Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Royal Hospital Kilmainham is a venue like no other.

Set over 48 acres, the Hospital was built in 1684 as a home for retired soldiers. Over the past 300 years, the site has had a long and chequered history, far from its intended design – from cholera epidemics to insurrections.

Today, the building features the Irish Museum of Modern Art, along with formal landscaped gardens. We hope it will provide the perfect setting for design inspiration.

The RHK is easily accessible from the city centre. We recommend taking the Luas, a 5 minute walk from the Heuston Luas stop. If you're taking a bus, take either the 145, 79 and 79a to Heuston. A taxi from the city centre should cost around €10.

Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Royal Hospital Kilmainham

National College of Art and Design

Since 1746, NCAD has pioneered art and design education in Ireland.

With courses ranging from industrial design to fine art, the college has been instrumental in the success of Irish design.

The college currently occupies an old fire station and whiskey distillery just outside the city centre, providing an inspiring backdrop for a day of hands-on workshops.

NCAD is located just outside the city centre. It's a beautiful 10 min walk, but if you'd like to take a taxi it should take no more than 5 mins (€6-8). The college is also well served by bus numbers 3,40 and 123.

National College of Art and Design
National College of Art and Design

Photos by Matthew Thompson


By plane

Dublin Airport is a short distance from the city centre, and should take 20 mins in a taxi (approx €25) or 35 mins by bus (€6) or Aircoach (€7).

By train

Dublin has two main intercity train stations, Heuston Station & Connolly Station. Both our workshop and main conference venues are very near Heuston Station. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham is a 5 min walk and NCAD is a 15 min walk from Heuston Station.

By tram

Dublin's tram service is called Luas. The red line connects the north city centre from the docklands to Heuston station and beyond. It also connects Connolly Station and Busáras (bus station) to Heuston Station. All trams and stations are designed to be wheelchair accessible.

By coach

Various coach services operate to Dublin city centre and have different drop-off points. Many of these will likely be within a Luas stop in the city centre such as Connolly Station, Abbey Street or Jervis Street.

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful in Dublin. A taxi from the city centre to either Royal Hospital Kilmainham or NCAD will cost on average about €8. Hailo is widely used.

By bus

Dublin Bus is the city's public bus service. Grab the mobile app and a Leap Card if you're planning to use it more than once. Fares are coin or Leap Card only with no change given. Almost all buses are wheelchair accessible.

By bike

Dublin is embracing cycling more and more every year. A public bike scheme known as Dublin Bikes is very popular with stations all over the city centre and environs. Annual and 3 day tickets are available, see the website for more information.


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Hilton Kilmainham

South Circular Road, Dublin 8

A modern, comfortable hotel just outside the city centre, the Hilton overlooks one of our most beautiful venues, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.



Airbnb often provides some of the most interesting and best value accommodation in the city. If you're coming in a group, there are plenty of options to sleep several people.

Ashling Hotel

Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

The Ashling Hotel is very close to our venues and to the city centre. It's also well connected to Heuston Station and the Luas line.

Jury's Inn Christchurch

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

In the shadow of Christchurch, Jury's Inn is a modern, comfortable hotel that also happens to be a short walk from both our venues.

The Clarence

6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Owned by Bono of U2, the Clarence is a modern, boutique hotel on the edge of Temple Bar. An excellent hotel not far from both our venues.

Kelly's Hotel

35 – 37 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

A stylish hotel in a superb location. If you like your hotel to be right in the middle of the action, Kelly's Hotel is an excellent bet.

Albany House

84 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

Albany House is housed in a beautiful Georgian building right off St.Stephen's Green park. A touch of old school class about this B&B.

The Charles Stewart Guesthouse

5 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1

If you're looking for something cheap and cheerful, the Charles Stewart Guesthouse is for you. You'll be right in the city centre, close to all Dublin's attractions and the venues.