5 Things To Look For in a Conference Venue

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If you’ve just decided to hold an event in Dublin, where do you start planning? First things first, the conference venue is one of the most important decisions you have to make. Choosing the right venue for your event in Dublin will elevate your conference or event, ensuring the organisers and guests truly enjoy a hitch-free day. DCU now offers flexible event space in Dublin across our campuses in Glasnevin, All Hallows, and St Patrick’s with a space to suit all sizes and budgets. Here are some factors to consider when booking a conference venue in Dublin.

Flexible Space

When searching for the perfect events venue, you’ll realise how few locations match your exact needs and specifications. Whether you’re planning to welcome a handful of guests or a larger crowd, you’ll need a flexible events space. In DCU, our meeting rooms and conference venues can accommodate groups from 5 to 1200 attendees. Each event, no matter the size, is overseen by a designated event manager who will assist you on your conference journey from initial concept to successful completion and you won’t pay for more events space than you need. Many of our event spaces are customisable to suit your unique needs whether you need theatre, boardroom, or lecture-style seating.


The location of your conference or events space in Dublin can range from being stuck in traffic for half of the morning to a really enjoyable, easy day. DCU campus is spread across three locations – Glasnevin, All Hallows, and St Patrick’s – each offering something different and unique. Each location is a short distance from the city centre and easily reachable by road or public transport. For guests or speakers visiting from overseas, we’re also a short drive from the airport. Each of our locations has high-spec conference rooms of different shapes and sizes so you can take your pick.

Conference Catering Facilities

One of the highlights for many attendees to conferences is the food and drink options available. Giving guests a delicious and varied selection of food and drink to refresh during a day or lectures and learning is so important to the smooth running of your conference and the happiness of your attendees. At DCU, we offer a huge selection of catering options to suit all meeting types, sizes, and budgets. Our conference venue and our staff emphasize healthy options for lunch, excellent service, and offer a personalised service to each client. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, light refreshments, canape & finger food, and buffet options – whichever suits your meeting best.


A well-rounded conference venue in Dublin also offers a selection of accommodation types, not only for speakers but for guests and organisers too. Some people like to arrive early to save travel on the same day as the conference – some like to stay late, digesting the information they have received and enjoying the surrounding area. DCU Rooms offers visitor accommodation all year round across our three DCU campuses, the bulk of which are available in the summer months when there are fewer students around. Choose from our private ensuite bedrooms, shared-facility twin rooms, or our new suites which can be shared with colleagues or rented singly.


DCU Facilities

Aside from our excellent conference facilities, excellent accommodation options, and fantastic food and drink choices, DCU campus has a range of facilities available to guests and visitors. On-site parking is available on our DCU Glasnevin campus 24 hours a day, our three campus locations are fully accessible, and we have excellent transport links to and from your conference venue. We offer complimentary Wi-Fi across all our locations and meeting rooms and multiple dining options on campus. The campuses are beautifully historic and we have picturesque surroundings to leave a lasting positive impression with your conference attendees. Our dedicated conference team to assist you every step of the way, making sure everything is perfect for your event in Dublin.

If you’d like to arrange a viewing of any of our campus’ or conference locations in DCU, contact our friendly team today. Email us at conferences@dcu.ie to see how our flexible conference space in Dublin will suit your event.

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