and from the RDS i.e. purses/wallets/tickets/ mobile phones.

Patrons who arrive by vehicle should also ensure that property is not left exposed in parked vehicles. They should ensure that car windows, sunroofs are correctly closed.

Patrons should also comply with the directions issued by Gardaí and stewards at the Show. The directions are issued with a view to making the RDS environs a safer place during the Show.