Bleisure in Dublin

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If you’re lucky enough to be in Dublin on business, make the most of your visit by making the most of your downtime. There are so many interesting and exciting things to do in Dublin, it would be a shame to visit and not experience it for yourself. Plan your conference or event in DCU and enjoy a perfect location between the city and the airport, ideal for exploring the city. Our unique on-campus accommodation offers an alternative to typical hotels with a minimum of 20% discount off hotel rates in the city. Contact us to learn more about hosting an event in our conference venue in Dublin.

Plan a Conference at DCU

Planning a conference is not an easy job. You have to plan and decide a plan B for every aspect of the event from the initial conception to the follow-up emails you send your guests. Choosing the ideal venue is key to a successful conference. DCU is a premium event and conference space in Dublin that can help with all aspects of planning for your event.

We have a range of conference and event spaces on three Dublin campus sites, catering to everything from board meetings to large-scale events. Our range of spaces extend to an old church and a theatre space as well as numerous classrooms and meeting rooms. We provide excellent catering options with a focus on sustainability and taste. We have on-campus facilities such as Wi-Fi, car parking, public transportation and more. Learn more about hosting your event in Dublin by contacting one of our team today.

Great Places to Visit in Dublin

When your event is over, extend your stay and enjoy the best that Dublin has to offer. If you’ve never been before, you’ll have to put the main tourist attractions on your to-do list. Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College, and Temple Bar should be high on the list.

There are a wealth of museums to enjoy in your downtime such as the National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Natural History Museum, Collins Barracks and more. If you’ve seen the hotspots of Dublin, explore the lesser-known spots such as Marshes Library, The Botanic Gardens, Croke Park’s skyline tour and The Liberties, a vibrant neighbourhood slightly off the beaten track. The options are endless, and our team are happy to make recommendations.

Corporate Dining in Dublin

If you’re staying in Dublin with colleagues or associates, fine dining will be high on your list. Luckily, Dublin has a huge array of restaurants suitable for corporate or casual dining, whatever you prefer. The city centre is the best place for a corporate meal in beautiful surroundings like Sophies Rooftop, House, FX Buckey, Dax and many more.

For a more local alternative to DCU campus, try Shouk in Drumcondra for Middle Eastern Food, The Lovely Food Company for brunch or Gravediggers Pub for traditional Dublin fare in traditional surroundings. DCU has a restaurant and bar on site if you want a casual lunch or dinner, or to debrief after a busy but successful day.

Alternative Accommodation in Dublin

Accommodation costs are a big part of arranging a conference in Dublin. Dublin hotel prices have inflated hugely since 2020 and with high demand, they show no sign of slowing down. Choosing alternative accommodation with high standards has become more popular among event organisers and guests alike, much like our accommodation in DCU. We have single rooms with shared facilities available and a limited number of suites for organisers who need more space and privacy.

On campus, we have all the facilities you need for a seamless and enjoyable stay such as a gym, shops, car parking, a restaurant, parks and more. We’re perfectly located between Dublin City and Dublin Airport with an abundance of public transport and rental bikes to get around quickly without the need for a car. Surrounding Drumcondra and Glasnevin has an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes, and a couple of lovely public spaces to enjoy like Glasnevin Cemetery and The National Botanic Gardens.

To learn more about hosting your event in one of our conference venues on the DCU campus, or for more suggestions for things to do in your free time in Dublin, our team are happy to help. Contact us for more information or browse our website for pictures, and